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Tom Hanks returns to work after recovery from coronavirus, hosts SNL 'Quarantine Edition'

After being gone for more than a month, the NBC comedy institution returned to the air on Easter weekend by emulating other late-night hosts

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Tom Hanks returns to work after recovery from coronavirus, hosts SNL 'Quarantine Edition'
Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson were both tested positive for coronavirus last month

'Saturday Night Live' tried its first "quarantine version" of the comedy show, with Tom Hanks, one of the first celebrities to disclose he had the coronavirus, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and the comedy show's entire cast phoning in with jokes from home.

After being gone for more than a month, the NBC comedy institution returned to the air on Easter weekend by emulating other late-night hosts who have abandoned studios and audiences for DIY merriment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"It is good to be here, though it also very weird to be here hosting `Saturday Night Live' at home," Hanks said, speaking from his kitchen. ``It is a strange time to try and be funny, but trying to be funny is SNL's whole thing."

Hanks, in a close-cropped haircut he said was done for a movie, announced last month that he and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the virus. They recuperated while in Australia.

Hanks, in a close-cropped haircut he said was done for a movie, announced last month that he and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the virus. They recuperated while in Australia.

On the show, the Oscar winner said he had to get used to learning his temperature in degrees Celsius, where 36 was good but 38 was bad, "like Hollywood treats female actresses."

The world's new way of keeping in contact, Zoom meetings, was ripe for satire. The show's "cold open" showed all cast members arrayed in an onscreen gallery familiar to many working from home.

"Live from Zoom," Kate McKinnon said. "It's sometime between March and August."

One skit featured a mock Zoom work meeting, where McKinnon and Aidy Bryant played a pair of inappropriate receptionists. Bryant was stopped just in time when she brought her laptop with her into the bathroom.

"I used my license as toilet paper and now I don't know my own birthday," Bryant said.

Pete Davidson made a mock Drake video and McKinnon portrayed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doing a workout routine from home.

"Every day I eat half a chicken," she said. "Sorry, chickpea."

With Bernie Sanders dropping out of the Democratic primary race since the last time SNL was on, Larry David appeared from his easy chair to once again impersonate the Vermont senator.

"Don't worry about me," he said. "It's spring in Vermont, so soon it will be up to 40 degrees. And I finally have the time to relax and finish that heart attack from October."

The show also touchingly paid tribute to music producer Hal Willner, who scored music for many years on 'SNL' and died this past week after showing symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. Past cast members Adam Sandler, Tina Fey and Bill Hader were among those who offered remembrances.

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