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America's premier sketch-comedy show returns for its 42nd season LIVE from Studio 8H in New York City. This season, the cast includes Vanessa Bayer, Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, ... See full summary »

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America's premier sketch-comedy show returns for its 42nd season LIVE from Studio 8H in New York City. This season, the cast includes Vanessa Bayer, Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Bobby Moynihan, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Sasheer Zamata featuring, Mikey Day, Adam Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor. Check out these selected sketches and segments from each of this season's episodes, so you can make every night a Saturday Night.

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Opened with a performance of "Hallelujah" by Kate McKinnon, dressed as Hillary Clinton. This was both a tribute to Leonard Cohen, who had died just days before this episode aired, as well as to Clinton losing the Presedential race to Donald Trump. See more »

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References American Beauty (1999) See more »

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We the People...
Written by Q-Tip and Phife Dawg
Sample of "Behind the Wall of Sleep"
Written by Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward and Tony Iommi
Performed by A Tribe Called Quest
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Hey Alec....why were you a no show for this episode which aired after the successful campaign of President Elect Donald Trump?
13 November 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

So much for democracy and comedy on SNL aligning to bring their audience humorous insight in to what is the "reality of the peoples will" in this the 2016 USA election that commenced on the evening of November 08th, 2016 and was eventually realized by the voters in the early morning hours of the next day.

For anyone who was asleep this past week the next president of the USA was decided and the electoral vote was decided and went in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump. Over the past several episodes of SNL, Alec Baldwin has been portraying Donald Trump against the Emmy winning prime time regular Kate McKinnon who portrays the Democratic representative Hillary Trump.

I was so looking forward to what I thought would be the possibility of one of the all time SNL greatest episodes over the past 42 seasons because of the endless supply of comedy skits that could have been presented by the win by Republican President Elect Donald Trump, and the resounding loss of not only Democrat Representative Hillary Trump, but by the Republican party also controlling both the House and Senate. Heck, this was a perfect opportunity for the SNL writers to redeem themselves and come up with a show that makes fun of the overwhelming failure of all the news stations, national polls, and more importantly make fun of the SNL cast themselves because of the bias they showed towards Donald Trump the past two months.

I can imagine three skits myself that would have been hilarious such as the following:

Skit 1. Hillary finally holding her first open forum press conference in which she answers the questions she has been avoiding the past year.

Skit 2. Donald announcing the members of his cabinet played by various SNL regulars.

Skit 3. Donald and Melania moving into the White House and finding Barcak and Michelle refusing to move out...as well as Hillary and Bill already had moved their furniture in to the White House.

The list of skits were endless that SNL could have used to make this a great episode, but instead Alec Baldwin who has been portraying a very negative and pouty-looking Donald Trump the past two months leading up to election night was a no show.

Instead, the show opened with Kate McKinnon resembling a very sombre looking Hillary Clinton alone on stage playing the piano, to the recently deceased Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah. Now that was by no means a funny scene but more of SNL's left leaning political stance rearing its bias to the bitter end.

Guest host was Dave Chapelle whose opening monologue had a few good one-liners that referenced the surprising election results. Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock were in one skit which took place on the evening of the U.S. elections, and this skit compared how there were these two black guys listening to all their so-called white friends looking forward to celebrating the victory of their first Democratic female white president. Instead, as the election results steadily streamed in and so did their reality that Donald Trump was going to be their President Elect these white friends were displaying their own racist image by asking what happened to the black and Latino vote for Hillary? The continued non-surprise looks on the faces of Dave Chapelle and Chris Rock after being subjected to this type of racism their entire lives just did not tweek my funny bone.

In summary, I can only surmise that Alec Baldwin may have been a no- show on this episode because the producers would not allow him to display his continued brand of pouty-looking humor as the "winner and President Elect" which would mean they would have to admit that the Democrats were not adequately represented by Hillary Clinton even with the prime time Emmy winning Kate McKinnon playing the losing Hillary. So maybe the SNL producers instead of opening this episode should have closed this episode with Kate McKinnon singing recently deceased Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah.


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