It’s the 42nd year for Saturday Night Live, and it’s going to be quite a season. Election years offer a lot of material for late night shows – SNL in particular – and this election is a comedy show in itself, so just imagine what the team behind the New York institution is going to come up with!
The season premier was hosted by Suicide Squad‘s Margot Robbie, in her first appearance on SNL. And, to make sure she did an opening monologue that impressed, she made sure that it was absolutely, completely factually correct (or, at least let you know when it wasn’t).
This season’s big gain – announced earlier this week – is Alec Baldwin, who has signed on to impersonate Donald Trump. Much like elections past – last year, for the primaries Larry David appeared as a spot-on Bernie Sanders (and rejoice because Larry David returned last night again to don a wig with slightly more hair to become Bernie), and who could forget Tina Fey’s run as Sarah Palin – the bigwigs at SNL are bringing in a ringer to parody the Republican candidate. And returning to the post of being Hillary Clinton five or so minutes a week is cast member (four years and running) Kate McKinnon. Here they are in this season’s opening sketch, likely setting the tone for the weeks to come:
Also getting in on the election/debate debate are Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che. It’s pretty much the first thing they talked about, and for quite a while.
Tune in to Saturday Night Live next week on Global at 11:30 et/pt, hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton, and musical guest Twenty One Pilots.