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Amy Poehler Says Goodbye to Saturday Night Live

December 15, 2008

Amy Poehler appeared to hold back tears as she said goodbye for the final time as a regular on SNL this past Saturday evening. As always, Poehler handled the Weekend Update desk with Seth Meyers and provided laughs for all. She will be missed on this show.

From Entertainment Weekly:

Amy Poehler’s final episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by a game Hugh Laurie, was, as usual, a hit-and-miss evening, with many of the show’s best laughs coming from Poehler herself. Just when it looked like the show had missed a golden opportunity for political comedy with a tepid cold open about recently indicted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Poehler and fellow ‘Weekend Update’ co-host Seth Meyers brought the big time funny with a rendition of “Really!?! with Seth & Amy” all about the foul-mouthed, comically coiffed pol. (Poehler: “The hair? Really?! It looks like you’re wearing a toupee that’s also wearing a toupee!”) The bit was so funny, it was that much sadder to realize we’ll probably never see it again — or if we do with a new ‘Update’ co-host, it won’t quite be the same without Poehler’s puckish bite.

When Poehler dropped her trademark smirk to announce her departure from the show, she got all soft and genuine and grateful, and I kinda wanted to leap through the TV and give her a big ole hug for so many years of snarky giggles. That is until Fred Armisen, as visually impaired New York Gov. David Patterson, wandered into Poehler’s shot, and, like Poehler herself, I found myself overcome with snarky giggling. Of course, since SNL alums seem so happy to drop in on the show — like Maya Rudolph appearing last night for one final round of gum-smacking gossip on ‘Bronx Beat’ with Poehler — this most likely really isn’t the last time we’ll see Poehler grace Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Amy Poehler Gives Birth to Baby Boy

October 26, 2008

Amy Poehler will be missing from Saturday Night Live this evening as she gave birth today to a baby boy, Archie Arnett. Obviously, this should mean that we will not see Poehler’s portrayal of Hillary Clinton tonight. Will we see Tina Fey as Sarah Palin? Who knows but for now, congratulations Amy!

From Fox News:

On behalf of Poehler and her husband, Will Arnett, “I can confirm that Amy gave birth to Archie Arnett on Saturday,” read a statement from Poehler’s spokesman, Lewis Kay.

The baby was born early Saturday evening in New York, weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce.

Mother and child were “healthy and resting comfortably,” according to the statement.

Poehler, who performed on Thursday night’s special edition of “SNL” and is known for playing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, was rehearsing the show until Friday.

Will Ferrell Returns to Saturday Night Live

October 25, 2008

Appearing as President Bush on the prime-time edition of “Saturday Night Live,” Will Ferrell offered his political “strategery” to Tina Fey who was once again playing Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Ferrell reprised his famed impression of President Bush on the live “Weekend Update” special last night where he gave an impromptu evening address to the nation and his endorsement to John McCain, played by Darrell Hammond.

From the Associated Press:

He spoke about the election between John McCain and Barack Obama — both candidates, he said, that are “heavily patriotized” and “display much characterization.”

He then gave his endorsement to McCain and Palin, something that they apparently didn’t want. Ferrell said he was unaware that his approval ratings were low because he had several months ago declared the Oval Office a “bummer free zone.”

Speaking to Fey again appearing as Palin, Ferrell informed her that her role as vice president was “the most important in the land” and that the “president can do nothing without checking with the vice president.” Fey corrected him that he had it backward.

Eventually Darrell Hammond as McCain turned up to reluctantly receive the endorsement.

The sketch between Ferrell and Fey was the meeting of two of the most popular political impressions in the show’s history. It might have been complete only if Chevy Chase stopped by as Gerald Ford, Dana Carvey appeared as H.W. Bush and Amy Poehler joined as Hillary Rodham Clinton.

An alum to the NBC comedy show, Ferrell was the latest guest star to make an appearance on “SNL,” which has seen its ratings soar this election season. Fey has become a virtual cast member again, thanks to the popularity of her Palin impression, while other surprise guests have included Chris Parnell, Bill Murray, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin and Queen Latifah.

Live From New York…It’s Sarah Palin

October 18, 2008

UPDATE:

Here’s the video of Amy Poehler rapping about Sarah Palin:

Yahoo also has the opening sketch from last night’s show.

