Fourth wall in final Trump and Clinton sketch
In the show’s final pre-election take, Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton — played by Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon respectively — made amends in an attempt to convince Americans to vote in the November 8 election.
The sketch opened with a mock interview of the candidates by CNN’s Erin Burnett, played by actress Cecily Strong.
During the interview, Baldwin-as-Trump denies close ties with the FBI, Vladimir Putin and the Ku Klux Klan despite appearing to exchanging kisses with each of them.
All the while, Mr Trump’s interruptions are casually ignored, with the interview returning to probe the issue of Mrs Clinton’s emails.
“What is happening?” McKinnon-as-Clinton’s character asks, “Is the whole world insane?”
Baldwin and McKinnon broke character to address the audience, with Baldwin saying “I just feel gross all the time … Don’t you guys feel gross all the time about this?”
Breaking down the fourth wall on live television, the two ran hand-in-hand outside NBC’s New York studio into the streets.
They embraced their critics — Baldwin with ethnic families, McKinnon with Trump supporters.
On a final and more serious note, Baldwin and McKinnon came together to deliver their key message to the American people: “Get out there and vote”.
Baldwin and McKinnon have entertained the masses throughout the US election campaign.
Their parodies of the presidential debates on SNL poked fun at the often bizarre twists and scandals that popped up along the way.
SNL gave audiences their first take on the US campaign when it kicked off its 42nd season with a sketch of the first presidential debate.
Veteran actor and frequent host Alec Baldwin debuted as a scowling, blustering Donald Trump to thundering praise.
The sketch focused on the issue of Donald Trump’s tax avoidance, or as McKinnon-as-Clinton called it, “Trumped-up, trickle-down economics”.
But not all feedback was positive — Mr Trump took to Twitter to tell the world he thought Baldwin’s portrayal of him “stinks”.
Baldwin and McKinnon reprised their roles to parodythe second presidential debate as Mr Trump took aim at former US president Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual assault of four women.
Taking on the third presidential debate, SNL parodied Mr Trump’s sentiments towards the Latino community and his promises to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States.
As the 2016 US election campaign nears its end and with the election looming, this latest episode broke character to offer the audience a moment of levity.
The show will air a special episode on Monday night and is set to include a compilation of its 2016 campaign coverage.