It’s been a long year since Kristen Wiig ditched “Saturday Night Live” for Hollywood movie stardom, but at long last she’s finally coming back! The star is returning this weekend to bring the funny back … er … host the show that made her famous.
During her seven seasons, she was responsible for some of “SNL’s” most memorable characters, a few of which she will hopefully be resurrecting during her guest appearance, as the episode’s promos hint.
We’ll have to wait until Saturday night to see which oldies but goodies are resurrected, but fingers crossed these gems are allowed to shine again.
That Saturday Night Live would lead with a Rick Santorum sketch was a given, but it was unexpected that Santorum, played by Andy Samberg, and Mitt Romney, played by Jason Sudeikis, would meet at a bar to go over the primary season that was. I’ve complained a lot about the Republican primary cold opens, but this sketch was good. Mitt tipped the waitress with money in a sealed envelope, telling the waitress to give it to her husband since he’ll know better what to do with it (“Don’t spend it on birth control!” Santorum yelled after her), and were joined by Bill Hader’s Rick Perry, who regretted constantly “taking a deuce every time [he opened] his mouth” during the campaign season.
Oh, Kristen Wiig’s Michele Bachmann and Keenan Thompson’s Herman Cain also showed up, and the whole gang participated in a heartfelt rendition of Green Day’s “(Good Riddance) Time Of Your Life.” Good writing, solid impressions, the song is a joke unto itself, and it didn’t overstay its welcome. It’s a miracle! And good riddance to you, Republican primary season!