Saturday Night Live may have effectively reclaimed its place atop the late-night television circuit on the heels of this past weekend’s show.
In a week that saw a reality television star rise to the United States presidency and iconic songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen pass away, SNL delivered one of its most memorable shows in years with host Dave Chappelle and musical guest A Tribe Called Quest.
Here are some of the best moments from this week’s show.
Kate McKinnon’s Cold Open
SNL opted for a cold open last night, skipping the opening jokes and instead leading with Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” The moment marked the end of the election and the death of Leonard Cohen.
There wasn’t hint of humour to the moment, and as a teary-eyed McKinnon concluded playing, she looked into the camera and said, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you. And live from New York, it’s Saturday night.”
Dave Chappelle’s monologue
Dave Chappelle’s return to television did not disappoint. The 43-year-old comedian’s opening monologue keyed in on Donald Trump’s win on election night.
“Donald Trump, he did it,” Chappelle said. “He’s our president. I feel bad saying it. I’m staying at the Trump Hotel right now.
“I don’t know if he’s going to make a good president, but he makes a swell hotel suite, Imma tell you that. Housekeeping comes in in the morning, cleans my room. And I just, ‘Hey, good morning, housekeeping.’ Grab a big handful of pussy, and say, you know, ‘Boss said it was okay.'”
A Tribe Called Quest perform “We The People….”
After an 18-year hiatus, A Tribe Called Quest released its sixth album last week. The group paid tribute to founding member Phife Dawg, who died in March of 2016, during their performance of “We The People…”.
Chappelle Covering Radiohead at the After-Party
During the SNL after-party, Questlove captured Dave Chappelle delivering an epic version of Radiohead’s “Creep” replete with a full band and horn section. The moment happened, as we discover through Questlove’s caption, a little more than an hour before the sun rose on New York City.
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