Kate McKinnon bids farewell to groundbreaking run on SNL by reviving a classic
In a rare departure from their usual political satire, the cold open for the finale of season 47 of Saturday Night Live saw Kate McKinnon revive one of her most beloved characters as she said goodbye to the show after ten seasons.
McKinnon has changed the face of queer representation on the sketch show which became an institution decades ago, bringing up some of the most prolific comedians in the world.
In the sketch, Kate places Colleen Rafferty, a woman who has repeatedly been given a raw deal when it comes to being abducted by what her two pals describe as benevolent aliens. When describing her own experience, Rafferty tells a different story to that of Cecily Strong and guest host Natasha Lyonne’s characters.
Rafferty says: “It was different down in third class. I get on board, and the gray aliens, God bless them, they are already standing in line waiting to bat my knockers around. So I think, What the hell, play the hits, right?”
McKinnon is one of a deluge of regular cast members leaving the show this season. Aidy Bryant (who we also love but doesn’t quite get the same send off), Pete Davidson, and Kyle Mooney are also leaving. It certainly doesn’t spell the end of LGBTQ+ representation on the show though with Punkie Johnson and the legendary Bowen Yang stepping up to the plate as the remaining queer cast members. Check out the sketch below.