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‘Saturday Night Live’: Creepy ‘Trump’ Leaves Unsympathetic ‘Clinton’ Virtually Unchallenged (Video)

The comedy show’s satire of the “worst presidential debate ever” sums up some of the sorriest aspects of this year’s race to the White House, depicting an unelectable Donald Trump as essentially handing the presidency to an unworthy Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘Saturday Night Live’ Tackles the VP Debate and Donald Trump’s Sexism Scandal (Video)

Alec Baldwin is really getting the most out of his impression of the Republican presidential candidate.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Alec Baldwin’s Trump Reanimates ‘Saturday Night Live’ in Season Premiere

The actor’s venomous impersonation of the GOP nominee has been called the jolt the late-night comedy show needed.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

On ‘SNL,’ ‘Hillary’ Admits to ‘Bernie’ the System Is Rigged as They Toast Wasserman Schultz (Video)

While the most recent “Saturday Night Live” clip featuring Larry David as Bernie Sanders and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton is full of nuggets of truth, it also shows some bias toward the former secretary of state—much like the head of the Democratic National Committee.

Posted on May 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Hillary’ in ‘SNL’ Skit Tries to Hide Being a Sore Loser, Tells Young N.Y. Voters to Stay Home

Kate McKinnon plays an anxious and desperately ingratiating Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live” in the lead-up to next week’s crucial New York primary.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Every ‘SNL’ Video About Hillary Clinton You Ever Wanted to Watch, All in One Place (Videos)

Take a look at how parodies of Hillary Clinton have evolved on “Saturday Night Live,” from Amy Poehler’s portrayal of the Democratic candidate during the 2008 primaries to Kate McKinnon’s take on the current campaign season.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Responds to ‘SNL’ Hillary Clinton Parody

Sanders’ reaction on Sunday night’s MSNBC town hall broadcast to a “Saturday Night Live” clip spoofing Hillary Clinton has almost drawn more attention than the original viral sketch. Will Hillary get the joke?

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: ‘SNL’ Spoof on Clinton Has Her Co-Opting Sanders’ Message to Woo Young Voters

In a recent “Saturday Night Live” skit, Kate McKinnon plays an increasingly desperate Hillary Clinton willing to do whatever it takes to secure the youth vote—even if that means making a few radical changes to her message and appearance.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders and Larry David on SNL Together Was as Hilarious as You’d Imagine

Comedian David dedicated a long bit on “Saturday Night Live” to a mashup of his character on his HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. And that’s not all that happened.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: ‘SNL’ Spins a Tale of Two Hillarys, Skewers GOP Debate Shenanigans

It’s been a boffo week for political parody, and the comedic minds at “Saturday Night Live” have benefited from the windfall.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: George W. Bush—in the Form of Will Ferrell on ‘SNL’—Explains Why He’s Running Again

“The field of Republicans out there is so messed up,” declares the comedian as he plays the 43rd president, “I figured, makes you miss me, doesn’t it?”

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Civil Rights Petition Urges ‘SNL’ to Scrap Donald Trump’s Guest Host Appearance

The online civil rights organization is petitioning NBC to cancel Donald Trump’s guest host appearance on “Saturday Night Live” planned for this weekend. In only three days, the group has collected 30,000 signatures.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Larry David Plays Bernie Sanders in SNL’s Mock Democratic Debate—and It’s Glorious

Turns out the comedian did such a good job with his Bernie Sanders impersonation on “Saturday Night Live” that he may have scored a gig on the campaign trail.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: And Now for the Inevitable Rachel Dolezal Late-Night TV Spoofery

Former Spokane NAACP executive Rachel Dolezal spent much of her adult life doing a kind of impression of herself in order to pass as black. On Monday night’s “Late Night With Seth Myers,” comic actor Maya Rudolph, who actually comes from a mixed-race background, debuted her impression of Dolezal.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


‘SNL’: Stefon’s Farewell Features Anderson Cooper

In the season finale, “SNL” gave a fitting tribute to the character, as Stefon—played by outgoing cast member Bill Hader—gave us all one more “New York City’s hottest nightclub” to add to his list before abruptly leaving Seth Meyers to go marry ... Anderson Cooper.

