Politicians who have appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Since 1975, politicians have often shown up for special guest appearances and sometimes served as host of the show.

Presidential election

Democrat

Republican

Other

CAMEO

HOST

1975: SNL debuts

April 17, 1976

’76

Ralph Nader

President Gerald Ford taped an appearance for the show when his press secretary, Ron Nessen, hosted in 1976, the show’s first season. Ford delivered the signature “Live from New York, it’s ‘Saturday Night’!” opening line.

’80

Ed Koch

George McGovern

’84

Ed Koch (again)

April 14, 1984

Jesse Jackson

Former senator George McGovern finished a failed run for the Democratic presidential nomination just before he hosted in 1984. Responding to applause at the start of the program he asked, “Where were you last month on Super Tuesday?”

 

’88

’92

April 13, 1996

Steve Forbes

’96

In a somewhat awkward fit, businessman Steve Forbes hosted in 1996, soon after his bid for the Republican presidential nomination ended.

 

Rudy Giuliani

’00

John McCain

Al Gore

Al Sharpton

’04

April 3, 2004

Donald Trump

(Democrat)

During Trump’s first hosting gig in 2004, he sent his double, played by Darryl Hammond, on an NBC firing spree.

 

’08

Nov. 2007 - Nov. 2008

In the busy 2008 election cycle, Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both made appearances on the show during their Democratic primary fight. Closer to Election Day, both John McCain and Sarah Palin stopped by for guest appearances.

 

’12

Donald Trump

(Republican)

’16

Democrat

Presidential election

Republican

Other

HOST

CAMEO

1975: SNL debuts

’76

Ralph Nader

’80

Ed Koch

George McGovern

Ed Koch (again)

’84

Jesse Jackson

’88

’92

Steve Forbes

’96

Rudy Giuliani

’00

John McCain

Al Gore

Al Sharpton

’04

Donald Trump

(Democrat)

’08

’12

Donald Trump

(Republican)

’16

Notable moments

April 17, 1976

President Gerald Ford taped an appearance for the show when his press secretary, Ron Nessen, hosted in 1976, the show’s first season.

Ford delivered the signature

“Live from New York, it’s ‘Saturday Night’!” opening line.

April 14, 1984

Former senator George McGovern finished a failed run for the Democratic presidential nomination just before he hosted in 1984. Responding to applause at the start of the program he asked, “Where were you last month

on Super Tuesday?”

 

April 13, 1996

In a somewhat awkward fit, businessman Steve Forbes hosted in 1996, soon after his bid for the Republican presidential nomination ended.

 

April 3, 2004

During Trump’s first hosting gig in 2004, he sent his double, played by Darryl Hammond, on an NBC firing spree.

 

Nov. 2007 - Nov. 2008

In the busy 2008 election cycle, Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both made appearances on the show during their Democratic primary fight. Closer to Election Day, both John McCain

and Sarah Palin stopped by for

guest appearances.

 

[Why Donald Trump’s SNL hosting gig could open up a legal can of worms]

People most impersonated by SNL cast members

Of the top 13 most impersonated people, 11 are politicians — all of whom were elected president or were presidential candidates. Bill Clinton has been impersonated by SNL more than any other person.

Impersonated

107 times

Bill Clinton

George W. Bush

72

Barack Obama

61

Hillary Clinton

54

George H.W. Bush

42

Ronald Reagan

41

Jimmy Carter

39

Barbara Walters

29

Bob Dole

29

Al Gore

27

Dick Cheney

27

Ted Koppel

26

Donald Trump

25

Impersonated

107 times

Bill Clinton

George W. Bush

72

Barack Obama

61

Hillary Clinton

54

George H.W. Bush

42

Ronald Reagan

41

Jimmy Carter

39

Barbara Walters

29

Bob Dole

29

Al Gore

27

Dick Cheney

27

Ted Koppel

26

Donald Trump

25

Hillary Clinton’s character became familiar to SNL fans during Bill’s 1992 presidential campaign and continued to develop during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Skits of Hillary Clinton alluding to the scandal include “Bedtime at the White House” and “Hillary Moves Out.”

[Trump calls Carson a ‘loser’; charms ladies in these SNL promos]

How politicians age on SNL

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have had several cast members or hosts impersonate them.

Portrayals of

Hillary Clinton

Portrayals of

Donald Trump

Phil Hartman

Jan Hooks

 

Darrell Hammond

Janeane Garofalo

 

Ana Gasteyer

Jason Sudeikis

Taran Killam

Amy Poehler

Vanessa Bayer

Miley Cyrus

Kate McKinnon

Drew Barrymore and Rachel Dratch also played Clinton in one sketch each.

Portrayals of Hillary Clinton

Jan Hooks

 

Janeane Garofalo

 

Ana Gasteyer

Amy Poehler

Vanessa Bayer

Miley Cyrus

Kate McKinnon

Drew Barrymore and Rachel Dratch also played Clinton in one sketch each.

Portrayals of Donald Trump

Phil Hartman

Darrell Hammond

Jason Sudeikis

Taran Killam

[3 controversies Trump brings to ‘Saturday Night Live’]

Impressions of the Clintons

SNL impressions of Bill and Hillary Clinton show how focus has shifted from the former president to 2016’s expected Democratic nominee.

Bill

Hillary

’92

Impressions

of Hillary by

SNL cast

members

’96

President

’00

’04

Senator

Presidential

campaign

’08

Secretary

of State

’12

Presidential

campaign

’16

’92

’96

’00

’04

’08

’12

’16

Impressions of Bill by SNL cast members

Bill

President

Campaigns for president

Hillary

Senator

Secretary

of State

Impressions of Hillary

Trump on SNL: Why politicians are willing to be ridiculed on TV

[‘Dump Trump’ demonstrators protest Trump’s SNL appearance]