Alec Baldwin’s spot-on impression of Donald Trump in recent “Saturday Night Live” episodes has clearly gotten under the Republican nominee’s skin.
Though Trump lashed out at Baldwin’s recent portrayal – labeling it a “hit job” that “stinks,” and calling for the cancellation of the NBC sketch-comedy show – “SNL” has been effectively mocking Trump for decades, and with a few different actors.
Check out our ranking of the best Donald Trump impressions in “SNL” history:
3. Taran Killam
Taran Killam’s brief stint as Trump in two cold-open sketches featured manically exaggerated and hilarious facial expressions, but his voice didn’t quite hit the mark.
For the Republican presidential primary debates, Killam moved on to play an effective Ted Cruz, while “SNL” veteran Darrell Hammond took over as Trump. (Killiam’s contract was not renewed for the show’s 2016 season.)
Despite a lack of screen time for his Trump impression, Killam nonetheless received praise from the real Republican nominee for his portrayal: “@TaranKillam plays a way better fake @realDonaldTrump than a real @HillarlyClinton plays herself,” Trump tweeted in 2015.
2. Darrell Hammond
Since he started on “SNL” in 1995, Darrell Hammond has often been the show’s go-to political impressionist, taking on Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, John McCain, and Trump, among many others, to great acclaim. His Trump impression has been steadily reliable since it premiered in the late ’90s when Trump was only a notable businessman.
Though his performance in the Republican debates was somewhat subdued (unlike Trump’s), Hammond’s previous Trump sketches – including a botched Domino’s pizza commercial (see above), an over-the-top “Celebrity Apprentice” promo, and a press conference attack on Rosie O’Donnell – were all “SNL” at its finest.
In February, Trump told The New York Times that he thought Hammond’s portrayal of him was “excellent,” and he appeared with both Hammond and Killam in his opening monologue when he hosted the show in November 2015.
1. Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression is the greatest for two reasons: First, he took on the role at a time when the significance of his source material has increased exponentially as Trump has become progressively unhinged and vilified on his path to the White House; and second, it’s the first time an “SNL” impression has actually pissed Trump off.
Baldwin disappears into Trump like a world-class method actor. He puts a hilarious emphasis on Trump’s pronunciation of “China” (“Gyna”), and the show’s take on Trump’s “p—y grabbing” hot-mic controversy was first-rate (see above).
Surprisingly, the sketch that finally got under Trump’s skin was last week’s relatively tame “second and worst ever” debate.
“Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!” Trump tweeted on Monday, calling for the cancellation of a program that has freely and effectively parodied American politics since 1975.