SNL “Silent Night”: Saturday Night Live has New York Children's chorus honor the victims of Newtown. (VIDEO)
Saturday Night Live Sings “Silent Night” for the Victims of Newtown
Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
Dec. 16 2012 10:36 AM

SNL Sings “Silent Night” for the Victims of Newtown

If you work in comedy, it’s sometimes hard to know how to respond to tragedy. Following 9/11, Saturday Night Live opened with Rudy Giuliani, New York City firefighters, and police officers. Lorne Michaels asked the mayor whether it was okay to be funny again.

Last night, SNL took a similarly somber approach to its cold open. One day after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the show began with the New York City Children’s Chorus singing “Silent Night.” The chorus returned later in the show to back up musical guest Paul McCartney on “Wonderful Christmas Time.”

Forrest Wickman is a Slate senior editor. He writes and edits for Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat.