A Ukraine tribute and John Mulaney's sobriety take center stage in a moving 'SNL'_freckle removal recipes

Ethan AlterEthan Alter·Senior Writer, Yahoo Entertainment·5 min readIn this article:
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Usually, Saturday Night Live reserves its cold open for a spirited send-up of current headlines. But with Russia's recent invasion of Ukraine, the current headlines are no laughing matter. So the mood was appropriately somber within Studio 8H as SNL raised the curtain on its first show back since Jan. 29. In place of a sketch, veteran Not Ready for Primetime Players Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong introduced the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York, who performed a moving prayer for their native land. (Watch the cold open above.)

It may have been a departure from the usual SNL playbook, but viewers appreciated the way that the show met the moment.

The New York Ukrainian Chorus.

Beautiful#SNL pic.twitter.com/e9q7GJGPRW

— Smatthew (@Smatthew812) February 27, 2022

#SNL hitting exactly the right note in the cold open pic.twitter.com/kGPJ0ZF3Z8

— Husein (High Comedic Value) (@legally_brown) February 27, 2022

What a remarkable way to open the show #SNL #Ukraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/v83PPiHd2E

— Februarius Kattius (@katsterevin) February 27, 2022

I was really hoping SNL would do something to honor Ukraine tonight. This was beautiful. https://t.co/Gym2n1pvQU

— Amanda Wohlfelder (@aaamanda) February 27, 2022

I had a feeling SNL would do something sweet to honor Ukraine 🥺 I’m also glad I didn’t have to fake laugh at a cold open

— K (@kaylaxcx) February 27, 2022

And the night's host, John Mulaney, kept the serious mood going ... after a fashion. Returning to SNL for the first time since his highly publicized stint in rehab for drug addiction — and the equally highly publicized birth of his son with girlfriend Olivia Munn — the comedian approached those dramatic personal changes in his life with his usual wry levity. "For many many reasons, I’m grateful to be here tonight after a very complicated year," he noted. "It’s always great to be somewhere that’s always emphasized sobriety and mental health."


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