Watch Tom Hanks chair the hilarious new Saturday Night Live Presidential debate

"It's like the third Lord of the Rings movie. You don't really want to watch but, hey, you've come this far."

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As the US Presidential race limps towards its climax with the result still in flux, there are only a few certainties left. 

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One is that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s battle for the White House has been one of the dirtiest in history, and that the level of political discourse in America may not recover. Another is that no matter who wins, the contest has revealed an angry swathe of Americans with an urge to reject the traditional political process, who won’t just go away if Donald Trump loses. 

The third certainty? US sketch show Saturday Night Live will continue to make reasonably entertaining sketches about the whole mess, with their interpretation of the third (and, thank God, final) Presidential debate airing last night with guest host Tom Hanks chairing.

Highlights include Kate McKinnon’s Hillary winning “Trump bingo” when her rival says something offensive (“I got bad hombres, racists, Miss Piggy, they’re all living in hell and if she wasn’t my daughter!”) and Alec Baldwin’s Trump making fun of some less successful Baldwin brothers, and it’s an entertaining 10 minutes if you’re not already completely burned out by the whole race.

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And if you are burned out, well, try and push through. As Hanks (in the persona of Fox News’ Chris Wallace) comments during the sketch: “It’s like the third Lord of the Rings movie. You don’t really want to watch but, hey, you’ve come this far.”