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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17. 'The Real World With Bob Dole' (3/16/96)

In 1996 presidential race, Republicans drafted cranky senior citizen Bob Dole to run against the hip, youthful Bill Clinton – naturally, SNL jumped at the chance to mock the mismatch. In a three-part series of sketches threaded through a single episode, Norm MacDonald stars as a bitter, lonely old Dole, struggling to fit in as one of the roommates on MTV’s early reality-TV hit The Real World. MacDonald would later complain about being stuck impersonating the Senator on the show for the better part of a year, but you can't deny his gift for playing the codger candidate known for complaining in third-person. ("Bob Dole likes peanut butter. Bob Dole’s never made a secret of that.") It nails both the genre's faux-melodrama and one aging candidate’s alienation from a changing world in one fell swoop. NM

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