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'SNL at Home' Returns with Paul Rudd, 'What's Up with That?' and Brad Pitt as Dr. Anthony Fauci

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 26, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 26, 2020 |


Cold Open — This is a lovely surprise: Brad Pitt opens SNL at Home as Dr. Anthony Fauci, who translates Donald Trump’s moronic public statements. Pitt then removes his wig to thank the real Dr. Fauci for his calm demeanor. (Score: 7 out of 10)

What’s Up with That? — This is not the kind of recurring skit you’d expect SNL to bring back while social distancing, but you’d be surprised what Zoom and the graphics department can do to recreate the What’s up with That? experience. (Score: 6.5 out of 10)

Snapchat Filter Reporter — A reporter with the virus reports from home, where his daughter is holding the camera … and using Snapchat filters to great effect. (Watch Here) (Score: 5 out of 10)

Stuck in the House — Pete Davidson, Adam Sandler, and their families join forces to perform a song about how we’re all going crazy in quarantine, and it’s pretty great. (Score: 7 out of 10)

Grocery Store Ad — SNL is really learning a lot about how to make a show from home, and through the magic of graphics, Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant are able to star in a grocery store ad together to talk about all the things that they have left, like Hawaiian pizza, Boy Scout cookies, and Dasani Water. (Score: 6.5 out of 10)

Big Papi Cooking Show — Kenan says a bunch of funny words with an accent for 3 minutes while standing over a pot. (Watch here) (Score: 3 out of 10)

Airbnb Commercial — Chloe Fineman brilliantly plays an Airbnb host and the obnoxious Airbnb guest who ends up quarantined with her host for over a month. Fineman is so good. When SNL returns to the studio, maybe she can stay back and record segments from her home. (Score: 6.5 out of 10)

Released Early — Chris Redd plays a guy released from prison early because of the ‘Rona, but because of quarantine he’s having a hard time hooking up with the women he forged relationships with from prison. (Watch Here) (Score: 4 out of 10)

Weekend Update — Colin and Che figured out Zoom backgrounds, so it looks a little more like they’re on a set, but Pete Davidson — who does a segment about safe sex practices in the ‘Rona era — is right: It’s not the same without an audience! And yet, I found that I was sad when “Update” ended. I crave the sense of normalcy “Update” provides. (Score: 6.5 out of 10)

SoulCycle at Home — Even during quarantine, you can still pay to have someone yell at you to exercise from Zoom! (Watch Here) (Score: 4.5 out of 10)

OJ Address — Kenan does a skit that was probably funnier 20 years ago, but I guess O.J. Simpson jokes never go out of style? (Watch Here) (Score: 4 out of 10)

FaceTime with Paul Rudd — Paul Rudd Facetimes with his cousin, Mandy, who he hasn’t spoken to since he was 7 years old, and Paul Rudd has changed, y’all (also, in quarantine with half a beard and no makeup, Rudd still looks amazingly youthful). (Score: 6 out of 10)

The Reveal — A detective conducts a murder investigation over Zoom, but he and a suspect find themselves sharing with each other some original music they wrote. (Watch Here) (Score: 3 out of 10)

Pornhub — You know all those brand commercials we keep seeing where corporations insist that they’re looking out for us while quiet music plays and the commercial narrator thanks us? This is that, except it’s for Pornhub. (Score: 7 out of 10)

Whiskers R We — Kate McKinnon plays the proprietor of Whiskers R We, a cat shelter, only there’s nothing left but bottom-of-the-barrel cats, all of which are played by Kate McKinnon’s kitty. If you’re a cat person, you’ll dig it. (Watch Here) (Score: 4.5 out of 10)

What’s My Name? — A Kyle Mooney joint. I would’ve given this a pass during the first SNL at Home, but not this time. Terrible. Just horrible. No, Mat not even you will like this one. (Watch Here) (Score: 2 out of 10)

Melissa Seals the Deal — Melissa Villaseñor has a date, gets lucky, and then sends her date home when he clogs up the toilet. The catch? Her “date” is all in her imagination. (Watch Here) (Score: 2 out of 10)

Aidy Bryant’s Childhood Journal — Aidy’s trip down memory lane brings her to her real second-grade journals and ends with Aidy maybe starting to lose it. (Watch Here) (Score: 3.5 out of 10)

Message from Gov. Whitmer — These SNL at Home skits are super short, which means there were 22 YouTube video embeds for this week’s show. 22! Anyway, here’s Cecily Strong doing a very good Gov. Whitmer impersonation, offering tips to the protestors/Ted Nugent cosplayers on how to protest her stay-at-home orders. (Score: 6 out of 10)

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