And, of course, there was one person that was impossible to ignore-Donald Trump. It “scares people my age into caring about politics”, he joked. When Clinton (who played a bartender named Val opposite Kate McKinnon’s impression) opened with, “I’m just an ordinary citizen who thinks the Keystone Pipeline will destroy our environment”, the script wasted no time addressing the anti-Hillary talking points that she will face in the first Democratic debate. “First, I am a grandmother”. Her line readings were natural, especially for someone so often accused of being robotic.
Also of note: Saturday Night Live put the clip of the sketch online despite its inclusion of “Lean on Me”.
There were the winking jabs at how out off-putting and out of touch Clinton can seem.
“I love the impersonations of me…. I’ve had a hard couple of 22 years”, the faux Clinton replied.
“I’ve been on SNL before, and it is insane”, she admitted to ET.
In the exchange, McKinnon poked fun at how long it took Clinton to come to the conclusion that she opposed the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Strong returned to coax McKinnon from the bar, as the fake Clinton recounted her experience with Val.
Comedians Amy Poehler and Tina Fey played Palin on “SNL“.
Donald Trump and the GOP bore much of the brunt of the jokes on the SNL 41 premiere, with a hilarious sketch saying that Republican candidates need Abilify to understand that they will, in fact, never be President.
Clinton, playing Val, served McKinnon-as-Clinton and sparred with the gay comic about Clinton’s record on supporting gay marriage.
During Weekend Update, Pete Davidson makes the argument that Donald Trump’s candidacy for president was “funny at first”, but has gone on too long! It’s one of the few sketches in which Jones has shown some restraint, and is a departure from the way she’s usually deployed on the show – as a loud, uncouth black woman lacking in self awareness.
Then: the faintest touch of magic on live TV maybe strong enough to salvage Clinton’s struggling campaign. It’s like when you watch on old Muppet Show-the famous guests are all undeniably talented, but only about half are really committed to doing that musical number with Piggy. In his opinion, Darrell Hammond’s take on Al Gore was the show’s single most impactful political sketch.