Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast/AlamyOn Sept. 29, 2001, less than three weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Saturday Night Live returned for its first new episode of the season. Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler had just been hired to join the cast, Tina Fey was serving as co-head writer, and Michael Schur had just been promoted to head of “Weekend Update.” But instead of starting with a cold open comedy sketch, the lights came up on Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was surrounded by a group of New York City police officers and firefighters. He delivered a heartfelt message of gratitude and resilience and then Paul Simon performed “The Boxer” wearing an FDNY hat. When Simon finished the song, SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels joined the mayor on stage and asked him, “Can we be funny?” “Why start now?” Giuliani replied as the entire room and everyone watching at home let out a huge sigh of relief. Read more at The Daily Beast.