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Charlotte jokes lead SNL's 'Weekend Update,' including Kenan Thompson as LaMelo Ball's dad

Charlotte -- or as SNL said, "the Gateway to Gastonia" -- took center stage during the Weekend Update segment.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Did you catch the most recent episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live? Charlotte -- or as SNL called it, "the Gateway to Gastonia" -- took center stage during the Weekend Update segment.

Kenan Thompson played the father of Charlotte Hornets' Rookie stand-out LaMelo Ball.

The skit starts off with a fake LaVar Ball showing love to the Queen City.

"He's playing for the most storied franchise in all of basketball, the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte, North Carolina, the regional banking capital of the world, gateway to Gastonia..."

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He then goes on to share his thoughts on LaMelo's potentially winning Rookie of the Year.

"Oh, he's got all the awards locked up. Rookie of the year, locked up. MVP, locked up. Best looking hog at the Mecklenburg County Fair, locked up.

With the season LaMelo is having, he has a pretty strong chance at winning the award. Thompson, acting as LaVar Ball, goes on to tell us what he's planning to do for the Carolinas when he wins.

"After he wins he's gonna unite North and South Carolina into a super Carolina, called Carolossas," Thompson, as LaVar Ball, said.

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Also, be on the lookout for Big Baller Brand's new shoe release, designed in the Carolinas called the 'CaraMelos'. You'll get a laugh out of SNL's LaMelo designed footwear, a chocolate shoe, with the inside filled with caramel and cookies. 

Kate McKinnon also took on the role of doctor Anthony Fauci to host the game show "So You Think You Can Get a Vaccine."