Los Angeles: Saturday Night Live is back on TV screens with actor Tom Hanks as host, who joked about forgetting how to do up buttons, not knowing what day of the week it is, and how his coronavirus diagnosis made people feel 'uncomfortable' around him.
Mr Hanks hosted the first ever virtual, stay-at-home episode of 'Saturday Night Live' revealing he had not worn anything other than sweat pants ‘in weeks’!
“It’s good to be here, but it’s also very 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!” he continued.
The actor went on to reveal he was selected as the host after inadvertently becoming the “celebrity” face of Coronavirus alongside his wife Rita Wilson!
“Ever since being diagnosed, 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,” Tom joked.
After documenting their experience getting sick in Australia — where Tom was filming a movie — the couple were able to return home to Los Angeles at the end of March.
Since getting back to the United States, Tom and Rita have been in quarantine with the rest of the state.
“Now this Saturday Night Live is going to be a little different — as our cast are all at home quarantined in their homes,” Tom continued, noting that the episode wasn’t technically “live.”
Just two weeks after confirming a hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak, SNL announced its first-ever remote version on April 9 via social media.
“This Saturday” a tweet read, along with a photo of the main cast — including Pete Davidson, Heidi Gardner, and Kate McKinnon — on video-conferencing app Zoom attached, along with the hashtag, “#SNLAtHome.”
As per NBC’s rules, the production practiced social distancing rules with regular cast members participating in table reads and the show from their own homes.
The April 11 episode makes history as the first-ever episode of Saturday Night Live in 45 seasons not to take place at the legendary Studio 8H.
John Krasinski and Dua Lipa were set to appear on the now postponed March 28 episode.