Monday Funnies: Fey And Poehler On SNL


Let me say that whenever Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are on TV together I make sure that I clear my schedule to watch. The duo returned to Saturday Night Live as co-hosts and rocked the evening with very smart, funny and just well acted scenes. They brought back for their fans some of the most successful characters from their tenure on the show, namely Fey’s Sarah Palin and Poehler’s Hillary Clinton.

It was very well timed since the Democratic Debate was also on Saturday night so seeing Poehler playing Clinton was very funny. The best skit of the entire which included was also dedicated to Clinton and was aimed at the holiday season.

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“A Hillary Christmas” had Poehler’s buttoned-up Clinton of 2008 visiting current Kate McKinnon’s manic and “likeable” Clinton of 2015. The resulting sketch was the kind of humor that’s marked Fey and Poehler’s careers, the comedy found in the sometimes ridiculous expectations of women. McKinnon’s Clinton, always desperate to be perceived as fun and relatable, uses slang unfamiliar to Poehler’s Clinton, McKinnon’s Clinton explains: “It’s not enough to work hard, we have to be cool but tough, soft but strong, sweet old lady, but a sweet old lady who says YAS KWEEN!”

There was also a Star Wars parody as the musical being none other than Bruce Springsteen, yep the Boss himself was there. So, it was a good time had by all and hopefully you will enjoy a few clips from the program.

As you might expect it was a ratings were very strong for the final new SNL of the year. Looking at the Nielsens for Saturday, “Saturday Night Live averaged a 5.1 overnight household rating/13 share — trailing this season only the 6.6/16 registered by the Nov. 7 telecast featuring Donald Trump as host. And this is also the second best for “SNL” since February 2014, when host Melissa McCarthy produced a 5.4/13 in the overnights.

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