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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'Nixon's Final Days' (5/8/76)

7. 'Nixon's Final Days' (5/8/76)

The original cast's comic cynicism was forged in the era of the Vietnam War and Watergate, both of which were over before the show debuted. But thanks to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's explosive exposé The Final Days (published in 1976), the Nixon-hating Not Ready For Prime Time Players got to take a belated shot at a disgraced ex-President. This was was the first major sketch penned by SNL's most politically engaged writers Al Franken and Tom Davis, who reportedly struggled with how to turn the book's stranger-than-fiction details into comedy – until they dropped some LSD together. What they came up with is just barely exaggerated. Dan Aykroyd as Tricky Dick and John Belushi as Henry Kissinger act out many of Woodward and Bernstein's weirder details, from Nixon's sputtering bigotry to his spontaneously dropping to his knees in prayer. A classic. NM

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