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Larry David Trumps The Donald in SNL Cold Open, Monologue (watch!)

Hilarious as Curmudgeonly Bernie Sanders

Larry David was a scream as Bernie Sanders in the Saturday Night Live cold open and stole host Donald Trump's thunder. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Larry David was a scream as Bernie Sanders in the Saturday Night Live cold open and stole host Donald Trump’s thunder. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Larry David was the star of “Saturday Night Live,” last night, even if Donald Trump was the host. David killed with his impression of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders during the cold open and punched up Trump’s monologue. So when is he hosting?

Runner up award goes to Kate McKinnon, who played a chameleon-like Hillary Clinton during the open.

The sketch comedy show is hitting its stride this year. The presidential election is providing a wealth of material thanks to the endlessly eccentric candidates on both sides of the aisle.

Producer Lorne Michaels must have included David to hedge his bet on Trump as a host. If so, it was a smart move. David, an iconoclast, seems to relish playing the ultimate iconoclast.

That’s not to say Trump didn’t do a credible job. He’s nothing if not a showman. But David stole the show every time he appeared.

The cold open was a play on the droning debates and forums being aired on cable news shows. In this case, it was an MSNBC forum hosted by liberal talking head Rachel Maddow (Cecily Strong).

Candidates Martin O’Malley (Taran Killam), Clinton and Sanders played musical chairs answering Maddow’s inane “MSNBC tough questions.”

McKinnon was hilarious as a wired Hillary Clinton, who struggled to be casual and alternated between a southern accent to a Brooklyn accent to explain why she left the deep South for New York after husband Bill’s presidential term.

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