Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg Help Seth Meyers Say Goodbye to "SNL"

By Christine Burroni
|  Sunday, Feb 2, 2014  |  Updated 12:19 PM EDT
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Seth Meyers, who started on the show in 2005 and is the second longest-serving castmember in "SNL's" history, will go on to take Jimmy Fallon's spot on "Late Night," as Fallon heads to "The Tonight Show."

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"Saturday Night Live" said goodbye to its longest serving "Weekend Update" anchor and head writer Seth Meyers this weekend. His last "Update" before moving on to NBC's "Late Night" was packed with jokes about the Atlanta winter storm fiasco, President Obama's State of the Union speech as well as a surprise visit from former cast members.

Meyers kicked off the "Update" with a report about a rare winter storm that paralyzed Atlanta last week, stranding some people in cars for two days, despite only two inches of accumulation. He then introduced a survivor of the storm, who described the snow as "devil's dandruff," "Connecticut confetti," "New England clam powder" and "Obama's white friend."

About Obama's speech, Meyers said, "This week President Obama delivered the State of the Union address, while Joe Biden just delivered," showing a photo of a grinning vice president sitting behind Obama.

At the end of the segment, Meyers joked about a Montana man who was wearing a baseball hat with the word "Weed" on it when he got arrested after police found six pounds of marijuana in his car.

"Police knew where to look for the drugs because his shirt said, '...Is In the Trunk,'" Meyers joked.

Co-anchor Cecily Strong pointed out that the joke was Meyers' last on the show. That's when former "Update" anchor and correspondent Amy Poehler and Bill Hader as Stefon, appeared to welcome Meyers "to the other side" and to send him off with some advice for the future.

"The world outside 'SNL' is weird, and cool," said Poehler, mentioning that "opportunity, new adventures, new friends," are in store for him.

Stefon introduced himself with the last name Meyers and affectionately referred to Meyers himself, as "his man," instantly reminding the audience of his farewell episode where Meyers broke up his wedding with Anderson Cooper.

Andy Samberg also appeared at the end of the segment attempting to serenade Meyers with Boys II Men's, "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye."

Meyers, who started on the show in 2005 and is the second longest-serving castmember in "SNL's" history, will go on to take Jimmy Fallon's spot on "Late Night," as Fallon heads to "The Tonight Show."

"I just want to say being out here with my co-anchors and my dear friends and my husband [Stefon], it's the perfect time to end," said Meyers. "This is the job I always wanted and I had the best time and met the best people and I just want to thank the crew and the cast and especially the writers and Lorne [Michaels]. Thank you very much."

Melissa McCarthy who returned as host for the third time, because she was "already in town," maintained her role of a not-so-typical woman throughout the show, including her recurring character of congresswoman Sheila Kelly, an easily-angered politician. This time around she spoofed Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm, who made headlines last week when he threatened a reporter after President Obama's State of the Union address.

The show's cold open mocked Fox Sports Superbowl anchors Howie Long (Beck Bennet), Michael Strahan (Jay Pharoah) and JImmy Johnson (Bobby Moynihan) who reported that Super Bowl halftime performers, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers could not take the stage due to the polar vortex. Luckily, a musical number straight from Broadway about Bronco's quarterback Peyton Manning was available fill in, they said. McCarthy played the team coach and encouraged the Broncos and the Seahawks that regardless of who wins the big game, "there's just love."

During McCarthy's opening monologue, Bobby Moynihan spoke out from the audience about how mean she was last time she hosted.

"Suck it, McCarthy!" he said before they rolled incriminating footage of her.

"I'm out of here," she said in the video, shoving Moynihan aside. "I got my check and I'm going home."

From there, the two sparred while suspended in the air.

Shedding light on the Black History Month, Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson and newest castmember Sasheer Zamata rapped "28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy," in front of their high school class. Reason number one was "because we deserve a chance," and two through 28 were "slavery."

Musical guest Imagine Dragons performed "Demons" and their Grammy-winning hit, "Radioactive," featuring Kendrick Lamar.

"Saturday Night Live" will resume March 1, after the Winter Games.

 

















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