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 December 19, 2015
 Season 41 episode
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 Episode 796
 Season Episode 9
 Host Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
 Musical Guest(s) Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band
 Song(s) performed by
 Musical Guest(s)
"Meet Me in the City"
"The Ties That Bind"
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
with Paul McCartney
Previous Episode
December 12, 2015
Next Episode
January 16, 2016

The 796th episode and 9th episode of Saturday Night Live's 41st season premiered on December 19, 2015, hosted by longtime former cast members and Weekend Update anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, star of the hit films Baby Mama, Sisters and Wine Country, and their comedy tour Restless Leg Tour, with musical guest Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band. This is Tina Fey and Amy Poehler‘s fifth time and second time hosting, respectively, thus making Fey a former five-time host and the third former cast member, as well as the first former female cast member to enter The Five-Timers Club. This is also Bruce Springsteen's 3rd musical guest stint and the E-Street Band's 2nd musical guest stint and their first appearance in 13 years on SNL.

This also marking the first episode has featured multiple hosts since 2004 (the Season 29's January 17, 2004 episode hosted by then-husband-and-wife Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson), as well as the first time two female cast members have hosted, and the first time since Season 12's December 6, 1986 Christmas episode, hosted by Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short that two former cast members have hosted, with musical guest Randy Newman, thus making him a former five-time musical guest.

The last time Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band were the musical guests on October 5, 2002, which is the Season 28 premiere, hosted by actor Matt Damon.

Cast[]

Repertory Players[]

Featured Players[]

Cameo Appearances by Maya Rudolph, Robert Downey, Sr., Gayle King, and Amy Schumer, and an onscreen appearance by Darrell Hammond. Paul McCartney joins the band during the goodbyes.

Sketches and Music Performances[]

 Cold Open   Sketch   Pre-recorded   Weekend Update   Music Performance   Other 

Title Image Summary
GOP Debate Cold Open   Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and more debate in Las Vegas. With Beck Bennett as Jeb Bush, Pete Davidson as Marco Rubio, Taran Killam as Ted Cruz, Kyle Mooney as Rand Paul, Bobby Moynihan as Chris Chrisite, Jay Pharaoh as Ben Carson, Cecily Strong as Carly Fiorina, Jon Rudnitsky as Wolf Blitzer, a non-Update appearance of Colin Jost as John Kasich (without lines), and an onscreen appearance by Darrell Hammond as Donald Trump.

The sketch used "lower third"-style titles with the names of the characters. At one point, a title for John Kasich briefly appeared on screen and disappeared, though he wasn't speaking at the time. This was a likely indicator that lines were written for Jost but cut for time.
Monologue by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler   Five-time host Tina Fey and two-time host Amy Poehler (both who are longtime former cast members), returned to SNL, showcase their different personalities by performing a Christmas song featuring sections they each wrote. With Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, and Kenan Thompson as the SNL Gay Men's Chorus.
A Hillary Christmas   With Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler as 2008 Hillary Clinton, and Tina Fey as Sarah Palin.
Meet You Second Wife Second With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts (Poehler's character was "Helen Walsh", while Fey played herself); Bobby Moynihan, Taran Killam, and Kenan Thompson as contestants Brian, Steve, and Toby; and Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, and Leslie Jones as wives Samantha, Elaine, Deanna; and Cecily Strong as young mother Alicia. Steve Higgins provided the voiceover.

In an unusually bad technical glitch, the sketch opened to skipping music with Bobby awkwardly waiting for the announcement to begin, followed by a sound clip of Darrell Hammond saying, "ladies and gentlemen", which looped several times before Higgins' audio began to play.
Hoverboards   If you hate walking and love fire, the hoverboard is for you. With Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney as boys, and Beck Bennett as the grandfather/voiceover.
Movie Director   A recurrence of a sketch from the March 7, 2015 episode. With Tina Fey as Janelle/Sarah, Amy Poehler as Casey, Kenan Thompson as the director, and Sasheer Zamata as a page.
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band performs "Meet Me in the City". Introduced by Amy Poehler Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band performs "Meet Me in the City".
Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che   Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s news, including Hilary Clinton's campaign and Chris Christie criticism of President Obama and the Navy new controversial ship name and Bill Maher's distant cousin. With guests Kate McKinnon as "someone's mom Deedee" stops by to give a recap of daytime television drama and former Weekend Update anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler stop by to deliver the last two jokes of 2015.
Chad & Mrs. Douglas Show   With Taran Killam as Chad Douglas, Vanessa Bayer as Victoria Douglas, cameo by Maya Rudolph as Lola Fabre, Amy Poehler as Gloria Wallace, Tina Fey as Angie Francis, and Kenan Thompson as Bill Cosby.
Tina and Amy's Dope Squad   With Tina Fey as herself/Powderkeg, Amy Poehler as herself/Shortfuse, Aidy Bryant as Trisha Hogan, cameos by Robert Downey Sr., Gayle King, and Amy Schumer as themselves. (Downey's son Robert Downey, Jr. was a cast member in season 11 and has hosted; his brother Jim Downey was a longtime writer at SNL, serving as head writer for seasons 11-20.)
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band performs "The Ties That That Bind". Introduced by Tina Fey Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band performs "The Ties That Bind".
Bronx Beat with Betty and Jodi   A returning recurring sketch, with Amy Poehler as Betty Caruso, Maya Rudolph as Jodi DIetz, and Tina Fey as Cousin Karen. Betty and Jodi welcome Betty's cousin Karen to the show and lament all of the bed news in the world.
Goodbyes and Closing Credits   Tina Fey and Amy Poehler say goodbye to the audience, and Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band perform "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", with guest Paul McCartney and the cast join in.

Notes/Trivia[]

  • This is the final SNL episode of 2015.
  • Tina and Amy's new movie, Sisters, is mentioned in the opening monologue and Dope Squad sketch, and in the monologue, Amy mentions Star Wars. Both movies came out in theaters the day before the broadcast.
  • Tina Fey and Amy Poehler received a historic co-nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a comedy for their roles as co-host of the Christmas episode, which they ultimately won.
  • Amy Poehler and Tina Fey co-hosted the season's Christmas show, marking the first time an episode had multiple hosts since 2004. Fey and Poehler are the fifth and sixth former cast members to host the Christmas show, after Bill Murray (Season 7), Eddie Murphy (Seasons 8 and 10), Jimmy Fallon (Seasons 37 and 39) and Martin Short (Season 38).
  • Also, Fey and Poehler are also the first and second longtime former female cast members to host the Christmas show.
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December 12, 2015
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January 16, 2016
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