Tom Hanks hosts 'SNL' for its first-ever remote, pre-recorded show

Tom Hanks hosts 'SNL' for its first-ever remote, pre-recorded show

Tom Hanks hosts 'SNL' for its first-ever remote, pre-recorded show

Saturday Night Live returned to the air - sort of - in a remotely recorded "at Home" version that opened with cast members' Zoom clips and had celebrity coronavirus survivor Tom Hanks opening his monologue from his own kitchen.

"Why me as host?"

"Please, I'm a 78-year-old man living in Vermont". He also joked that the show marked the first time he had worn a suit since being diagnosed with Covid-19. "Now the folks in Australia are fantastic in every way but they use Celsius instead of Fahrenheit when they take your temperature", he said.

"For one thing, it has been filmed entirely by the SNL cast who are now quarantined in their homes", Hanks said in his monologue, adding, "Also there's no such things as Saturdays anymore".

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SNL was originally scheduled to return from a planned hiatus on March 28, but the coronavirus outbreak suspended production last month.

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"Also, there's no such thing as Saturdays anymore, it's just every day is today".

Hanks wasn't the only celebrity guest in the episode, as Larry David made an appearance as Bernie Sanders, Alec Baldwin appeared as Donald Trump, and Chris Martin of Coldplay delivered a performance of "Shelter from the Storm".

The actor, who said he and his wife Rita Wilson are now "doing fine", threw to questions from "audience members" which were actually just himself in costumes. (It wasn't, however, live - that would have been a technical nightmare on top of an experiment.) Whether it would be good was a question to be answered in the airing, and by each viewer, according to how generous we feel toward the show and its cast from season to season, week to week. "Eh, it's 'SNL, ' there will be some good stuff, maybe one or two stinkers, you know the drill", Hanks said.

Hanks also struck a sombre note at one point, telling the audience: "We will get through this together". You want to spread it thinly and mix it in with the melted butter until it looks like a poorly maintained public toilet. He had presided over the NBC staple's skit music since 1981, and Tina Fey, Kate McKinnon and Adam Sandler were among the stars to pay tribute.

"For one thing, it is has been filmed by the "SNL" cast who are now quarantined in their homes", Hanks explained.

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