‘SNL': Trump beats two fake Hillary Clintons

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

2008’s Sarah Palin meets 2015’s Hillary Clinton on ‘SNL’.

The best friends returned to their “Saturday Night Live” stomping grounds starring in the brunt of the show’s skits on the heels of their film, “Sisters.” The anticipated comedy brainchild released Friday follows 20 years of Fey and Poehler’s collaboration that began in Chicago.A funny thing about the space-time continuum is that on some special episodes of Saturday Night Live it will deliver to us two versions of Hillary Clinton and a Sarah Palin, all in the same sketch. While obviously there have been other great female performers to come through Saturday Night Live: Gilda Radner, Ana Gasteyer, Jane Curtin, Jan Hooks, Cheri Oteri, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Molly Shannon, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Kristen Wiig — just to name a few of my favorites who aren’t currently cast members — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are in my estimation, the true queens of SNL.

The first came from Fey: “Parents in Connecticut were upset after an elementary school teacher had students in her class change the lyrics of ‘Silent Night’ from ‘holy night’ to ‘solstice night.’ Worse, she changed the name ‘Virgin Mary’ to ‘Over-the-Jeans Mary.’” And the second came from Poehler: “New York City police said that this year’s sex crimes on the subway, such as groping and flashing, have jumped nearly 20 percent. When Fey brought back Palin on Saturday, it reminded us how iconic her impersonation is. (Videos via NBC / “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and One America News) Not only did she win an Emmy in 2008 for playing John McCain’s running mate, but Fey’s ditzy parodies of Palin went mainstream and entered the election circuit. (Video via C-SPAN) Fey’s impressions were less than favorable for Palin, and they seemed to legitimately impact voters.

Poehler, as ’08 Clinton, mostly warned other Hillary not to be cocky before the election, while being warned about things like her email and Benghazi. (“Who’s Ben Gazi?”) Palin wondered: after they all ran for president together – so fun! – didn’t Clinton have to find work as a secretary? The more SNL’s ratings jumped, the more people reported viewing Palin in a negative light — a relationship one study called “The Fey Effect.” (Video via ABC) But we can’t have a healthy helping of Poehler and Fey, Fey and Poehler on every “SNL” episode now. Rudolph, the former cast member, appeared as a variety show singer unable to remember the words to “The Twelve Days of Christmas and Poehler’s co-host in “Bronx Beat” speaking to their “classy” correspondent based in Philadelphia. Poehler donned a pant suit again as Hillary Clinton, the Democrat of Christmas past confronting Kate McKinnon’s own Clinton in a dreamlike apparition as she settled down— in pant suit pajamas.

The two stars also took aim at Taylor Swift and her well-documented squad of celebrities with a parodied version of the pop star’s star-studded “Bad Blood” music video. In the clip, the hosts reveal they have a “great squad of people” who helped them achieve their success — but they quickly explain their “dope squad” isn’t filled with “models and starlets,” but rather helpful people like their nannies and gynecologist. The video then concludes with Fey, Poehler, Schumer and SNL cast member Aidy Bryant walking towards the camera in a post-apocolyptic world — the same way Swift’s video ends. In it, Poehler’s 2008 Hillary Clinton visits Kate McKinnon’s 2015 Hillary Clinton for an update on the future, while 2008 Sarah Palin offers both Hillarys some valuable political advice.

Fortunately for SNL, Darrell Hammond has been brought back into the fold just in time for Trump’s ascendency, because aside from Bobby Moynihan’s Chris Christie (who can’t stay in this race much longer, let’s be honest) and Jay Pharoah’s increasingly fey Ben Carson, everyone else’s impersonations are just terrible. Fey took a stab at Bill Cosby by darting out of a “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” duet with Kenan Thompson, who portrayed the accused rapist, before finishing a spiked drink. I like Beck Bennett fine, but if they weren’t constantly reminding us that he is supposed to be Jeb Bush, I’d literally have no idea who he was supposed to be. B+ In my favorite sketch of the night — and easily of the season — three gentlemen are the unwitting contestants in a game show called “Meet Your Second Wife.” I don’t want to give away the joke which is AMAZING, but let me just say that this is the reason TV shows need diverse writing rooms. (Seriously, who do I have to bribe to get you two back in the writers’ room at SNL and write more feminist sketches like this?) A+++++++ In my least favorite sketch of the night, SNL revives a bit they have done before, wherein Kenan Thompson plays a movie director who wants his actors to give big broad comic responses as if they were on The Jeffersons — even though they are actually filming a prestigious period piece. C- Kate McKinnon introduces us to a new “Weekend Update” character, Somebody’s Mom Deenie, who eats roasted salmon while discussing soap opera plotlines in the vaguest terms.

It’s not that it’s not funny — it’s funny enough — it’s that it’s not nearly as funny as Kate McKinnon or Colin Jost seem to think it is. But it’s Tina and Keenan’s roles that make the entire bit. (Oh, they are not done with you yet, Bill Cosby.) A Tina & Amy mock the notion of Taylor Swift’s “squad,” composed of glamorous models and actresses, as well as her “Bad Blood” video with their “Dope Squad” comprised of nannies, mammography techs, gynecologists and one or two famous friends of their own. Here’s the thing: the sketch isn’t outrageously funny, but as someone who is married from someone from Philadelphia, and as someone who may have made her husband say the word “water” over and over and OVER again, I happen to think this sketch is BRILLIANT.

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