“Saturday Night Live” or SNL is back with its political cold open sketch in its second “At Home” edition with Brad Pitt as Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Pitt portrayed Dr. Anthony Fauci to address us about coronavirus, acknowledging that “there has been a lot of misinformation out there about the virus” and trying to clarify “what the president was trying to say.” Through with satire, Brad Pitt used the platform to deliver real information about the state of the pandemic.
The NBC late-night sketch comedy show showed real footage of Donald Trump’s speeches about coronavirus.
Here are some interesting ones:
- Trump claims that he had had some great meetings and there would be a vaccine “relatively soon.” To this, Pitt as Dr. Fauci added that “relatively soon is an interesting phrase. Relative to the entire history of Earth? Sure, the vaccine is going to come real fast. But if you were to tell a friend, ‘I’ll be over relatively soon’ and then showed up a year and a half later, well, your friend may be relatively pissed off.”
- Next footage of Trump claims about coronavirus “It’s like a miracle. It will disappear.” Pitt as Fauci admitted that “a miracle would be great” but noted that “miracles shouldn’t be Plan A. Even Sully tried to land at the airport first.”
- In next footage Trump talks about “Anybody that needs a test gets a test… And the tests are beautiful.” To this Pitt as Dr. Fauci said he didn’t know if he would describe the test as “beautiful — unless your idea of ‘beautiful’ is having a cotton swab tickle your brain.” Additionally, he wanted to point out that “almost no one can get a test.”
- To Trump’s musings about injecting disinfectant to “knock out” the virus, Pitt as Fauci looked just dumbfounded and had no verbal response to add.
- He facepalmed — even though he admitted he “shouldn’t be touching [his] face” at the idea from Trump that you could stop the virus by hitting the body with light.
- Pitt as Fauci had no verbal response to Trump’s musings about injecting disinfectant to “knock out” the virus, just a dumbfounded look. And he facepalmed — even though he knew he “shouldn’t be touching [his] face” at the idea that you could stop the virus by hitting the body with light.
“Yeah, I’m getting fired,” he said. “But until then, I’m going to be there, putting out the facts for whoever’s listening. And when I hear things like, ‘The virus can be cured if everyone takes the Tide Pod challenge, I’ll be there to say, ‘Please don’t.’”
At the end of the sketch, Pitt pulled off his Fauci wig and thanked the real Dr. Fauci for his “calm and clarity during this unnerving time.” He also thanked the medical workers, first responders and their respective families.
In the second episode, “SNL” returned with big names across film (Brad Pitt), sports (Charles Barkley), music (DJ Khaled) and TV/former cast members (Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis). And that was all just in the opening minutes of the show.
Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider also appeared in Pete Davidson’s latest music video; Bad Bunny appeared in Kenan Thompson’s Big Papi at-home cooking show; Paul Rudd played himself in a FaceTime call with a fictional family member, and Miley Cyrus was the episode’s musical guest, singing “Wish You Were Here” acoustically from her backyard. (Watch Cyrus’ performance above.)