Being an alum of Saturday Night Live has its perks. Whether in front of or behind the camera, if you play your cards right you can come out with increased visibility, countless opportunities, and a wealth of connections. While it doesn’t always work out that way, some former members of Lorne Michaels’ long-running sketch show have taken full advantage of the chances they’ve been given. A prime example: Jimmy Fallon.
A cast member at SNL from 1998 to 2004, Fallon has enjoyed a career full of film and television performances, stand-up comedy albums, and as host of his own late-night show. Jimmy isn’t the only Saturday Night Live alum to have his own after-hours show (Conan O’Brien, Seth Myers) and like the others, he is not shy about using it to reunite with old castmates and writers.
Even during a pandemic, Jimmy Fallon was able to get three legendary members of the famed TV show to make an appearance on his iteration of The Tonight Show: Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, and Paula Pell.
Not only is the sketch a fun watch, but the three ladies joining him have an abundance of SNL experience between the three of them. Tina Fey was a writer and performer on the show from 1997 to 2006 (though she did appear in several sketches in the years leading up to joining the staff). Her run as co-anchor of Weekend Update (which she did, for a time, with Fallon) was the longest ever at the time. Fey also became head writer in 1999, an experience she would later use as a model for her long-running sitcom 30 Rock.
Rachel Dratch is most well known for her time on Saturday Night Live. From 1999 to 2006 she was featured prominently on the show. She delighted with characters like Debbie Downer and even returned recently to play Senator Amy Klobuchar during her campaign to be the Democratic nominee for president. Dratch has enjoyed a robust comedy career, appearing on countless TV shows, often as a guest star.
Paula Pell has recently been getting her due in a way that feels long… overdue. She was a writer on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2013, creating Debbie Downer and many other characters for the show. While she has mostly made guest appearances in other programs, recently she has found success as a lead in A.P. Bio for NBC and as a co-writer and star of the Quibi show Mapleworth Murders.
To feature all three of these funny ladies in one sketch is a pretty big SNL flex on Fallon’s part and honestly one I would like to see more of.
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