Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 39x04: Edward Norton & Janelle Monáe

October 27, 2013


Minding the P's & Q's of SNL

  QUALITY: Why yes this IS up earlier then usual. What can I say, the week off recharged my batteries as well.
 QUALITY: Norton’s weird (self-serious or high strung, maybe) energy works, he’s not a relaxed sort but he works excellently within the sketch show. Some really nice strange work this week, Edward Norton is, no surprise here, a gamer and flung himself into some great character moments. He also flung himself into an air duct. Respect. 
 QUALITY: Norton might not be promoting anything (two for two, SNL, well DONE) but at least he isn’t promoting The Counselor. BURN!
 PROBLEMATIC: Blinding one of the stars, much? The shrapnel in the cold opening made me worry for McKinnon’s eyes and face for a hot sec.
PROBLEMATIC: Beck Bennet had a week of walking past when they needed a straight guy to be serious. It's an necessary role, and don't worry, Beckheads (that's a thing right?) Mr. Olivia Wilde once wore it well.
 QUALITY: Multiple Alec Baldwin sightings? Yes please!
 PROBLEMATIC: Multiple Miley Cyrus sightings? Yours was the best episode of the opening three shows, but don’t push it.
 PROBLEMATIC: They are a great way to highlight an exceptional female cast, but urg, another feminine product parody?
 QUALITY: Pedrad with a spotlight sketch! It took forward episodes for her to get into shape, but Nasim Pedrad is starting to look like the cast member that people drafted! The only PROBLEMATIC part of that now is the long-term outlook of Mulaney at FOX. Enjoy it while it lasts!
 QUALITY: Seriously, VANS!
 QUALITY: It’s no surprise that, the morning after, the Wes Anderson horror movie spoof is the much talked about part of the show. It was an excellently made spoof, with ON POINT design elements. The list of quality moments are endless, but let’s at least give high points to Ed Norton’s Owen Wilson impersonation (thank you Tom Hiddleston for the pointers), a much better impersonation then anything he pulled out during the opening monologue.
 QUALITY: “I am not a licensed critter control specialist, however I am Mitchell’s best friend and he knows I like this kind of funky junk. However I have been informed that a meeting is taking place and I am not to disturb you. In conclusion just work harder not smarter and we’ll geterdone and my name is Russel.”
 QUALITY/PROBLEMATIC: Mike O’Brien was a 0.0 on the LeBell Bad-Ass Scale in the Rain Man Money Counting sketch, which left the set-up to the sketch punch less if not for the other cast members, especially Killam and Moynihan doing there best to look and sound at least slightly dangerous. When it came to the “When I do it…” segment though, Mikey was by FAR the most natural as the most awkward. So there is THAT. Welcome to world of sketches before the second song, O'Brien!
 PROBLEMATIC: As you’ll see, the first good night for John Milhiser equals a noticeably quiet night for Taran Killam. Best not to get burnt out on SNL’s new leading man… or to make that so much of a thing, at that.
 QUALITY: Never stop dancing Janelle Monae. My infinite crush on this woman somehow grew three sizes tonight. Of course, I was not alone.
 QUALITY: Wait, how long has SNL been available on iTunes? Have I just missed these ads, previously?
 QUALITY: Anthony Crispino is further proof that Bobby Moynihan may have more fun then any other cast member, on this show.
 PROBLEMATIC: I appreciate you tried going in that direction, SNL but UNCOMFORTABLE thy name is the 12 Days Not a Slave sketch!
 QUALITY: I appreciate you went ALL OUT, post-second song SNL writers. That was so very strange, and pushed the limits more then most other sketches, from Adult Ruth to “What would I do for a Klondike Bar?”. Especially so late in the show.  Added points for Moynihan not taking off the Diego costume during the Good-nights!
 QUALITY: Jared fuckin’ Schraff with the guitar solo! Filling up time? Times like these, I don’t mind.


