NEW YORK – As many are working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, Tom Hanks hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) from his home on April 11.
Cast member Kate McKinnon kicked off the show by saying, “Live from Zoom, it’s sometime between March and August,” CNN Business reported, adding that the show included “sketches that were produced by the SNL cast from their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic.”
The show was titled, “Saturday Night Live At Home” and “attempted to recreate the feel of a normal episode by having sketches, Chris Martin as a musical guest and Hanks as host.”
Hanks began his opening monologue from his kitchen, saying, “It’s good to be here, but it’s also weird to be here hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ from home… It is a strange time to try and be funny, but trying to be funny is SNL’s whole thing, so we thought what the heck, let’s give it a shot.”
Following an update on how he is feeling after recovering from coronavirus, Hanks wearing a suit, said it was the first time he’s worn anything other than sweatpants since March 11 and his Greek-American wife Rita Wilson had to help him put it on because he forgot how buttons work, he joked.
Following his diagnosis, Hanks said, “I have been more like America’s dad than ever before since no one wants to be around me very long and I make people uncomfortable,” CNN reported.
He noted that “This Saturday Night Live is going to be a little different, for one thing it’s been filmed entirely by the SNL cast who are currently quarantined in their homes,” CNN reported.
The sketches included Larry David playing Senator Bernie Sanders from his home explaining what he will do following the end of his presidential campaign, Pete Davidson singing in his mom’s basement, a sketch mocking Zoom conferences, and Weekend Update: Home Edition with hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che, CNN reported, adding that “the show’s musical guest, Chris Martin of Coldplay, played a rendition of Bob Dylan’s Shelter from the Storm.”