8 Presidential Candidates Who’ve Appeared On “Saturday Night Live”

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SNL President Candidates

By Andrew Shuster |

SNL President Candidates


Saturday Night Live” has seen many politicians make surprise appearances over the years. With Donald Trump hosting “SNL” on November 7, Gossip Cop is looking back at eight other notable presidential candidates who let loose on the late-night sketch show.

8) Chris Christie

In 2012, current Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie appeared on “Weekend Update.” During his funny cameo, the New Jersey Governor gave a lighthearted account of his state’s progress following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He also poked fun at himself and his signature fleece jacket.

7) Bob Dole

Less than two weeks after Bob Dole lost the 1996 presidential election to Bill Clinton, he appeared on “SNL” to console cast member Norm Macdonald, who had been impersonating Dole on the show.

6) Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has appeared on the sketch show a handful of times. He first appeared in 1996, and then hosted the show shortly afterwards. Giuliani’s most memorable sketch was perhaps his turn as an angry cab driver who hated “Mayor Giuliani.” However, his finest “SNL” moment took place in 2001 shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Giuliani participated in a opening segment that paid tribute to New York City.

5) John McCain

John McCain has made multiple cameos on the show over the years, in addition to hosting in 2002. Days before the 2008 election, the Republican candidate appeared in a funny sketch alongside Tina Fey, who played his running mate, Sarah Palin.

4) Al Gore

Al Gore hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2002, a couple of years after the Democratic nominee lost the 2000 election. He made light of the loss in a sketch with unlicensed therapist Stuart Smalley (Al Franken), who tried to help boost his confidence.

3) George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush appeared during the cold open in 1994. He pretended to be angry with the show, as well as impersonator Dana Carvey for constantly making fun of him while he was a sitting president. He also went on to jokingly swear he’d get his “revenge.”

2) Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has appeared twice on “SNL,” both times confronting the cast member who’s impersonating her. In 2008, she performed a funny bit with Amy Poehler. And just last month, Clinton played a bartender who chatted with Kate McKinnon’s version of herself.

1) Barack Obama

President Obama appeared during a 2008 cold open, which featured a sketch about the Clinton’s Halloween party. A party guest wearing an Obama mask removed his costume to reveal it was actually Obama himself.

Donald Trump first hosted “Saturday Night Live” back in 2004. Tell Gossip Cop: Are you looking forward to him hosting “SNL” again on November 7?


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