Wednesday, September 17, 2008

HATE IT! An Amy Poehler-less SNL

Love or or hate it -- Saturday Night Live is back on the airwaves but its return this season sees the proverbial glass half full.

After weeks of anxiously awaiting their treatment of sassy Sarah Palin and the excessively wound-tight Hillary Clinton, viewers were treated to one of the funniest sketches we've witnessed in *years*. Tina Fey as Palin, along with the incomparable Amy Poehler as Clinton did not disappoint. Easily the highlight of the show, again the women displayed their comedic smarts and outshone the rest of the SNL ensemble. 

The side-splitting opening was replayed everywhere, and TV pundits are *still* yammering about it. So why aren't major SNL aficionados yucking it up? The skit just proves how badly SNL needs Poehler. Amy's leaving the show for her mat leave following the November 4 US Presidential election, and there are strong rumours that it's a departure for good. Similarly with Fey, NBC execs want to create a sitcom around Amy's talent. With Fey long gone as a regular cast member, and only the excellent Kristen Wiig on board -- the show is shockingly short on females. Does this mean we'll be subjected to more McGruber and other unfunny sketches?? Geez, looks like a long unfunny season ahead.

(photo: Peter Kramer/AP Photo)

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