John Mulaney and Saturday Night Live open with Ukraine’s national anthem

Saturday Night Live abandoned the traditional cold to switch to the performance of the Ukrainian Dumka Choir in New York singing the Ukrainian national anthem. New dad John Mulaney returns to host for the fifth time on Saturday night

John Mulaney and Saturday Night Live open with Ukraine's national anthem
John Mulaney and Saturday Night Live open with Ukraine’s national anthem

Saturday Night Live expressed solidarity with the people of Ukraine with an emotional opening to their latest show.

Comedian John Mulaney, 37, hosted America for the fifth time on Saturday night, just days after Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine on Thursday.

Saturday Night Live skipped the typically cold opening time for a performance by New York’s Ukraine Dumka Choir performing the Ukrainian national anthem.

The song originates from a 19th century Ukrainian poem titled ‘Ukraine is not dead yet’.

After the emotional performance, the cameras then turned to a set of candles set to spell the word ‘Kyiv’ in reference to the now besieged Ukrainian capital.

The cast of Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong ended the emotional performance with the traditional tagline: “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night.”

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SNL new dad and former writer John Mulaney was in charge of the procedure Saturday night, opening with a monologue discussing his relationship and newfound relationship with actress Olivia Munn.

Comics enrolled in a drug addiction rehab center in Pennsylvania for alcoholism, cocaine addiction, and prescription drug abuse in December 2020.

The following year, he announced his split from wife of seven years Annamarie Tendler, beginning a romance with Magic star Mike Olivia.

The program opened with an emotional performance of the Ukrainian national anthem



John and the actress welcomed their first child in November 2021, a son named Malcom.

Speaking on Saturday night, the comedian opened up about his close relationship with his newborn child.

“We were in the delivery room… my girlfriend just had a baby. They put him on the heater under this really bright light… he just looked up at the light,” John explained on stage, covering his eyes with his hands and squinting.

He continued: “He was upset but he didn’t say anything.

Candles spell out the name of the Ukrainian city, currently under attack



“I was like ‘That’s my son.’ A polite man in an uncomfortable situation won’t make a fuss.”

The loving father added: “He’s a very good boy.”

John and Olivia are said to have met at a church in California and began dating weeks after his marriage was confirmed.

Ex-wife Anna said at the time of the separation: “It is heartbreaking that John has decided to end our marriage. I wish him support and success as he continues to recover.”

John became a father for the first time last year


Olivia Munn / Instagram)

Comics announces separation from Annamarie Tendle in May 2021



During his Saturday Night Live stint, John didn’t mention his divorce, which was finalized in January 2022, but did shed a few jokes about his continued recovery. he.

The standout comic recounts his time in rehab, explaining to viewers how he had to block all of his drug dealer’s phone numbers.

John revealed that looking back at his past conversations, it turns out that one of his ‘dealers’ was actually a painter to whom he repeatedly unsuccessfully applied for drugs.

“Invariably, drug dealers turn an innocent man into a drug addict. I may be the first drug addict to turn an innocent man into a drug dealer. “, he joked.

He turned to the happier topic, adding: “Life is so much better and happier now. I have a 12-week-old son. I’m excited.”

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