Saturday Night Live Castmembers Cried When Hillary Lost

The day some unfunny clowns cried.

COLIN JOST, CASTMEMBER The day after the election got extremely sad and very disorienting. People didn't know what to write. No one was feeling very funny.

STRONG I saw Kate in the hallway, and we hugged and sobbed.

McKinnon played Hillary. So if you were wondering where that sad piano opening came from, here's a hint.

The SNL lefties were acting the same way that the campus snowflakes were. Same meltdowns, same desperate attempts at inspiration. Lorne Michaels went out to tell a bunch of unfunny overpaid lefties they still have to do their jobs even though they lost the election.

Lorne also reminded us that "we're professionals and we have to do our job, and that's what we're going to do."

Then Dave read a poem that someone had texted him — I think it was [written by] Maya Angelou. Kate got emotional. 

Finally, Saturday Night Live was funny.

KENWARD Kate was always going to sing a song [for the cold open as Hillary]. One of the ideas was having her sing "Imagine," but then Lorne suggested "Hallelujah."

Imagine would have been even funnier. Unintentionally.

SCHNEIDER Kate went down to the floor at one or two in the morning on Friday night. They were still building sets, and she was like, "Let me just go play it for you guys and see if it feels right." We all got choked up, and we thought there was no way she's going to get through it without crying.

If only SNL had broadcast all the crying. The show could have finally appealed to Republicans.

"It was very emotional. On an extremely personal level, I had been playing this person for a year and a half, and I grew so attached to her as a person. That song so perfectly encapsulated what I wanted to say."

It did perfectly encapsulate "Waah".