20 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Political Sketches

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

5. 'Debate '76' (10/16/76)

The cast and writers got one of their final opportunities to poke fun at Gerald Ford's klutziness and brain-farts during the show's Season Two premiere, which pitted Chevy Chase's spacey take on the President against Dan Aykroyd as Jimmy Carter. The sketch takes a few shots at the Georgia Governor’s vagueness, but it's mostly savage toward Ford’s inability to control his body – or to keep his facts straight. The line from this episode that pops up most often in “best of SNL" montages is Chase responding to a complicated question about the GNP with, "It was my understanding there would be no math." Oddly enough, a month later the President made his infamous, "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe" debate gaffe … meaning that Saturday Night Live had actually scooped reality. NM

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