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‘SNL’ tries to make it work without audience, music and most of its cast after COVID outbreak

“Saturday Night Live” is not live on Saturday after one outbreak of COVID-19 in the home forcing the show to go on without a live audience or musical guests.

Instead, the iconic late-night show attempted to incorporate some live footage with a limited cast and crew, relying largely on sketches recorded earlier in the week as well as videos Pre-recorded favorites from previous years.

Paul Rudd hosted the show for the fifth time, but musical guest Charli XCX was scratched a few hours before it aired due to shrinking production.

Actor Tom Hanks kicked off the episode unusually, stepping out into an eerily quiet setting that lacked the typical cheers from the crowd or accompanying music.

“Tonight everyone at ‘Saturday Night Live’ had planned to perform our new Christmas show and introduce a new member to the five o’clock club, but COVID arrived earlier this year so for the safety of We didn’t have an audience and we went home to our actors, most of our staff,” he said.

Rudd said he was “deeply disappointed” by what happened in his monologue, but he was still joined by Hanks, who was joined on stage by five-time host and SNL veteran Tina Fey . The longtime cast of Kenan Thompson joined in and congratulated Rudd for hosting the show “four and a half times”.

Instead of live skits, Rudd, Hanks, Fey and Thompson spoke directly to audiences at home, looking at the camera between breaks to introduce skits. The bits are a mix of sketches recorded during the week and old SNL holiday favorites like Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s spoof “D – k in a Box.”

Fey has revived his role as the co-manager of Weekend Updates, fill in for Colin Jost and join Michael Che for segment. Instead of reading their jokes in costume and in front of the set of Weekend Update, the two sat comfortably in chairs on the main stage.

Tina Fey, fill in Colin Jost, sat with Michael Che in "Weekend update" segment in the episode.
Tina Fey, filling in for Colin Jost, sat with Michael Che during the “Weekend Updates” segment in the episode.
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Charli XCX said on Twitter before the show aired that she was “deeply heartbroken and heartbroken” to miss the show.

A pre-recorded fake music video for the song called “The Perfect Socks” featuring the singer, who joined Rudd and the other cast members, was called “The Perfect Socks”. It was recorded early on around 5 a.m. Saturday, Rudd said while introducing the clip.

Tom Hanks, Kenan Thompson and Paul Rudd sat in the empty studio audience.
Tom Hanks, Kenan Thompson and Paul Rudd sat in the empty studio audience.
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An insider was tell Post that “four actors” tested positive for coronavirus on Friday – and “three others” called names because they were “scared” of coming to the set.

Che and Thompson appear to be the only current cast members participating on Saturday.

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Huynh Nguyen

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