With the 2016 election season starting to ramp up, we’re already getting excited about SNL’s take on these candidates come September. With candidates like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite SNL political sketches over the years:
8. Donald Trump interviews GOP candidates
Darrell Hammond’s impression of Donald Trump has always been spot on, but some of the writing here makes the sketch: “I won’t rule out a running, especially if the party nominates a joke candidate.” This sketch is so great, it’s -uuuuuge.
7. President Bush Endorsing McCain/Palin
Palin’s obliviousness to the harm of a Bush endorsement, combined with McCain’s reluctant handshake makes for a great sketch. Plus the return of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Darrell Hammond all together again makes for some perfect comedy chemistry.
6. George W. Bush/Al Gore debate
This sketch actually changed some of the American public’s views of Bush and Gore. “Strategery” became a trademark for Bush even though he never actually said it, and Hammond’s constant mention of “lockbox” hit the nail on the head as a Gore impression.
5. Couric/Palin cold open
This sketch is made even better by the fact that some of Palin’s quotes were verbatim from the real interview. Fey & Poehler working together never disappoints, and America never tired from Tina Fey’s impression in 2008.
4. Bill Clinton at McDonalds
This sketch simultaneously makes fun of Clinton’s folksiness, his eating habits, and his secrets from Hillary Clinton. A classic.
3. Palin/Clinton cold open
This sketch was the start of the 2008 craze over Fey’s Sarah Palin impression. Some highlights include: Clinton’s rant about Palin having it easy while Palin pageants around, Poehler’s manic laugh impression, and one of the most famous misquotes of all time: “I can see Russia from my house!”
2. President Reagan, Mastermind
SNL’s take of Reagan playing dumb while being the true mastermind behind all of the controversy was especially critical for that time, and stays funny and relevant even until this day. And of course I couldn’t leave out Phil Hartman’s Reagan impression from this list.
1. Amy Poehler’s Palin Rap
What do you get when you put together a very pregnant rapping Amy Poehler, a dancing moose, and Sarah Palin dancing along? One of the best SNL sketches ever. This may not be a typical “SNL political sketch,” but it includes Palin and political content, so it can be on this list–and even top it.