Hillary Clinton is set to appear on Saturday Night Live when its 41st season premieres on October 3.
According to the New York Times, Clinton will join in the show’s “cold open” sketch, where she is expected to appear alongside SNL cast member Kate McKinnon, who is playing the current Democrat presidential frontrunner in the show’s satirical coverage of the 2016 election. Pop star Miley Cyrus is hosting the proceedings, fresh off of her hosting duties at last month’s MTV Video Music Awards.
The Times reports that the opening sketch will feature Clinton making fun of herself for trying to appear more authentic on the campaign trail.
Clinton’s appearance was reportedly meant to be a surprise, and her campaign did not confirm any details about it to the Times.
Of course, SNL has had a long relationship with Clinton dating back to Bill’s tenure in the White House, when Jan Hooks played her alongside Phil Hartman’s Bill.
Newcomer Kate McKinnon has since taken over as Hillary, delivering a number of critically-praised sketches on the program last season.
Clinton also sat down with Lena Dunham for a recent interview for the actress-writer’s new “Lenny” online newsletter, where Dunham asked Clinton if she had seen pictures of rocker Lenny Kravitz’s penis after a recent wardrobe malfunction.
The SNL appearance is a big opportunity for the Clinton campaign to stave off negative favorability ratings among general election voters. According to the Times, Clinton passed on delivering the keynote speech to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy organization in the United States, to do SNL.