SNL forgoes its traditional cold opening for moving performance of Ukrainian national anthem – What We Know!

Cold open of Saturday Night Live on Feb. 26, 2022 features a Ukrainian choir with cast members Kate McKinnon (front left) and Cecily Strong

By Stephen M. Lepore For Dailymail.Com

Saturday Night time Reside went with out its well-known chilly open forward of this night’s present on the Russian invasion of Ukraine this night.

As a substitute, the present introduced a efficiency by the Ukrainian Refrain Dumka of New York performing the Ukrainian nationwide anthem. 

The music originates from a nineteenth century Ukrainian poem titled ‘Ukraine Is Not Dead But.’ 

After the shifting rendition, the present revealed a set of candles within the form of the phrase ‘Kiev’ referring to the Ukrainian capital, which is at present below siege.

Solid members Kate McKinnon and Cecily Robust ended the efficiency with the normal proclamation of ‘Reside from New York, it’s Saturday night time.’ 

Chilly open of Saturday Night time Reside on Feb. 26, 2022 contains a Ukrainian choir with solid members Kate McKinnon (entrance left) and Cecily Robust

The show presented a performance by the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York performing the Ukrainian national anthem

The present introduced a efficiency by the Ukrainian Refrain Dumka of New York performing the Ukrainian nationwide anthem

After the moving rendition, the show revealed a set of candles in the shape of the word 'Kiev' referring to the Ukrainian capital, which is currently under siege

After the shifting rendition, the present revealed a set of candles within the form of the phrase ‘Kiev’ referring to the Ukrainian capital, which is at present below siege

Comic John Mulaney, a former SNL author, then returned as host for a fifth time and did a monologue referencing his newfound sobriety and new son with actress Olivia Munn.

Mulaney and Munn obtained collectively after Mulaney’s stint in rehab and have since had a son named Malcolm. 

The world-headlining comic didn’t make reference to his ex-wife Annamarie Tendler.

Mulaney referenced his keep in rehab, the place he needed to delete and block all of his drug sellers. Upon reaching certainly one of them, he found that he wasn’t a drug seller in any respect, only a painter who Mulaney had saved asking for medicine.   

‘On a regular basis, drug sellers flip an harmless man right into a drug addict. I is likely to be the primary drug addict to show an harmless man right into a drug seller,’ he cracked.

General, Mulaney stated: ‘Life is rather a lot higher and happier now. I’ve a 12-week-old son. I’m very excited.’

John Mulaney gives his monologue on Saturday Night Live

John Mulaney provides his monologue on Saturday Night time Reside

Mulaney and son Malcolm in this photo from girlfriend Olivia Munn's Instagram story

Mulaney and son Malcolm on this photograph from girlfriend Olivia Munn’s Instagram story

Mulaney left his ex-wife Annamarie Tendler in late 2020

Mulaney left his ex-wife Annamarie Tendler in late 2020

Olivia Munn and Mulaney, along with son Malcolm, have a play date with Henry Golding and his wife

Olivia Munn and Mulaney, together with son Malcolm, have a play date with Henry Golding and his spouse