Saturday Night Live is still one of the top the incubators for celebrity impressions, most notably political figures. Melissa McCarthy's White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump have spiked the show's ratings, the highest in 20 years. Beck Bennett's Vladimir Putin and Kate McKinnon's transition from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Trump mouthpiece Kellyanne Conway have become gems of the show's 42nd season.
SNL cast and writers have been busier than ever before, trying to stay ahead of the constant stream of news coming out of the White House. Every week, audiences lean in to see who will play the latest cabinet member, senator, world leader, or political victim of one of the most controversial administrations in history.
Who's nailing it? Is it McCarthy's show-stopping Spicer or Kate McKinnon’s Conway? Or is Mikey Day's Grim Reaper as Bannon hitting the sweet comedy spot? What about the many great non-political celebrity impressions that are always crowd pleasers? Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber is awesome, complete with non-stop posing. Kenan Thompson’s Steve Harvey is just as entertaining as the man himself.
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Tina Fey OWNS the Sarah Palin impression. She’s got the accent, the look, and the word vomit down to perfection. Her impression, which first aired in 2008, evolves with each wacko appearance by the former politician and reality star. Here's Fey as Palin in 2016 endorsing Trump.
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Larry David and Bernie Sanders could be twins. When David appeared on the show as Sanders in 2015, as the presidential election was heating up, he brought the house down. David nails Sanders’s Brooklyn accent, his hand gestures, and his entire persona.
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Kate McKinnon as Justin Bieber
When McKinnon first debuted her Bieber impression in a 2014 cold open, it killed. She revived the celebrity impression in 2015 to spoof Bieber’s Calvin Klein underwear campaign shoot and the outtakes from the shoot with Cecily Strong simply must be watched.
Because her Biebs is so spot on, McKinnon’s version of the Canadian pop star still pops up much to the delight of viewers. In one case, the impression saved the monologue of MMA fighter Ronda Rousey.
Kate McKinnon as Hillary Rodham Clinton
McKinnon captures the attitude and possible insanity of Clinton with her wild-eyed woman on the edge impression. McKinnon’s Clinton gives us a glimpse of just how nuts Clinton will go if she doesn’t become president. Clinton herself appeared on the show as bartender Val to McKinnon’s Clinton.
Who knew someone could nail the very essence of Steve Harvey? Thompson brings out the no-inner dialogue persona of the Harvey we all know and love. The 2015 sketches with him as host of Family Feud are priceless.
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Hammond has been refining his Trump for over a decade and he’s got the latest incarnation of the Donald down. Haters were not amused when the real Trump hosted in 2015, though he was joined in his monologue by both Hammond and Taran Killam, both doing their impressions.
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Moynihan doesn’t do this impression enough, but he popped up at the end of this in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens auditions sketch, gleefully mocking the much-maligned franchise creator who believes the force will get him a Coke Zero.
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The first time McCarthy came out to play the White House press secretary in February 2017, it took the audience a few seconds to catch on that it was her. Once they did, it was all over. McCarthy’s Sean Spicer was nothing short of genius. She was even better the second time around.
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