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Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon Break Character On SNL To Make Sure You Vote

'On Tuesday, we all get a chance to choose what kind of country we want to live in'

Saturday Night Live wrapped up its last episode before Election Day last night (November 5), offering up its final bit of election commentary before Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.

The show began much like the other episodes from this season: with a cable news showdown between Trump (Alec Baldwin) and Clinton (Kate McKinnon). However, after trading the usual barbs about Hillary's emails and Trump's supporters (including Trump kissing an FBI agent, Vladimir Putin, and a KKK member on the mouth), Baldwin and McKinnon seemed to break character, saying they "hating yelling all this stuff," noting that the election has been "so mean," and that they feel "gross all the time."

In comes "Wake Up" by the Arcade Fire, as Baldwin and McKinnon escaped 30 Rock and rushed to Times Square, where they hugged Trump and Clinton supporters, handed out balloons, and ate cotton candy and soft pretzels before returning to the SNL studio to call on people to vote.

Things got a little misty in my living room. Also, host Benedict Cumberbatch and musical guest Solange were there! Below are some of the night's other top sketches:

  • Beck Bennett Asks The Big Question About Benedict Cumberbatch

    There was a moment before this sketch started where they made it clear it was going to be a game show, and I briefly was struck with fear that they'd go back to Black Jeopardy after scoring with it in the last episode with Tom Hanks.

    Instead, they go something to much pettier: Beck Bennett's own personal game show, "Why Is Benedict Cumberbatch Hot?" with contestants Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, and of course, Benedict Cumberbatch. I can't imagine what it was like to pitch this sketch to Cumberbatch, but Benedict was a good sport.

  • No Citizen Can Look Cool While Sitting On The Toilet. Or Can They?

    This commercial parody for a "cool" toilet that lets you sit on it backwards like A.C. Slater in the style of Apple's 1984 ad for the Macintosh to the tune of "Money For Nothing" by the Dire Straits is so dumb, it's brilliant.

  • Pete Davidson's "Chad" Returns, Is A Recurring Character Now

    Pete Davidson brings back "Chad," previously seen as Julia Louis-Dreyfus's pool boy, to once again be an object of illicit affection. This time, it's his professor (Cumberbatch) who lusts for Chad after getting the wrong impression from Chad's office hours visits.

  • Weekend Update Hosts Two SNL Legends

    While these weren't the funniest segments of the night, I'm obligated to mention any time Dana Carvey and Bill Murray return to SNL. Carvey showed up as The Church Lady, while Murray joined the Chicago Cubs in a rendition of "Go, Cubs, Go."

Next week's post-election host is Dave Chappelle (!) with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest (!!).


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