Watch: Hillary Clinton teams up with doppelganger for a Saturday Night Live skit

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, appeared on the season opener of the comedy show Saturday Night Live as a wise bartender named Val

hidden October 05, 2015 08:45:28 IST
Watch: Hillary Clinton teams up with doppelganger for a Saturday Night Live skit

Washington:  Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, appeared on the season opener of the comedy show Saturday Night Live as a wise bartender named Val who pours a drink or two for, ahem, Hillary Clinton.

Most political candidates play themselves on SNL, often for just a cameo or to declare the show's famous tag line, "Live from New York — it's Saturday night!" Seldom do they play a character.

"So, Hillary," Clinton asks her doppelganger, played by SNL regular Kate McKinnon, "what brings you here tonight?"

Watch Hillary Clinton teams up with doppelganger for a Saturday Night Live skit

Kate McKinnon, portraying Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton portraying Val appear during the Bar Talk sketch on Saturday Night Live. AP

"Well, I needed to blow off some steam," McKinnon says. "I've had a hard couple of 22 years."

Asked what she does for a living, McKinnon says in imitation of Clinton's earnest monotone: "First, I am a grandmother. Second, I am a human, entrusted with this one green Earth."

"Oh," Clinton says, "you're a politician."

And just who is Val? Clinton deadpans, "I'm just an ordinary citizen who believes the Keystone pipeline will destroy our environment."

From there the skit poked gentle fun at Clinton's slow opposition to the contentious pipeline to Canada, her late-arriving support of gay marriage, and her inability to take a vacation. Notably absent was a crack about her private email server, the source of months of criticism from Republican lawmakers and candidates.

Speaking of Republican candidates, at one point Clinton, the real one, mimicked Donald Trump with a hoarse, throaty rendition of his dismissive statement, "Uh, you're all losers."

In a nod to the past, former cast member Darrell Hammond showed up on a barstool as Bill Clinton, who takes a look at Clinton and McKinnon and says, "My god, they're multiplying!"

Overall, the skit was friendly toward Clinton and closed with the former first lady joining McKinnon in singing Lean on Me. Clinton had another role in the show, introducing the first musical number by host Miley Cyrus.

Clinton has struggled at times to show herself as warm and personable with a sense of humor, qualities that have been valued in modern campaigns driven by broadcast media and now social media. The former secretary of state has already appeared this year on talk shows hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres.

Republicans did not fare nearly as well as SNL began its 41st season. The opening sketch made fun of Trump and his wife, Melania, and a faux commercial pitched a pill that cures people of thinking they can be president, specifically low-polling Republican candidates Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Jim Gilmore.

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