‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open Takes on Dr. Fauci, Omicron Fears and Cuomo Brothers’ Woes

‘Tis the season for Dr. Anthony Fauci to not be jolly. “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open tackled rising fears about the spread of the Omicron variant while also skewering the Cuomo brothers’ recent travails.

Kate McKinnon reprised her bald-capped portrayal of Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director who has become a fixture of the pandemic. The Cuomos were played by Pete Davidson (Andrew) and Andrew Dismukes (Chris). Other disgraced politicos helping Fauci with the spoofed CDC PSAs included gun-toting House member Marjorie Taylor Greene (played by Cecily Strong) and Sen. Ted Cruz (Aidy Bryant).

The penultimate “SNL” episode of the season skewed the rise of strict vaccination card requirements at dining establishments to absurd COVID-19 conspiracies to the recent arson attack on the Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters’ in midtown Manhattan.

“Do people still think I’m sexy, or are we done with this,” McKinnon as Fauci asked from the familiar surroundings of the lectern at NIH headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Billie Eilish is doing double duty as host and musical guest on the first original “SNL” installment since “Shang-Chi” and “Kim’s Convenience” star Simu Liu’s master-of-ceremonies gig on Nov. 20.

The 19-year-old music superstar delivered the monologue in one of her signature oversized outfits – a white flowing number with a hoop skirt hanging over frilly pantaloons. She described the look as “Mrs. Claus going to the club,” and also cracked that after the show she was off to “get married in an anime.”

Eilish noted her penchant for wearing extremely loose and baggy clothing, in an effort to keep the focus on her music not her physique. She poked fun at that practice in her breezy monologue, casting it as a big confession.

“This is hard to say. For me the real reason I wore big oversize clothes — I was two kids stacked on top of each other trying to sneak into an R-rated movie,” she said.

Eilish observed that she was musical guest on the show in September 2019 but never expected to be asked back as host as well. And she pointed to another milestone coming on Dec. 18.

“My birthday is one week from today. I am turning 20, or as the internet calls that, ‘middle age,’ ” she said.

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