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Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin takes the stage with an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

From CBS:

After spending the better part of her candidacy under the safe confines of carefully staged rallies and having struggled through a few high-profile interviews, Sarah Palin is coming out of her media shell.

She now holds daily interviews with local broadcasters and conservative talk radio hosts, she gave her first ever on-camera press conference with her traveling press corps on Friday, and tonight she’ll take the leap that everyone’s been waiting for when she appears on “Saturday Night Live.”

“Oh, man. I’m excited for tomorrow night,” Palin told reporters on Friday. “I have no idea what to expect because I haven’t seen any scripts or anything else yet, but it will be fun. The opportunity to show American television watchers anyway that you get to have a sense of humor through all of this or even just this really would be wearin’, tearin’ on you, so an opportunity to show that sense of humor and that side of all of this, I look forward to it.”

On the NBC show, Tina Fey has been relentless in portraying Palin as an unqualified joke over the last few weeks, and Fey’s satirical take on the Alaska governor has left its mark on the public consciousness. For that very reason, it would seem that Palin has much to gain and little to lose in tonight’s appearance.

If Palin can show an ability to laugh at herself, and perhaps even more importantly, succeeds in giving Fey a taste of her own comic medicine, she will reap the benefit of days of positive coverage on cable news and entertainment media outlets. “Saturday Night Live” may be a comedy show, but Palin’s appearance could very well have a serious impact on the election.

Sarah Palin to Appear on Saturday Night Live on October 25th

October 10, 2008

Talk about a ratings bonanza! Speculation is building that not only will Tina Fey continue the Sarah Palin sketches between now and the election, but that Palin may at some point show up on the show. Fox News is reporting that Palin is set to appear on the October 25 episode.

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Credit: NBC

From Fox News:

According to The New York Post, the Republican running mate has sealed plans to appear on “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 25. Palin’s dress rehearsal is already set for Friday, Oct. 24, the paper reports.

But if Palin is readying her best Tina Fey impression, nobody close to her is giving any hints.

Neither the campaign nor NBC would confirm the report when asked by FOX News.

Palin was asked Tuesday by reporters whether she wanted to give Fey, who has parodied Palin — some say impeccably — on the late-night comedy show ever since she was tapped as the Republican vice presidential nominee, a “taste of her own medicine.” She seemed to relish the thought.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Will it happen? (The Palin appearance, not the exploding heads.) Lorne Michaels, longtime sinister overlord of “SNL,” is coy.

“All in good time,” he told an interviewer. There are three more live shows left before the election. Saturday’s is a rerun.

Michaels said Wednesday he wasn’t actively seeking Palin, but that the McCain campaign called after the first skit, when Fey’s Palin appeared with Amy Poehler’s Hillary Clinton on the show’s Sept. 13 season premiere, to say they enjoyed it.

Palin told reporters Tuesday she’d love to appear on the show with Fey.

“I love her, she’s a hoot and she’s so talented,” Palin said. “It would be fun to meet her, imitate her and keep on giving her new material.”

Wait, did she actually see it? Must have watched it with the sound turned down.

Michaels is enjoying the ride, letting Fey know that she only has to impersonate Palin through Nov. 4.

Palin Vs. Biden: A Much Anticipated Debate Takes Place Tonight

October 2, 2008

Senator Joe Biden and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will face off for their first and only debate in the presidential race tonight in an event pitting a political veteran against a political newcomer. No, this isn’t Saturday Night Live. There will be no Tina Fey or Amy Poehler. Just Palin vs. Biden, one on one.

From CNN:

Both candidates have recently tried to lower expectations leading into the debate, where topics will range from domestic to foreign policy.

For Palin, the stakes are high. After skyrocketing onto the national stage and energizing the Republican faithful, the first-term Alaskan governor has struggled recently to regain her footing after several shaky network TV interviews with ABC’s Charlie Gibson and CBS’s Katie Couric.

View memorable moments from other debates »

Palin said Tuesday that she’s different.

“I think they’re just not used to someone coming in from the outside saying, ‘You know what? It’s time that normal Joe Six-Pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency,’ and I think that that’s kind of taken some people off-guard,” she said in a radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt.

Palin‘s interview gave the vice presidential candidate a chance to showcase elements of her life story and demonstrate some of the folksiness that’s been central to her political success.

