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Amy Poehler's Farewell on 'SNL'

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  December 14, 2008 12:37 PM

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I'm really sad to see Amy Poehler leave "Saturday Night Live" after eight seasons. She had a great run, the highlight of which, for me, may have been her Nancy Grace impression. It was awesome. She gave life to every sketch she was in, and there was a time during her years in the cast when she was clearly the show's best asset.

That said, I do think it's time for her to move on and try new things. I'm praying that her forthcoming NBC sitcom will be good, and that she'll remain on our screens for another chapter. Here's her goodbye from last night's Weekend Update, during which she said, "Being able to do over 140 shows with my friends and my family has been a dream come true":

Will you miss Amy?

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26 comments so far...
  1. Amy Poehler has come to be the heart and mind (and soul, if there is one there) at SNL. Absolutely I will miss Amy. Her Palin Rap was, in my view, the high point -- she's Poehler, and she's out. Thank you, Amy.

    Posted by Karla December 14, 08 01:40 PM
  1. Amy Who???? I stopped watching the show when Will Farrell left...the show has sucked since then!

    Posted by Keith December 14, 08 02:03 PM
  1. Alas! The torture has ended!
    Now Burlington can boast of its other great products- Bad taste, Bad accents and The above-ground pool!

    Posted by Francesca Wallace-Dushay December 14, 08 02:13 PM
  1. They are still laughing in Chestnut Hill at bits she did at "Your Father's Mustache" (BC on campus pub). Woman is a genius.

    Posted by aging cynic December 14, 08 02:15 PM
  1. SNL won't be the same without you, Amy. You will be sorely missed. All the best with your new baby! Oh, and Hillary sends a great big HI! and a barrel full of cackles.

    Posted by Ron V. Boston December 14, 08 02:25 PM
  1. Amy Poehler is, IMHO, SNL. No one has embodied SNL more since Gilda Radner. It just won't be the same. What a big talent. Thanks Amy.

    Posted by diana December 14, 08 02:52 PM
  1. Weekend Update has been a dark hole on SNL since Norm McDonald got canned. Poehler was ok but she, like a lot of other recent cast members, seems to find herself to be far more amusing than she really is. Laughing at her own jokes, almost as often as Jimmy Fallon, is not an endearing trait. I hope she does well in whatever she does next with her career.

    Posted by I Miss Norm December 14, 08 02:52 PM
  1. Amy Poehler's greatest talent is appearing talented. She's full of this pluck that makes her old high school classmates, her teachers, women, etc feel that she's "made them proud." Who cares about talent? And, would you ever, ever use the term to describe someone genuinely talented? Try it: Michael Jordan was talented. Eric Clapton is talented. Sounds ridiculous. It's assumed when one is a professional that they possess talent. That's for casting agents to decide and to debate. It's the audience's job to laugh.And not because she went to BC with a friend of yours or you rent from her father and he's wicked nice, or because it's wonderful that women have tasteful role models with sensible hair and shoes. BS.
    Steven Wright is one of the greatest stand-ups who ever lived. Burlington native. You wouldn't hear stories about his teachers or friends or his father being proud. Nor would you hear a word of his "talent." Therein one might find a clue to the zeitgeist that is her popularity.

    Posted by Francesa Wallace-Dushay December 14, 08 03:52 PM
  1. She was what the show was about-and she understood how to open the show the right way! Everyone just thinks you shout "live from NY.,,It's Saturday night!". But she worked it into the bit like the original cast used to-just another indicator of her intelligence.
    Great job-miss ya!

    Posted by SC December 14, 08 06:31 PM
  1. She was what the show was about-and she understood how to open the show the right way! Everyone just thinks you shout "live from NY.,,It's Saturday night!". But she worked it into the bit like the original cast used to-just another indicator of her intelligence.
    Great job-miss ya!

    Posted by SC December 14, 08 06:31 PM
  1. what is saturday night live?

    Posted by confused December 14, 08 07:19 PM
  1. I love these types of comments about SNL, this one from a brilliant Keith up above, "Amy Who???? I stopped watching the show when Will Farrell left...the show has sucked since then!" - If you haven't watched the show since Farrell left years ago, how could you possibly know about the show? And if you really don't watch the show, why comment?

