Friday, May 24, 2024

“SNL” Soldiers On Without Much of Cast, No Audience or Musical Guest: Tom Hanks, Tina Fey Pitch In


COVID attacked the cast of “Saturday Night Live” and the result was a show with mixed results. The best you can say is, they soldiered on in the face of adversity.

It seems like the only cast members who didn’t get COVID or didn’t mind coming in tonight were Kenan Thompson and Michael Che. Otherwise, everyone else was AWOL.

But the show was live, with taped pieces, no musical guest, and no audience. Tina Fey and Tom Hanks pitched in and came, Steve Martin sent in a taped piece. Paul Rudd, scheduled to be the host, did his job. We can kind of assume that the people who did show up either had COVID or were satisfied that their shots were working. Hanks, of course, obviously had COVID last year.

The bulk of the show consisted of old Christmas clips. There was one new video taped earlier in the week, a musical piece that didn’t quite work. But everyone gave it the old college try.

Colin Jost obviously was one of the four cast members who tested positive. And everyone else? This just shows that the current COVID Omicron wave is very serious. Please everyone get your vaccines and boosters.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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