20 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Political Sketches

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

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19. 'The Question is Moot!' (10/20/84)

After a primary season where Jesse Jackson went from outspoken outsider to legitimate Democratic contender, the veteran civil rights leader appeared on SNL – and ended up making a better argument against the sitting President than anything Walter Mondale came up with that fall. Playing himself as a game show host, Jackson shoots down every answer, saying that terrorism, economic disparity and the fear of a nuclear holocaust all made trivia questions … well trivial. (It doesn't matter who’s on the $100 bill, he says, because few Americans would ever get to see one.) Like a lot of old political humor, this sketch could be remade today almost verbatim; the issues haven't changed even if the leaders have. NM

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