    Posted by Ben M December 14, 08 07:45 PM
  1. Francesca - you sure put the dush in wallace-dushay didn't you.

    Jealous much of a local girl's success? Something bad mustv'e happened to you in Burlington to bash a whole town proud of a girl who is full of talent. You will be missed on SNL Amy and we can't wait to see more of your humor in the future.

    Posted by SNLfan December 14, 08 08:26 PM
  1. SNLfan- Proud? Is that it? And yet, no parade for Steven Wright in such a proud town? Obviously, your town is a comic stronghold and yet, somehow SW wasn't on your radar? Maybe it was his lack of Improper Bostonian or Inside Track self-promotion.(incidentally, a Academy Award winner and #23 on the all-time greatest comics list...ahead of Bob Hope and Milton Berle.)
    I'm jealous? No. I think you and your minions and your collective pride really translates into: Wow, with all that money she made, she could buy, like, ten wicked awesome houses in Tewksbury, even with granite countertops, even. Talent. See, we were all right to stay chained in God's country. Amy done us proud. Don't pretend you care a bit about talent or humor, your focus with this "we love you Amy"-crap is one-upmanship and money. How parochial. Now go, hurry, the '99 is having a special on 23 ounce lites, have another.

    Posted by Francesa Wallace-Dushay December 14, 08 09:50 PM
  1. I love Amy Poehler, and I was so disappointed when I heard she wasn't coming back after having her baby. SNL hasn't been the same since Tina Fey left a few seasons ago (although it definitely got a boost from her this past fall)... Amy leaving will be a big loss too.

    Posted by Katie December 14, 08 09:57 PM
  1. Burlington........Billerica's ugly step sister

    Posted by Swine December 14, 08 09:59 PM
  1. Amy Poehler was one of the few funny things left on SNL. It's great to see a woman who can be just as goofy and ready to make herself the butt of the joke as any male comedian could. But, I have to say my all-time favorite work of Amy's was her role in "Blades of Glory" as the ice princess Fairchild. She and Will Arnett are truly made for each other!

    Francesa- we get it. You like Steven Wright, you don't like Amy Poehler. This blog wasn't about "Who's the best comic from Burlington?" or "The many ways Amy Poehler is better than Steven Wright" it was about how Amy has done well for herself and asking if anyone out there would miss her. You made your opinion clear. However, you should realize that the kind of comedy that Steven Wright performs is drastically different from the kind of comedy Amy Poehler performs. She does goofy improvisation and out-there comedy, he does a great dead-pan act based on jokes he's written It takes all kinds. Now, go hate somewhere else.

    Posted by Noel December 15, 08 09:34 AM
  1. Francesa Wallace-Dushay: bitter, dried-up wannabe intellectual. Steven Wright is number 23? How exciting! Wait, according to who? Using what criteria?

    Michael Jordan IS talented. Eric Clapton IS talented. And, yes, so is Amy Poehler. And Steven Wright.

    Francesa Wallace-Dushay is not. Pompous, yes. Talented, no.

    Posted by Bob December 15, 08 09:57 AM
  1. I GET IT! Amy Poehler is smart! And talented...whatever that means. But it sure feels good to say it.
    I think we've all suffered the small-town girl does good nonsense. The point was that people who are truly talented tend not to be loved by the hometown gang. "We're so proud" yuck. Cheesy.
    Bob, you are a dolt. Discussing talent is boring. And self-aggrandizing. I have never heard MJ or EC called's sort, well, you missed the point the first .
    #23- 100 best comics on Comedy Central (voted by comics, not Bob. )
    - We'll swap resumes some time Bob, if you'd like. I'd love to compare talents.
    -The irony of a man (putatively...must be pompous to use a big word, right?) who calls AP talented calling anyone pompous is just delicious. Pompous, you mean, like UCB?
    -Bob you are a eunuch.
    See you at the Judy Tenuta show. She is so talented!!! Blah, blah, blah.

    Posted by francesca December 15, 08 12:41 PM
  1. " will be asked to recollect the talent of Michael Jordan as you all gather around the Microsoft Cybertube..." - Dave D'Alessandro, The Sporting News.

    "Michael Jordan’s talent and legacy will never be forgotten." - Chicago Sun-Times, May 17, 1995.

