"Saturday Night Live," often referred to as "SNL," is a good place to see skits about politicians. The 2016 Election has given comedians lots of material to work with. Continuing its custom since 1976, the late-night television sketch comedy and variety show returns on October 1st, 2016 for its forty-second season.The NBC show is one of the longest-running programs on television. Every Saturday night from now until the election, the variety show will have lots of skits about the upcoming election.

Usually, the program airs three consecutive weeks and takes two weeks off. This season, there will be an exception. "Saturday Night Live" will air four shows before taking a one-week break and returning the Saturday night before the election on November 8.

Why 'SNL' premiered late in the season

October is rather late for fall shows to start. There is a good reason the program waited until October 1st for its premiere. The show wanted to wait until after the first presidential debate. The first presidential debate was last Monday night, therefore, thevarietyshow has fresh material to use.About 84 million people watched the debate, making it the most watched in its 60 years of televised presidential debates.

Alec Baldwin impersonates Donald Trump

Alec Baldwin has job security. That's because he will impersonate the Republican presidential candidate until the election is over and maybe longer. The former "30 Rock" actor said when he was asked to imitate Donald Trump he was glad to do it since he is one of Trump's supporters. He indicated that his jokes on the premiere show will be based on sound bites from the first debate.

Hillary Clinton,the Democratic candidate, is also fair game because "Ghostbusters"star Kate McKinnon will impersonateher.

'SNL' effect on elections

"SNL"has had an effect on U.S. presidential elections over the years. Voters have reported that while the political sketches are funny, they have helped them make up their mind about the person to vote for, especially if they were undecided. Who can forget when Tina Fey portrayed Sarah Palin during the 2008 election?

Sometimes the candidates themselves make cameo appearances alongside those impersonating them. Both Sarah Palin and Hillary Clintonshowed up during Fey's impressions of them. We just might see Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton show up while they are being joked about.

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