SNL Opens 42nd Season Lampooning Presidential Debate Featuring Alec Baldwin Masterfully Portraying Donald Trump

Expecting much hilarious fodder going into the stretch run of the election, SNL selected Alec Baldwin to play Donald Trump, and he made his triumphant debut last night. Saturday Night Live kicked off their 42nd season last night with a cold open parody of the first 2016 Presidential Debate.

Last season, Darrell Hammond portrayed the outspoken Republican presidential candidate, but Baldwin did a fantastic job, especially with his pronunciation of “huge” and “China.” back as Hillary Clinton was Kate McKinnon, who does a tremendous impression of the former secretary of state. Michael Che played the part of moderator Lester Holt.

A hobbling and coughing Clinton was first to the stage and made a Willy Wonka-esque somersault to the podium. Clinton would come up with “Trumped up trickle down economics” right off the cuff and then attempted to be relatable because her father made drapes or sold drapes or printed drapes or something with drapes.

Meanwhile, Trump vowed to be more presidential, but that only lasted two minutes. After that, it was followed by fat-shaming, “yuge gina,” sniffling, and a mic that was taken to Kenya and broken. The skit highlighted Trump’s constant interrupting of Clinton.

Should be a great season of SNL.