Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig stage wacky quarantine soap opera

Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig stage wacky quarantine soap opera

Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig stage wacky quarantine soap opera

This daytime soap is perfect for the young and the restless — and the quarantined.

On Wednesday’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the talk-show host corralled fellow “Saturday Night Live” alumni Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig to lampoon our socially-distant lives in a virtual soap opera, “The Longest Days of Our Lives,” a spoof on the long-running TV show.

In the four-minute skit, the trio beams in from their respective homes to poke fun at many daytime soap tropes, including adultery, amnesia, long-lost siblings and exaggerated gasps. But it takes place in an all-too-real world segregated by self-isolation and quarantines during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fallon’s blond-wigged Winston ominously intones in voiceover that we’re all in “a horrible time that feels like it might last forever,” right before Wiig’s Vanessa reveals she cheated on him while they are on a video call.

“How could you? I mean, how could you?” Winston responds, initially outraged and then just perplexed. “We’re all social distancing and quarantining. Was it through, like, Skype or something?”

The short dramedy snowballs from there with a flurry of self-administered face-slaps and Ferrell’s sloppy wig, mustache and hat changes as Fallon tries to hide his own laughter (but can’t). It also includes Wiig’s own character-swap into fur-wearing Melinda Charmin, apparently well-off “heiress to the Charmin toilet paper fortune,” a topical jab at folks’ hoarding of the essential product during the COVID-19 crisis.

Fallon, via his “At Home Edition,” joins other television hosts who have shifted their shows to virtual mode to entertain their isolated, homebound audiences. Some of the talkers have even ditched wearing pants for their broadcasts — because, hey, why bother?

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