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The 'SNL' Cold Open Attempts the Impossible: Parodying the Second Presidential Debate

By Dustin Rowles | Saturday Night Live | October 16, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Saturday Night Live | October 16, 2016 |

We’ll have the full recap of the Emily Blunt hosted episode of SNL later this morning (Spoiler: It’s really bad), but here’s the Cold Open, for those who want to see how SNL covers the second debate.

“Please welcome to the second and worst ever Presidential Debate,” it begins, before Martha Raddatz (Cecily Strong) and Anderson Cooper (new guy) down a couple of shots. In another election year, Kate McKinnon’s take on Clinton — cold, steely, robotic, scripted to within an inch of her life — might be devastating, but when the alternative is stalking, assaulting, bigoted loon-cake Donald Trump, all those characteristics are positives. OH NO, SHE HAS HER SHIT TOGETHER. LOCK HER UP.

As for the cold open itself? McKinnon steals it again, but the writers were cornered by a reality that could never, ever be properly satirized. If the real debate were an SNL skit, it’d be a 10 out of 10. This? It was OK.

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