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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Paul Rudd hosts a year-end SNL issue interrupted by a variant of Omicron

In the week that the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disrupted Broadway shows, concerts, sports and many other entertainment events, Saturday Night Live has inevitably become difficult to broadcast live from New York.

Hours before the year-end SNL holiday episode to be hosted by Paul Rudd and featuring musical guest Charlie XCX, NBC unexpectedly announced several changes to the sketch show’s familiar format: citing “an abundance of caution,” the network said Saturday afternoon that SNL is drawing its live audience and will have a “limited cast and crew.” a little while later Charli XCX said that she will not be able to perform in the program at all.

Despite this, SNL tried to persist, as it did throughout the pandemic. The onset of the coronavirus forced the cancellation of several live broadcasts in the 2019-2020 season, which ended in episodes consisting of sketches made by its actors during home quarantine. Since the start of the 2020-21 season in October 2020, SNL has aired a full loop of live performances from their Manhattan home at Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, with many new protocols, but with some obvious interruptions.

But this week’s episode, which offered a mix of new segments from earlier this week and vintage sketches from yesteryear, should have looked different. As Rudd told the audience at the end of the evening, “I know you weren’t expecting a Christmas show, but that’s the beauty of the place. Like life, it is unpredictable. “

However, the first artist to enter the show tonight was an unexpected guest: the opening sketch, which took place on the stage of Studio 8H without decorations, began with Tom Hanks, who was wearing a Five-Timers Club tuxedo.

Hanks thanked the “surviving crew members,” adding that he intended to bring in a new member tonight, “but Covid came in earlier this year,” he said.

While many of the SNL actors were out, Hanks said, “I came here from California, and if you think I was going to fly 3000 miles and not be on TV, you’ll have a little more.”

He was joined by Tina Fey, an SNL alumnus, who explained that this is not the smallest audience she has ever performed for, “because I improvised at Macy’s,” she said.

When Rudd walked in, he glanced at the studio audience and said cheerfully, “I’m very disappointed.” However, Kenan Thompson introduced him to the Five-Timers Club, one of only two current actors to be seen on stage tonight. (The other was Michael Che.)

Rudd then explained to viewers that the rest of the show would be “a bit like this new Beatles documentary: a lot of old footage, but enough new material that you’re like: okay, yeah, I’ll watch it.”

It can be long, shaggy, and consists of variations, mostly of one joke. But after last week, how can you not be fascinated by Edie Bryant and Kate McKinnon as two older moms (and regulars at HomeGoods) whose TV commercials boil down to telling your director (Rudd) over and over again the truth about what do they really want for Christmas? (By the way, these are grandchildren. They need grandchildren.)

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Many of Pete Davidson’s sketches now focus on the fact that Pete Davidson is Pete Davidson, and yet this last one has proven to be a worthy entry in this surprisingly numerous genre.

Starting with clips from Raging Bull, this largely black-and-white film depicts an aging Davidson in 2054, belly and receding hairline, now the star of a meager nightclub as he tries to reclaim his former SNL glory. (At least things went better for him than for his fellow Machine Gun Kelly.)

In what should have been the most sloppy and low-quality Weekend Update product since the Chevy Chase era, this week’s news satire featured Che and Fay sitting on stage in director’s chairs and reading anecdotes to Rudd, Hanks and Thompson. (Faye explained that although she was replacing regular co-host Colin Yost, “That’s not what you think – he already has a job.)

Among the highlights of their routine:

Che: “Well, it’s Christmas, so let’s start with the good news, Tina. OJ Simpson was released on parole two months early for good behavior. OJ said: “I can’t believe I got out of parole early, but I did. I did it.'”

Fey: “Time magazine named Elon Musk the person of the year.” You can find out more about this on your phone while your Tesla takes you to the lake on its own. “

Che: “It was revealed that on January 6, all three Fox News anchors texted Mark Meadows to persuade him to get Trump to withdraw his supporters. And you know you’ve gone too far when Fox News says, “Someone better calm these white people down.”

Some of the classic sketches that surfaced tonight were SNL-tested Yuletide gems such as D *** in a Box and Christmas for the Jews. But then there was such a turning point: a segment from 1990 called “The Christmas Special on the Occasion of Global Warming,” which, oddly enough, proves that, like climate change, the series’ addiction to episodes in which actors play random celebrities is not a recent phenomenon.

Watch out for the pretense of Carl Sagan, Dean Martin, Sally Struthers, George Hamilton and many more. And see if you can keep that together as late, beloved SNL stars Phil Hartman and Ian Hooks take the stage to duet like Isaac Asimov and Crystal Gale.

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