'Sisters': Seven Memorable Party Guests

2:40 PM 12/22/2015

by Hilary Lewis

A guide to the familiar faces that pop up at Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's characters' "Ellis Island" bash.

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[Warning: The following story contains spoilers from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's new movie, Sisters.]

In Sisters, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play adult siblings who throw an epic party in their childhood home, after their parents decide to sell it.

At the increasingly destructive bash, Fey and Poehler's Kate and Maura Ellis are joined by a number of familiar faces, many of whom pop up as party guests without much explanation of their connections to the hosts. But they're all probably among the Facebook friends Kate and Maura scroll through as they determine who to invite.

By the time the party rolls around in Sisters, viewers are already familiar with Maura's love interest, James, played by Ike Barinholtz, and Kate's high-school rival, Brinda, played by Maya Rudolph, who is most definitely not invited to the party but shows up anyway and tries to shut it down, not to mention John Leguizamo's sketchy Dave, whom Kate and Maura run into in an earlier encounter peppered with awkward sexual innuendo.

Read on to find out more about the Saturday Night Live alums, cast members and other well-known actors whose characters pass through "Ellis Island" in Sisters.


  • Kelly (Rachel Dratch)

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    Rachel Dratch is just the latest SNL alum to take part in the Sisters party. Her character Kelly seems to be a former classmate of Kate and Maura's who's struggling with getting older.

  • Liz (Samantha Bee)

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    The longtime Daily Show correspondent's character shows up at the party with her husband Rob (Matt Oberg) and, initially, their kids before they learn it's not a family party. After ditching the tykes, Liz and Rob cut loose, which includes Liz shedding her top and simply sporting what Bee has called her "mom bra." Bee told The Hollywood Reporter at the Sisters premiere that she didn't hesitate sign on to the film: "I think it took me — I would say it took me all of a nanosecond to say yes to [this]. I would do anything that Tina and Amy ever asked of me, short of probably burying a dead body in someone's backyard. So this was kind of a no-brainer."

  • Pazuzu (John Cena)

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    Summoned to the party to provide marijuana, Cena's tattooed drug dealer Pazuzu shows up packing much more than that. He arrives with a kit containing everything from Molly to Flintstones Gummies. After Kate and Maura buy some pot and the cocaine-like white powder he forces them to purchase, Pazuzu sticks around and engages in some humorous flirting with Kate. As she tries to make small talk, he stoically delivers deadpan responses to her questions about whether he has kids ("I'm sure I do") and what sports he plays ("tennis"). He also has the memorable line of, "My safe word is 'keep going.'"

  • Alex (Bobby Moynihan)

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    Bobby Moynihan's Alex begins the film as a sad sack whom Kate's reluctant to invite because he's "always on" and thinks he's the funniest person in the room. And, indeed, he spends much of the early part of the party delivering corny jokes. But after he accidentally snorts a ton of Pazuzu's coke-like stimulant, thinking it's stevia, he steals the show with his boundless energy, breaking through walls, walking by screaming while wearing a tin-foil hat and, ultimately, drawing penises on the wall with his own penis.

  • Hae-Won (Greta Lee)

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    Kate and Maura meet nail technician Hae-Won at a salon, where she and Poehler's Maura have an extended exchange in which each of them tries (and fails) to correctly pronounce the other's name. Maura later extends a party invite to Hae-Won and her friends. Actress and comedian Greta Lee has been featured on Girls, New Girl and Inside Amy Schumer and got to know Poehler while working on the failed pilot Old Soul, which Poehler executive produced.

  • Kim (Renee Elise Goldsberry)

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    Renee Elise Goldsberry is familiar to fans of The Good Wife for her recurring role as Geneva Pine. She shows up in Sisters as Kim, a party guest (and likely high-school friend) of Kate and Maura. Kim gets a memorable moment with Pazuzu, admiring his lack of body hair before Kate saunters over and tells her to "walk away," suggesting she's not up to handling the "black diamond slope" that Pazuzu represents.

  • Sam (Kate McKinnon)

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    The current SNL star makes a few quick appearances as half of a lesbian couple that helps Kate and Maura with some party supplies and later helps organize a carabiner-based rescue attempt when Kate and Maura fall into a sinkhole.