The 2016 SNL Election Special airs tonight on NBC, and it brings to the masses a culmination of this year's best political sketches. The show begins at 10 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. CT and is available to watch on TV or online. Check local listings for time and stations in your area.
It isn't uncommon for SNL to present election specials, but they tend to consist of sketches from previous seasons. Tonight's 2016 SNL Election Special will feature skits from Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton as well as other guest stars who appeared in the 2016 season as political figures. The 2016 election has been unprecedented in many ways, and as countless people head to the polls, The 2016 SNL Election Special brings a bit of much-needed humor.
You can watch a video playlist of SNL 2016 election sketches in the player above.
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Over the weekend, SNL brought Dana Carvey back to reprise his role as the Church Lady. You can see the video of Carvey's Church Lady skit below.It might seem that Alec Baldwin, who portrays presidential nominee Donald Trump in the current SNL season, is a cast member or alum, but he is neither. Alec Baldwin holds the record for hosting SNL more than any other actor, according to Time, and he regularly appears on the show. SNL has provided sketch-comedy entertainment for the American public for over 40 years and is currently in Season 42.In the decades that Saturday Night Live has provided entertainment, it hasn't been without controversy. George Carlin hosted the first Saturday Night Live, and though censored by media, nothing was off limits. Carlin tackled topics such as religion and politics. Over the years, Saturday Night Live would continue to cover topics of importance to the American public in comedy form. Of course, that doesn't mean that everyone agreed or sided with Saturday Night Live's views.
While Saturday Night Live presents difficult topics in comedy format, they are effective in changing public opinion. Many people view Saturday Night Live's coverage, especially on political topics or elections, as routinely being more favorable towards liberal or Democratic views and more negative towards Conservative or Republican views. The 2016 election skits are no exception.
Some feel the 2016 SNL election skits are better than watching Trump's or Clinton's political campaigns. E! News posted an article regarding SNL election sketches being the campaign coverage people need to see.Does SNL hate Donald Trump? Some people seem to think so, while others say that Trump gives SNL their material. The 2016 SNL election sketches portraying Donald Trump in a negative light aren't the first time the show has made fun of a Republican candidate. In the 2008 presidential election, Tina Fey parodied Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler portrayed Hillary Clinton. Tina Fey's Sarah Palin sketches used Palin's own gaffes to make her look incompetent. There is no question that those skits resonated with the American people.
Will SNL's parodies of Donald Trump hold the same impact on voters as they did in 2008? Does using a candidate's own words in a humorous setting help deliver the point that a person is unfit for office? Are Americans more impacted by comedy skits than news coverage? Will tonight's 2016 SNL Election Special be the final nail in Donald Trump's political coffin, or will the American voter consider it meaningless humor?Here is a 2016 elections skit with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin endorsing Donald Trump played by SNL alum Darrell Hammond. Those who want to watch The 2016 SNL Elections Special online should visit NBC's official site for the live stream or download the NBC app from their preferred app stores such as iTunes or Google Play. The 2016 SNL Elections Special should be available on-demand tomorrow on Hulu and through your cable or satellite network provider. Check with your local television provider for an app that provides live, streaming television coverage.
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