Since its inception in 1975, “Saturday Night Live” (save for one Mardi Gras special) has been broadcast live from Studio 8H in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. But if the rise of covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that even our most hallowed institutions can adapt both quickly and deftly to our new reality. And so, in the footsteps of the weekday late-night shows, SNL returned in a new self-quarantining, video-streamed-straight-from-their-homes-to-ours format that paradoxically felt both alien and as comfortable as worn-in jeans.Of all the shows forced to reformat, SNL arguably faced the biggest challenge. It derives its magic from its collaborative performances in front of a studio audience. Going into Saturday, nobody knew what to expect. NBC kept the show’s contents hush-hush, making the episode one of its most highly anticipated — and it didn’t disappoint.The first sign things were going to be different (as if we needed such a thing), was the absence of a cold open. Instead of the usual opening credits, we were treated to clips of the cast (many sporting some wonderful quarantine beards) at home.A besuited Tom Hanks appeared as the surprise host, live-streaming from home and appearing to tremendous applause.“That is some sound effect of


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