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FILE - In this July 18, 2015 file photo, comedian Dave Chappelle speaks at the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation's Art for Life Benefit in New York. "Saturday Night Live" called on host Chappelle's wit for a thoughtful coda to a divisive presidential campaign. Chappelle offered an African-American take onPresident-elect, Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton, saying he hadn’t seen white people so mad since the O.J. Simpson verdict. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

The first post-Trump 'Saturday Night Live' got deep with a Leonard Cohen tribute


Election Week Cold Open - SNL

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.

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.

The show previously drew President-elect Trump's criticism.

What did you think of the post-Trump 'SNL'?

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