Tina Fey Tom Hanks popped up to try to breathe some life into a sad “Saturday Night Live” after the live audience was cut, and cast and crew trimmed, because of surging COVID cases The final show of this year.

The duo ribbed “The Shrink Next Door” star and People magazine’s new “Sexiest Man Alive,” actor Paul Rudd, that the limited program hardly counted as his fifth time as host. (“SNL” alum Fey and Hanks are both five-timers.)

“SNL” — produced at Rockefeller Center, where the Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular was shut down the previous day because of breakthrough COVID cases — announced the changes just hours before the show. They were made “due to the recent spike in the Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, “SNL” said in a tweet.

Saturday’s program largely recycled a series of vintage holiday sketches, while “Weekend Update” featured a relaxed Michael CheWear a sweatshirt, Fey and a fey. trading jokes on stage.

Co-anchor updated Colin JostIt was cancelled.

“It’s not what you think. He’s having work done,” quipped Fey.

The holiday sketches, which included the illustrations of the Christmas tree, were quite sad. most recent, filmed Saturday morningA feature of aging Pete Davidson trying to keep his comedy chops alive in a kind of “Raging Bull” schtick.

These were also the best, with Justin Timberlake starring in an old holiday version of the popular “Dick in a Box.”

“Cut a hole in a box, put your junk in that box … somethin’ special, girl,” Timberlake crooned.

A trio of them was featured in another. VeryRyan Gosling’s naughty elves desperately A reluctant Santa may be able to punish you.

Singer Charli XCX had been scheduled to perform, but announced Saturday afternoon that she was bowing out, adding: “I am devastated and heartbroken.”

She encouraged her followers to get vaccinated.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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