The Saturday Night Live writers and cast made no secret of their disappointment with the results of last week’s presidential election. There were no jokes and no Alec Baldwin impersonating Donald Trump in the cold open of the first post-election episode. Instead, Kate McKinnon — dressed in her Hillary Clinton pantsuit — played the piano and sadly sang Leonard Cohen’s ballad “Hallelujah.”
When she finished her performance, McKinnon said, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.”
The somber cold open was a tribute to both Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential aspirations, as well as the artist Leonard Cohen, who passed away on Monday at the age of 82.
Comedian Dave Chappelle, who hosted the episode, opened with a few jokes about the new president-elect. However, he ended his monologue by saying, “I’m wishing Donald Trump luck and I’m going to give him a chance. And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he gives us one too.”