Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon made a surprise return to “Weekend Update” on SNL tonight. Fey and Fallon, who previously manned the anchor desk as the first duo, returned with both portraying female undecided voters from Philadelphia.
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The bit between Fey, Fallon, and current “Weekend Update” co-host Colin Jost seemed to cap off an election heavy episode of the sketch comedy series. In typical SNL fashion, the comedy writers were able to capitalize on the Trump Tapes fiasco in a short amount of time, delivering a sketch featuring Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton responding to the release of the tapes. After Michael Che and Colin Jost went back and forth in the first portion of “Weekend Update” slamming Trump, the crowd was elated when Fey and Fallon moseyed out onto the set to give the perspective of the undecided voter, according to Vanity Fair.
Tina and Jimmy both had the experience doing political satire to help them get through the sketch. Tina Fey had played Sarah Palin multiple times in previous elections and Jimmy Fallon had recently played Donald Trump on The Tonight Show. Tina wasted no time ribbing Jimmy about the infamous mussing up of Trump’s hair, joking that everyone knew who Fallon would vote for. Fey also mocked Trump’s running mate over his stance on gay marriage and women’s rights. Jimmy even responded with his trademark breaking-character giggles that made Fallon a favorite on SNL back in the day.
As it stood, neither Tina nor Jimmy seemed all that excited about Hillary Clinton either in their roles as undecided voters. The only thing that would’ve made the sketch better would’ve been if Amy Poehler and Seth Meyer showed up for another epic battle of “Really.”
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Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon both began their careers with SNL in the 1990s. Both stayed loyal to NBC as Fey went on to have a highly successful career creating, writing, and producing 30 Rock and Fallon went on to a successful late night talk show that eventually lead Jimmy to become the new host of The Tonight Show.
Tina has continued to find success writing and producing for the Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as well as venturing into starring roles of films like Sisters, Baby Mama, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Fallon’s movie career was less lucrative though he starred opposite Drew Barrymore in Fever Pitch and Queen Latifah in Taxi.
Whether or not it was Tina or Jimmy’s idea to visit the old stomping grounds or they got a call from Lorne Michaels soliciting help is unknown. SNL has often come under fire for lacking humor since Tina Fey departed as the head writer.
If Lorne Michaels did call for help, it wouldn’t be the first time. Fey discussed in her best-selling memoir Bossypants that during the 2008 election Michaels had asked for help with panning the 2008 election due to her strong physical resemblance to vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Tina reprised the role of Palin in January in a mock Donald Trump endorsement for SNL.
Tina Fey’s influence over SNL is clearly still prevalent when just last week she admitted that she was the one who suggested to Lorne Michaels that actor Alec Baldwin play Donald Trump on the show, according to Fortune. Baldwin reprised the role tonight.
To watch the sketch of Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon on SNL as undecided voters from Philadelphia, check out the video below.
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