11 Hilarious ‘SNL’ Election Sketches, From Scheming Reagan To ‘Yuge’ Bernie Sanders (Videos)
Tina Fey, Darrell Hammond, and Kate McKinnon have made a name for themselves on “SNL” by making fun of America’s democratic process
Jeremy Fuster | November 7, 2016 @ 4:14 PM
Last Updated: November 7, 2016 @ 4:23 PM
If there's one good thing about this chaotic election, it's that it has given the comedians of America an endless well of material. "Saturday Night Live" has certainly dug into that well, with plenty of skits poking fun at Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump (the latter of which, ironically, hosted last year). Here are some of the best "SNL" sketches from this election, along with classics from elections past, starting with Alec Baldwin's parody of Donald Trump in the first presidential debate.
If you asked someone to name an "SNL" election sketch, they will likely come up with Tina Fey's famous 2008 parody of Sarah Palin. Fey's quip about how Palin could see Russia from her house immediately entered the zeitgeist and became one of the most famous "SNL" jokes ever.
Eight years later, "Fey-lin" made her return to "SNL" in a sketch that parodied Palin's endorsement of Donald Trump at a rally in Iowa.
Imagine an alternate universe where Al Gore won the 2000 election. Well, Al Gore himself is here to show you what kind of speech he would have made as our 43rd president. Don't worry about George W. Bush. He landed a nice cushy job as the commissioner of Major League Baseball.
When Amy Poehler left "SNL," Kate McKinnon was tasked with taking up her job as the show's Hillary Clinton impersonator. Last year, the two reunited for a very special Clinton Christmas sketch that highlighted the duo's different approaches to impersonating the Democratic candidate. .
For "SNL," the breakout performance of this election has been Larry David and his impersonation of Bernie Sanders. The finest example of his work is "Bern Your Enthusiasm," where David gets to combine the two roles that have made him one of the biggest stars of 2016.
Plenty of late-night shows have done parodies of Beyonce's "Lemonade," but "SNL" nailed it with "Melanianade," a sketch where Melania Trump and several more of the women in Trump's life warn him to not take them for granted
Several actors have impersonated George W. Bush on "SNL," but the most famous by far is Will Ferrell's version. Here's a recent skit in which Ferrell shows Dubya announcing his endorsement for president.
In 2012, Taran Killam starred in a digital short parodying undecided voters. This election, he was featured in a spiritual sequel that went after people who would be checking the box next to Trump's name.
Alec Baldwin has been putting good work in as a guest star over the last couple of months with a dead-on impersonation of Donald Trump for the cold open sketches. Here's one of Baldwin stalking Hillary Jaws-style in a parody of the town hall debate.
Finally, here's McKinnon again in a Hillary Clinton ad that tries to reach out to millennials disappointed that Bernie Sanders didn't win.