This weekend, #SNLAtHome hit the airwaves on NBC, with the full cast appearing on video chat from their separate apartments. For the first time, it was not live. “And live from Zoom, it’s between March and August! Kate McKinnon said once that all the actors appeared on the screen.
The first big surprise came when MC Darrell Hammond announced the host: Tom Hanks.
It has been exactly one month since Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced that they had tested positive for COVID-19. Dressed in a costume from his kitchen, the Oscar-winning actor looked better than ever and more than ready to make fun of him.
“Hey, it’s nice to be here, but it’s also very weird to be here to host Saturday Night Live from home, “said Hanks. “It’s a strange time to try to be funny, but trying to be funny is SNL »That’s it, so we thought, damn it, let’s try! ““But why me as a host? ” He asked. “Well, for my part, I was the famous canary in the coal mine for the coronavirus and since my diagnosis, I am more like the father of America than ever before… because nobody wants to be with me very a long time and I make people uncomfortable. “
He explained that because he was diagnosed in Australia, where they use Celsius on their thermometers, he learned that “36 is good, 38 is bad, so basically, that’s how Hollywood treats actresses. “
Hanks informed viewers that he and his wife were “doing well, doing well” and “curled up, as we should all be.”
“Now this Saturday Night Live is going to be different, “he said. “On the one hand, it was filmed by the SNL cast, who are currently quarantined in their homes like this. Well, I mean, not like this house. Their houses look a little bit more – you know what, I’ll let you judge. In addition, Saturday no longer exists. “
“Will it be weird to see sketches without big sets and costumes? Sure, ”said Hanks. Then he echoed Rudy Giuliani in the first show after September 11 when he added, “But will that make you laugh? Hey, you know, it’s SNL. There will be good things, maybe one or two stinks, you know the exercise. “
The rest of the show included a clip of Pete Davidson singing an inspired song by Drake and McKinnon as Ruth Bader Ginsburg showing his training routine. Larry David gave an update on Bernie Sanders from his home. Another sketch skewed the Zoom conference call policy.
Overall, he was more cowardly and more experimental than a SNL episode. It may not have been live, but it was clear that the actors were having more fun than usual.
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