Amy Poehler’s final episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by a game Hugh Laurie, was, as usual, a hit-and-miss evening, with many of the show’s best laughs coming from Poehler herself. Just when it looked like the show had missed a golden opportunity for political comedy with a tepid cold open about recently indicted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Poehler and fellow ‘Weekend Update’ co-host Seth Meyers brought the big time funny with a rendition of “Really!?! with Seth & Amy” all about the foul-mouthed, comically coiffed pol. (Poehler: “The hair? Really?! It looks like you’re wearing a toupee that’s also wearing a toupee!”) The bit was so funny, it was that much sadder to realize we’ll probably never see it again — or if we do with a new ‘Update’ co-host, it won’t quite be the same without Poehler’s puckish bite.
When Poehler dropped her trademark smirk to announce her departure from the show, she got all soft and genuine and grateful, and I kinda wanted to leap through the TV and give her a big ole hug for so many years of snarky giggles. That is until Fred Armisen, as visually impaired New York Gov. David Patterson, wandered into Poehler’s shot, and, like Poehler herself, I found myself overcome with snarky giggling. Of course, since SNL alums seem so happy to drop in on the show — like Maya Rudolph appearing last night for one final round of gum-smacking gossip on ‘Bronx Beat’ with Poehler — this most likely really isn’t the last time we’ll see Poehler grace Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Check out her hilarious “Really!?!” routine below.
The holiday episode did manage to pull off two amusing non-Poehlerized sketches — love that not-so-passive-aggressive Christmas dinner — but she’s still leaving some serious shoes (or, really, wigs) to fill. Tell me, PopWatchers, what have some of your favorite Amy Poehler moments been from SNL? What would you most like to see from Poehler now that she’s a free agent? And did you think, like I did, that Kanye West was a stand-up guy for still performing even though he so clearly was feeling all with the flu-y?