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Scene picks: best SNL political sketches

Scene Staff Report | Monday, November 5, 2012

 

Come election season, SNL is known to prepare some of the best sketches and impersonations of our different political candidates. Here are some of Scene’s favorites: 

 

 Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE-OCDexYrU

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin is one of the monumental election satires in recent history. Not only was their resemblance uncanny, Fey was also spot on with her accent and mannerisms. Surprisingly, this sketch took little writing as it is almost word for word from Palin’s actual interview with Katie Couric. Yikes.

Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/clintonmcdonalds-cold-open/1351973/

Before he was the secretary of explaining, Bill Clinton was actually the President and one with a bit of a weight problem at that. Like the male Oprah, we’ll leave it up to you to decide whether you like your Bill skinny or curvy. SNL did a great job parodying the President’s fast food habit after he had been seen jogging with reporters to the nearest McDonalds.

“Undecided Voter”

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/undecided-voter/1418227/

The commercial parody of the “Undecided Voter” is one of the most watched clips of this election cycle because, as most SNL sketches do, it points to a legitimate problem in the electorate using their character wit. “What are the names of the two people running? And be specific.” Undecided might just be uninformed.

Fred Armisen as President Barak Obama

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/The-Situation-Room-Cold-Open/1327352/

SNL’s Fred Armisen as President Obama did an excellent job of portraying the cocky president right after the White House announced the death of Osama Bin Laden last May. What is meant to have been a speech on immigration reform quickly turns into Obama’s chance to make sure the country knows who’s boss, busting out a cigarette, strutting around stage with a newfound sense of swagger, cracking jokes, and re-establishing himself as the coolest president around.