Tom Hanks Hosts 'Saturday Night Live' From Home in Show's First Remote Episode

April 12, 2020
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Live from their own homes, it’s Saturday night!

Tom Hanks returned to everyone’s TV screen to host the first-ever “Saturday Night Live at Home” episode following his battle with COVID-19.

The Oscar winner performed his opening monologue for the show in his very own kitchen. Hanks, the 63-year-old actor, even made a reference to the hit Netflix docuseries “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.”

“Hey, all you cool cats and kittens,” he said. “It’s me, your old pal. Don’t be afraid, this shaved head was just for a movie. My hair is growing back very slowly.”

Hanks went on to explain how this is a strange time to try to be funny, but he said “SNL” is always trying to make people laugh.

As for battling coronavirus, Hanks said he has been the “celebrity of the coal mine for the coronavirus.”

“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.”

Hanks said he and his wife Rita Wilson, diagnosed with the virus in March, are both doing and well and “hunkering down” in their home.

At the beginning of the show, the whole cast came together from their homes via Zoom before launching their homemade video sketches.

The musical guest of the show was Chris Martin. Other special guests included Adam Sandler, Tina Fey, Larry David, and Alec Baldwin.

“Saturday Night Live” is following shows like “The Tonight Show,” “The View,” and several others whose hosts have produced content from their houses.

The pre-recorded episode was the first in the show’s history.

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