Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s return to Saturday Night Live was the perfect early Christmas gift for fans of the NBC show, and their promotion tour for the R-rated movie Sisters couldn’t have kicked off at a better time. Everyone is currently talking about the 2016 presidential race, so of course Tina and Amy just had to reprise their roles as Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton in a hilarious, holiday-themed SNL sketch.
As the Hollywood Reporter pointed out, the timing was also perfect because the real Hillary Clinton had just finished debating Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley over on ABC. After the debate, many viewers likely checked out Saturday Night Live on NBC, which one-upped the Democratic presidential debate by giving viewers double the Hillary. Amy Poehler and Kate McKinnon both played different versions of the former First Lady in a sketch that probably should have been titled “A Clinton Carol.” However, Tina Fey showed up to steal the show from the Hillary twins near the end of the sketch.
The Saturday Night Live sketch was seemingly inspired by A Christmas Carol. Poehler’s present-day Hillary Clinton was visited by 2008 Hillary, a female presidential candidate who never would have dreamed that she’d be appearing on a show like Broad City someday (surely she hasn’t seen the pegging episode). However, modern-day Hillary has been briefed on the meaning and proper usage of “Yas Queen!”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 11, 2015
“Who’s Benghazi?” McKinnon’s sweet, naive Ghost of Presidential Races Past asks during the SNL sketch after Poehler’s Clinton tries to warn her about what the future holds. Future Hillary also smashes Past Hillary’s phone in an attempt to save her from having to endure emailgate.
Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin eventually crashes the Clintons’ girl talk sesh to play her role as the Ghost of Presidential Races Present. Fey’s folksy former Alaskan governor looks festive wearing that familiar red jacket-shirt, and she jokes that she’s “landed in the bedroom of a lesbian couple.”
Tina Fey actually lets Sarah Palin attack the Hillarys with a pretty sick burn (or would that be a sick “Bern?”).
“I should be the one giving you advice, because in 2008, I got a heckuva lot closer to the White House than this gal did,” Tina Fey quips.
“Here’s my advice,” Tina Fey begins. “You’ve gotta do what you believe in your spirit, but also America. But not teachers and their fat liberal books. But also. And even why worry about fast food wages with their status quo? Which is another Latin word, status quo. Meanwhile, Americans are being taken for a ride, and also the man can only ride ya when your back is bent, so…”
“Also, if it gets too hard, just quit,” Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin adds. “Who cares?”
Luckily for the Hillarys, the Christmas sketch doesn’t end with Darrell Hammond’s Donald Trump showing up to inform them that he’s the Ghost of Presidential Races Future and he’s just appointed Palin as his Secretary of State. Instead, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Kate McKinnon close out the sketch with a little mom dancing.
“I was [the Mean Girl], I admit it openly,” Tina Fey recently told Net-a-Porter’s The Edit. She described her Regina George phase as a “disease that had to be conquered,” and she explained that being a bully was a way to mask her insecurities.
“It’s another coping mechanism – it’s a bad coping mechanism – but when you feel less than (in high school, everyone feels less than everyone else for different reasons), in your mind it’s a way of leveling the playing field,” Tina Fey said. “Though of course it’s not. Saying something terrible about someone else does not actually level the playing field. If I meet a girl of 14 or 15 today who is that kind of girl, I am secretly, in my body, afraid. Even though I’m 45.”
At least Tina Fey isn’t afraid of incurring the wrath of Sarah Palin by continuing to spoof the former VP hopeful.
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