By Jason the 200 lb. Cowboy

With Alec Baldwin playing Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon asHillary Clinton, “Saturday Night Live’s” 42nd season had its biggest season premiere in eight years. According to live-plus same day viewing figures from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen, it averaged a strong overnight rating of 5-point-8, and jumped 29 percent from its season opener a year ago. In the coveted 18-49 demographic, it was up 35 percent since last year.

The show opened with a debate spoof that included Hillary crying and saying, “This is going so well.” At one point, McKinnon’s ‘Hil’ made a gesture that indicated that she was giving Donald the rope to hang himself.

Another election-themed sketch included the candidates’ surrogates playing “Family Feud.” It was Team Hillary vs. Team Trump – and it was hilarious. Between the creepy “Children of the Corn” moment with Trump’s kids, a shirtless visit from Vladimir Putin, and Larry David doing a spot-on impression of Bernie Sanders, they explored every giggle possible.

The hostess with the mostest – Margot Robbie – actually proved that she was more than a pretty face. Of course, they played to that strength in the “Live News Report” sketch. She was at the scene of a gaping sinkhole with a man who was aesthetically beneath her. It turned into a story of “How did he get her” as opposed to the sinkhole.

On the flipside, “The Librarian” sketch, Robbie showed a group of teen boys that while she looked gorgeous in their fantasies, in reality she was a hairless wonder who looked like she’d been chewing sugar-infested bricks that rendered her teeth horrid.

Leave it to Kate McKinnon to get Margo to break character during a skit.



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