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Updated on Sep 24, 2020. Posted on Sep 23, 2020

The 15 Funniest Political Sketches That Ever Aired On "Saturday Night Live"

Tina Fey is the only actor who could've played Sarah Palin.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best Saturday Night Live political impressions of all time. Here are the brilliant results:

1. Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions

Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions spoofing "Forrest Gump," telling people on the bench about his good friend, Kellyanne Conway
NBC

"I enjoy everything Kate McKinnon has done, but seeing her as Jeff Sessions was the absolute best."

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2. Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump insulting Rosie O'Donnell in a presidential debate while Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton reacts in shock
NBC

"Alec Baldwin's sketches as Donald Trump have been too much (in the funniest way). My entire family bursts out laughing whenever he makes a guest appearance on SNL, and he has honestly made the show so much funnier."

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3. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Barack Obama

The Rock transforming into The Rock Obama, with his t-shirt tearing apart and becoming built with more muscles
NBC

"Jay Pharoah did the most spot-on Barack Obama impression, but it was hilarious when The Rock took on the role with 'The Rock Obama' sketch. It was such a funny play on words, and maybe one of the most memorable political spoofs in SNL history."

Kayla Yandoli

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4. Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin telling a joke, asking the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull
NBC

"Tina Fey as Sarah Palin will go down as a classic. Honestly, anytime Sarah Palin comes to mind, all I can picture is Tina Fey — and I've even met the real one!"

thegradwholived

"The Sarah Palin sketch with Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton was absolutely genius. She did a great impression, and I'll watch that sketch over and over again without ever getting bored."

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5. Larry David as Bernie Sanders

A citizen in a car crash asking Bernie Sanders to pop her shoulder back in, and he nervously runs away and refuses to help her
NBC

"Larry David is more Bernie Sanders than Bernie is."

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6. Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris

Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris recreating memes and trending TikTok dances
SNL

"When Maya Rudolph first appeared as Kamala Harris during the '2020 Democratic Debate' sketch, it was my favorite. Her 'I'mma tell my kids this was Michelle Obama' meme joke was sooooo good."

Ian

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7. Cecily Strong as Melania Trump

Cecily Strong as Melania Trump, spoofing Beyoncé's "Sorry" music video
NBC

"Cecily Strong was brilliant as Melania Trump, especially in the 'Melanianade' sketch! It really made the bleak 2016 election a lot more enjoyable."

lily1818

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8. Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer

Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer using props to explain what's happening in the White House
NBC

"The Sean Spicer press conference with the props was hands down one of the best SNL sketches ever. Melissa McCarthy was genius."

Chewbecca21

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9. Will Ferrell as George W. Bush and Dana Carvey as George H.W. Bush

George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush hunting together in the woods, talking about the upcoming election
NBC

"Will Ferrell as George W. Bush will forever be iconic. His speech about which countries were in the 'axis of evil' was hysterical, especially when he named 'one of the Koreas' as one of the countries."

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"Somebody asked me if I'd pick anyone other than Dana Carvey as George H.W. Bush for the best SNL political impression, and I said, 'Not gonna do it, wouldn't be prudent, not at this juncture.'"

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10. Leslie Jones as Maxine Waters

Leslie Jones as Maxine Waters introducing herself in the "Women of Congress" sketch, telling everyone she's going to make Trump call her Uncle Maxine
NBC

"The 'Women of Congress' sketch is one of my favorite political moments on SNL, especially because of Leslie Jones' impression of Maxine Waters. She was absolutely hilarious, and I don't think anyone else could've delivered her funny intro as brilliantly."

Kayla Yandoli

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11. Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh

Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh, defensively yelling how much he likes drinking beer
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"Matt Damon did a great job impersonating Brett Kavanaugh, even down to the way he speaks. Pretty much everyone else in that sketch was amazing. Regardless of whether you saw the actual hearing, SNL did a good job making fun of the ridiculousness of Kavanaugh's speech."

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12. Cecily Strong as Dianne Feinstein

NBC

"Cecily Strong's Dianne Feinstein was hilarious, especially when she argued with all of the schoolchildren. It was spot-on!"

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13. Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton

Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton sharing the Paula Jones deposition to everyone in the US
NBC

"Darrell Hammond was an amazing Bill Clinton. He even mastered the patented 'I Feel Your Pain' lip bite."

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14. Melissa Villaseñor as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Melissa Villaseñor as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoofing her use of "millennial slang" and wearing her signature red lipstick
NBC

No one could've done a better job of impersonating AOC than Melissa Villaseñor. She delivered her one-liners in the most hilarious way, and I hope she continues to play her in the upcoming season!

Spencer Althouse

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15. And Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway

Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway spoofing "It," hiding in the street gutter and talking to Anderson Cooper
NBC

"Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway as Pennywise in the gutter was just the best. I laughed so hard!"

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Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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