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"
Previous Episode
December 12, 2015
Next Episode
January 16, 2016


The 796th episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler with musical guest Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band. This is Bruce Springsteen's and The E-Street Band's 3rd appearance as the musical guest on the show.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Main[edit | edit source]

Featured[edit | edit source]

Cameos 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.

Skits[edit | edit source]

 Cold Open   Sketch   Pre-recorded   Weekend Update   Music Performance   Other 

Title Image Summary
GOP Debate   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   With Taran Killam, Bobby Moyniham, 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 player 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 gentleman", which looped several times before Higgins' audio began to play.
Hoverboards   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 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band performs "Meet Me in the City".
Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che   With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and Kate McKinnon as "someone's mom Deedee".
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 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.
Goodbyes   Tina and Amy say goodbye to the audience, and Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band perform "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", with guest Paul McCartney.

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Tina and Amy's new movie, Sisters, is mentioned in the monologue and Dope Squad sketch, and in the monologue, Amy mentions Star Wars. Both movies came out in theaters the day before the broadcast.
Preceded by:
December 12, 2015
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
January 16, 2016
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