Debbie Down speaks for all of us.
I am guilty of over-worrying about this virus out there, made all the worse by the fact no one is in charge.
But to badly paraphrase Paul McCartney: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Debbie Downer comes to me, speaking words of wisdom…”
Rachel Dratch, who originated Debbie Downer on SNL in 2004, made an apt, surprise appearance on the show Saturday night, wearing a gas mask due to the lurking Covid-19 crisis. She did take it off and proceeded to inform the other wedding guests at her table of all the disasters ready to befall us all. Her opening salvo: “Unfortunately with Covid-19, you can display no symptoms and still be wildly contagious.” Wah-Wah.
SNL’s great at acknowledging public fears and then making fun of those feelings and reactions, if not the actual source of the crisis which in this case is serious.
In my reaction to this virus, I know I am ridiculous and that I am Debbie Downer, so the sketch definitely hit home in a good way.
Of course, the first Debbie Downer skit from 2004 is the best, an instant classic where Dratch found her lines so ridiculous that she could barely contain herself. Watch!