Amy Poehler does her best Boston mother impression on ‘SNL’

Tina Fey, Emma Thompson, and Amy Poehler on “Saturday Night Live.”
Tina Fey, Emma Thompson, and Amy Poehler on “Saturday Night Live.”(Will Heath/NBC)

English actress Emma Thompson hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend and paid tribute to mothers in her opening monologue, with a little help from some well-known “SNL” alums.

Comedians (and mothers) Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler helped Thompson translate “mother-speak” for the audience, complete with a stereotyped reference to a Boston mother courtesy of Poehler, who grew up in Burlington and attended Boston College.

Thompson, Fey, and Poehler rattled off various remarks you might expect to hear from your mother on Mother’s Day and paired them with a “translation” for what your mother might really mean.

For example, the trio pointed out, when your mother says that she likes your shirt, it probably means she recognizes that she bought it for you.


Or, if your mom claims she loves all her children the same, she’s lying; your sister is winning, the actresses suggested.

Fey, a Pennsylvania native, offered up a Philadelphia mother translation, followed by Poehler’s stereotype-laden impression of a Boston mother.

“If your car is not parked in my yard on Mother’s Day, I’ll have a freakin’ heart attack and you can go eat at Wahlburgers,” Poehler quipped.

The three ended with a British mother translation — courtesy of Thompson — and a greeting to their real-life children, before kicking off the show.

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