Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 39x10: Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake

December 22, 2013



Minding the P’s and Q’s of SNL
QUALITY: Save for one sketch, A Christmas Carol, everything was high energy, exciting, and had memorable touches. At least three sketches will be in next years Christmas Special compilation, no question (and Reclusive Peninsula's Rob agrees). Jimmy Fallon (with Timberlake) is rocking the number one spot with host of the season, so far.
QUALITY: In case you were wondering if this would feel like a co-hosted show between Fallon and Timberlake, well that question was answered awfully quick when JT and Jimmy opened the show with a reoccurring character of Timberlake's! And yes, with Fallon involved it almost harkened to their History of Rap series as well.
QUALITY: In classic sneaker-upper form, Paul McCartney appears to do some vocal stylings with Jimmy Fallon in a truly on-point opening monolouge with song!
PROBLEMATIC: But no Bowie or Dylan! BOO!
QUALITY: CBS versus NBC in the Family Feud Celebrity Edition was very clever use of a lot of emerging go-to celebrity impression, while also showcasing Kenan's Steve Harvey in a more naturally entertaining way then the ol' weird guest bit in his own talk show.
QUALITY: Timberlake as Fallon talking to Fallon? Naaailed it. It's a shame that no one picked Fallon, simply with the potential for breaking points as Justin Timberlake ruined Jimmy with laughter.
QUALITY: Brooks as himself was a choice touch. Not quite the Bill Murray call out, mentioning he's not in a LOT of the show (which is the fun joke of it) but not making a fight about it either.
PROBLEMATIC: It may be the Whedon-ite in me, but come on Noel you could have done a much better Alyson Hannigan. Especially considering your Emma Stone (props to Leah on that note), amongst an impressive amount of impressions in fact.
QUALITY: Zooey Deschanel seems to be her noted impression, pre-SNL, so it was great to see her pop up in SNL's semi-regular celebrity impression extravaganza!
QUALITY: The high school pictures in "Twin Bed" were truly amazing.
PROBLEMATIC: The problem in the Barry Gibb Talk Show was the week guest layout. It did nothing to help an otherwise enjoyably angry Fallon (something you don't get to see as his nicest guy in Late Night persona), including the awkward inclusion of Madonna (we get it, you still enjoy Justin Timberlake's company) and her teeth, which helped no one.
QUALITY: Barry Gibb coming in to sing with his younger self and his now deceased brother? Juuust beautiful.
PROBLEMATIC: A Christmas Carol's gay joke was lazy humor, especially for the production quality around it and the quality humor within the show.
QUALITY: The extended take on "Baby It's Cold Outside" which followed the up and down story of the guy getting what he's asking for, regretting it in cliched fashion, only for it to be revealed as masking the fact that he's just scared that things are going so well with this beautiful woman? An excellent spin on my favorite Christmas carol. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a good call and respond jingle... and Strong really did the strongest two-handed sketch work of the season with our (naturally) able host, Jimmy Fallon. THAT is why she's the Christmas show's MVP, ladies and gents.
QUALITY: Justin Timberlake nailed his musical guest spot this episode, with not only two diverse songs from his billion-selling double album "Only When I Walk Away" and "Pair of Wings (acoustic)", but also doing some of the first legitimately exciting staging of the season. Take notes Drake. Do this, don't do Gaga.
PROBLEMATIC: No wonder Mike O'Brien was looking bummed out (a running theme with cast members during the good-byes at least), as he wasn't seen on the show at ALL, save for the pre-taped instant classic "Twin Bed". At least he got to share the twin bed with Strong, while kissing her good night at the end of the shop, hidden snugly behind the head of a Beatle.


REPARATORY CAST
Cecily Strong, 75 points
  • 10 points - digital short (Twin Bed)
  • 5 points - singing & dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Barry Gibb Talk Show)
  • 10 points - sketch with former SNL host (Madonna)
  • 10 points - Weekend Update
  • 5 points - sketch (Waking Up with Kimye)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Kardashian)
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Now That's What I Call Christmas)
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points - sketch (Baby It's Cold Outside)
  • 5 points - singing

Kate McKinnon, 75 points
  • 5 points - promo
  • 5 points - sketch (Family Feud Celebrity Edition)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Jane Lynch)
  • 10 points - digital short (Twin Bed)
  • 5 points - singing & dancing
  • 10 points - Weekend Update (Billie Jean King)
  • 5 points - sketch (Waking Up with Kimye)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Kardashian)
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Now That's What I Call Christmas)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Shakira)
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points - sketch (A Christmas Carol)

Taran Killam, 65 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Family Feud Celebrity Edition)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Ashton Kutcher)
  • 10 points - digital short (Twin Bed)
  • 20 points - full frontal nudity
  • 5 points - sketch (Barry Gibb Talk Show)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Paul Ryan)
  • 10 points - sketch with former SNL host (Madonna)
  • 5 points - sketch (A Christmas Carol)

Aidy Bryant, 40 points
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 5 points - caroling
  • 10 points - digital short (Twin Bed)
  • 5 points - singing & dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (A Christmas Carol)