REPARATORY CAST
Kate McKinnon, 70 points
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 20 points - "LIVE FROM NEW YORK!"
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Autumn's Eve)
  • 5 points - sketch (Stranger Danger w/ Shallon)
  • 10 points - film parody (The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders)
  • 5 points - sketch (Critter Control)
  • 5 points - sketch (12 Days Not a Slave)

Bobby Moynihan, 54 points
  • 5 points - promos
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 5 points - sketch (Stranger Danger w/ Shallon)
  • 5 points - sketch (Rain Man Money Counter)
  • 10 points - Weekend Update 
  • 5 points - reoccurring character (Anthony Crispino)
  • 5 points - sketch (12 Days Not a Slave)
  • 2 points - sketch post-second song (Happy Halloween)
  • 2 points - In costume during the goodnight

Cecily Strong, 40 points
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Autumn's Eve)
  • 10 points - film parody (The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders)
  • 5 points - sketch (Critter Control)
  • 10 points - Weekend Update
  • 5 points - sketch (When I get to do it...)

Aidy Bryant, 32 points
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Autumn's Eve)
  • 5 points - sketch (Stranger Danger w/ Shallon)
  • 5 points - sketch (Steve Harvey Halloween)
  • 5 points - sketch (12 Days Not a Slave)
  • 5 points - sketch (When I get to do it...)
  • 2 points - sketch post-second song (Happy Halloween)

Taran Killam, 20 points

Nasim Pedrad, 30 points
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Autumn's Eve)
  • 5 points - sketch (Stranger Danger w/ Shallon)
  • 10 points - film parody (The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders)
  • 5 points - sketch (When I get to do it...)

Jay Pharoah, 20 points
  • 10 points - film parody (The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders)
  • 5 points - sketch (Critter Control)
  • 5 points - sketch (12 Days Not a Slave)

Kenan Thompson, 20 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Stranger Danger w/ Shallon)
  • 5 points - sketch (Steve Harvey Halloween)
  • 5 points - reoccurring character (Steve Harvey)
  • 5 points - sketch (Rain Man Money Counter)

Vanessa Bayer, 15 points
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Autumn's Eve)
  • 5 points - sketch (12 Days Not a Slave)


FEATURED CAST
Noel Wells, 25 points

Mike O'Brien, 25 points
  • 10 points - film parody (The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders)
  • 5 points - sketch (Rain Man Money Counter)
  • 5 points - sketch (When I get to do it...)
  • 5 points - First cast member hugged

John Milhiser, 20 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Stranger Danger w/ Shallon)
  • 5 points - sketch (Steve Harvey Halloween)
  • 10 points - film parody (The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders)

Kyle Mooney, 15 points

Beck Bennett, 10 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Critter Control)
  • 5 points - sketch (When I get to do it...) 

Brooks Wheelan, 5 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Critter Control)

A quieter week overall for the cast, in terms of post. This could be reflective of the show, though in flavor of flash or heavily relying on the pre-tape they certainly enjoyed the use of wigs, prosthetics, in-camera effects and sight gags. Something to keep in mind for future points. Now... let us see how the teams did this week!

EBERSOL GROUP

THE IGNORANT SLUTS - Matt
Kate McKinnon - 70
Cecily Strong - 40
Beck Bennett - 10
John Mihiser - 20
MUSICAL GUEST - Janelle Monae - SONGS: 1) Dance Apocalyptic & 2) Prime Time
5 points for first song
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 140

DAN AYKROYD RAGE - Mark
Vanessa Bayer - 15
Bobby Moynihan - 54
Kyle Mooney - 15
Noel Wells - 25
MUSICAL GUEST - Janelle Monae - SONGS: 1) Prime Time & 2) Dance Apocalyptic
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 99

RECLUSIVE PENINSULA - Rob
Taran Killam - 20
Aidy Bryant - 32
Mike O' Brien - 25
Kyle Mooney - 15
MUSICAL GUEST - Janelle Monae - SONGS: 1) Dance Apocalyptic & 2) PrimeTime
5 points for first song
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 97

FIVE TIMERS CLUB - Leah
Kenan Thompson - 20
Nasim Pedrad - 30
Mike O'Brien - 25
Beck Bennet - 10
MUSICAL GUEST - Janelle Monae - SONGS: 1) Dance Apocalyptic & 2) QUEEN
5 points for first song
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 90

