On ‘S.N.L.,’ Dr. Fauci Hosts ‘So You Think You Can Get the Vaccine’


How do you get a week’s worth of political scandals and pandemic news into a single comedy sketch? And how do you find out if you qualify for a Covid vaccine and, if so, where to get one? “Saturday Night Live” attempted to answer some if not all of these questions with an opening segment about a fictional game show called “So You Think You Can Get the Vaccine,” hosted by Dr. Anthony S. Fauci.

This weekend’s broadcast, which featured Nick Jonas as both its host and musical guest, began with Kate McKinnon playing Fauci, describing herself as “America’s voice of reason and celebrity hall pass for some reason.”

She said the show would “give everyday Americans a chance to vie for vaccine eligibility,” adding: “Getting the vaccine shouldn’t be a competition, but Americans will only want to get it if it means someone else can’t.”

She then introduced the three-person panel of governors who would be approving or denying the requests of contestants, beginning with Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, whom she said was “hated by every single person in California except those 10 people he had dinner with in Napa that one time.”

Cecily Strong, playing Whitmer, compared herself to the other governors. “People yell at them about their policies, and they yell at me, ‘Get her!’ But hey, that’s life,” she said, swigging from a beer bottle.

Bringing the sketch to a close, McKinnon said, “The power went out at a CVS nearby. The vaccines are all going to expire so it’s first come, first stab.”

Another musical segment featured Chloe Fineman, Nwodim, McKinnon and Villaseñor as women who find themselves alone in their homes and decide to indulge in their favorite form of self-care: zoning out in front of the TV while watching murder shows. Paying tribute to this plentiful documentary form, Villaseñor rhymed, “Severed limbs found on a beach on Chula Vista / But I just kind of stare while I eat a piece of pizza.” Nwodim and Fineman shared a verse: “Dig up some bodies and do an autopsy? / Boring — wake me up when it’s Munchausen by proxy.” And McKinnon rhymed, “Bodybuilder chopped up an old lady / I watch it while I text my sister ’bout her baby.” Jonas got in on this number, too, playing Fineman’s boyfriend, who returns to inform her there’s something even better than murder shows: cult shows.


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