The 17 funniest sketches from 'Saturday Night Live's' politically charged season 42


Between Donald Trump's unexpected rise to the presidency to Sean Spicer and Kennyanne Conway's unconventional relationship with the press, this season of Saturday Night Live, which came to an end over the weekend, has been one of the most political seasons in decades – and found a rich vein of material to tap on a weekly basis.

However, aside Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy's celebrated guest starring roles, SNL also struck gold with some hilarious new characters (like Kate McKinnon's Debette Goldry), beautifully shot pre-taped segments and good, old-fashioned sketch writing.

Check out our list of the absolute best bits of comedy from the past season below. [Note: These entries are presented in chronological order, and do not include some of the season's amazing monologues, as they weren't technically sketches.]

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1. "Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Debate Cold Open"

Alec Baldwin's debut as Donald Trump during the first presidential debates with Hillary Clinton remains one of the star's boldest and most memorable appearances of season 42. While many of his turns as President Trump have been hilarious, his first will remain an indelible SNL memory.

2. "Live Report"

When a sink hole swallows up a parking lot, an intrepid on-the-scene reporter (Kenan Thompson) gets sidetracked by the confusion relationship between a gorgeous woman (Margot Robbie) and her laughably unremarkable husband (Mikey Day).

3. "Actress Round Table"

Classic Hollywood actress Debette Goldry (Kate McKinnon) makes her SNL debut discussing the bizarre horrors of being a woman in show business back in the 1940s – like being forced to take opium injections to keep her quiet on set, and getting paid in broaches.

4. "A Day Off"

A look inside the life of Kellyanne Conway (McKinnon) as she tries to enjoy a relaxing day with her family, but her bosses' constant gaffes get in the way of her peace and quiet.

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5. "Stranger Things"

Before the hit Netflix sci-fi series returns for Season 2, the Duffer Brothers (Alex Moffat and Day) give fans a sneak peek at some of the mysteries they will be explaining in the upcoming episodes – namely, where the hell are Lucas' parents?

6. "Chonk"

A clothing line for women who are "beautiful, strong, and gorgeous at any size." CHONK!

7. "A Girls' Halloween"

Three best friends (Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer and Aidy Bryant) go out for a laid back Halloween celebration, which quickly spirals into a drunken spiral of crying and bad decisions.

8. "Election Night"

A hopeful and optimistic Election Night results party gets somber as the votes are tallied and America gets a new president. The outcome is shocking for everyone except one partygoer (Dave Chappelle).

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9. "The Bubble"

Do you want to live in an America free from hate, prejudice? An America where the most recent election never happened? An echo chamber where everyone shares the same progressive views? Then The Bubble might be the right, exclusive planned community for you.

10. "Wells For Boys"

Not all boys want to play with G.I. Joes or tree forts. Some little boys just want to whisper their dreams into a well and contemplate life's innate solitude. Fisher-Price has just the thing for your sensitive young man.

11. "Through Donald's Eyes"

A surreal (and often nightmarish) look at life through the eyes of President Trump – who apparently sees himself as John Cena when he looks in a mirror. This is easily one of SNL's most fascinating takes on the president's psyche, and one of their most creatively ambitious pre-taped sketches in recent memory.

12. "La La Land Interrogation"

Two cops (Strong and Beck Bennett) need to get to the bottom of one man's (Aziz Ansari) indefensible crime: not loving La La Land.

13. "Attorney Ad"

At the law firm of Broderick and Gans, one of the two lawyers is clearly better than the other, and one of their clients (Ansari) is just realizing this as he films a commercial for the firm.

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14. "Dry Fridays"

After getting caught with alcohol on campus, a group of University of Connecticut students are forced to attend Dry Fridays, and swap drinking stories. However, one student (Kristen Stewart) has some stories that put everyone else to shame, and make everybody super uncomfortable.

