SNL Kills With Debate Cold Open [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone recaps:

Season 42 of Saturday Night Live opened with its much-anticipated parody of the first presidential debate, which pitted Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton against Alec Baldwin’s pitch-perfect Donald Trump.

In the cold open, Lester Holt, played by Michael Che, asked many of the same questions the two candidates faced Monday night, including how they would create more jobs if elected president.

“I’ve got a very presidential answer for this,” Baldwin’s Trump said. “Our jobs are fleeing this country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to Jina. I would stop that. If Hillary knew how, she would have done it already. Period. End of story. I won the debate, I stayed calm, just like I promised, and it is over. Goodnight Hofstra.”

Like much of America on debate night, “Clinton” is amazed and amused by some of Trump’s answers, his constant sniffling and his whining that the microphone is broken. In the sketch, the Democratic candidate even offered her two minutes of speaking time to Trump so he could spout more inane stuff.

  • PickyPecker
    • pj

      i dont think even the promise of tacos is going to get me there….

      • Bluto

        These promised taco trucks need open bar.

        • pj

          now your talking

    • avidreader

      LOL, best one yet!!

    • Blake Mason

      I will make it Taco Tuesday.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I hope every taco truck in the country is out in full force election day. Park them as close to where people vote. They would clean up where there are lines.

      • lymis

        It would never happen, but it would be delightful if Hillary served tacos at her inauguration parties.

        • MaryOGrady

          Oh, I can see it happening. Tacos are delicious, if messy to eat.

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    • tcinsf
      • Acronym Jim

        How do we know you’re not just chingadera-ing us?

        • tominsf

          They’re both tasty, so let’s call the whole thing off…

          • TuuxKabin

            Let’s eat the whole thing off.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Excuse my complete ignorance here but in the case of the former image, I’m assuming that those are hard to eat by hand. When I order a taco here from one our lovely taco truck vendors, I get much of the same, and they hand me a fork.

        Am I being a total barbarian by using my hands to eat it?

        • tcinsf

          You’re supposed to pick them up and eat them by hand. I actually pick up the pieces that fall out with my hands too. I’m a proud barbarian.

      • greenmanTN

        Call me a Philistine, but I prefer the crunchy ones. I like the texture difference and the corn versus flour taste.

        • tcinsf

          Here, meet me 1/2 way with the tacos I grew up with. Take a corn tortilla and fry it gently in a pan, flip once or twice, couple of seconds each side. The idea is that you’re making it slightly al dente and chewy. It’s not crunchy, although a the edges will be crisp, and the frying brings out the flavor of the corn.
          Honestly, the street taco grilled or steamed thing has become dominant because it’s easier and faster for a taco truck. home made tacos had slightly fried tortillas.

          Same with Enchiladas. If I’m going balls out, i’ll fry the tortillas briefly before I dip them.

        • MattPS

          Wheat tortillas are only used for tacos in Northern Mexico. The rest of the country eats corn tortillas. And yes, they’re soft.

          • greenmanTN

            Hey, I’m from Tennessee. My introduction to “Mexican” food was Old El Paso crunchy taco kits from the Piggly Wiggly! 😉

            I did experience a lot more exposure, from Tex-Mex to the good stuff in Texas, but I still like crunchy Tacos.

    • kareemachan

      We vote by mail, so I guess I’ll have to make my own. They’ll look more like this:

      • Blake Mason

        That is my plan.

    • delk
    • TuuxKabin

      The wee Patron Saint of GOTV. Sweet.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Holy guacamole!

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild
    • greenmanTN

      Tacos would be the perfect election watching party food…

  • tomfromthenews

    Best line (to me): “Secretary Clinton, what do you think of that?” “I think I’m gonna be president!”

    • Ross

      I burst out laughing at that one!

    • DumbHairyApe

      And I really hope she’s right…

      OT: Is that your cat in your avatar? So many beautiful cats on JMG!!!

      • TuuxKabin

        That is a gorgeous cat/avatar.

      • tomfromthenews

        Thank you. Yes, that is my (late) cat Ray. My buddy for 16 years!

  • Blake Mason

    SNL killed it with this one.

  • Lazycrockett

    Best cold open in years and Kate did a great Will Wonka shout out to Gene Wilder. The whole show was great, so we all know next week’s will suck.

    • JCF


  • bkmn

    Captured what a complete moron he really is.

    • TuuxKabin

      Baldwin or drumpf?

      • karmanot

        I’ll just drop this here:

        • forcebear

          Dayum. How come Alec never treats me this way? ;D

        • greenmanTN

          Pretty much a major fantasy of mine circa Beetlejuice and Married To The Mob…..

          • B Snow

            I’m shallow, but god, he was SO BEAUTIFUL back in the day. Even when he was playing the douchebag boyfriend in “Working Girl”, although I think I liked him better with the lighter-colored hair.

          • greenmanTN

            You might be a complete turd as a husband and father, but PLEASE let me swim in your chest hair, Alec!

            #shallownessofgaymen #weakintheknees

  • Larry in Oklahoma

    Very funny and they totally nailed it. Alec, there’s a future for you. lol

  • Bj Lincoln

    Alex was awesome as that orange moron. Loved the entire bit! Gene Wilder would have love the Wonka walk. “I think I’m going to be President.” and the happy tears was funny.

    • Mikey

      I guffawed so loudly when she said that that my husband came up from his office downstairs to see what was wrong!

