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"News of the Week" Season 1 title screen

"News of the Week" was a recurring segment on the series "Friday Night Weekly". It features the hosts of the show delivering news stories in the form of jokes with punchlines. Stylistically the camera remains fixed on the 2–3 hosts during the segment and square images are placed directly over the face or faces of the non-speaker hosts. It debuted as a part of the canceled pilot episode of the "Friday Night Weekly" talk show and officially premiered in the first episode of the full series, "Meet the Plant". It was featured in all but the final episode, "Epilogue".

Hosts

"News of the Week" was performed by 5 different hosts throughout its 39 episode run with 4 different lineups.

Story writing

Typically each host is delivering stories they have written themselves with few exceptions where Makenzie Boettcher read a story written by Jozef K. Richards or Matt Henry.

Host/writer Character No. of episodes No. of stories read No. of stories written Average no. of stories read per episode
Jozef K. Richards "Jozef K. Richards" 39 69 74 1.77
Matt Henry "Matt Henry" 34 51 52 1.5
Makenzie Boettcher "Makenzie Boettcher" 16 11 5 0.69
Alex Trapp "Alex Trapp" 3 3 3 1
Max Machotka Max Splorer 2 4 4 2

Style

  • Jozef – Focus on United States and international politics, religious criticism, government overreach, city statistics, human interest, and sports-related news. Occasionally these include light impressions of figures such as Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, and Al Pacino.
  • Matt – Focus on entertainment, media, music, video games, celebrities, dumb criminals, and misinterpretations of news stories. "Boston bullies" are a frequent target of his, brought up often as if part of a childhood trauma.
  • Makenzie – Focus on women's issues and strange/offbeat news.
  • Alex – Focus on Colombian and Latin American news.
  • Max – Focus on extreme tragedy, violence, and cruelty. Each story ends with him making-believe the blackbird on his shoulder named Giuseppe is saying, "that's unfortunate," in a high-pitched voice.

News coverage

"News of the Week" stories/jokes were written based on items in the news during the week of the episode's production.

Most newsworthy people according to "Friday Night Weekly" (2013-2015)
Person in news Title First mentioned on No. of mentions Appearing in stories written by
"Boston bully/bullies" Bullies September 13, 2013 9 Matt Henry
Barack Obama President of the United States September 13, 2013 6 Jozef K. Richards, Makenzie Boettcher
Vladimir Putin President of Russia September 13, 2013 3 Jozef K. Richards
George Zimmerman Acquitted murderer September 13, 2013 2 Matt Henry
Chuck Schumer United States senator October 4, 2013 2 Matt Henry,

Jozef K. Richards

Chris Christie Governor of New Jersey November 8, 2013 2 Jozef K. Richards
Pope Francis Bishop of Rome September 13, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Dennis Rodman Former professional basketball player September 13, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Kim Jung Un Supreme leader of North Korea September 13, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Tom Hanks Actor September 13, 2013 1 Matt Henry
Simon Cowell Television producer September 13, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Anthony Weiner New York mayoral candidate September 13, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Bill de Blasio Mayor of New York September 13, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
George H. W. Bush Former President of the United States September 27, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Edward F. Davis Boston Police Department commissioner September 27, 2013 1 Matt Henry
Michelle Obama First lady of the United States October 4, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Janet Yellen Incoming chair of the Federal Reserve October 11, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Ben Bernanke Chair of the Federal Reserve October 11, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Britney Spears Singer November 1, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Angus McDonagh Stamp maker November 1, 2013 1 Matt Henry
Collin Russell Protestor November 22, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Sylvia Brown Psychic November 22, 2013 1 Matt Henry
Al Gore Former vice president of the United States November 29, 2013 1 Matt Henry
Alec Baldwin Actor November 29, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
Todd Mills Creator of Doritos Locos taco December 6, 2013 1 Matt Henry
Nelson Mandela Former president of South Africa December 13, 2013 1 Makenzie Boettcher
Fargum the space monkey Astronaut December 20, 2013 1 Jozef K. Richards
J. R. Smith Professional basketball player January 10, 2014 1 Jozef K. Richards
Lindsay Lohan Actor January 10, 2014 1 Matt Henry
Michael Crabtree Professional football player January 24, 2014 1 Jozef K. Richards
Daft Punk Musician January 31, 2014 1 Matt Henry
DMX Rapper February 7, 2014 1 Matt Henry
Shirley Temple Black Actor/Singer February 14, 2014 1 Matt Henry
Ben Affleck Actor February 21, 2014 1 Jozef K. Richards
Andre Johnson Rapper April 18, 2014 1 Matt Henry
Jameis Winston Professional football player May 2, 2014 1 Jozef K. Richards
Chespirito Comedian December 12, 2014 1 Alex Trapp
Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense of the United States December 19, 2014 1 Jozef K. Richards
Jay Leno Comedian January 16, 2015 1 Jozef K. Richards
Hillary Clinton Former secretary of state of the United States January 16, 2015 1 Jozef K. Richards
Bill Maher Comedian January 16, 2015 1 Jozef K. Richards
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States January 23, 2015 1 Jozef K. Richards

Screen caps

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Jozef's second story in "Meet the Plant"

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Matt's second story in "Meet the Plant"

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Jozef's first story in "Meet the Plant"

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Matt's second story in "Meth Ado About Nothing"

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Makenzie's first story on "News of the Week" in "Cat on a Hot Ceramic Mug"

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Alex's first story in "That's Jozef in the Corner"

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Max's second story in "Dubai Stranger"

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Alternate "News of the Week" title screen, used in Episodes 9–14 of Season 2