It’s exactly the kind of interview that voters can expect to see from the governor in the coming weeks, according to a Palin adviser, who recognized that there is hunger in Republican circles and among the public at large to see a less-scripted, more authentic candidate.

For the Democrats, Biden has served in the Senate for 35 years. His biggest challenge will be to stick to the script. He’s known for making off-the-cuff remarks, including some gaffes.

Tina Fey Once Again Plays Sarah Palin on SNL

September 30, 2008

In another great portrayal of Sarah Palin, Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend to reprise her role which was seen on the season premiere. This week, Amy Poehler took on the role of Katie Couric in a parody of Palin’s interview this past week.

Michael Phelps and Sarah Palin Help to Boost SNL Ratings

September 15, 2008

It seemed with all the buzz around the season premier of Saturday Night Live that you had to expect the episode would draw great ratings. Now, all we need is Barack Obama and John McCain to appear and, hell, maybe have a debate on the show. Or at least SNL actors playing their roles!!

From Reuters:

With a little help from Tina Fey doubling as Sarah Palin and from guest host Michael Phelps, “Saturday Night Live” logged its best season premiere since 2001.

It was also the most-watched “SNL” for any date since December 17, 2002, when former vice president Al Gore was the guest host and jam band Phish was the musical guest.

“SNL” averaged a 7.4 household rating/18 share in the top 55 “metered” markets, Nielsen Media Research said Sunday. Saturday’s program was up 64 percent compared to last year’s season premiere on September 29. The top market was Baltimore, the hometown of Olympics hero Phelps.

From Trendhunter Magazine:

The combined power of Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and guest host Michael Phelps has earned Saturday Night Live its best season premier since 2001.

It seems there is just no stopping the mania of Sarah Palin. Even though celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Matt Damon have explicitly attacked her, everyone else seems captivated by the former beauty pageant queen.

Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live…Wait That’s Tina Fey!

September 15, 2008

So was that really Tina Fey who came back to SNL last night? It sure looked a lot like Sarah Palin!!!

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Saturday Night Live” kicked off its 34th season last night with a “nonpartisan message” from Sen. Hillary Clinton (SNL regular Amy Poehler) and Gov. Sarah Palin (guest Tina Fey).

As the two stood behind a lectern, flanked by American flags, “Palin” said they were “crossing party lines” for this unexpected joint appearance “to address the now very ugly role that sexism is playing in the campaign …”

“… an issue which I am frankly surprised to hear people suddenly care about,” interjected “Clinton.”

And it got better from there.

“PALIN”:  “You know, Hillary and I don’t agree on everything …”

“CLINTON” (OVERLAPPING): “Anything. I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy.”

“PALIN”: “And I can see Russia from my house.”

“CLINTON”: “I believe global warming is caused by man.”

“PALIN”: “And I believe it’s just God hugging us closer.”

“CLINTON”: “I don’t agree with the Bush Doctrine.”

“PALIN”: “I don’t know what that is.”

Poehler portrayed Clinton in a number of sketches last season, including one that satirized what was seen as the media’s love affair with her opponent for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Barack Obama. Fey’s strong resemblance to Palin was noted as soon as Sen. John McCain picked the virtually unknown Alaska governor as his running mate two weeks ago. Fey played that resemblance up last night, arranging her hair in a striking updo and perfectly mimicking Palin’s flat prairie accent.

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Credit: NBC

From USA Today:

Out of some peculiar brew of boundless optimism, lingering nostalgia and limitless hype, we always seem to get sucked into the notion that this week, this year, Saturday Night Live will be the show we imagine it once was. Certainly, expectations were set high for Saturday’s season premiere: the “get” of Michael Phelps as a host, the trumped-up suspense over whether Tina Fey would return to play Sarah Palin (of course she did), the countless interviews proclaiming the writers’ eagerness to tackle the election. Throw in our own You Tube-like memories, which tend to highlight the show’s best moments and discard the rest, and surely you were primed for something special. And odds are, you were disappointed.

The opening promised so much more, as Fey and Amy Poehler teamed for a Palin/Hillary Clinton joint appearance, with Palin cheerfully oblivious (“I can see Russia from my house!”) and Clinton increasingly vexed. Combining skillful mimicry and on-screen chemistry, the women got the show off to a great start.


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