Just last night, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday’s SNL host Maya Rudolph hinted that she may see the return of former cast mate, Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler when she returns to the hallowed stage. And while she didn’t confirm it, it’s not too much of a stretch to assume some of her former cohorts might come back to lend her a hand – seeing old cast members reunite is half of the fun of having them come back to host. With that in mind, the best way to get pumped for this weekend’s (potential) reunion extravaganza is to run down some of the best SNL cast reunions.
Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph Sing About Baby-Making
When mother-to-be Tina Fey hosted the Mother’s Day episode, she got the reunions going right out of the gate when former cast member and fellow expectant mother Rudolph joined her during her monologue. Defying what her television alter ego, Liz Lemon, would do, Fey led Rudolph in a sexy, R&B song about babies, mommas, and making babies, baby. The performance came right after the release of her book in which she wrestles with the decision to postpone a second baby, writing, “To hell with everybody! Maybe I’ll just wait until I’m fifty and give birth to a ball of fingers! ‘Merry Christmas from Tina, Jeff, Alice, and Ball of Fingers,’ the card will say.” It would seem this reunion is not only a comedy lover’s dream, but a lullaby for little Ball of Fingers.
The Return of “Really!?! With Seth and Amy”
Nothing was quite as cathartic as the Weekend Update segment “Really!?! With Seth and Amy.” It’s come back with the sadly shortened subtitle “With Seth” and once, “With Seth and Kermit” but without Queen Poehler, the sketch just doesn’t cut it. What can we say, she’s really good at saying, “REALLY!?! I mean really.” So when Poehler’s 2009 hosting gig saw the bubbly blonde returning to Weekend Update to question Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claim that Americans were behind the terrorist attacks on 9-11, her angry ranting was like a breath of fresh, funny air.
Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek Returns to Face Off With Darrell Hammond’s Sean Connery
Though former SNL writer and actor Norm McDonald once admitted this recurring sketch was created solely as a venue for his Burt Reynolds impression, it quickly became the Will Ferrell show as his turgid Alex Trebek gained a certain contentious chemistry with Darrell Hammond’s Sean Connery. And in 2009, when Ferrell returned to host the show that launched his illustrious and often terrifyingly shirtless career, Ferrell was practically upstaged by the return of “Connery,” the pre-school antics of Tom Hanks, and a surprise appearance by the inspiration for the original sketch. (Hint: It rhymes with Kurt Heynolds.)
The “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” Single Performance Reunion Tour
It would seem that no one can bring SNL favorites back together like the infinitely likable Jimmy Fallon. The actor has been called the “Star” of the show by many former cast mates, including Queen Tina Fey in her book Bossypants, so the fact that he was able to get Chris Kattan, Horatio Sanz, and Tracy Morgan back together to sing (or bop along like Muppets) the “classic” holiday song is no surprise at all. It’s like a hot cup of peppermint cocoa with really awkwardly shaped marshmallows floating in it – comforting, yet slightly irksome.
Dana Carvey and Mike Myers Party On
While Myers and Carvey are clearly far from their teenage youth, the duo reunited in 2011 when Carvey hosted SNL to discuss the impending Oscars ceremony. They had a particular fixation on Winter’s Bone (Winter’s BONE). Seeing the pair reunite for the first time since the watered down reincarnation during the 2008 MTV Movie Awards was welcomed by fans and the actors alike. In fact, Carvey even got a bit of the Wayne’s World bug, telling TMZ, “If they want, we can play ‘em in their 50s … ‘Wayne! My prostate’s enlarged!” Well, as they say, “Party on, Garth!”
The Ladies of ‘SNL’ Skewer the ‘Real Housewives’ Series
For one glorious night, the ladies of SNL past and present came together to deliver a pitch-perfect impression of Bravo’s bread and butter, Real Housewives reunions hosted by Andy Cohen – who was also on hand to keep the funny ladies in check. Laura Dunn, Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Tina Fey gathered in New York to get the cat fight going while Laraine Newman, Amy Poehler, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus gathered in Los Angeles to add their two cents. Not only was the subject the perfect way to showcase these ladies’ varied comedic styles, but it if you pay close attention, you can hear the development of Rudolph’s current TV persona from Up All Night. Just listen for the “in-saan.”