Pitt portrayed Dr. Anthony Fauci in a sobering address on the coronavirus, acknowledging “there has been a lot of misinformation about the virus” and deciding to clarify “what the president was trying to say”. Instead of looking for jokes, the show used its platform to provide real information about the state of the pandemic.
NBC’s late night sketch show cut real footage of Donald Trump’s coronavirus speeches, starting with his claim that he had had large meetings and that there would be a vaccine “relatively soon” . To this, Pitt as Fauci clarified that “relatively quickly is an interesting sentence. Relating to the whole history of the Earth? Of course, the vaccine will arrive very quickly. But if you were to say to a friend, “I’ll be done soon,” then I’ll be there a year and a half later, well, your friend might be relatively pissed off. “
Drawing attention to Trump’s claims “like a miracle, it will go away,” Pitt like Fauci conceded that “a miracle would be great,” but noted that “miracles should not be plan A. Even Sully has first tried to land at the airport. “
He also had “a couple of things” to say about the state of the tests. First, he said he didn’t know if he would describe the test as “beautiful – unless your idea of” beautiful “was to have a cotton swab tickle your brain. In addition, he wanted to emphasize that “almost no one can take a test”.
Pitt as Fauci had no verbal response to Trump’s thoughts on injecting disinfectant to “wipe out” the virus, just a stunned look. And he faced – even though he knew he “shouldn’t touch [his] face “the idea that you could stop the virus by hitting the body with light.
“Yeah, I’m getting fired,” he said. “But until then, I’ll be there, lay out the facts for everyone who listens. And when I hear things like, “The virus can be cured if everyone takes up the Tide Pod challenge, I’ll be there to say,” Please don’t. “
At the end of the sketch, Pitt took off his Fauci wig and thanked the real Dr. Fauci for his “calm and clarity during this troubling time”. He also thanked the medical workers, first responders and their respective families.
“Saturday Night Live” is broadcast live from Saturday to Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.