Alright people, here we are. The final episode of Saturday Night Live in 2015. It’s been a good year, SNL 40 happened, many first timers hosted, Tracy Morgan returned, and there was the whole Trump thing, whatever that was. The Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live is always a fun one, they usually bring in a loved host, often a former cast member that’s gone on to do bigger things. There’s usually a lot of cameos, and in general it’s a festive time around Rockefeller Center. Last night’s episode had all of these factors and then some. It wasn’t just one beloved former cast member hosting, it was two. And when it comes to big time musical guests, you can’t get much bigger than Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are some of the greatest comedians SNL has ever produced, hilarious ladies in their own right and when they team up – like they’re currently doing in the new movie Sisters out this weekend – it set the tone for a fun night that had more hits than misses. Returning characters and bits and some bit laughs. Let’s run it down.
Cold Open: GOP Debate
There was a Republican debate that happened this past week and like all other GOP debates there was some completely bizzare antics. SNL is in a weird situation with the current GOP battle for a frontrunner, they need to mock these characters, however the current GOP candidates are saying the most insane things in real life and it’s growing tougher for writers to top them. It was a weird move to put Taran Killam into seat of performing as Donald Trump only to have Darrell Hammond jump in on this sketch. That being said Jay Pharoah is killing it as Ben Carson and if the IRL Carson ends up getting the nomination an upside would be that Pharoah can continue to perform as the character.
The monologue was a bit all over the place with some Christmas singing and some cast dancing. But it was still fun to see Fey & Poehler one stage together.
A Hillary Christmas
This sketch was great, kinda like they got the band back together. Seeing both Poehler and Kate McKinnon’s impressions of Hillary Clinton proves there is room for both of them, though with every passing day McKinnon’s stiff caricature nature wins us over more and more.
Meet Your Second Wife
This was the sketch of the night and continued to surprise. The first joke was a monster one and the just continued to hit you. It was a great joke that just built and got out. It’s also the sketch of the night that will stir up the hashtag activists out there, which will probably be fun to read all about in the morning.
This sketch is on fire! Get it? With all the news of these hoverboards catching fire out there why not put together a sketch that tackles the topic? It was a bit on the nose, but it was still sweet seeing Pete Davidson’s sick hoverboard moves.
This sketch left us with more questions than answers. It was a funny premise, but kinda dragged on and didn’t go anywhere.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “Meet Me In The City”
Bruce and Co. are about to launch on a national tour in 2016 in celebration of the release of The Ties That Bind, a boxed set of recordings made during the recordings of The Boss’ album, The River.
As with last week, Update was slightly shorter than normal, opting for just two guests at the desk rather than the normal three. This is not an issue as you know our motto in these situations, kill and then get out.
Deenie, someone’s mother
Kate McKinnon is pretty much the third Update host at this point, as she seems to find herself at the desk almost weekly. The character of Deenie eats baked salmon for no apparent reason, and we’re okay with that.
Tina & Amy return for one last joke
It was pretty much a given that Fey & Poehler would return to the Update desk. They took this opportunity to deliver the final Update jokes of the year. Just hopefully not the final jokes of this episode.
To be honest, we’re still unclear what the premise of this sketch was, maybe it was to just a ploy to get Bill Cosby to sing a version of, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” However the real win was Maya Rudolph dropping in to belt out some drunken “12 Days of Christmas” as she flings gifts at children.
Tina & Amy’s Dope Squad
Fey & Poehler channel their best Taylor Swift and go for their own #SquadGoals. Lookin’ fierce ladies, nice touch bringing in another funny lady like Amy Schumer into the mix. Turns out though that explosions aren’t as badass as they appear and Schumer is suing everyone.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “The Ties That Bind”
More Bruce… never a bad thing.
Bronx Beat 2015
If you think about it, Maya Rudolph showing up in a Tina/Amy hosted SNL makes a lot of sense. She’s friends with them from their days on SNL and she’s also in the movie Sisters. Her presence also allows for a revisit of the Bronx Talk sketch. Fey pulls off a great Philly girl accent in this bit, which really hits home as its pretty much the accent of our childhood.
Sign Off – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
Rather than a 10-to-1 sketch Tina and Amy on stage signing off with Springsteen & The E Street Band singing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” is a perfect way to top off a festive evening. Did we catch Pete Davidson in a Bad Brains-inspired Wu-Tang t-shirt? Watching the entire cast + Paul McCartney on stage to sing “Santa Claus is Coming To Town” with Bruuuuuuce! C’mon ya Grinches where’s your holiday spirit!?
And that’s a wrap on Saturday Night Live for 2015. Let’s return in 2016 when Kylo Ren himself Adam Driver hosts the show. Until then, have a great Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.