Actor Tom Hanks, who was among the first prominent people to test positive for COVID-19 and has since recovered, hosted the first “Saturday Night Live” remote episode amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is good to be here, though it’s also very weird to be here hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ at home,” Hanks said in his monologue from his kitchen.
“It is a strange time to try and be funny, but trying to be funny is ’SNL’s whole thing,” Hanks added.
The actor made some jokes alluding to his own battle with the coronavirus, including his time being treated in Australia, where he was at the time he and his wife were diagnosed. Hanks said he had to adjust to hearing his temperature in Celsius.
He said he learned that 36 was good but 38 was bad, joking that it's like how “Hollywood treats female actresses.”
Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson said they tested positive for COVID-19 last month when they were down in Australia for a film project.
The SNL cast broadcasted by virtually connecting with each other.
The show also featured guest appearances from Larry David, playing his recurring role as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Pelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill top line higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war MORE (I-Vt.), and a call in from Alec Baldwin reviving his role as President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin appeared as the show’s musical guest.