Political Parodies: The Best Trump and Clinton Impersonations
It is believed that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” and getting poked fun of by a comedian when you are a politician is par for the course, but some were clearly better than others.
Saturday Night Live’s Bi-Partisan Silliness
The iconic late night series has always been known for its comedic attacks on politicians on both sides.
Through the years, SNL has found fodder in finding hilarious women to poke fun at Hillary Clinton.
The late Jan Hooks was the first to portray Hillary after Bill Clinton arrived on the national stage and announced he was going to run for office. Hooks left the show in 1991, but after Bill was elected in 1992, she returned and set the bar for what it means to parody the first lady.
Following Hooks, Janeane Garofalo played Hillary in the 1994 season. But when the Clinton sex scandal was making front page headlines, Ana Gasteyer stepped in to parody the first lady in her most embarrassing hours.
However, the most famous SNL impression of Clinton would come from fan favorite Amy Poehler. She, along with close friend Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, dominated with their dead-on takeoffs of what was going on during the 2008 election cycle.
Currently, Kate McKinnon is the leading lady charming audiences.
Saturday Night Live entered the Trump impersonation cycle last year after the real estate mogul announced his bid for the White House.
Darrell Hammond, a former SNL castmember and current announcer on the show, has returned to the front of the camera to portray the billionaire. And he has his mannerisms, strange hair and outfits down.
Before Hammond, Trump himself bashed what's probably the key piece of makeup when impersonating the real estate mogul, as worn by Taran Killam.
He told Fox & Friends in October: “I thought the hair was very bad. They have to do better with the hair. The hair was really off but it was funny."
Though Trump was not a fan of Killam’s initial performance, the comedian did reveal to Inside Edition in December that he spent a week with the real estate tycoon to get ready for the role and make it better.
“Luckily, they gave me a week intensive with him so we can hang out and capture his movements, his essence,” he said.
At one point in 2015, Hillary Clinton appeared in the flesh to poke some fun at Trump.
“I thought she did a nice job,” Trump told Fox & Friends in October. He said that he'd watched the sketch and was impressed.
"She did the right thing. It's a special thing, it's a great honor, it’s like a feather in your cap,” he added.
Other Comedians Trounce the Candidates
Long before Jon Stewart left The Daily Show, the late night legend has always been a critic of Trump. Stewart has jabbed at how Trump eats pizza and his rhetoric, among other traits.
In December, Stewart joined his pal Stephen Colbert on The Late Show and transformed himself into the GOP presidential candidate.
Stewart donned a wig while Colbert used Cheetos to give the former Daily Show host Trump's signature orange glow.
Returning to television after eight years off the air, MADtv is not shying away from the political personalities.
Cast member Nicole Sullivan, who parodied Clinton in the late 90s on the series, has reprised the role in the relaunch of the sketch comedy show.
In a recent interview with TVLine.com, she admitted it's not easy perfecting Clinton.
“I still don’t know how to do her. At least I’m closer to her age now. I had a few more things to latch onto, but mostly just the wrinkles. She’s really, really hard to do. She’s so measured in her speech,” she said.
The Impression That I Get: Common People Parodying the Politicians
Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine is far from a comedian. The Virginia governor is known to be a humble and simple politician, but during his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, he showed he may have a future in sketch comedy as he poked fun of the GOP presidential pick.
He repeated the words he has heard from the New York billionaire’s campaign for the last year — “believe me.”
"We're gonna destroy ISIS so fast — believe me! There's nothing suspicious in my tax returns — believe me," he mocked.
Trump has yet to condemn or compliment the impersonation.
In June, 14-year-old Jack Aiello was chosen to prepare a speech for his graduation from Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights, Illinois. To avoid an overdone topic, he put a topical spin to a speech made year after year.
The outgoing 8th grader did impersonations of President Obama, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and, of course, Trump and Clinton.
The nearly 9-minute video, posted to YouTube, has more than 2 million hits.
In April, Inside Edition met John Di Domenico, who has been impersonating Trump for 12 years. Ever since the billionaire said he was going to run for president, business is booming.
“I listen to him every single day, I practice every single day,” he told Inside Edition.
It takes him over an hour to get into costume. He starts with a $400 wig that he calls “the most important thing.” Then it is the makeup, suit and power tie.
Di Domenico posts about his adventures on Facebook and has even done impressions of Jay Leno and Austin Powers.
In 2007, Inside Edition met with Heidi Dallon, a Clinton impersonator from Boston.
When Clinton was going head to head with Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, Dallon came to Times Square were people actually confused her with the real deal.
“They are looking me right in the eye and they are asking me questions and expecting me to have real answers to them,” she told Inside Edition.