With the 2016 election heating up, it’s time for Americans to learn about this round’s batch of eligible presidential candidates. The sheer number of candidates this cycle poses a great challenge to many who aim to stay informed, but on November 8 2016, people will have to cast a vote and hope for the best. As with any presidential election, comedy serves as a sober voice in a chaotic room. It has the ability to shed light on hypocrisy in places where other influential voices fall short. Some even postulate that comedy has the ability to change the public’s perception of a candidate; such is the case with Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin in the 2008 presidential election. Nevertheless, throughout the years there have been some hilarious political sketches. With the second Republican debate coming up, we decided to focus on some of comedy’s best debate sketches. Without further ado, here they are.
5. Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) Debates Gerald Ford (Chevy Chase)
Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford take some serious questions from moderators.
4. George W. Bush (Frank Caliendo) Debates John Kerry (Michael McDonald)
Let’s not forget Mad TV. There’s nothing better than a Frank Caliendo George W. Bush impersonation.
3. Republican Presidential Debate of 2011
Rick Perry (Bill Hader) can’t seem to remember the department budgets he would cut.
2. Michael Dukakis (Jon Lovitz) Debates George H.W. Bush (Dana Carvey)
The debate heats up with Dukakis and Bush elaborating on their conflicting ideas.
1. Al Gore (Darrell Hammond) Debates George W. Bush (Will Ferrell)
As the debate unfolds, Al Gore gets a little too hung up on his lockbox plan.