Saturday Night Live isn’t often a show that is known for taking a serious tone. That’s exactly what happened this weekend, however, during the opening minutes, when Cecily Strong popped up onstage and spoke about the solidarity and support New York City would like to give Paris following the terrorist attacks this weekend. You can hear the full message, below.
Frequently in the year leading up to an election, the cold opens on Saturday Night Live are political sketches mocking and mimicking those who are hoping to run for President. It’s a great time for those who are good at impressions, at least, but the comedy was conspicuously absent in this week’s intro. Instead, Cecily Strong spoke out about how Paris’ lights will never go out or be extinguished. She then repeats the message in French. Here’s what she has to say:
Paris is the City of Light, and here in New York City, we know that light will never go out. Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you.
Strong eventually does utter the famous “Live from New York…” line before the show jumps into the actually comedy for the night, but the opening bit is a reminder that Saturday Night Live is one of the last cultural institutions we have left. We all expected SNL to comment in some way about what happened because they comment on everything important. It’s a reminder that no matter how bad a situation seems or how chaotic present events are, life moves on and normalcy returns. Saturday Night Live was there after 9/11. They’re here after the Paris attacks, and they’ll be back on the air for the next series of highs and lows.
Last night’s episode was extremely female-centric, likely because comedian Elizabeth Banks was on hand to join in the fun as the host. There was one sketch about a gaggle of girls gabbing and calling things ghetto until the conversation turned sour when one girl—Banks obviously—mentioned she lived in the ghetto. Another funny sketch was full of nineties references and nods to female masturbation. It was mostly a quirky, lively episode, although not one that will live on in the annals of SNL history as “great.” Still, the opening intro was extremely poignant and is worth a watch if you didn’t catch it on Saturday night.
Saturday Night Live airs each weekend on Saturdays (duh) at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Next week, you can catch Matthew McConaughey in the hot seat as the host. I don’t expect him to bust out any French, though.