After a strong run of recent presidential election sketches, “Saturday Night Live” has now slated a compilation special to air the night before this year’s election. A similar episode aired in 2008 with Tina Fey as VP candidate Sarah Palin, bringing her the guest acting Emmy a few months later. Could Alec Baldwin (as Donald Trump) and Kate McKinnon (as Hillary Clinton) ride this wave of popularity to Emmy wins themselves next September?
McKinnon just won an Emmy Award last month as Best Comedy Supporting Actress. A portion of her episode included an impersonation of Clinton, so she can already partially thank the former Secretary of State for her first trophy. Since she is a part of the ongoing ensemble, she would once again compete in the supporting category.
Baldwin, on the other hand, is making a series of special appearances, so he would most likely be eligible as Best Comedy Guest Actor. Our recent “SNL” article by Robert Pius points out that he must be on less than half of this season’s episodes, or else he would be forced to move into the supporting race. Baldwin is a two-time Emmy winner for “30 Rock” (2008, 2009).
NBC will air “2016 SNL Election Special” on Monday, November 7. In addition to the three debate sketches featuring Baldwin and McKinnon, it could also include appearances from last spring and winter with Larry David as candidate Bernie Sanders and clips from the “Weekend Update” segments that aired in the summer from the Democratic and Republican conventions.
The four October episodes were hosted by Margot Robbie, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, and Tom Hanks. You can continue voting in our current poll about which one of them was the best host of the season so far.
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