SNL: Daniel Levy hosts (and gets a visit from dad Eugene), attends super spreader Super Bowl party – USA TODAY

Ew, Daniel. 

Our favorite “Schitt’s Creek” star helmed “Saturday Night Live” and yet it was … blah.

Daniel Levy tried so hard and it just didn’t work. 

“I’m so honored to be hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’,” he says in his opening monologue. “Somewhere, my 13-year-old self has fainted in a really melodramatic way.”

Levy had zero presence in the opening segment. Little presence elsewhere, either. His “SNL” debut was unceremoniously lackluster.

His monologue celebrated the success of his Emmy-winning TV series, though he noted the downside of strangers yelling, “Ew!” at him on the street. “A line I wrote for the show will now haunt me for the rest of my life,” he laments.

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Thankfully, dad Eugene Levy shows up to surprise him, albeit encased in a COVID-safe glass box – 35 years after Eugene’s own “SNL” hosting gig was canceled by a writers’ strike.

“Hey, son! Wow, look at you,” Eugene says. “I flew in to wish you luck tonight.”

“You flew all the way to watch me in a box?” Daniel says.

Eugene Levy (left) showed up to watch son Daniel Levy host "Saturday Night Live" from the safety of a glass box.

Viewers were taken on a tour of coronavirus safety protocols at “SNL,” where Levy was busted by a safety warden named Doreen (Aidy Bryant), who slapped his hands when he made a point (“Pointing spreads droplets,” she claimed) and who used the visual of a pool noodle to gauge six feet of social distancing.

“When you wanna get chummy, just put a noodle in your tummy,” she reminds him.

Later, the host turns up at a Super Bowl super-spreader event, where the attendees (including Beck Bennett, Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Kyle Mooney) decide they’d be totally safe taking their masks off. Except that they aren’t: One of the friends (Levy) has been traveling everywhere for business, another is working as a mouth masseuse (Bennett) and a third has kept active with his wrestling club (Redd).

None of that stops them from rubbing on hand sanitizer and dipping right in (no utensils) to a big communal pot of chili. Until they realize that, um, nobody can really taste or smell it.

Kate McKinnon’s Dr. Anthony Fauci shows up with a mocwarning, sponsored by Cheetos and Durex condoms: “What you just saw is the wrong way to Super Bowl.” 

The right way to Super Bowl responsibly? “At home, in a mask, lights off, no friends.” 

Contributing: Kim Willis

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