It’s not often ‘Saturday Night Live’ stops the laughs, but on Nov. 14, the comedy show paid tribute to victims of the Paris attacks with a touching and appropriate opening monologue that really pulled at the heart strings, and you can watch the video here.
Before the laughs started, SNL took a minute to reflect and pay tribute to the victims of the Paris Attacks with an inspiring and moving opening monologue that really brings a tear to the eye, and we have the video right here for you.
Saturday Night Live regular Cecily Strong, 31, kicked off the proceedings offering kind words of support for the people of Paris in both English and French with a poignant speech. She said, “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.”
Then, after repeating her sentiments in French, Cecily said the usual, “it’s Saturday night” intro, but in a far more somber tone, which drew claps from the live audience.
It’s not the first time the show has paid tribute in such a moving way. In fact, last night’s monologue was reminiscent of SNL’s response to the 9/11 attacks when Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New York firefighters and police officers joined Paul Simon in singing “The Boxer.” After that, executive producer Lorne Michaels asked the Mayor, “Can we be funny?” to which Giuliani responded, “Why start now?”
Music on the show was provided by the excellent British act Disclosure, who were joined by Sam Smith and Lorde. But the night really belonged to Cecily, who was almost choked to tears as she was delivering the timely monologue. Our thoughts are with Paris as they continue to deal with the aftermath of this tragedy.
What did you think of Cecily’s monologue, HollywoodLifers? Did it bring a tear to your eye? Let us know in the comments below.
— Jon Boon