‘SNL’ Pokes Fun At Itself By Having Alec Baldwin’s Trump And His Team Cover Leonard Cohen

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05.20.17

Saturday Night Live poked fun at it’s own political sketch past with another Leonard Cohen moment, but this time with Alec Baldwin’s Trump with previous host Scarlett Johansson and many others joining in as well. The moment recalled when Kate McKinnon, as Hillary Clinton, both tried to move on from the election and honor Leonard Cohen’s passing by performing his signature song “Hallelujah” while playing piano.

During this cold open to kick off the season’s finale, Baldwin’s Trump, Johansson’s Ivanka, McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway, plus Death AKA Steve Bannon and the Trump sons, all gathered around the piano to sing the same song. The group singalong was full of fun throwaway moments such as McKinnon’s Kellyanne crossing her fingers when the line “didn’t come here to fool you” came up, and the Trump boys being unable to sing without standing rigidly like twin ghosts of Goldman Sachs past. Aidy Bryant’s Huckabee and Cecily Strong’s Melania, who also joined in, made a few funny faces during the earnest lyrics and looked sufficiently awkward based on their real-life counterpart’s positions in the administration.

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