Saturday Night Live Season 36 was a star studded premiere. The first SNL show of this cycle brought Amy Poehler back, but also opened the new season with other tricks. Bringing Katy Perry onboard as the first new musical guest was obvious, yet they were also lucky enough to get her when Sesame Street kicked her out. With Poehler back, she also brought along some other old partners from her years on the show. To top it all off, the Saturday Night Live Season 36 premiere continued in the tradition of real figures facing their impressionists.
David Paterson is heading out as New York Governor, after years of being mocked by Fred Armisen and SNL. So when Armisen’s Paterson came out to joke about the current Governor’s race, and deliver his usual blind/New Jersey jokes, the real Paterson came out to set the record straight on his term.
Beforehand, the SNL:Season 36 premiere already had big stunts. SNL obviously had to mock Christine O’Donnell to start off, as Kristen Wiig’s version cleared the air over her anti-masturbation statements. Then when Poehler came out for her monologue, she shared a “stress dream” in which several old friends dropped by.
The season premier also allowed Poehler to bring back old characters and routines. Poehler and Maya Rudolph reteamed for “Bronx Beat” which managed to include a notable jab at Katy Perry’s recent controversy. In addition, Poehler’s one-legged Amber became Showtime’s latest female star, after Poehler and Seth Meyers delivered another “Really?!?!” reality check on Weekend Update.
SNL began Season 36 almost like the way it ended Season 35, with a lot of old favorites dropping by. In this case, the occasion was Poehler’s return, instead of Betty White and the SNL women celebrating Mother’s Day. But Saturday Night Live is not done brining notable names on board this season.
Often, a new year on SNL starts with an unqualified host, like Michael Phelps, LeBron James or Megan Fox. However, the opening slate of hosts may be its best in a long time. After Poehler, Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Jane Lynch will come by, followed by new star Emma Stone and recurring favorite Jon Hamm. At some point, Justin Timberlake will also have to host again – despite already making a cameo last night – if his Oscar buzz for The Social Network lasts.
Saturday Night Live is returning for a 36th season with a lot of cameos and notable stunts. For Poehler, her first return as host will be her last appearance on NBC for a while, with Parks and Recreation sidelined until midseason. As for the show, Cranston is also bringing Kanye West with him for good measure next week.
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