‘SNL’ celebrates spring’s renewal amid worries of Covid resurgence

“Saturday Night Live,” a show that has resorted to dark humor to mark the discord of recent years, tried optimism and religious lore for a brighter note.

The show opened with a vignette titled, “A Message From the Easter Bunny,” in which a furry suited Bowen Yang introduced himself and noted that, yes, what the audience was seeing was a giant hare.

“Either that,” he said, “or you’re at Coachella and the shrooms are kicking in.”

Yang called spring the season of renewal and rebirth and welcomed to the episode “folks from all walks of life to share their hopes for this Easter season.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, appeared. Played by Kate McKinnon, he wasn’t so upbeat.

“Covid cases are a lot like Jesus,” he said. “They’ve risen again.”

The doctor offered some solace to the majority of Americans who are vaccinated. “If you’re vaccinated, you’re going to be fine,” he said.

“And if you’re not vaccinated — I’m not supposed to say this — I honestly don’t care what happens to you,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Cecily Strong), R-Georgia, appeared in order to complain about the pastel colored candy and toys associated with the Easter holiday.

“This holiday has gotten a little too LGBQRST for me,” she said.

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