UPDATE Sunday morning, adding video.


There was no cold open. Cecily Strong appeared alone and said “Paris is the City of Light,” adding a moving, and movingly brief, tribute to the people of the city and of France. “And here in New York City, we know that light will never go out. Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you.”

After repeating the sentiment in flawless French, Strong said, “And now, live from New York,” and the show went on. It was heartfelt and exactly right. Then came host Elizabeth Banks and her dress, which was another matter altogether.