In many ways, it seems only right that both Saturday Night Live and Bill and Hillary Clinton are celebrating their 40th anniversaries on Oct. 11.
After all, both have become American institutions over the years, and they’ve become intrinsically intertwined since before President Clinton even stepped into the Oval Office. In fact, SNL has even become a key stop on Hillary’s campaign trail.
In fact, it doesn’t seem right that we celebrate one milestone without including the other – after all, where would SNL be without the Clintons and vice versa? – so to celebrate, we’ve rounded up every single Clinton impression the SNL cast has done over the years.
Without further ado, live from New York it’s
For decades, Hook’s Hillary was considered the gold standard of political impressions. Her Hillary was smart, vicious and unafraid to do whatever it took (and takedown anyone she had to) in order to get what she wanted. After all, she was the co-president of the United States.
Janeane Garofalo and Michael McKean
Before Darrell Hammond and Ana Gasteyer created magic with their iconic impressions of Bill and Hillary, respectively, it was Garofalo and McKean who stepped into their shoes as the First Couple. Sure, it wasn’t particularly memorable, but every impression needs a little bit of workshopping
Ana Gasteyer and Darrell Hammond
Hammond doesn’t just impersonate people – he truly becomes them, creating such an iconic character that it’s impossible to imagine anyone else playing the role. In fact, his Bill is so iconic that when the real Hillary stopped by SNL in 2015, it was Hammond who came out to play her husband.
Poehler’s Hillary was not quite as popular as Tina Fey‘s Sarah Palin, but it was probably one of the most unforgettable Hillary impressions of all. From the frozen, forced smile on her face to her dramatic, podium-destroying breakdown, Poehler’s manic energy and thinly veiled vitriol made it the most entertaining impression in SNL history.
McKinnon’s trademark as a performer is her ability to make even the most normal, even-keeled character seem like they have a gigantic oddball lurking just under the surface. For Hillary, however, she throws that surface away completely, revealing someone so focused on becoming president that it infiltrates literally every aspect of her life and personality. Actually, we’re a little bit afraid of McKinnon’s Hillary now that we think about it