The 2016 presidential election helped bring Saturday Night Live back in a big way for its current season 42—specifically Amagansett resident Alec Baldwin’s spot-on Donald Trump impression and Kate McKinnon’s hilarious caricature of Hamptons visitor Hillary Clinton in their cold open debate parodies. To capitalize on this success, and give the people what they want, the show is putting on a special pre-election special on NBC Monday night, November 7 at 10 p.m.
The special will include a selection of SNL’s best political satire and skits, as well as (we can only hope) appearances by their newest political players, such as Baldwin, McKinnon, Larry David as Bernie Sanders and past Trump impersonator Darrell Hammond as the possible first First Husband and former President Bill Clinton.
Every time Baldwin and McKinnon have appeared on a cold open—the skit that starts the show and ends with the actors shouting, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”—the videos have gone viral and been the talk of offices, classrooms and homes around the country. And on the eve of one of the most bitter and tense elections in history, laughing with Saturday Night Live should provide some relief for all that mounting stress on both sides of the aisle.
While Clinton has said she loves McKinnon’s impression of her in the past, Trump has been vocal about his displeasure with the show. On Sunday following the October 15 episode of SNL, which parodied the vice presidential debate and Trump’s Access Hollywood tape scandal, he tweeted, “Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”
Unfortunately for Trump, and fortunately for the rest of us, that’s not happening.
To get an idea of what kind of stuff SNL will put out during the election eve special, watch the most recent cold open below, featuring Baldwin and McKinnon with Tom Hanks as moderator Chris Wallace, parodying the third presidential debate.