Hillary Clinton's 5 Funniest TV Appearances

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a reputation for being a stick in the mud. But after sifting through her IMDb credits, we found that nothing could be further from the truth. The former secretary of state - who turns 69 today - has poked fun at herself and the American political system over the years on television, at live events and online.

Here are a few highlights from her career as a comedian.

1. Roasting the Media

Unlike most comedians, Hillary Clinton debuted her first stand up-set on C-SPAN.

In January 1992, then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton was supposed to attend a roast of Democratic National Committee Chairman Ron Brown. But with the first primaries just a week away, Governor Clinton couldn't take time off from his campaign. So he sent his wife - Arkansas First Lady Hillary Clinton - in his place.

Reporters probably wished Bill had made it instead. Hillary skewered coverage of Bill's campaign in the tabloid press. But the best moment came when she suggested tweaking presidential campaigns for the sake of gender equality. She called for nominees to take part in a swimsuit competition just like Miss America contestants. 

"When you vote for president, you want to see them in the Speedo swimsuit," she said.

Somehow that didn't come up during any of the 2016 presidential debates.  


2. Hill Rod

By now, everyone knows about Donald Trump's infamous appearance on Wrestlemania. But Hillary Clinton has also taken on the world of professional wrestling. During the 2008 presidential primaries, then Senator Clinton tried to grow her support base by addressing WWE fans, asking asking them to call her by her wrestling name, "Hill Rod."

"You need a president who will go to the mat for you, and that's exactly what I'll do," she said. "I've been knocked down, but I've always gotten back up. And I know how to take a hit for the American people. And if things get a little tough, I may even have to deliver, The People's Elbow."

3. Donald Trump's Pep Talk

Jimmy Fallon reprised his Trump impersonation to give the real Hillary Clinton a pep talk back over the phone on a September 2015 episode of The Tonight Show. "Hold on, let me grab my pen," Clinton said while picking up a glass of wine and taking a gulp before asking the fake Trump to continue giving her feedback.  

4. Val the Bartender

Clinton showed off her acting chops when she appeared opposite her impersonator - Kate McKinnon - on Saturday Night Live in October 2015. And she managed to sneak a partisan soundbite into the sketch. When McKinnon's Clinton asks Val about herself, the bartender says, "I'm just an ordinary citizen, who believes the Keystone Pipeline will destroy our environment."  


5. Between Two Ferns

We saved the best for last. If you want to see how Clinton handles herself in hostile territory, check out her faux interview with Zach Galifianakis in the recurring Funny or Die sketch "Between Two Ferns." 

ZG: Are you down with TPP [the Trans Pacific Partnership deal]?

HC: I'm not down with TPP.

ZG: No, you're supposed to say, "Yeah you know me." Like the hip hop group--

HC: Don't tell me what to say.

ZG: Fine, lose. The country goes to shit.

Banner image: Hillary Clinton appears on stage during the Hillary For America campaign launch event at Four Freedoms Park on June 13, 2015 in New York City. (JStone / Shutterstock.com)


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