Debbie Downer returns to Saturday Night Live for coronavirus sketch

FredIt’s been a long time since Debbie Downer was front and center for a sketch on Saturday Night Live — but it made sense. As a matter of fact, how has Rachel Dratch not appeared on the show over the past couple of years as this character?

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Debbie Downer remains an SNL institution, and given all of the depressing stuff going on the world, the show bringing her back for a coronavirus joke or two felt right. The scene was a wedding reception and with that, Dratch turned up in a gas mask at first. Is it the right time to joke about this sort of thing? We understand if there are those who don’t agree — but we also think SNL is a show about catharsis in tough times.

As for Debbie the character itself, it’s true that once you’ve heard the joke a few times, you know where the sketch is going. Yet, there’s still something funny about the cadence of it, especially when you see the show twist it slightly with a Trump comment or two at the very end. There’s also the nostalgia factor here, since the writers did a good job leaning into the classic nature of the character and the sound effects. Kudos to Dratch for coming back, and for the entire team for keeping this a surprise. We weren’t sure that they would be able to do that in a world where so many different things have a tendency to get out.

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