Jay Pharoah, 35 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Family Feud Celebrity Edition)
  • 5 points - sketch (Waking Up with Kimye)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Kanye West)
  • 5 points - rapping
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Now That's What I Call Christmas)
  • 5 points - rapping

Bobby Moynihan, 30 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Waking Up with Kimye)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Kardashian)
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Now That's What I Call Christmas)
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points - sketch (A Christmas Carol)

Kenan Thompson, 30 points
  • 5 points - promo
  • 5 points - sketch (Family Feud Celebrity Edition)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Steve Harvey)
  • 5 points - sketch (A Christmas Carol)
  • 5 points - sketch (Baby It's Cold Outside)
  • 5 points - singing

Vanessa Bayer, 25 points
  • 10 points - digital short (Twin Bed)
  • 5 points - singing & dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Waking Up with Kimye)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Kardashian)

Nasim Pedrad, 25 points
  • 10 points - digital short (Twin Bed)
  • 5 points - singing & dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Waking Up with Kimye)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Kim Kardashian)


FEATURED CAST
Noel Wells, 45 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Family Feud Celebrity Edition)
  • 10 points - digital short (Twin Bed)
  • 5 points - singing & dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Waking Up with Kimye)
  • 5 points - featured reoccurring (Kardashian)
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Now That's What I Call Christmas)
  • 5 points - singing

Brooks Wheelan, 30 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Family Feud Celebrity Edition)
  • 10 points - digital short (Twin Bed)
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Now That's What I Call Christmas)
  • 5 points - sketch (A Christmas Carol)

John Milhiser, 25 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Family Feud Celebrity Edition)
  • 5 points - featured reoccurring (Jon Cryer)
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Now That's What I Call Christmas)
  • 5 points - singing

Kyle Mooney, 20 points
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Now That's What I Call Christmas)
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points - sketch (A Christmas Carol)

Beck Bennett, 15 points
  • 10 points - digital short (Twin Bed)
  • 5 points - singing & dancing

Mike O'Brien, 10 points
  • 10 points - digital short (Twin Bed)


EBERSOL GROUP

THE IGNORANT SLUTS - Matt
Kate McKinnon - 75
Cecily Strong - 75
Beck Bennett - 15
John Mihiser - 25
MUSICAL GUEST - Justin Timberlake - SONGS: 1) TKO & 2) Drink You Away & X-Max Bonus) I'll Be Home For Christmas
EPISODE TEN TOTAL 190

EXTREME CLOSE-UP! - Jack
Jay Pharoah - 35
Brooks Wheelan - 30
Noel Wells - 45
John Mihiser - 25
MUSICAL GUEST - Justin Timberlake - SONGS: No songs chosen.
EPISODE TEN TOTAL 135

RECLUSIVE PENINSULA - Rob
Taran Killam - 65
Aidy Bryant - 40
Mike O' Brien - 10
Kyle Mooney - 20
MUSICAL GUEST - Justin Timberlake - SONGS: 1) TKO & 2) Drink You Away & X-Mas Bonus) O Holy Night
EPISODE TEN TOTAL 135

DAN AYKROYD RAGE - Mark
Vanessa Bayer - 25
Bobby Moynihan - 30
Kyle Mooney - 20
Noel Wells - 45
MUSICAL GUEST - Justin Timberlake - SONGS: 1) Tunnel Vision & 2) Mirrors & X-Mas Bonus) All I Want For Christmas Is You
EPISODE TEN TOTAL 120

FIVE TIMERS CLUB - Leah
Kenan Thompson - 30
Nasim Pedrad - 25
Mike O'Brien - 10
Beck Bennet - 15
MUSICAL GUEST - Justin Timberlake - SONGS: 1) Please Mr. Kennedy & 2) Mirrors & X-Mas Bonus) Run Rudolph Run
EPISODE TEN TOTAL 80


DOUMANIAN GROUP

THE TEAM YOU WISH YOU HADN'T STARTED A CONVERSATION WITH AT A PARTY - Brian
Kate McKinnon - 75
Cecily Strong - 75
Mike O' Brien - 10
Noel Wells - 45
MUSICAL GUEST - Justin Timberlake - SONGS: 1) Take Back the Night & 2) TKO & X-Mas Bonus) Dick In a Box
EPISODE TEN TOTAL 205

BILL BRASKY - Saad
Taran Killam - 65
Aidy Bryant - 40
Mike O'Brien - 10
John Mihiser - 25
MUSICAL GUEST - Justin Timberlake - SONGS: No songs chosen.
2 points for Justin Timberlake appearance
2 points for Justin Timberlake appearance
2 points for Justin Timberlake appearance
EPISODE TEN TOTAL 146

SUCK IT TREBEK - Sarah
Kenan Thompson - 30
Brooks Wheelan - 30
Noel Wells - 45
Kyle Mooney - 20
MUSICAL GUEST - Justin Timberlake - SONGS: 1) TKO & 2) Take Back the Night & X-Mas Bonus) Santa Claus is Coming to Town
EPISODE TEN TOTAL 125

