“Saturday Night Live” stars Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are returning to Studio 8H.
Poehler and Fey will reportedly co-host the show on Dec. 19, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band serving as the musical guest. Poehler and Fey’s comedy “Sisters” opens on Dec. 18.
Fey started as a writer at “SNL” in 1997 and later became a cast member and co-anchor of the “SNL” “Weekend Update” segment, departing in 2006. Poehler joined as a cast member in 2001 and left in 2008.
In addition to Fey and Poehler’s appearance, the Dec. 5 episode will be hosted by actor Ryan Gosling and actor Chris Hemsworth will host on Dec. 12. Leon Bridges will perform as the musical guest on the Dec. 5 installment and Chance the Rapper will perform on the Dec. 12 episode.
Fey and Poehler have both been involved in incredibly successful projects while they were at, and since leaving, “SNL.” Both starred in and Fey wrote the 2004 comedy “Mean Girls,” which the Writers Guild of America recently named as having one of the best screenplays of all time.
Fey created and starred in the NBC TV series “30 Rock,” which aired for seven seasons and won multiple Emmy Awards. She co-created the Netflix show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which aired its first season earlier this year and was nominated for the best comedy series Emmy. She returned to “SNL” to portray then-vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, a performance that was most likely the most memorable political satire done by “SNL” in recent memory.
Poehler starred in and served as a writer for the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” which also aired for seven seasons. She recently voiced one of the lead characters in Pixar’s hit “Inside Out,” which was released this past summer, and starred in the Netflix TV series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” which was a prequel to the 2001 comedy “Wet Hot American Summer.”
Fey and Poehler also hosted the Golden Globes multiple times and their stints were popular ones.
As it has since its inception, “SNL” continues to be a way for comedians starting out to gain exposure and, often, become involved with film opportunities. Members of the original “SNL” cast like Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, and John Belushi quickly hit it big with movies like “Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers,” and “Caddyshack.”
It’s a pattern that’s continued over the decades and three of the four leads in the highly anticipated new “Ghostbusters” film are from “SNL.” While “Ghostbusters” star Kristen Wiig is a former cast member, actresses Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are still on the show. McKinnon debuted on “SNL” in 2012, while Jones is a comparative newbie, having just been named a cast member on the NBC program late last year.