Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Appearance on 'SNL'
Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Appearance on 'SNL'
Saturday Night Live welcomed another presidential hopeful to the show over the weekend, with former first lady Hillary Clinton not only taking the stage to appear alongside comedienne Amy Poehler, but also uttering the show's famous opening line, “Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!”

Saturday's episode opened with a similar sketch recreating last Tuesday's debate, during which Clinton had referred to a recent Saturday Night Live episode in which a sketch had reporters fawning over her rival Barack Obama while treating her as an annoyance.  For the opening, Poehler took on the persona of Clinton and proceeded to field questions from NBC anchors Brian Williams and Tim Russert while serving softballs to Obama.  Moments later, the real Clinton appeared onscreen armed with an “editorial response.”

Clinton explained that the sketch "wasn't an endorsement of one candidate over another,” adding that she knows this for a fact because when she asked if she could treat it as an endorsement, the show apparently answered, “Absolutely not.”

“But I still enjoyed that sketch a great deal because I simply adore Amy's impression of me,” Clinton quipped.

Clinton wasn't the only political figure who graced Saturday Night Live that night.  Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani was on hand for a special appearance during the show's "Weekend Update" segment.  Giuliani, who withdrew his bid for the presidency in January, blamed his campaign's failure on a 1997 broadcast in which a sketch called for him to dress in drag.

Clinton was also the third presidential hopeful from the current race to appear on Saturday Night Live.  Republican candidate Mike Huckabee showed up to do "Weekend Update" the week before, while Obama appeared in the final pre-strike episode of the show in November.  Obama's sketch called for him to attend a party supposedly thrown by the Clinton family.

Chicago-based band Wilco served as the musical guest, while Oscar nominee Ellen Page (Juno) hosted Saturday night's show.  Wilco, incidentally, performed at a fund raiser for Obama in December.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Associated Press
(Image Courtesy of NBC