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Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler host, EW live blogs

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Well, if they couldn’t host the Golden Globes, returning to Studio 8H isn’t a bad alternative.

With their new film Sisters now in theaters, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning to Saturday Night Live to co-host the last episode of 2015, backed by a little act known as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as the musical guest.

The final episode of every year on SNL tends to bring out some of the best in the show — or, at the very least, its best inclinations toward nostalgia by attracting big names. Last year, Mike Myers appeared as Dr. Evil, while former castmembers Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen made cameos that night. Justin Timberlake hosted in 2013 with cameos from Paul McCartney, Madonna, Barry Gibb, Michael Bloomberg, and Jimmy Fallon. But even if no one else appears, Fey, Poehler, and Springsteen are more than enough excitement for the last episode of the year. 

Fey has already appeared this season on the Studio 8H stage, returning for the Tracy Morgan-hosted episode. With Fey and Poehler back together, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the two revisiting the Update desk, as they did with Jane Curtin for SNL’s 40th anniversary special.

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Other returning characters are a complete toss-up, as the two developed so many memorable recurring names and ideas over their respective runs on the show. In the midst of the political season, it would be a shame for Poehler not to return as Hillary Clinton (as the ghost of Christmas past for Kate McKinnon’s Clinton, perhaps?), while Fey has a good opportunity to have Sarah Palin survey the current crop of GOP candidates. 

And then there’s the Boss. Springsteen and the E Street Band are responsible for perhaps the most iconic incarnation of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and with this episode coming right before the holiday, it only makes sense for them to break out the Christmas carol. (There’s also an opportunity for three performances rather than the traditional two, as can be the case with a big enough act.)

A host’s willingness to play along with the actors and writers can often make or break an episode of SNL, regardless of how actually funny it is. Fey and Poehler have enough experience on both sides of that equation to understand what a collaborative, energetic, welcoming host can do to elevate material. And with the duo’s inherent sensibilities combined and returned to Studio 8H, there’s a good chance the episode may be one of the best of the season.

Follow along with our live blog from tonight’s show below, and check back in the morning for our full recap. 

 

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