'SNL' Gets Serious In Its Post-Election Show

November 13, 2016

In the first "Saturday Night Live" episode since Donald Trump was elected president, there was plenty of material and plenty of jokes that could have been had. But instead, they chose to open the show with Kate McKinnon dressed as Hillary Clinton performing the late Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Cohen died on Nov. 7 — the night before Election Day.

It was a somber note to open on. But the show's cast and writers have been pretty open about their contempt for Trump, and it's not surprising that McKinnon, an openly gay woman, would take this election particularly hard. Still, she ended her performance with a message of hope. 

"I'm not giving up and neither should you," McKinnon said with a shaky voice.

Then came Dave Chappelle's monologue, which ended on a similarly serious note.

Chappelle talked about going to the White House for a BET-sponsored event and the hope he felt when he saw those halls filled with black people (and Bradley Cooper for some reason). He said it felt like proof of progress for a group who had been so mistreated and had become so disenfranchised. 

"So in that spirit, I'm wishing Donald Trump luck, and I'm gonna give him a chance," Chappelle said. "And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one, too."