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Well, she did good stuff there (and for the UCB previously)- but she's pregnant, so it's not that surprising that she's going. I don't see what the big deal is really. Poehler's extremely funny, but there's other funny women who can fill that job just fine.

Posted by ReverendZ | September 16, 2008 11:54 AM

What that gawker article makes no mention of though, is that:

It's to start her own spin-off of The Office after having her beautiful dual comedian baby spawn! Few probably know that she is married to stud Will Arnett from Arrested Development.

And "flailing sketch show"? SNL goes in cycles, it will have a couple of off years. Everyone always says ZOMG SNL WILL BE NOTHING WITHOUT (Fallon / Ferrel / Sandler / etc etc) then comes the next talent.

Posted by Non | September 16, 2008 11:58 AM

Kristin Wiig is already outshining Poehler. But yes, Maya Rudolph would be nice to see on the roster again.

Posted by boyd main | September 16, 2008 12:15 PM

You have to leave SNL after a certain amount of time, or else you get the status of a soap-opera actor - a "lifer." Darrell Hammond is a funny enough guy, but whenever I see that he's still a cast member, I just sort of feel bad for him. The lifer.

The cast should be rotated way more than it already is. Poehler, like most other comedians, is way more funny outside of SNL. Plus, there's still Kristen Wiig.

Posted by JC | September 16, 2008 12:18 PM

-And even Rachel Dratch.^ Lord knows that face isn't going to be paid anywhere else

-Molly Shannen has her own show this Fall called Cath and Kim!

-I still miss Cheri Oteri

-hey, Amy Sedaris is probably looking for work, get her on, Lorne! HELL YEAH

Posted by Non | September 16, 2008 12:19 PM

Anyone beat Tim Meadows' "lifer" record yet?

Posted by Banna | September 16, 2008 12:29 PM

People still watch SNL?

Posted by N | September 16, 2008 12:36 PM

That's very old news...she's pregnant AND she's doing the new "It's not an Office spin-off, but a totally new show from the producers of The Office" spin-off that's supp. to start in January...

Posted by michael strangeways | September 16, 2008 12:40 PM

She was brilliant in Hamlet 2.

Posted by Dan Savage | September 16, 2008 12:42 PM

SNL has ALWAYS sorta/kinda/totally sucked...I watched some of the original classic Belushi/Chase/Ackroyd/Radner stuff not long ago, and it wasn't quite as brilliant as I remember...lots of great stuff to be sure, but also lots of dreck...

And in the entire history of the show, they've probably had about three great sketches that ran in the last half hour.

Posted by michael strangeways | September 16, 2008 12:43 PM

If you don't like SNL, then you don't like comedy. The show is indirectly responsible for at least half of all comedy produced in this country since the 70's. (These days, the Daily Show is responsible for the other half.)

Think I'm exaggerating? Then check out the list of SNL alumni.

It's a live show that's produced from scratch each week, so it's not going to have the batting average of a carefully crafted stand up routine or movie. But it's still one of few things on TV worth watching.

Posted by Sean | September 16, 2008 1:55 PM

#9, Her "I married a Jew, I got nothing to lose," line is insanely funny.

Posted by DENVEROPOLIS | September 16, 2008 2:33 PM

I wonder if anyone will take over for her on Weekend Update, or if Seth Meyers will handle it alone.

Posted by madamecrow | September 16, 2008 3:12 PM

I wanna see Andy Samberg in more things. "Space Olympics" was only moderately funny, but it was the second-best segment in the show. His earlier shorts "Iran So Far," "Lazy Sunday," and motherfuckin' "Dick in a Box" were all brilliant.

Posted by Greg | September 16, 2008 4:49 PM

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