MILLION DOLLAR BILL MURRAYS - Russel
Bobby Moynihan - 30
Jay Pharoah - 35
Kyle Mooney - 20
Beck Bennett - 15
MUSICAL GUEST - Justin Timberlake - SONGS: 1) Drink You Away & 2) TKO & X-Mas Bonus) Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time
EPISODE TEN TOTAL 100

YOU KNOW, IT'S THE TEAM THE HIGH-WASITED MIDGETS THAT HAVE, LIKE, THE RED PANTS AND THE BIG ASS - Kevin
Nasim Pedrad - 25
Vanessa Bayer - 25
Beck Bennett - 15
John Mihiser - 25
MUSICAL GUEST - Justin Timberlake - SONGS: No songs chosen.
EPISODE TEN TOTAL 90



DEEP THOUGHTS with the Saturday Night Live Fantasy League
“Nice kicking off the show JT's rapping mascot… Wondering if that screaming girl got chucked out.” – THE TEAM YOU WISH…’s Brian
“Guys, why can't Paul McCartney spend his money on a sensible haircut?” – RECLUSIVE PENINSULA’s Rob
“This group number by the women is PHENOMENAL.” -- THE TEAM YOU WISH…’s Brian
“... Have people seen the Da Bears StateFarm commercial?” – RECLUSIVE PENINSULA’s Rob
“Billie Jean King. Fantastic. "Drive Subaru Outback into red square, doing donuts and blasting Melissa Ethridge." Ha ha” – THE TEAM YOU WISH…’s Brian
“My mom just commented on how much Noel Wells looked and sounded like Zoey Deschanel.” – RECLUSIVE PENINSULA’s Rob
“Not gonna lie, when Gibb talk show started, I stood up and did the dance.” – IGNORANT SLUT’s Matt
“Madonna .... Scoff. Why? Is all I wanna know” – FIVE TIMERS CLUB’s Leah
“Alanis' Christmas song was great. Oh and Harry styles doing nothing but hopping was great.” – THE TEAM YOU WISH…’s Brian
(on Baby It’s Cold Outside) Cecily killed it there.” – THE TEAM YOU WISH…’s Brian
“Can we talk about how good JT's performances were? I like not skipping the performances. For once.” -- RECLUSIVE PENINSULA’s Rob
(on a hidden album track being JT’s second song) JC Chasez would never do this to us.” – IGNORANT SLUT’s Matt
(Happy New Year from the SNL FANTAS LEAGUE!) I’M A YEAR OLDER AND HAVE ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING” -- RECLUSIVE PENINSULA’s Rob


PHIL HARTMAN TROPHY OVERALL STANDINGS (after Episode 39x10)

  1. THE TEAM YOU WISH YOU HADN'T STARTED A CONVERSATION WITH AT A PARTY - 1, 483
  2. THE IGNORANT SLUTS - 1, 481
  3. MILLION DOLLAR BILL MURRAYS - 1, 436
  4. RECLUSIVE PENINSULA - 1, 360
  5. SUCK IT TREBEK - 1, 351
  6. DAN AKROYD RAGE - 1, 347
  7. BILL BRASKY - 1, 339
  8. FIVE TIMERS CLUB - 1, 223
  9. EXTREME CLOSE-UP - 1, 089
  10. YOU KNOW IT'S THE TEAM WITH THE HIGH-WAISTED MIDGETS THAT HAVE, LIKE, THE RED PANTS AND BIG ASS - 1, 049

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.

Welcome to the new readers that look to be coming in these last few weeks! As you can see we're heading into the three week break, after the second three-week run of shows this season, with a DRAMATIC tilt in the standings. Both Suck It Trebek and Reclusive Reninsula made ground on Dan Akroyd Rage, who fell from fourth to sixth.

SPEAKING OF tipping down two spots, we have a new leader as (yes, my team) the Million Dollar Bill Murrays fell from first to third, as the Strong & McKinnon aided pair of the Ignorant Sluts and The Team You Wish You Hadn't... jumped ahead of a team that had held the top spot in the Chase for the Phil Hartman Trophy since episode TWO! And it wasn't even The Ignorant Sluts, who stay in that Number Two Spot, but instead The Team You Wish You Hadn't... thanks in part to the blue-chipper of a Featured Cast member in Noel Wells! So yes, that's THERE Christmas miracle.

It was a high quality show. And yes, that was Chris Rock at the end.

The rest of us? We're back to being pretty bad at predicting hosts, because SNL didn't give us the memo that the 39th would be the season of duel Host Musical Guests! BAH! At least it's our Toronto-native (yes, a lot of the Fantasy League is from the second Second City) and King of Castle YOLO... from Degrassi Street to 30 Rock, it's DRAKE on SNL in FOUR WEEKS! That's a lot of weeks. Read up on Fantasy League Saturday Night Live in the mean time.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HAPPY VACATION TIMES! Keep your stick on the ice.

Started on Degrassi, now ya here!
Russel Harder hosts Trivia Club at Cardinal Rule (5 Roncesvalles Ave) every WEDNESDAY, at Hitch (1216 Queen St East) every SECOND and FOURTH MONDAY of the month, and Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave) on the FIRST TUESDAY of every month!

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