SNL Digest: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler (12/19/16)

(Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)
(Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler send out SNL for 2015 with a bang with the help of Bruce Springsteen.

SNL always tries to book someone for their last episode of the year that they know will be a home run from comedy.  Often, this is an alum – Jimmy Fallon hosted a few years back, and it’s not surprising to see someone like Justin Timberlake or Jon Hamm in the same slot.  It’s a good way to close the year with a bang, and it’s easy to see why they brought Tina Fey & Amy Poehler in this year.  With a movie in theaters to promote (Sisters, the other major release this weekend featuring the letters STRS in its title) and solid comedy chops (Tina with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Amy with production work on shows like Broad City and Difficult People), there’s no need to worry about what the show can or can’t do.

What You Missed:

Cold Open: Republican Debate

Darrell Hammond as Donald Trump!

Jay Pharaoh continues to nail Ben Carson’s quiet nature and weird hand placement.  Bobby as Chris Christie is always lovely, and Beck Bennett’s take on Jeb Bush’s desperation was also great (especially since every other ad I’ve been seeing during SNL is actually for Jeb)


Tina and Amy have such a great doubles act, and I was totally down for a musical monologue.  Especially with the concept of “Amy wrote a modern song, Tina wrote a religiously accurate song”.

A Hilary Christmas

I was so excited to see Kate’s take on Hilary meet Amy’s take on Hilary.  And then Tina showed up as Sarah Palin.

Meet Your Second Wife

“I thought this was a home makeover show”
“In a way it is.”

This is the sort of thing I expected from Tina & Amy hosting, and it did not disappoint.


Short, sweet, perfect. “Give the gift that says, I hate walking, but I loooove fires!”

Period Piece Set

This was the weakest sketch of the night (and should have really been later in the show), but it was still pretty good. I think Keenan’s done this character before, but it was nice to see it come back with Tina & Amy.

Weekend Update

  • Che/Jost on the Republican debate was great as always
  • Deenie’s review of 2015 soaps was fantastic.  Especially when she lost it while eating her baked salmon.
  • Tina and Amy!  I was hoping they’d show up at the desk.

Variety Show Special Offer

Maya!  This sketch was right up my alley (as someone who just watched a bunch of old Lawrence Welk Christmas stuff earlier this week because it was free on Amazon Prime)

Tina & Amy’s Dope Squad

This was a great play on the “Bad Blood” video. I would not be surprised if those are Tina & Amy’s real nannies.

Bronx Beat

BRONX BEAT!  I could listed to Amy and Maya riff on Star Wars for 20 minutes.  Tina as Cousin Karen from Philly was the best.

What You Didn’t Miss:

Seriously?  Just watch the entire episode again.  It’s that good.  See you next year!

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