Ten Best 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of the Political Season
Ten Best 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of the Political Season
Saturday Night Live has presided over a full-out comedy blitz during the last two months of the political season.  Ever since the 34th season of the sketch comedy series premiered in mid-September, the political coverage has been second to none.  It has revitalized Saturday Night Live, bringing in the show's highest ratings in a decade and inducing political debate throughout the country.  Now that Election Day is finally here, we thought it'd be a good time to look at the best sketches that Saturday Night Live has brought us during this exciting election season. 

For each entry on the list, you can click on the link and watch the video of that skit. 

10. Couric and Palin

In the aftermath of Sarah Palin's disastrous interview with Katie Couric, Saturday Night Live brought Tina Fey back to spoof it.  Problem was, the interview was so ridiculous that it became difficult to satirize.  As a result, a good portion of the sketch seems like a word-for-word reenactment.

9. Countdown with Keith Olberman

Ben Affleck absolutely nails Keith Olberman in this long, meandering sketch.  It's rare that a host gets a full eight minutes on their own in character, but Affleck was up to the task. 

8. McCain QVC Open

John McCain made his cameo on SNL last weekend, and the Cold Open was his best work that night.  Good-natured jabs at his campaign, plus an inspired QVC premise, with the final appearance, likely ever, of Tina Fey as Sarah Palin.

7. Fred's Map

Fred Armisen joyfully makes fun of all those interactive electoral maps that the cable news networks have been utilizing for months.  This, for some reason, absolutely slayed me. 

6. Obama Variety Show

It was good to have Maya Rudolph back, and the variety show idea is a great concept. 

5. Hall and Oates

Anytime Will Forte and Fred Armisen go on Weekend Update and sing together, it kills me.  This is a trifle of a skit, but hilarious nonetheless. 

4. McCain/Obama Debate – Bill Murray Cameo

Bill Murray is one of my favorite actors of all time, and it was good to see him back in Studio 8H.  Besides that, it was a solid debate sketch. 

3. Bush Endorsement

Will Ferrell was always the best W. impersonator that SNL had to offer.  While it might not be the most dead-on impersonation, Ferrell simply sells it better than anyone else.  Add in Sarah and Todd Palin, and you have comic gold. 

2. VP Debate: Palin/Biden

This is the best Palin Cold Open, in my mind.  You may feel like I've unnecessarily omitted the very first Palin sketch, but Fey's work only got better the more she appeared on the show.  Props also need to be given to Jason Sudeikis's work as Joe Biden.  His love/hate relationship with John McCain is hilarious. 

1. Palin Rap

This was transcendent.  Amy Poehler, a week away from giving birth to her first child, lays down a vicious rap, brutally spoofing Sarah Palin as she watches on from mere feet away, even dancing a little bit.  This is a skit that people will remember for years to come. 

Read More:
Saturday Night Live: John McCain's Appearance Brings Huge Ratings (Plus Videos!)
Saturday Night Live: Who Will Replace Amy Poehler on Weekend Update?
Saturday Night Live: Analyzing Sarah Palin's Appearance
Saturday Night Live: Best Tina Fey Clips on 'SNL'

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image Courtesy of NBC)
Which SNL Character Are You?