"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".
"News of the Week" was performed by 5 different hosts throughout its 39 episode run with 4 different lineups.
- Jozef K. Richards and Matt Henry: Season 1, Episodes 1–8; 18 + Season 2, Episodes 2–5; 8–11; 14
- Jozef K. Richards, Makenzie Boettcher, and Matt Henry: Season 1, Episodes 9–17; 19–25
- Jozef K. Richards and Alex Trapp: Season 2, Episodes 1; 6–7
- Jozef K. Richards and Max Machotka: Season 2, Episodes 12–13
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|
- 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 of the Week" stories/jokes were written based on items in the news during the week of the episode's production.
|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|