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Saturday Night Live, like just about everything else these days, is a little different. The cast members have to do their sketches from their own homes, using their pets, childhood journals, and backyards as props in their comedy. It’s a little unsettling, to say the least, when the credits roll against the backdrop of an empty Studio 8H. But there are some things that prove comforting when you tune in to NBC on Saturday night these days, the latest being Brad Pitt as Dr. Anthony Fauci.
For the cold open on Saturday night, Pitt appeared from what looks like his personal office at home, to play the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Lately, Fauci’s been the one informing America about the coronavirus pandemic, even while President Trump suggested Americans should expose their bodies to UV rays and disinfectant to cure the virus.
“And then I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” the president said, among other things. “And is there a way we can do something like that by injecting inside or almost a cleaning. As you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number so it would be interesting to check that. You’re going to have to use medical doctors but it sounds interesting to me.”
Pitt appeared in full Fauci dress, to debunk some of the things that have come out of the president’s mouth about COVID-19. He also did his best to interpret Trump speak:
“There’s been a lot of misinformation out there about the virus, and yes, the president has taken some liberties with our guidelines. So tonight, I would like to explain what the president was trying to say,” he said. When the show played a clip of Trump saying a vaccine would be ready “relatively soon,” Pitt, as Fauci responded, “‘Relatively soon’ is an interesting phrase. Relative to the entire history of earth, sure, the vaccine’s gonna come real fast. But if you were tell a friend, ‘I’ll be over relatively soon, and then showed up a year and a half later, your friend may be relatively pissed off.”
Watch here for the rest of Dr. Pitt-Fauci’s takes on Trump’s interpretations of the coronavirus.
At the end of the sketch, Pitt takes off his Fauci wig and glasses to thank the real Dr. Fauci for all the work he’s done to keep Americans informed. Good luck keeping the tears from your eyes then.