'SNL' Cast and Alumni Share Stories and Sing For Producer Hal Willner Tribute: Watch

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Saturday Night Live Alumni perform a song for the Hal Willner tribute.

The Saturday Night Live cast all filmed their contributions to this week's episode from various locations, but their hearts were all back at Studio 8H for their moving goodbye to longtime music producer Hal Willner.

Willner died at home in New York City on April 7 after showing symptoms of the coronavirus, according to various reports. Since 1980, Willner worked on the music for the late night mainstay in various capacities, which Kate McKinnon described for the in memoriam segment that ran at the close of the episode on Saturday night (April 11).

"Everything at SNL happens really quickly, except some of the sketches the writers write are more cinematic in quality, and so they need to be scored more like a movie in order for them to make sense and make the jokes land," she explained. "The music becomes such an integral part of the sketch that you kind of don't notice it, but without it, it wouldn't make any sense. But on SNL, the guy who scores it only has a few hours. The guy who scores it is Hal Willner, and we lost him this week."

Many SNL alums, including Adam Sandler, John Mulaney, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer and more, shared their memories of Willner during their time on the show as well. Several sang the chorus of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" in between stories and clips of Willner speaking about his work with SNL and what he loves about the show. "When it's all working, there's nothing like it," he said in a clip from an interview about the quick pace of SNL's production. "I kind of get off on the danger: 'hey, this could really f--k up, or this is gonna be so magical."

Watch SNL's tribute to Willner below.


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