Saturday Night Live came back from summer vacation for its 42nd season on October 1 with a strong—and politically relevant—start: Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon had us laugh-crying as Baldwin debuted his Donald Trump character and McKinnon reprised her Hillary Clinton parody in a (pretty accurate) satire of this past Monday’s debate.
Baldwin nailed his impression of the businessman-turned-politician, referencing Trump’s claims that minorities are “living in hell” and the times he fat-shamed Miss Universe, Alicia Machado. There was even a jab at the recent news that Trump may have avoided paying taxes for a whopping 18 years. Meanwhile, Clinton shimmied and smiled her way through the debate, knowing she was winning votes as Trump dug himself into a hole.
After the opener, the SNL team went on to bring back fan favorite Larry David to play the lovable Bernie Sanders in a round of Family Feud. He introduced himself as a somewhat begrudging Clinton supporter just doing what he must: “Senator Clinton is the prune juice of this election. She might not seem that appetizing, but if you don’t take her now, you’re going to be clogged with crap for a very long time.”
Also during the show: host Margot Robbie doing a pretty amazing Ivanka Trump parody and musical guest The Weeknd providing some between-skit entertainment.
Check out the cold open here:
And the Family Feud sketch, which featured McKinnon switching teams to be Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway:
SNL‘s usually at its best when it’s covering an election, and, well, they definitely have a ton of material to draw from this season. With five more episodes left until election day, we can’t wait to see what else they come up with.
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