Who Scored Big in Week 15 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?
There was really no rhyme or reason to this week's Saturday Night Live in terms of cast member airtime. Taran Killam and Bill Hader (suprise!) both had huge nights while Paul Brittain -- who, in the past, shared the second-fiddle roles with Killam -- was nowhere to be found. In other words, if a cast member was in more than one sketch, he or she was used in, it seems, almost every sketch. The result was a very top-heavy night during which it seemed almost half of the cast sat on the sidelines.
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1. Taran Killam (Last Week: 11) Kind of quietly, Killam had a huge week: supporting roles in "George Washington," "Royal Taster," "Livin' Single," "Spider-Man Lawsuit" and provided the only funny moment in "Vacation Giveaway." Oh, yeah, then there was that spot on Eminem impression. Knife!
Yes, Stefon was back, even though Hader's character "breaks" are starting to look a little planned. But his performance in "British Movie" and "Royal Taster" were two highlights of the night.
3. Fred Armisen (Last Week: 3) Solid night for Armisen. His Hosni Mubarak was better this time than his first attempt a few weeks ago. "Spider-Man Lawsuit" would have been the sketch of the night most other weeks if not for "British Movie," in which Armisen also starred.
Bayer scored with a starring role in "Livin' Single" and during the week off will no doubt be contemplating Miley Cyrus sketch ideas. Also, "Did Frank Gublin get me a settlement? Why don't you ask my new Spider-Man hat?"
5. Seth Meyers (Last Week: 5) What people never mention about Hader's Stefon is that, without Meyers deadpan straight man, it doesn't work. There's a reason why Stefon is an "Update" segment and not it's own sketch. Meyers should get more credit for his role in the Stefon empire.
I give up. It seems that, at least for this season, Pharoah is going to be the go-to impression guy and not much else. Which, I suppose, is fine for now as long as the impressions -- like Lil Wayne this week -- continue to be good.
7. Jason Sudeikis (Last Week: 14) Hey, it was great to see Sudeikis in the cold open. It wasn't so great to not see Sudeikis again until the last sketch of the night. With Sudeikis' being used on SNL less and less and with his film career flourishing, I wouldn't be too surprised to see Sudeikis leave the show at the end of the season.
For some reason Wiig decided to replay, almost line for line, her "Vacation Getaway" sketch. Then again, repetition is Wiig's thing; so be it. Other than that, her only other appearance of note was during "George Washington."
Other than "A Spot of Tea," Samberg was pretty much MIA during the show.
10. Nasim Pedrad (Last Week: 9) Pedrad's role on SNL is concerning: She had a terrific start to this season, but, as of late, it's very rare to see her in the top half of this list. After playing an assistant in the cold open and delivering the kicker in "British Movie," Pedrad pretty much disappeared for the rest of the night.
Outside of a small role in "Vacation Giveaway," not much going on for Kenan this week.
I guess it was too much to ask that Elliott have back-to back good weeks. Practically invisible this week.
What the hell happened here? How did Killam wind up with a role in practically every sketch but Brittain was unheard of tonight?