EXTREME CLOSE-UP! - Jack
Jay Pharoah - 20
Brooks Wheelan - 5
Noel Wells - 25
John Mihiser - 20
MUSICAL GUEST - Janelle Monae - SONGS: No songs chosen.
2 points for Alec Baldwin appearance
2 points for Alec Baldwin appearance
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 74


DOUMANIAN GROUP

THE TEAM YOU WISH YOU HADN'T STARTED A CONVERSATION WITH AT A PARTY - Brian
Kate McKinnon - 70
Cecily Strong - 40
Mike O' Brien - 25
Noel Wells - 25
MUSICAL GUEST - Janelle Monae - SONGS: 1) Prime Time & 2) Dance Apocalyptic
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 160

MILLION DOLLAR BILL MURRAYS - Russel
Bobby Moynihan - 54
Jay Pharoah - 20
Kyle Mooney - 15
Beck Bennett - 10
MUSICAL GUEST - Janelle Monae - SONGS: 1) Dance Apocalyptic & 2) Prime Time
5 points for first song
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 104

BILL BRASKY - Saad
Taran Killam - 20
Aidy Bryant - 32
Mike O'Brien - 25
John Mihiser - 20
MUSICAL GUEST - Janelle Monae - SONGS: 1) Prime Time & 2) Dance Apocalyptic
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 97

YOU KNOW, IT'S THE TEAM THE HIGH-WASITED MIDGETS THAT HAVE, LIKE, THE RED PANTS AND THE BIG ASS - Kevin
Nasim Pedrad - 30
Vanessa Bayer - 15
Beck Bennett - 10
John Mihiser - 20
MUSICAL GUEST - Janelle Monae - SONGS: 1) We Were Rock 'n Roll & 2) Dance Apocalyptic
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 75

SUCK IT TREBEK - Sarah
Kenan Thompson - 20
Brooks Wheelan - 5
Noel Wells - 25
Kyle Mooney - 15
MUSICAL GUEST - Janelle Monae - SONGS: 1) Dance Apocalyptic & 2) QUEEN
5 points for first song
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 70

And don't forget those VERSUS standings too, as our SNL Fantasy League teams go head-to-head!


SEASON 39 OVERALL STANDINGS (after Episode 39x04)
  1. MILLION DOLLAR BILL MURRAYS - 630
  2. THE TEAM YOU WISH YOU HADN'T STARTED A CONVERSATION WITH AT A PARTY - 608
  3. THE IGNORANT SLUTS - 600
  4. DAN AKROYD RAGE - 582
  5. RECLUSIVE PENINSULA - 546
  6. SUCK IT TREBEK - 519
  7. BILL BRASKY - 494
  8. FIVE TIMERS CLUB - 479
  9. EXTREME CLOSE-UP - 466
  10. YOU KNOW IT'S THE TEAM WITH THE HIGH-WAISTED MIDGETS THAT HAVE, LIKE, THE RED PANTS AND BIG ASS - 452

Yes, my Million Dollar Bill Murrays are still on top but I have doubts that I can hold onto it for much longer! Though Bobby Moynihan is hell of a cast member to have, the combined power of Strong/McKinnon is, well, strong so that makes the two teams that share them The Team You Wish and The Ignorant Sluts, very much in the hunt!

Loving SNL Fantasy League as much as I am? Stay in the conversation! Trivia Club would LOVE to hear feedback on Saturday Night Live Fantasy so far, either in the blogs comment section, on Trivia Club's facebook page or in our twitter feed. For now we'll be taking a week away to discuss, debate, and possibly trade amongst ourselves.

Next week Kerry Washington is hosting SNL, and promoting something for a change, because talented black women CAN be live from New York! Maybe we'll even get lucky, and one of our predicted hosts will participate in an upcoming edition of SNL! Hazard the thought.

In leau of promotional images, this will do just fine. SCANDALious.
Also Eminem will be the musical guest, so watch as our SNL Fantasy team owners try to listen to him for the first time since high school/college. Happy Halloween everyone!

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