Watch John McCain’s 2002 Turn as ‘SNL’ Host Tonight (Video)

NBC is re-running McCain’s Season 23 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” after a day of eulogies by family and former presidents at the Republican senator’s funeral

Last Updated: September 1, 2018 @ 2:38 PM

After an emotional day of tributes at the funeral of Sen. John McCain, “Saturday Night Live” viewers will get a chance to revisit his sense of humor, when NBC re-airs the Oct. 19, 2002 episode that featured the Arizona statesman as its host.

The Season 28 episode also included the White Stripes as musical guests.

McCain died last Saturday after battling brain cancer. In his life, he was known for his sense of humor that frequently lightened discussions of tragic events in his military career.

The “SNL” episode with McCain marked the first time in the history of the show that a sitting senator played host. In his opening monologue on the show, he joked about then-president George W. Bush, only to find himself getting comedy tips from cast member Fred Armisen, who played a Venezuelan nightclub comedian Fericito. Armisen suggests McCain needs to make goofy faces to accentuate his punchlines, and tells him to get a catch phrase.

You can watch the video of the monologue above, and catch the entire episode at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.

In his political career, McCain was called a maverick. The last two years of his life saw him often sparring with Donald Trump after Trump’s win as the Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election. Trump did not attend McCain’s funeral, but three other presidents did — Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, along with former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Bush and Obama joined McCain’s daughter, Meghan, in eulogizing the senator.