December 17th, 2012
11:44 AM ET
"Saturday Night Live's" cold open is typically a place for irreverence, but the latest episode's opening minutes featured nothing but humble sincerity.
Aware that the nation is still at a loss over the tragic school shooting that happened in Newtown, Connecticut, Friday, "SNL's" cameras went live on the New York City Children's Chorus singing "Silent Night."
Once the Children's Chorus wrapped up, they delivered the familiar "live from New York, it's Saturday night!" line, and then the show went on with Martin Short as host and Paul McCartney and Nirvana as the musical guests. The Chorus also returned to back McCartney on "Wonderful Christmastime."
The episode was also full of celebrity guests, as Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, and Samuel L. Jackson, who had a particularly salty cameo.
In a sketch called "What's Up With That?," in which Kenan Thompson portrays a talk show host who frequently interrupts his guests by breaking into song, Jackson appeared to let an "F" bomb slip. The "Django Unchained" actor later explained via Twitter, "I only said FUH not F***! K was sposed to cut off da BULL****, blew it!!"
On January 19, Jennifer Lawrence will make her hosting debut on "Saturday Night Live."
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