‘Saturday Night Live’: Tom Hanks Welcomes Paul Rudd Into ‘Five-Timers Club’

by Maggie Schneider

Tom Hanks and friends congratulate Paul Rudd for his fifth time hosting NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” The pre-taped segment opens the show.

Hosting “Saturday Night Live” is an honor. Hosting the show more than once is a dream. Actor Paul Rudd celebrated this accomplishment last night during his fifth hosting gig on the NBC show. Tom Hanks, Tina Fey and other friends welcome him into the “Five-Timers Club” with a pre-taped segment.

This is a scaled-down episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Due to COVID-19 rates rising all throughout New York City, the production decided to tape the show without a studio audience. They also cut the majority of the cast and crew to ensure the safest set possible. Tom Hanks announces this in his first few moments on stage.

Wearing matching smoking jackets with the number “5” stitched in, Tina Fey joins him onstage. They congratulate Paul Rudd on his fifth time hosting the show. The comedians make the most out of a disappointing situation.

“As you know, I started the Five-Timers Club,” Hanks says.

“Like you started COVID,” Fey jokingly replies.

While Paul Rudd says he is “extremely disappointed” about the turn of events, the opening monologue is written in good fun. He receives a matching smoking jacket, as well as a hilarious video from Steve Martin and Martin Short.

Combining pre-taped skits and some old favorites, “Saturday Night Live” provides some well-needed cheer.

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PEOPLE’s “Sexiest Man Alive” shares his secrets to looking young. The 52-year old actor jokingly calls himself a hologram.

“This is all done with smoke and mirrors,” he says. I’m a hologram, I’m like the new ABBA concert.”

Since PEOPLE Magazine’s announcement of his title in November, Paul Rudd has been leaning into his role with humor. Claiming he does not deserve the award, he still owns it.

“I’m going to own this. I’m not going to try to be like, ‘Oh, I’m so modest.’ I’m getting business cards made,” he says. “But all of my friends will destroy me and I expect them to. And that’s why they’re my friends.”

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Paul Rudd’s plays Mr. Grooberson in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” A continuation of the original series, the movie connects new characters to a “secret legacy their grandfather left behind.”

Receiving a 63% Rotten Tomatoes score, it has received mixed reviews. However, the role means a lot to Rudd. It is a tribute to one of the original writers, Harold Ramis, who died in 2014.

“One of the things that I really felt [while filming] was his presence and how moving it was to me and how much I kind of missed him and he should be there for this,” Rudd says. “He was such a great guy, a brilliant, comedic mind.”