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17 Kate McKinnon SNL Moments That Belong in the Comedy History Books

Paranormal encounters, political characters, and cat ladies—oh my! 

By Jessica White
Kate McKinnon in an SNL digital sketch

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The Season 47 finale of Saturday Night Live was bittersweet because it was Kate McKinnon's last. The comedian-actress joined the cast in 2012, and she's given us a decade of brilliant sketches. Frankly, Saturday nights won't be the same without her.

Below, we revisit some of McKinnon's greatest SNL moments. Enjoy! 

Kate McKinnon and political satire are a match made in comedy heaven

McKinnon has played countless political characters, expertly imitating their mannerisms while staying focused on the funny. Some of her most memorable impressions include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Hillary Clinton. 

As one of SNL's breakout stars, Kate McKinnon makes everyone break

SNL Hosts have the challenging task of not busting out in laughter while performing live with some of the best working comedians. McKinnon makes that task even more difficult. 

Kate McKinnon's celebrity impressions are A+

McKinnon's tackled numerous Hollywood names like Jodie Foster, Ellen DeGeneres, and Justin Bieber during her time on the show. 

Cat ladies, Kellyanne Conway, and alien abductions: Kate McKinnon shines as a recurring character on SNL

With standouts like the "Whiskers R' We" sketches, saucy "Paranormal Encounter" bits, and her Kellyanne Conway impression, SNL fans lived for McKinnon's recurring characters.

Revisit all your favorite McKinnon sketches by streaming episodes of SNL on Peacock.