Tom Hanks hosted the infamous Saturday Night Live remotely from his home at the weekend, and Saturday nights will never be the same again as a result.
SNL has been in production shutdown due to restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic since the last show featuring Daniel Craig was aired on March 7.
This new experimental format, pipped quite simply as Saturday Night Live At Home, was pre-recorded and screened on Saturday, April 11, with the familiar tones of Hanks presenting from his rather swish kitchen. It was a welcome comfort blanket for many, not to mention a comfort for viewers to see him happy and fighting fit. Hanks became one of the most well-known people across the globe to contract Covid-19 in the early stages of the pandemic when it was announced just a month ago while in Australia that he has tested positive for the virus.
Hanks opened the show, offered an update on his health and a few lighthearted puns. He also confirmed that his wife, Rita Wilson, who had been diagnosed with the virus at the same time as he was, was also doing well. He then went on to give a quick rundown of how the show would look very different. “It’s good to be here although it’s also very weird to be here hosting Saturday Night Live At Home. It’s a strange time to try to be funny, but trying to be funny is SNL’s whole thing, so we thought, what the heck! Let’s give it a shot.”
Hanks closed the show with a simple message: “Stay safe”, before thanking healthcare workers, delivery workers, grocery workers and everyone who has been on the frontlines of the Covid-19 response.