Posted on May 19, 2013 READ MORE

Obama Weighs In On IRS Scandal, Bachmann Pushes 9/11 Pray Day, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Justice Department is caught spying on The Associated Press and a new poll shows Sarah Palin’s U.S. Senate prospects.

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE

‘SNL’: Dennis Rodman Appears in Skit Mocking North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

In this weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the show’s version of the North Korean ruler made a couple of major announcements regarding state policy on nuclear weapons and gay marriage.

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Saturday Night Live’ Explains the Sequester

As Democrats and Republicans haggle over the severity of the budget cuts, “Saturday Night Live” took the opportunity to explain how exactly the sequester could affect you—or at least, it mocked the possibilities on its latest show.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Ted Nugent Fires Back at ‘SNL’ for Mocking Him

Implicit in “SNL’s” version of Nugent—played in the “Fox & Friends” skit by Bill Hader—is that the right-wing rocker is, well, off his rocker.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama’s Immigration Plan Leaked, Krugman on the Minimum Wage, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a congresswoman’s attempt to criminalize public female nipple exposure and “Saturday Night Live” pokes fun at Marco Rubio’s State of the Union response.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE

A State of the Union Preview, ‘SNL’ Mocks GOP on Israel, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver’s warning to Karl Rove and the latest Republican threat against defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE

A Treasury Department Fail, ‘SNL’ Takes on Biden, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a bipartisan agreement reached on immigration reform and Obama and Clinton give a joint interview on “60 Minutes.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE

‘SNL’ Skit Mocks Lance Armstrong, Manti T’eo and Jodie Foster

The late-night comedy sketch program wasted no time making fun of the week’s big news events, tackling them in its opening skit that featured Taran Killam playing another person who has been in the headlines recently—CNN host Piers Morgan.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Watch: ‘SNL’ Honors Connecticut School Shooting Victims

“Saturday Night Live” deviated from its traditional comedic cold open to pay tribute to the children and adults who lost their lives in Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

Krugman Rips GOP Budget Plan, ‘SNL’ Spoofs Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newt Gingrich’s 2016 presidential election prediction and the big political decision Cory Booker is weighing.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE

Allen West Recount Results, Ron Paul Talks Secession, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest governor to put a foot down on Obamacare and Chris Christie appears on “Saturday Night Live.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE

‘SNL’ Spoofs Romney Election Loss

The presidential election can officially be put to rest now that “Saturday Night Live” has had the chance to weigh in.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

‘SNL’ Spoofs VP Debate, Fox News Questions Biden, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Koch brothers’ attempt to get their employees to vote for Mitt Romney and a Republican Senate candidate’s son going birther at a fundraiser.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE

Romney Closes Gap, ‘SNL’ Mocks Debate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney makes a major foreign policy speech and a Republican lawmaker defends slavery.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE

Obama the ‘Clear Favorite,’ Clinton Aide Goes Rogue, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one state increasing access to birth control, Rick Perry’s poor debate performances explained and a funny “Saturday Night Live” parody of undecided voters.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE

Romney Releases Tax Return, Clinton Visits ‘The Daily Show,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest swing state polls, why Paul Ryan was booed at the annual AARP conference and “Saturday Night Live” pokes fun at Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comment in prime time.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE

‘SNL’ Gets Political in 38th Season Premiere

“Saturday Night Live” got into the swing of election season with several political sketches that mocked such happenings as GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s gaffes and Clint Eastwood’s much maligned Republican National Convention speech.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh’s ‘Ringing’ Endorsement, Another Bad GOP Rape Analogy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Todd Akin back on the campaign trail and news on a birtherism convention.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE

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‘SNL’ Helps Take Down Invasive Ultrasound Requirement

After a multimedia outcry that included a bit on “Saturday Night Live,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell withdrew support from a bill that would require women getting an abortion to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound beforehand. And yes, that’s every bit as unpleasant and invasive as it sounds.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE

Betty White

Betty White’s Senior Appeal

She’s old, she’s feisty, and this golden girl just delivered “Saturday Night Live” its best ratings since Tina Fey dressed up as Sarah Palin. White is a one-woman argument against retirement. Watch the full Mother’s Day episode after the jump.