    "After joining the Bluesbreakers soon afterwards, Eric Clapton's talent exploded and a common cry of the fans was 'Clapton is God!'" - Clapton biography.

    "This site is a real tribute to his talent." - random comment,

    It took less than 2 minutes to find those quotes. Don't read much, do you, francesca.

    Pompous is not using "big words." (Assuming someone called Bob is a man...brilliant.) Pompous is berating people for being proud of the success of one of their own. Pompous is presuming to speak for the rest of us, as in "I think we've all suffered the small-town girl does good nonsense." If this truly makes you suffer, well, I pity you. But I seriously doubt many others ever gave it a second thought, even if they didn't agree with the premise.

    "#23- 100 best comics on Comedy Central (voted by comics, not Bob. )" Well, that's definitive; a "best" list on basic cable.

    Eunuch? Ouch.

    Posted by Bob December 16, 08 09:02 AM
  1. I really hope Francesca gets a Steven Wright DVD for Christmas, while the rest of us enjoy Amy on her new sitcom.

    Posted by Jake December 16, 08 12:59 PM
  1. Bob or Bill,
    The Clapton quote is at the beginning of his career. The MJ is from the future. Far reaching, Bob. Far reaching. One could find Mother Teresa and Bin Laden in the same sentence, too.
    AP is the white zinfandel of comedy: People who know nothing about it think its great. People with no taste don't know the difference. And those who love it think they're doing something sooo high-minded when they're at it.
    Congrats, Mr. Poehler.
    I'll go watch "basic cable." I hope UCB isn't on.

    Posted by francesca December 16, 08 04:31 PM
  1. Like I said, pompous.

    Posted by Bob December 17, 08 06:17 AM
  1. No talent, though? Right? Give the devil her due, Mr. Paunchy...that was pretty good. White Zin? Nice try, Bobby, er Billy.
    David Wain? Ian Michael Black? AP's whole schtick (see: her "impression" of Kelly Ripa). Smug. Her ilk. Take a little gander at her "work" and ask those around her. Her overwrought impressions are judgemental and easy. As the Village Voice described her style: Unearned funnier than thou smugness. Have your own parade and articles in the local town papers, but the blog asked "are you going to miss her?". Just toughen up a bit, Bobby. Not everyone has to embrace your tacky success sstory.

    Posted by francesca December 17, 08 09:00 AM
  1. "Poehler was nominated for a 2008 Emmy as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, the first SNL cast member recognized in this category."
    While she didn't win, that's a pretty big honor, one that doesn't exactly go to someone who doesn't have any talent or isn't funny.
    Just because you don't care for a certain kind of comedy doesn't mean it's not funny. It's just not funny to you. I love Michael Ian Black, I loved when "The State" was still on TV, as well as UCB.
    Do you hate Tina Fey, too? As well as "30 Rock" even though it's critically lauded as some of the best writing on television?
    And don't try to act line your wine refrence of WZ isn't pompous and pretentious. Wine drinkers who scoff at the consumption choices of others are snobs, or trying really really hard to be snobs.

    Posted by Noel December 17, 08 10:56 AM
  1. Embrace MY tacky success story? What are you talking about?
    Why are you working so hard to discredit Amy Poehler? Did she somehow insult you? Who in the hell is Billy?
    You seem angry that Amy is getting more attention than Steven Wright. Well, Amy just signed off from SNL and as far as I know, Wright has not exactly been busy lately. I didn't claim anyone was better than anybody else, that was you.
    You make absurd statements like you've never heard anyone call Eric Clapton talented. You seem to think that your opinion counts more than anyone else. Well, guess what. It doesn't.
    People don't have "no taste." They have different tastes. Just because someone doesn't subscribe to your narrow view doesn't make their opinion any less valid. Some people think Justin Timberlake is the greatest musician ever. Not my view, but they are entitled to their opinion.
    The blog asked "are you going to miss her?" and your response was to denigrate the town of Burlington when a simple "no" would suffice.
    You are not talented, francesca. You seem to be trying to make a point but you don't offer anything relevant in support.
    Pompous, pretentious. Yeah, that's you.

    Posted by Bob December 17, 08 12:07 PM

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