15. "Sean Spicer Press Conference"

Melissa McCarthy made her surprise debut as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and redefined what a political impression could do. While she went on to reprise the role four additional times, her first loud, dynamic and shocking spot-on portrayal was a grand slam homerun, and might be the stand-out sketch of the entire season.

16. "Girl at a Bar"

A young woman (Strong) comes to a bar to meet her friend, but keeps getting approached by outspoken male feminists, who actually have ulterior, creepy motives.

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17. "Pepsi Commercial"

An up-and-coming commercial director (Bennett) is super excited to be the man behind Pepsi's exciting new politically charged ad, featuring Kendall Jenner solving racism with soda. Right as the commercial is about to start shooting, the director gets some concerning feedback about the ad's tone-deaf message, but it's too late to make any changes. This timely, perfectly performed sketch works so well because it feels like this was something that absolutely must have happened in real life.

Honorable Mentions:

"Aziz Ansari Stand-Up Monologue"

"Dave Chappelle Stand-Up Monologue"

"Swat Recon"

"Amazon Echo"

"Cartier Ad"

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1729 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President, Donald J. Trump, Kate McKinnon as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, Alex Moffat as Paul Manafort, Beck Bennett as Vice President, Mike Pence during 'Manafort's House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, November 4, 2017 -- (Photo by: (Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1729 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Moffat as Paul Manafort, Alec Baldwin as President, Donald J. Trump during 'Manafort's House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, November 4, 2017 -- (Photo by: (Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kumail Nanjiani' Episode 1728 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during 'Trucker Rally Cold Open' on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Studio 8H -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Ryan Gosling' Episode 1726 -- Pictured: (l-r) Aidy Bryant as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Alec Baldwin as President of the United States Donald Trump during 'Cold Open' in studio 8H on September 30, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Dwayne Johnson' Episode 1725 -- Pictured: (l-r) advisor Steve Bannon, Aidy Bryant as Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Beck Bennett as Vice President Pence, Cecily Strong as First Lady Melania Trump, Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump, Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump, Kate McKinnon as Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day in 'Hallelujah Cold Open' in Studio 8H on May 20, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Melissa McCarthy' Episode 1724 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during 'Spicer Returns' in Studio 8H on May 13, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Melissa McCarthy' Episode 1724 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during 'Spicer Returns' in Studio 8H on May 13, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jimmy Fallon' Episode 1722 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jimmy Fallon as Jared Kushner, and Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Trump Cold Open' sketch on April 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1721 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Trump People's Cold Open' on April 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Scarlett Johansson' Episode 1720 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Alien Attack' Cold Open on March 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Alec Baldwin' Episode 1718 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Trump People's Court' sketch on February 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Felicity Jones' Episode 1715 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cecily Strong as a lawyer and Alec Baldwin as President Elect Donald J. Trump during the Trump Press Conference Cold Open on January 14th, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Wiig' Episode 1711 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Beck Bennett as Mike Pence during the 'Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open' sketch on November 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Wiig' Episode 1711 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Bobby Moynihan as Peter Chocksell during the 'Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open' sketch on November 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Wiig' Episode 1711 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump during the 'Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open' sketch on November 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emma Stone' Episode 1712 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, and Beck Bennett as Mike Pence during the 'Classroom Cold Open' sketch on December 3, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Casey Affleck' Episode 1714 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, and Cecily Strong as Melania Trump during the 'Donald Trump Christmas Cold Open' sketch on December 17, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Casey Affleck' Episode 1714 -- Pictured: (l-r) John Goodman as Rex Tillerson, Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump during the 'Donald Trump Christmas Cold Open' sketch on December 17, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) A Ku Klux Klan member and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Alex Schaefer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Alex Schaefer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Margot Robbie' Episode 1705 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 1, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Margot Robbie' Episode 1705 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 1, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Lin-Manuel Miranda' Episode 1706 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Prudential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'VP Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 8, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emily Blunt' Episode 1707 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emily Blunt' Episode 1707 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emily Blunt' Episode 1707 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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