SNL #34.6 with Jon Hamm, Mad Men, Maya Rudolph, Coldplay and Amy Poehler’s baby!

How important was Amy Poehler to the current success of Saturday Night Live? Poehler said she wouldn’t leave the show until she gave birth, and even though she clearly was ready to have her baby already, the show continued this past week to operate under the assumption she’d be there — so when Poehler gave birth to Archie Arnett on Saturday night (though not on the show!), SNL had to make last-minute changes, which shortchanged returning cast member Maya Rudolph and gave Coldplay four songs. Four songs?! Rudolph to get to sing about Poehler’s baby during Weekend Update, though. That was a nice touch. I also got home last night just in time to see Jon Hamm’s John Ham sketch, which was simple yet absurd enough to work. But I’ve gotten ahead of myself. Let’s begin at the beginning, shall we? Recap! (For readers outside the U.S. who cannot watch videos on Hulu, you can see them on NBC’s SNL site.) The cold open found potential VP Joe Biden (Jason Sudeikis) and Pennsylvania Congressman Jack Murtha (Darrell Hammond) putting their feet in their mouths together at a campaign rally. I suppose this is SNL’s attempt at being fair and balanced in their political parodies. Although I’m not sure how many people really followed Murtha’s news about trying to honestly categorize Southwest Pennsylvanians (full disclosure: my cousins live there, so...

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