Who Scored Big in Week 12 of SNL's Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time-Player Relevancy Poll?

This season of Saturday Night Live has been, at many times, a bit tired. Even the usually reliable political sketches have seen off. But I can't remember the last time a season of SNL has seemed so energized by a group of new cast members -- when they're actually allowed on air. This past weekend, the featured players pretty much took over the last half of the show, and it may have been the best continuous half-hour stretch of the season to date.

The NRFPTP Relevancy Poll is driven by a proprietary algorithm involving such factors as quality airtime. If your results differ, let's hear about it in the comments.

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg1. Seth Meyers (Last Week: 9) Meyers is a smart guy, and he's obviously a funny guy. But rarely does he focus his efforts so squarely on a politically charged rant. It stood out; he should do it more often.

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg2. Andy Samberg (Last Week: 6)

Not the most overwhelmingly active night, but the guy helped Pee-Wee Herman smash a chair over Anderson Cooper's head.

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg3. Taran Killam (Last Week: 1) Killam, after toiling in obscurity for the first couple of months of the season, is having a really nice run as of late. His "Shakespeare's Coming Attractions" sketch was one of the best of the night, plus he's popping up a lot more as supporting characters as of late.

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg4. Jay Pharoah (Last Week: 13)

Yes, he's ranked this high because of two impressions (Will Smith and Jay-Z), but they are really good impressions.

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg5. Paul Brittain (Last Week: 12)

Like Killam, is getting a lot of airtime in supporting roles. But the reason he's in the top five is for his starring role in "ESPN Deportes."

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg6. Kenan Thompson (Last Week: 4)

I almost forgot that the Rent Is Too Damn High fellow existed and I would have no problem with Kenan portraying him every week. Also, he played a inappropriately touched Carlton Banks.

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg7. Kristen Wiig (Last Week: 8)

Wiig led off the cold open and was fabulous as always as the Kat half of Garth and Kat. It's been so long since Wiig has paraded herself around as one of her patented quirky characters -- as we saw in "Secret Word" -- that now it just seems sorta odd.

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg8. Jason Sudeikis (Last Week: 10)

Sudeikis's Glenn Beck is always welcome. Also, I hope a day comes again when we will once again see Sudeikis as Kenny Rogers.

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg9. Fred Armisen (Last Week: 7) I absolutely cannot keep a straight face during Garth and Kat because Armisen always looks like he's having the time of his life.

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg10. Bobby Moynihan (Last Week: 2) A rare slow night for Moynihan, regulated to a supporting role in "Coming Attractions," but had the best moment of "The Cape Promo."

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg11. Nasim Pedrad (Last Week: 3) Not a lot beyond the cold open and her Christina Aguilera appearance on "Update."

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg12. Bill Hader (Last Week: 5)

A really rare off week for Hader (his highlight was a fairly frightening Cher impression) . At this point I can only assume that he regulated himself to background characters just to give other cast-members a chance in this Season of Hader.

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg13. Vanessa Bayer (Last Week: 11)

The only real memory of Bayer during the show (other than a brief appearance on "Update") was her dressed as a solemn looking boy at his bar mitzvah.

snl_poll_abby_elliott.jpg14. Abby Elliott (Last Week: 14)

A blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in the cold open and the ensemble bar mitzvah sketch. It goes without saying that this has not been a good season for Abby Elliott.


  • Mark says:

    I watch SNL only for weekend update. I hope for some of the sketches to be decent but am more often than not disappointed. Weekend update rarely fails to deliver and Seth was in top form this weekend.

  • Lee Harvey says:

    Garth and Kat is the worst thing on the show each and every time it appears.

  • robotbutler says:

    Agreed, outside of hilarious vests I just don't get what is funny about that sketch or why they keep bringing it back! Where was Stefon?

  • robotbutler says:

    "My secret identity is a slightly fatter version of myself!" - Funniest line of the show!

  • Mike Ryan says:

    I like it because of the technical aspects of it. I don't know for sure, but I'm assuming Armisen is making up stuff as he goes and Wiig is trying to mime what he's saying, which is impressive that she keeps up as well as she does. Anyway, it impresses me, that's all.

  • Jimmy says:

    Someday soon the world will be divided into two camps, 1) those who don't find Kristin Wiig the least bit funny and 2) those with severed jugulars.

  • rjmr says:

    Why the f are there FOURTEEN cast members?? Talk about watering down the talent pool!
    Seven is the standard number in any comedy troop, especially when you go back to the roots of modern sketch comedy television; Monty Python and the original SNL.
    The wonderful thing about only having seven regulars, is that they have to portray MANY different characters each, which really shows how talented they are.
    I rarely watch SNL anymore, mainly because it's just not that funny.

  • G says:

    I think Pharoah would be great on Weekend Update. Meyers was good this week I think he works better with a co-host.

  • Scraps says:

    It is my opinion that Garth and Kat are awful and I can't understand why they keep coming back.

  • dan says:

    Pedrad has six appearances this episode and four impressions: Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Michelle Malkin, and Christiane Amanpour! She definitely deserves a higher ranking, perhaps even a two or three spot.

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