Three times is a charm for the folks at Saturday Night Live. Allowing one final gag at the expense of the presidential nominees following on from the third debate. ABC News reports that Sully star Tom Hanks joined in on the fun this time. Portraying Fox News host and moderator Chris Wallace as Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon reprised their roles as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump respectively.
The program avoided the opportunity to respond in kind to the Republican, after Trump's outrage and disgust at the "boring and unfunny" show that gave an impression which "stinks." Instead, it was left up to the three actors to focus purely on the events of the evening and make their final appearance on the New York skit show in the guise of their estranged alter egos.
Comparing the third encounter to the final Lord of the Rings installment, Hanks urged the audience just to get through this.
SNL Keen To Portray Contrast In Characters Temperament
Pointing to an unusually sullen candidate, Baldwin said "I'm going to start this debate in the quietest voice possible. In the past I have been big and loud, but tonight I am a sweet little baby Trump." All before yelling at the top of his voice, "They are ripping babies out of vaginas!"
As Hanks did his best Wallace impression, he asked the fake Trump about his sexual conduct and treatment towards women. The response was direct and emphatic.
"Chris, of course I do. I'm completely innocent," explained Baldwin. "I've said this before and I will say this again. No one has more respect for women than I do."
The next scene cut to an audience howling with laughter that zoomed out into an image of the world at large. "Alright, settle down, settle down, entire planet," urged Hanks.
McKinnon's Clinton Bang On The Money
While throughout the series Baldwin has been close to perfection for his spoof of the Don, it is Ghostbusters star Kate McKinnon that really steals the show on SNL during the campaign cycle. While the 30 Rock man implements a number of lines of dialogue delivered in real life with some added spice on top, McKinnon essentially has to create an inner-monologue of sorts to outline what she would be thinking amid all the chaos.
The third debate performance was a case in point.
"Listen, Chris, I'm glad you raised this topic because what two better people are there to talk about women's issues?" asked the Democrat. "Me, a woman who has had a child and has taken birth control, and him, a man who is a child and whose face is birth control."