‘Saturday Night Live’: The Most Memorable Moments This Season

The Second Debate

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Town Hall Debate Cold Open – SNL Video by Saturday Night Live

“Saturday Night Live” spoofs of presidential debates have typically become instant classics, but the second general election debate in particular received outsize attention. The debate lampooned Mrs. Clinton’s perceived rigidity and Mr. Trump’s reaction to the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape, while also making light of memorable surprises like the audience member Ken Bone.


Melanianade – SNL Video by Saturday Night Live

The “S.N.L.” writers combined two pop culture forces here: Mr. Trump and Beyoncé. This was a parody of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” film, but through the eyes of the women closest to Mr. Trump, like Melania Trump (played by Cecily Strong), Ivanka Trump (Emily Blunt) and Tiffany Trump (Vanessa Bayer).

Tom Hanks in ‘Black Jeopardy’

Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks – SNL Video by Saturday Night Live

Less than a month before Mr. Trump won the election, Tom Hanks appeared as a Trump supporter in the recurring sketch “Black Jeopardy.” It turned out that Mr. Hanks’s character, wearing a red Make America Great Again hat and with a thick Southern drawl, had way more in common with his fellow African-American contestants than anyone expected. That is, until the very end of the sketch.

Kate McKinnon Sings ‘Hallelujah’

Election Week Cold Open – SNL Video by Saturday Night Live

Many wondered how “Saturday Night Live” would tackle a Trump presidency in the immediate aftermath of the results. Its very first sketch was full of sadness, not humor. Ms. McKinnon, outfitted like Mrs. Clinton, performed a somber cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Mr. Cohen had died that week, so the performance also served as a tribute.

‘I Told You So’

Election Night – SNL Video by Saturday Night Live

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