Alec Baldwin is nowhere to be found.
The first episode of 'Saturday Night Live' since the election of Donald Trump was a surprise to all given the subtlety of their response to the situation, especially after weeks of satirising the Republican candidate. It was easy to assume that there would be some kind of uproar, but it seems the creators of the show were to shocked for that.
Donald Trump isn't slated on 'Saturday Night Live'
This week saw a tribute to Leonard Cohen as well as the defeated Hillary Clinton, as Kate McKinnon performed a sensational piano rendition of 'Hallelujah'. There was a strangely serious tone to the 'sketch' through this hyperbolic depiction of Clinton's loss, and it ended with a not so funny remark but more a positive one: 'I'm not giving up and neither should you'.
Noticeably absent from this week's 'Cold Open' segment of the show was Alec Baldwin, whose hilarious imitation of Donald Trump has gripped the nation in previous episodes. It seems he is trying to take a break from the character, given his feelings on the new president-elect.
'I'm not an impressionist, per se, but if you do any kind of comedy and they ask you to do that, most of the time, there's some degree of appreciation, I think, involving somebody you like', he said on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show. 'Trump is somebody who, I don't hate Trump, but he's not somebody I admire, so it was more difficult.'
'Saturday Night Live' hasn't always been anti-Trump as it were. A year ago he hosted an episode even after NBC severed ties with him after he made derogatory and offensive remarks about Mexicans, but while both Clinton and Trump have received their share of parodies on the show this year, Trump's has been considerably harsher.
Dave Chappelle hosted this week's episode, and featured with Chris Rock in an episode called 'Election Night'. While the characters all expressed an allegiance to Clinton, the purpose of the sketch seemed more to point out the hypocrisy of the American peoples.