This is how "Saturday Night Live" started off its first performance after Donald Trump won the presidential election: Kate McKinnon (as Hillary Clinton) playing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Cohen, a legendary songwriter, died earlier this week.
Many praised the show despite striking an unusual tone for a comedy show.
Kate MacKinnon's Hallelujah ("I'm not giving up, and neither should you") opening on SNL was magnificent. As was Dave Chappelle's monologue.— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 13, 2016
McKinnon's performance was called "magnificent."
Though some thought it was over the top.
Dave Chappelle later took the stage as host and offered a long opening monologue that touched on the stress of the election, praise for President Obama, and the obligatory Harambe references. Chappelle had faced criticism for seemingly defending Trump's "hot mic" tape. (NSFW audio)
He definitely had at least one high-profile fan.
One of his closing lines hit home for many viewers.
Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
The show previously drew President-elect Trump's criticism.