'SNL' Cast Member Happy to Be Back, Sounds Off on First Post-Strike Episode
Last month, Saturday Night Live returned with its first post-strike episode, more than three months after it went on hiatus last year.  As expected, all of the show's cast members are happy to be back to be back on the show, and to be working with one another once again.

“I am so happy to be back at the show.  Everyone here is,” cast member Fred Armisen wrote on his blog on Saturday Night Live's official website.  “Right after it was announced that we were going back to work, [co-stars] Seth [Meyers] and Amy [Poehler] set up a last minute get together at a bar downtown. It was such a good feeling to see everyone.  The writers, the crew, people from every department.  Nobody was shy about embracing each other and openly saying ‘I missed you!'”

The show's first new episode, which aired on February 23, was hosted by Tina Fey, who was both a writer and actress for Saturday Night Live before leaving in 2006 to star in her own comedy series, 30 Rock.

“It was great to have Tina as our first host,” Armisen wrote.  “She's amazing to work with and is really good at coming up with endings to sketches.  That's something I find so hard to do.  I like coming up with ideas and characters, but endings are always a puzzle for me.”

Seeing as it is the political season, Saturday Night Live readily delved into the presidential race, with candidate Mike Huckabee making a special appearance during the "Weekend Update" segment.

“Mike Huckabee and his family were… super nice and friendly with everyone in the cast,” Fred Armisen said.  “I got to talk to him a little bit about his bass playing.”

The show also sharply parodied the Democratic presidential debates, with the sketch showing reporters fawning over Barack Obama, played by Armisen, while treating Hillary Clinton, played by Poehler, as an annoyance.

“My reaction when I read his sketches for the first time is ‘oh yeah! It IS like that!'” Armisen said in his blog post.  “Then I feel like a dummy for not realizing those things earlier.  Also, I'm always psyched to do a sketch with Amy.”

Saturday Night Live continues tonight with its third post-strike episode, hosted by Academy Award nominated-actress, Amy Adams.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: NBC.com
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