Tina Fey Overshadows Ronda Rousey on SNL, Blizzard Edition
Ronda Rousey might be able to dominate (almost) all comers in the octagon, but when it comes to comedy, Tina Fey is the undisputed champ. Fey’s minutes-long appearance, reprising her role as Sarah Palin, was easily the highlight of the night, overshadowing the rest of the decent, if uninspired episode.
Amazingly, the live show went on despite Winter Storm Jonas, which on Saturday produced New York City’s snowiest day on record. A state of emergency was declared and almost all city transit was shut down, but apparently the SNL crew was one of the few in the city not sent home early.
The cold open skewering Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump was a no-brainer after this week’s rambling, slam-poetry inflected appearance in Iowa by the former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate.
The rest of the episode got laughs, but more chuckles than belly laughs. Several of the sketches were loose premises for a parade of weird characters — city council meeting, lame superheroes, parody of The Bachelor — and most went on too long. Maybe the snow caused delays and ate into rehearsal time?
I hope it’s just a coincidence that Rousey was not in the best sketches of the night (the Palin cold open and a bit skewing the #OscarsSoWhite news from this week). Rousey didn’t look entirely at ease in front of the cameras, but she actually seemed to be having fun in her monologue (even showing real poise and class while addressing her loss to Holly Holm), and tried to add some variety and characterization to her roles as a dating show contestant, carnival barker, superhero, and more.
However, it’s probably not a coincidence that her best sketch featured her beating someone up. MVP in this Carrie-inspired bit is Vanessa Bayer, for her “it’s only a flesh wound” pratfalls and recoveries.
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