  • Larry Hillyard

    What is a “cold open”?

    • Chris H.

      I think it’s when one of the characters has a cold with the sniffles. /s

    • Bj Lincoln

      No introduction before the skit starts and they go right into it.

    • Acronym Jim

      The perfect beer on a hot summer’s day?

    • Treant

      Sex with a corpse?

    • When the show opens without an intro, straight from the commercial.

  • Acronym Jim

    “And finally, he’s the man to blame for the bottom half of all his kid’s faces.”

    As good as that line was, it only got better from there.

  • Treant

    I cannot wait to see the Trumpageddon this one lights off.

  • Oh, and the whining coming from RWNJs as we speak.

  • gast

    “The uploader has not made this video available in your country”

  • DumbHairyApe

    It was amusing, slightly. Still it doesn’t give me any reason to ever want to watch SNL. That show’s just not funny anymore.

    Go Hillary!!!

    • Treant

      I do think Baldwin did a really good job as Trump…but I also tend to agree. If this was their best effort, well…it was OK, but not exactly the height of hilarity.

      • TuuxKabin

        Wasn’t Hillaryous, you’re correct.

    • Tigernan Quinn

      People like you are just adorable.

      • DumbHairyApe

        I love humor and comedy. But 99% of the stuff on SNL just isn’t funny to me anymore. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve aged and my sense of humor has changed, or if their writers just suck. I feel like I’m in a dentist chair whenever I try to watch the entire show. Sure, they might have good points to make, but it’s mostly just painful being there. I like my humor a bit more quirky than most, so maybe that’s part of my problem as well. Portlandia or the old John Dore show, for instance, hits my sweet spot a LOT more than SNL does.

        Alec did a great job as Donald.

        • ShawnSwagger

          Agree. For me, it stopped being funny after the original cast (Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Dan Ackroyd, Jane Curtin, etc.). It got mostly unfunny fast after that with the second cast (w/ Eddy Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Joe Piscopo), but still had a few funny moments. It got truly awful/unwatchable during the Dennis Miller/Victoria Jackson/John Lovitz/Jan Hooks years, which is when I just stopped watching it.

  • EweTaw

    Baldwin’s Trump impersonation was OK. But for my viewing pleasure I prefer the comedian Chris Hardwick drags out to play Trump on At Midnight. That guy has all of Trump’s mannerisms and idiosyncracies down perfectly, including being able to widen his mouth the entire width of his face, making his lips thin like a frog. But it’s SNL. They have to work with what they’ve got.

    • Bruno

      I do think Baldwin’s voice was almost perfect. Not as big a stretch for him though as he already had some of the same vocal qualities as tRump.

    • TuuxKabin

      What have they got?

      • EweTaw

        Not much, though I like that Jones person. She’s crazy.

    • Phil in FLL

      Hardwick is the best Trump impersonation so far:

      • EweTaw

        As yet I haven’t been able to find out who that comedian is impersonating Trump. But he’s damn good. “He rambles like a baby on bath salts.”

        • AJ Drew
          • EweTaw

            Thanks for checking. Now I have to rehearse pronouncing his name. But he is definitely the best of the Trumpersonators. The best.

          • greenmanTN

            Those are great. I’ve never seen @Midnight before.

          • AJ Drew

            Even when @Midnight is “meh” it’s still pretty funny. When the “contestants” are a group that clicks (usually improv folks,) it’s hilarious.

      • Gerry Fisher

        He nails the keywords perfectly.

    • good shot green

      Mmm, Chris Hardwick. Been hot for him since his Singled Out days.

      It’s the throat bump – always drives me wild.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Despite enjoying the skit immensely, I had this thought a while after watching it this morning: they had to exaggerate WILDLY to make Hillary funny, yet they only had to add a few new lines to Trump quotes to do the same thing. Creates a (minor) false equivalency in terms of “likability.”

    • Adam King

      I thought it was stupid for that reason. The Trump impression was okay, but the Clinton half was unrecognizable and irrelevant.

      • Helen Damnation

        Her original responses were perfect; why mess with perfection, god damn it?

  • Mikey

    I hate these stupid SNL skit videos.. they are always region-locked, so I can never watch them.

    • Adam King

      You didn’t miss much.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      If you’re in Canada, you can watch it on Global news (just Google SNL cold open and it’s the first thing that appears). It’s missing the very beginning. The beginning (Hillary’s entrance) is on the Global TV SNL page. I’ve programmed it on my PVR for future installments.

      These region blocks are so stupid. I can watch the show on TV, record it on my PVR, but can’t watch on the web. (Same stupidity with TCM, PBS and others… but HBO is OK.)

  • I liked it.

    • forcebear

      An instant classic.

  • BeaverTales

    Alec Baldwin’s pitch-perfect Donald Trump.

    Trump and Baldwin are the same age and from the same Long Islandey/Queens NY demographic, and he is a good actor.

    • Trump is a bit older. I have seen Alec Baldwin, (in Telluride many years back) and I was surprise how short he was, he is bit shorter than Trump.

      However, he did a very good Trump impersonation..

  • TestSubject51

    Brilliant !

  • Michael Abbett

    Baldwin nailed it, but as my husband said, “He ought to have him down pretty well. He served him enough drinks.”

  • JCF

    Baldwin in the grave for a week would look more alive than Drumpf.

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