Posted on May 9, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Samberg as Emanuel

‘SNL’s’ Spiked Emanuel Skit

Is it safe to mock Barack Obama’s chief of staff yet? Will it ever be? What could be the explanation as to why Andy Samberg’s impersonation of Rahm Emanuel didn’t make it onto last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” lineup? So many questions.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


‘SNL’ Bush Endorses McCain

While the McCain campaign is doing everything it can to distance itself from the presidency of George W. Bush, “SNL” still managed to imagine how an endorsement from the commander in chief would go, and how gosh-darn down-home a Bush/Palin administration might really have been.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Palin and ‘SNL’ Hug and Make Up

It’s hard to make fun of someone to their face, although Alec Baldwin made an effort when Sarah Palin stopped by “Saturday Night Live” for some free PR. Tina Fey managed to dodge a direct confrontation with the woman she has so ably mocked.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Oct 7, 2008 ENLARGE    

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Palin to Exact Comic Revenge on ‘SNL’?

The McCain-Palin campaign team might soon borrow a page from the celebrity crisis management handbook (see Chap. 11: Poke Fun at Yourself on a Late-Night Comedy Show), if the rumor that Sarah Palin is considering an appearance alongside her “Saturday Night Live” doppelgänger Tina Fey comes true before the Nov. 4 election.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE

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‘SNL’ Spoofs the VP Debate

Parody is the best policy, as evidenced by the boost that “Saturday Night Live” has recently enjoyed, thanks to Sarah Palin lookalike (and sometime comedy star) Tina Fey. We kid, but so do Fey, Queen Latifah and Jason Sudeikis—playing Republican VP candidate Palin, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and Democratic VP pick Joe Biden, respectively—in this clip from the show’s Oct. 4 episode.

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Palin’s Biggest Fans

Posted on Oct 2, 2008 ENLARGE

Fey as Palin

Fey Takes On Palin, Take Two

“Saturday Night Live” alumna Tina Fey returned once again to fulfill her comedic duty on the Sept. 27 episode of NBC’s comedy show, spoofing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s one-on-one interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric earlier in the week. Fey’s fellow “SNL” comedian Amy Poehler dropped her Hillary Clinton act to play Couric in this clip.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Live From New York, It’s Sarah Palin

Tina Fey returns to “Saturday Night Live” to play the Alaska governor side by side with Amy Poehler’s Hillary Clinton, who offers to lend the media a pair.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

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Hillary Clinton Does Not Endorse This ‘SNL’ Sketch

You just can’t catch a break as a politician these days. Right when you think you look all “hip” and “endearingly self-deprecating” by allowing yourself to be skewered by certain late-night comedians (bonus points if you’re actually on the show while this gentle, aide-approved ribbing is happening), those same wise asses up and turn on you.

Posted on May 11, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Tracy Morgan

Saturday Night Surrogates

Shortly before the Ohio and Texas primaries, Tina Fey offered a raucous endorsement of Hillary Clinton that ended with the slogan, “Bitch is the new black.” Her friend and colleague Tracy Morgan has a few things to say about that.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Hillary Tries Comedy

Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, where she shared a laugh with her own impersonator. It’s part of a trend that is well captured by a recent Politico article, which notes that politicians are increasingly cultivating their celebrity status.

Posted on Mar 2, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


‘SNL’ Skewers Gonzales

“Saturday Night Live’s” Weekend Update takes embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the woodshed over his preposterous testimony: “The best thing anyone can say about Gonzales’ testimony was that he didn’t use the word nappy, and he remembered to wear pants.”

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Cheney the Chipmunk

Cheney the Chipmunk

In this great “Saturday Night Live” clip, members of the Bush White House try to boost their appeal by assuming the form of furry animals.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

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