Monday, April 15, 2024

(Watch) Paul McCartney Surprises Bruce Springsteen on Best “SNL” in Maybe Years, with Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler


What a great “SNL” tonight– the show just ended with Paul McCartney surprising Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

The show was funny all the way through, with only one weird questionable moment in the “Weekend Update” that seemed strangely anti-Semitic. But I’ll forgive that — it was a joke that went wrong. (I’d cut that out of the west coast feed, frankly.)

Otherwise, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were a delight. And Maya Rudolph, who’s like a secret weapon, was a smash. Ditto Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton.

The best sketch of the night was “Meet Your Second Wife,” in which youngish married men met there future wives– children, who, in 20 years they would marry. Nicely done.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band sang “Meet Me in City” from “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.” “The River” seems like a much better album than it did when it was released. This was a terrific promo for Bruce’s tour commencing in January.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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