December 17th, 2012
11:44 AM ET

'Saturday Night Live' pays tribute to Newtown

"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."

Filed under: Late Night comedy • television

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  1. JonfromLI

    I watched SNL only for the Children's choir. I left it on to see if Martin Short would say anything, but as soon as he opened his mouth with that retarded expression on his face I shut it off for the night.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Putz 1234

    Poor Samuel L. Jackson...does he know what day it is?

    December 18, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. did anyone read that article about

    email hacking today that's awful...let me find it....

    December 18, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Peach

    Samuel L. Jackson has some anger issues -BIG TIME.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Really...

      Nah, not's his character...and it goes with the sketch...everyone that gets skipped over is supposed to be "angry" at getting stiffed during the "fake show". He's just an intense guy...You seem to have more issues than he does...

      December 18, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Don Piano

    Here we are now, entertain us!

    December 18, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. steve

    Not sure why my comment didn't make it before. But.

    Nirvana? How'd that happen?

    December 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wallie

    they must want to get picked up...closer to paradise–2 weeks or so

    December 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dell Putz 1


    December 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Walter

    I think the opening was great; I just thought it was inappropriate for them to say "Live from New York..." at the end. Simply finishing the song and going to the intro would have been better.

    December 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • And we care why?

      Well, I guess opinions are reall like butts...everyone has one and they all stink...this one tops the cake...

      December 18, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • ashley

      I completely agree.. just seemed awkward

      December 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TrapTop

    nice kids

    December 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robert

    Rather than just a couple minutes of window dressing, if SNL really wanted to be reverent, they could change their ways entirely and stop mocking all things decent.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      "All things decent"? Get a sense of humor, or just stop watching the show. If they tried to stop mocking all things that could arbitrarily be labeled "decent," there would be no show. When you try to please everybody, you end up pleasing nobody. Just another person that wants to stifle free speech so that they won't be offended.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      It's a COMEDY SHOW! It's what they do. If you find it offensive, change the channel. Nobody is making you watch it. You're probably not up that late anyway. I think it was very proper of them to do a tribute to what happened the day before. SNL is actually very good about having touching moments of serious after tragedies. If you watched the show you'd know that.

      December 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flooby

      Yeah, that would be great. NOT!

      December 18, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • get a life...

      You make me laugh...

      December 18, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Part of what makes SNL funny is the fact that is annoys people like yourself.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Grumpy Robert

      Get off my lawn, you damn kids!

      December 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. drinks?

    just have to go home shower and change.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      Are you a criminal on the run and this is how you communicate with your family? :p

      December 18, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Money is important

    how's the sackaroo going?

    December 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tool

    these are adorable.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. partys partys partys

    I love the choir...thank you neighbor..all good!!!!

    December 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Gwen

    Financial threat

    December 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Chris g

    I'm not going to praise celebrities who could do so much more with their fame and money.. What does singing holy night really do to help?

    December 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obviously

      It doesnt help.But it makes people go 'Awwwwww' and maybe will tune in next week to see it.It also up's their Q-Rating

      December 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary M

      Jesus... are we really that cynical?

      December 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • LittleOne

      Why is it up to celebrities? The rich? Don't minimize children singing. And don't judge what you don't know. They probably help more than you know. It is not for me to judge them or you, but when I see someone say others ought to be doing something I have to ask what am I doing and what am I willing to do? I assume you do the same.

      December 20, 2012 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  18. Teresa

    It is very touching that they would do that during a comedy show. I wish i had seen it.

    December 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |

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