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‘SNL’ could barely fit the past week of election nonsense into one cold open

The election is so ridiculous that SNL could barely fit one week's drama into its opening segment.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Published Mar 6, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 3:16 am CDT

Saturday Night Live‘s cold open this week proved that the presidential election now has way too many plot twists.

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With impressions of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, and other characters, SNL tried mightily to compress one week of election drama into a seven-minute CNN parody. Ted Cruz‘s weird mouth glob, Mitt Romney’s erudite yet ineffectual anti-Trump speech, Chris Christie‘s awkward Trump endorsement—it’s all there, and it’s all horrifying.

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On the bright side, once this election cycle is over, chances are good that we’ll have four to eight years of Kate McKinnon‘s Clinton impression ahead of us. That’s something to look forward to, at least.

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*First Published: Mar 6, 2016, 11:19 am CST