20 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Political Sketches

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

1. 'Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton Address the Nation' (9/13/08)

If you were to construct an all-time, all-star cast stretching across the show's entire history, you would put both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler into the mix – and this simply-staged cold open might be their best moment as a performing pair. Fey’s oblivious Palin is matched with the barely-contained rage of Poehler's Clinton, and the result is dynamite: "I believe diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy." "And I can see Russia from my house!" The writers didn’t have to make up much original dialogue for Palin, instead choosing to use many of the V.P. candidate's own quotes in the sketch itself. (It's a pattern the show repeated when Fey later portrayed the politician opposite Poehler's Katie Couric, an equally brilliant sketch.) The head writer's Palin portrayal was instantly iconic, and once again made SNL Must-See TV during an Presidential election season. RM

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