20 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Political Sketches

From 'Trump Voters' to Tina Fey's iconic Sarah Palin – the greatest, funniest, sharpest political 'SNL' sketches

13. 'ABC Campaign '88: Presidential Debate' (10/8/88)

This sketch on the Bush v. Dukakis debate is incredibly long (clocking in at roughly 13 and a half minutes) somehow never overstays its welcome – largely thanks to the performers. Dana Carvey is still finding his comedic footing here in the role that would soon enough make him a household name, but his stammering repetition of catch phrases in lieu of actual substantial answers ("Stay the course, a thousand points of light ... stay the course") is what most folks remember whenever this skit is mentioned. The surprise here is Lovitz, who does a fantastic job rolling his traditionally snarky brand of humor into Dukakis' intellectual exterior, especially when he admits that "I can't believe I'm losing to this guy." The fantastic visual pun of a young child portraying Dan Quayle is simply icing on an already deliciously funny cake. RM

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