'SNL': Kate McKinnon Debuts Hillary Clinton Musical Number
McKinnon stars as the Democratic presidential candidate yet again to woo potential voters through song.
If Hillary Clinton can't convince voters to love her through debates, she'll do it through song.
At least that's Saturday Night Live's take. The Feb. 13 episode kicked off with a musical number starring Kate McKinnon as the presidential candidate (and, of course, Darrell Hammond as Bill). Melissa McCarthy hosted the Feb. 13 SNL episode with Kanye West as musical guest.
McKinnon sang "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt while a group of friends (Taran Killam, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer and Kyle Mooney) talked about how they liked Clinton as an option, but they really preferred "Bernie's whole vibe."
Even after Clinton's brief serenade, the group still leaned toward Bernie. "Did anyone else get so cold for a minute?" asked Bayer.
Performing on a swing, then later on a piano while Bill (Hammond) accompanied her, the group agreed that she is "at least way better than any of those Republican candidates."
"Except, I do like Jeb Bush," Bayer added, to a resounding, "You DO?"
"No I'm kidding, who likes Jeb Bush?" she joked.
When Bush (played by Beck Bennett) appeared to join in on the song, he immediately got cut off. "Wait, you can see me?"
"But I was just — I was doing what Hillary did, because we're both big losers," he told them.
In a digital short following McCarthy's monologue, SNL poked fun at "the day Beyonce turned black," showing white people who just didn't understand her new song. White people were forced to leave the country in masses after they discover other popular black actors — even Kerry Washington. "But … she's on ABC."
But in the end, they had one star to hold on to. "Mom, is Taylor Swift still white?"
During "Weekend Update," this year's Super Bowl MVP, the Denver Broncos Von Miller, appeared to explain gravitational waves to SNL's Michael Che.
With credentials that he "studied science in college," Miller said, "Let me put it like this. Picture two huge black forces slamming together, like say, me and Cam Newton."
"Now these forces collide and make gravity waves," said Miller, "like when I collided with Cam Newton and forced him to fumble." Miller went on to describe science in terms of football, specifically his performance during the Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers.
Cecily Strong starred as a pickup artist character in a sketch with McCarthy, who didn't understand how the pickup lines worked in a real-life setting.
Aiming to "neg" a man in a bar, McCarthy may have gone too negative. "I like your hair," she told him, "but I think you're a piece of crap."
"Hey, I like your outfit," she tried again. "I'd like it better crumpled up on my bedroom floor … just don't let it touch my Uncle Jesse's trundle bed. I think he's a serial killer."
In one of Kyle Mooney's digital shorts, he showed off his rhythm through a documentary-like bit, in which he decided to challenge musical guest Kanye West to a freestyle battle. "My goal here is for people all over the world to look at me and go … wait a second, that's hip-hop."
Self-described as a "white nerdy guy, sort of a heartthrob," Mooney announced that he wants to become the "greatest rapper alive," and the way to do that is by beating Yeezy in a rap battle. Things didn't go as he anticipated.
West took the stage Saturday to perform his new track "Highlights" off of his latest album The Life of Pablo. The song, which was first heard during Yeezy Season 3 runway show during New York Fashion Week, name-drops Ray J in its controversial lyrics which were censored during his SNL set.
Young Thug, who features on the track, and four backup artists also accompanied West on stage. West closed out his performance by announcing the release of latest album "The Life of Pablo" online.