Time and time again, the SNL cut-for-time sketches week to week have proven among the funniest, if weirdest the series has to offer, particularly at the hands of Kyle Mooney. Another deleted bit from Amy Poehler (and Tina Fey)’s 2015 closer doesn’t quite continue the trend, but “Christmas at Nana’s” is worth a watch all the same.
What’s the point in letting former SNL cast members guest host if you aren’t going to resurrect sketches and characters from back when they were on the show? We saw this a few weeks ago when Tracy Morgan gently poked our nostalgia buttons with the return of Brian Fellows and it happened again last night with the return of Bronx Beat. However, this wasn’t just a showcase for co-guest host Amy Poehler — it also saw the return of the great Maya Rudolph to the SNL stage. And there was no way the evening’s other guest host, Tina Fey, was going to sit out this chance to reunite with her few fellow Studio 8H veterans.
It’s a testament to the staying power of certain public figures that they’ve been played by more than one SNL cast member over the years. People like Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady turned former Senator turned former Secretary of State turned current Democratic Presidential frontrunner, linger on long past Saturday Night Live cast rotations. So what is the show to do when one of its guest hosts used to play a vital and very much in the public eye politician back in the day? Put her on stage with the current version, of course.
Dual guest hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler brought a lot of magic to last night’s episode of SNL, but the former cast members and Sisters co-stars probably hit their peak with a sort-of-music-video about their “Dope Squad,” aka the team of perfectly ordinary people who make their lives better on a daily basis. And while they may be wearing tight leather outfits, wielding weapons, and posing dramatically in front of post-apocalyptic imagery, the subject matter is far more mundane…and then Amy Schumer shows up.
SNL delivers the greatest Christmas gift of all by inviting both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host the 2015 finale together, the way nature intended. With their new comedy Sisters in theaters this weekend (take that, Star Wars), the duo hit the SNL stage in top form with a handful of surprise guests, a couple of classic characters and a whole, whole lot of joy. Read on for our ranking of this week’s sketches from best to worst.
In a bit of clever Jedi mind-trick-thinking, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers last night to promote Sisters…using Star Wars toys. Fey and Poehler’s new comedy has the unfortunate timing of opening the same weekend as The Force Awakens, but rather than bemoan their luck, the duo have fully embraced it, from satirizing J.J. Abrams’ behind-the-scenes featurette to telling everyone who asks that they’re totally not worried about it.
At long last, SNL’s momentous 2015 seems to be drawing to a close, ending on a high note with Sisters stars and series alum Tina Fey and Amy Poehler acting as dual hosts alongside Bruce Springsteen. The first promos see the pair retake 30 Rock with SNL’s reigning senior, though things seem to have gone downhill, per Poehler.
Broad City Queens Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer will hold court until Season 3’s February premiere, but might just abdicate (or obliterate) the throne thereafter. A new tweet has Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton herself hanging with the girls on set, not to mention executive producer Amy Poehler. Bow down, Bingo Bronson.
Sisters is facing quite a challenge with the unfortunate release date of December 18, the same day as Star Wars: The Force Awakens — not that you needed reminding, since you’ve had that date etched in your brain for over a year. But Tina Fey and Amy Poehler don’t seem bothered by this in the slightest, as their latest promotional video for Sisters finds them spoofing The Force Awakens with The Farce Awakens. And really, how can you deny their combined super-power?
It’s a tale as old as the adolescent impulse for illicit shenanigans: Mom and Dad are out of the house, which means that it’s time for a boozy rager the likes of which will shake the suburban setting to its very core. Except the sisters throwing this bacchanalian shindig aren’t mischievous teens making their first nervous forays into the adult worlds of drinking and licentiousness; they’re two of the funniest women on the planet, both of whom have gracefully passed the forty-year mark.