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Watch Saturday Night Live’s emotional and highly unusual cold open

November 13th, 2016 at 11:43 AM
SNL Cold Open

Following an emotionally charged week that saw Donald Trump surprise pollsters and political pundits by winning the 2016 U.S. presidential election, many were curious to see what Saturday Night Live would have to say about Trump’s ascension to the presidency.

SNL, after all, has been at the comedic forefront of this year’s election campaign, even bringing in Donald Trump to host the show last November. In recent weeks, SNL has delivered an endless stream of hilarious political spoofs and memorable debate parodies. Specifically, Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon’s impersonation of Hillary Clinton both garnered rave reviews.

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With the election now behind us, SNL fans were ostensibly primed for a cutting satirical take on Trump’s unlikely win, especially with word that Dave Chappelle would be taking up hosting duties. Surprisingly, though, SNL flipped the script and opted to do away with the funny and instead lead with an emotional cold open.

With Kate McKinnon dressed up in full Clinton attire, the multi-talented comedian took to the piano where she played a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic Hallelujah (Cohen had passed away earlier in the week). There were no jokes, no crafty one liners or anything of the sort. Just McKinnon and a piano.

Following the song, McKinnon looked into the camera and said, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.”

You can check out the full video of SNL’s unusually somber cold open below.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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