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Covid-19 Forces SNL to Perform Remotely

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Longtime American comedy institution returned with a special “cast work from home” episode tonight as they they practice their social distancing.

Surprise host for the SNL’s first episode since widespread Covid-19 pandemic was Tom Hanks which marks his first TV appearance since his and his wife, Rita, Coronavirus Diagnosis.

“I have been the celebrity canary in the coal mine for the coronavirus, and ever since being diagnosed I have been more like America’s dad than ever before,” he explained, adding: “No one wants to be around me very long and I make people uncomfortable.”

Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced on March 11 they tested positive for the virus while in Australia for pre-production on Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros. Hanks joked about the different approaches to medicine Down Under and took a jab at Hollywood in the process.

“The folks in Australia are fantastic in every way, but they use Celsius instead of Fahrenheit when they take your temperature,” the two-time Oscar winner explained. “So, they come in and they say ‘you’re 36,’ which seemed very bad to me, but it turns out 36 is fine. Thirty eight is bad, so basically it’s how Hollywood treats female actors.”

Hanks said he and his wife are doing fine. Standing in his kitchen and wearing a suit, he joked, “This suit, this is the first time I’ve worn anything other than sweatpants since March 11,” he said sarcastically. He also thanked health care workers, delivery drivers, grocery workers and the people who have been on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis.

This is SNL’s first new episode since the series suspended production last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The show was scheduled to air its next episode March 28 with host John Krasinski and musical guest Dua Lipa.

Since its 1975 debut, “Saturday Night Live” has been live from Studio 8H in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. But in this moment of time, this Covid-19 pandemic has forced individuals and institutions to be adapt to our new reality. Of all the shows forced to reformat, SNL arguably faced the biggest challenge. The appeal of SNL is the live theatrical nature of the show and collaborative performances in front of a live studio audience. Going into Saturday, nobody knew what to expect. NBC kept the show’s contents hush-hush, making the episode one of its most highly anticipated — and it didn’t disappoint.

Here a rundown of the show.

Each skit typically featured one cast member at a time but there were a few that where several appeared in a zoom-like setting. Pete Davidson kicked off rapping a Drake parody aptly titled “A Drake Song” from his mom’s basement with the chorus: “This is a Drake song / I miss my ex / This a Drake song / Number one on the Billboard.”

Kate McKinnon brought back her Supreme Court justice RBG and hosted at-home workout tips using random household items. Also, gave a shoutout to Dr. Fauci and requested he answer her DMs.

The first zoom inspired was a skit of our new reality by showing how people are learning how to connect both professionally and socially through this medium. Funny moments with McKinnon’s and Aidy Bryant’s characters, who couldn’t figure out how to use their respective PC cameras.

Mikey Day used the format to become a gamer streaming himself consistently dying in the new Call of Duty while streaming himself on Twitch. #Fail.

Chloe Fineman, who had a pitch-perfect take on Netflix Tiger King docu-series breakout character, Carole Baskin. Wearing a leopard-print jacket over a pink dress, and a long frizzy blond wig with a floral headband to act out Baskin hosting a MasterClass on bike-riding.

For me personally, Weekend Update is what I always want to see. A small audience watched it online when they filmed it because, as Michael Che put it, “telling jokes with nobody feels like hostage footage.” Wait for the end of the segment for the biggest laugh.