Cast Saturday night live (SNL) presented a special segment this weekend instead of a cold open and looked back nostalgically on their experiences filmed during the season’s COVID-19 pandemic.
Titled “What I Remember About This Year,” the show kicked off its final episode of the season, which re-explored the highlights of the year.
“We went from really weird shows at home to terrible shows in person,” said Bowen Yang.
The performers remembered all the precautions taken from COVID-19 and what the rehearsals used to look like.
“I remember there were so many COVID precautions that if I wanted to hug someone I had to drag them into a closet and do it in the dark outside of authorities,” said Kate McKinnon. “That created a lot of confusion.”
“I remember hearing that if you can hold your breath for ten seconds, then you don’t have COVID and I’ve done that so many times – because I believe in science,” added Aidy Bryant.
Looking back at “some of the highlights of the season,” the show featured just a single clip from an earlier skit of Elon Musk dancing in a courtroom dressed as a Wario.
Chris Rock also appeared, pondering how he hosted the first episode of the season.
“The world was so messed up when I hosted,” said Rock. “I wanted Kanye West to be a musical guest – and he couldn’t do it because he was running for president.”
Eventually the cast remembered having lost members of their “SNL family”.
“This year we realized that we are more than just a cast – we are a family,” said McKinnon, fighting back tears.
“And as someone who played Rudy Giuliani and saw the year through his eyes, I can tell you – it was a wild ride baby.”