For a comedy fan, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning to the Saturday Night Live stage is the equivalent of a papal visit, Crystal Palace playing at home, or the McRib being served in McDonalds again. There is a sigh of relief, a sense of everything being as it should, followed by mass hysteria. What will come of this blessed evening? Well, last Saturday it resulted in one of the darkest, wryest, funniest sketches in a long time.
"Meet Your Second Wife" is simple. Fey and Poehler host a game show where three middle-aged, happily married men are introduced to their second wife by their all-seeing all-knowing hosts. The first man declares that he would never leave his supportive, loving partner. "In a few years, one of your novels is going to be a surprise best seller, and is optioned for a movie," Fey informs him as he is introduced to his pre-teen future wife. "Oh. Yeah. I get it now."
It's blistering, searing-hot satire: every single "when he was in college, she was playing with Barbie" conversation you and your friends have ever had condensed into five minutes of perfect comedy. It's also completely in line with Fey and Poehler's press for their new movie, Sisters. While talking to Simon Mayo, Fey suggested that there be a new Bechdel test, the rules of which are "Do the women on screen have all their original teeth?"
Fey and Poehler have always been a magnetic duo, as they grow older their comedy has become more exacting and clear. Their message: that one, we live in a society that marginalises older women to the point of irrelevance. And two, that we do not have to accept this shit anymore.