SNL Throwback: SNL's 5 Most Touching Moments

Welcome to the second installment of SNL Throwback! Saturday Night Live is obviously known for its comedy, but the show has had some great dramatic and some downright sad moments. This list will showcase the top 5 most touching moments in the show's history.

5) Steve Martin Pays Tribute to Gilda
Original SNL cast member Gilda Radner died on May 20, 1989. That same day, her friend and frequent host Steve Martin was hosting the season finale. Martin was visibly upset as he delivered his monologue, which contained his heartfelt tribute t his late friend. The monologue contained a sketch from SNL's third season that starred Radner and Martin. It's safe to say that there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

4) Love Is a Dream
Love Is a Dream originally aired during Season 14 of SNL. It starred two now-dearly departed SNL cast members, Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman. Even before their deaths, this sketch was poignant, touching, and brilliant. The sketch was used as a tribute for Hooks when she died in 2014, and ever since, it's taken on an even greater meaning.

3) Kristen Wiig's Send-Off
Kristen Wiig was a huge part of SNL during her tenure, and is arguably one of SNL's best performers of the decade. So it was a really big deal when she decided to depart the series. She was given a tribute with the entire SNL cast, host Mick Jagger, Arcade Fire, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and Chris Kattan. It was all pretty emotional

2) Hillary Sings 'Hallelujah'
Less than a week after Hillary's surprising loss in the election, Kate McKinnon came out as Hillary for SNL's cold open, and she san the late Leonard Cohen's song 'Hallelujah'. It was really beautiful, and it served as a perfect tribute to both Hillary and Cohen. It was really something America needed.

1) Paul Simon Sings 'The Boxer'/Rudy Giuliani's Tribute
9/11/2001 was a horrible day for many people. Many lost their lives, and when SNL returned on September 29th, they delivered a heartfelt and beautiful tribute. Paul Simon came and same the Boxer, and then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appeared to deliver a message of hope. It was a great way to showcase the fact that New York is unbreakable.

SNL may be a comedy show, but they have their fair share of touching moments. These are just a few of them.

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