WATCH: Kate McKinnon’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open Might Actually Make You Cry
Saturday Night Live opened on a somber note last night. After a week containing an emotional presidential election and the passing of music icon Leonard Cohen, Kate McKinnon opened the show with a tribute to both.
The comedian sat at a piano in her Hillary Clinton pantsuit and sang a stirring rendition of Cohen’s most famous song, “Hallelujah.” If you didn’t know McKinnon could sing or play the piano, you found out last night that she does both beautifully.
After the song, while some audience members were probably trying to pretend that the late night comedy show didn’t just make them tear up, McKinnon told the camera, “I’m not giving up and neither should you.”
After the opening title sequence, host Dave Chapelle had some jokes about the election results, according to Entertainment Tonight. “Seemed like Hillary was doing well in the polls and yet—I know the whites. You guys aren’t as full of surprises as you used to be.” Chappelle said that America has finally elected an internet troll as our president.
He did end on a more serious note, saying he’s wishing Donald Trump luck. “I’m going to give him a chance. And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.
Watch McKinnon’s entire cold open in the video above.