Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 39x14: Jim Parsons & Beck

March 03, 2014



Minding the P’s and Q’s of SNL
QUALITY: The P’s and Q’s will be shortened this week, as we get back into the groove of SNL,  but in return enjoy the podcast! Enjoy.
PROBLEMATIC: Just how much I agree with the A.V. Club on this manner. "While I’ve been joking for years that Jim Parsons is stealing Danny Pudi’s Emmys (I still think that), there’s no denying that he’s reliably amusing playing a similarly mannered “on the spectrum” character on The Big Bang Theory."
QUALITY: Just because you’re Head Writer doesn’t mean you aren’t Featured Cast. Welcome aboard Colin Jost!
QUALITY: Also, an interesting read on Beck. I enjoyed the mood he brought tonight, and there was definitely a mood.
PROBLEMATIC: Great commentary on the importance of a Weekend Update on equal footing, in the 21st century. Thanks Hannah! A strong Update to start things off for Strong and Jost. And did you see that card trick?! Also, holy production!
QUALITY: And though this may be a truncated P’s and Q’s, where does Parsons fall on the unofficial season 39 Host Power Rankings? Though he isn’t going to over take Drake or Fallon, I would put him right below Paul Rudd and above our last two hosts in Melissa McCarthy and Jonah Hill. It was overall quite a strong episode, with Jim Parsons proving an open and able host in both live and pre-taped segments (he even became only maybe the third or forth host this season to slip into the cold open, not bad for a first-timer).

REPARATORY CAST
Kate McKinnon, 90 points
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Ellen)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 20 points - "LIVE FROM NEW YORK...!"
  • 10 points - opening monologue
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points - sketch (Tonkerbell)
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Bird Bible)
  • 5 points - sketch (Dance Floor Killer)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Murder Mystery)

Kenan Thompson, 69 points
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 10 points - opening monologue
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Dance Floor Killer)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 10 points - film parody (12 Years a Slave open call)
  • 10 points - Weekend Update
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Charles Barkley)
  • 2 points - sketch post-second song (Mr. Conrad’s Soiled Underwear)
  • 2 points - sketch post-second song (Dwayne's Birthday)

Jay Pharoah, 65 points
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 10 points - opening monologue
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Dance Floor Killer)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 10 points - film parody (12 Years a Slave open call)
  • 10 points - Weekend Update
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Shaq)

Taran Killam, 52 points
  • 10 points - opening monologue
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Dance Floor Killer)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 10 points - Weekend Update
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Jebidiah)
  • 2 points - swears ("got their BITCH on")
  • 5 points - sketch (Murder Mystery)
  • 5 points - sketch (Spotlightz)

Vanessa Bayer, 41 points
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 5 points - sketch (Dance Floor Killer)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 10 points - film parody (12 Years a Slave open call)
  • 5 points - sketch (Spotlightz)
  • 1 point - sketch post-second song NPC (Mr. Conrad’s Soiled Underwear)

Aidy Bryant, 37 points
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 5 points - sketch (Tonkerbell)
  • 10 points - swearings ("My ass is here...", "m'yass", "nice ass", "burned y'r ass")
  • 5 points - sketch (Spotlightz)
  • 2 points - sketch post-second song (Mr. Conrad’s Soiled Underwear)

Bobby Moynihan, 37 points
  • 5 points - promos
  • 10 points - opening monologue
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Tonkerbell)
  • 10 points - film parody (12 Years a Slave open call)
  • 2 points - sketch post-second song (Mr. Conrad’s Soiled Underwear)

Cecily Strong, 30 points
  • 5 points - promos
  • 10 points - film parody (12 Years a Slave open call)
  • 10 points - Weekend Update
  • 5 points - sketch (Murder Mystery)

Nasim Pedrad, 15 points
  • 15 points - cold open

FEATURED CAST
Mike O'Brien, 22 points
  • 10 points - commercial parody (Bird Bible)
  • 10 points - film parody (12 Years a Slave open call)
  • 2 points - sketch post-second song (Mr. Conrad’s Soiled Underwear)

Sasheer Zamata, 21 points
  • 10 points - film parody (12 Years a Slave open call)
  • 5 points - sketch (Murder Mystery)
  • 5 points - sketch (Spotlightz)
  • 1 point - sketch post-second song NPC (Mr. Conrad’s Soiled Underwear)

Beck Bennett, 19 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Dance Floor Killer)
  • 5 points - sketch (Murder Mystery)
  • 5 points - sketch (Spotlightz)
  • 2 points - sketch post-second song (Dwayne's Birthday)
  • 2 points - in costume during goodnight

Noel Wells, 16 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Dance Floor Killer)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Spotlightz)
  • 1 point - sketch post-second song NPC (Mr. Conrad’s Soiled Underwear)

Brooks Wheelan, 14 points
  • 10 points - film parody (12 Years a Slave open call)
  • 2 points - sketch post-second song (Dwayne's Birthday)
  • 2 points - in costume during goodnight

Kyle Mooney, 9 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Tonkerbell)
  • 2 points - sketch post-second song (Dwayne's Birthday)
  • 2 points - in costume during goodnight

John Milhiser, 6 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Tonkerbell)
  • 1 point - sketch post-second song NPC (Mr. Conrad’s Soiled Underwear)


EBERSOL GROUP

THE IGNORANT SLUTS - Matt
Kate McKinnon - 90
Cecily Strong - 30
Beck Bennett - 19
John Mihiser - 6
MUSICAL GUEST - Beck - SONGS: 1) Blue Moon & 2) Waking Light
5 points - first song
EPISODE FOURTEEN TOTAL 150

FIVE TIMERS CLUB - Leah
Kenan Thompson - 69
Nasim Pedrad - 15
Mike O'Brien - 22
Beck Bennet - 19
MUSICAL GUEST - Beck - SONGS: 1) Wave & 2) Blue Moon
EPISODE FOURTEEN TOTAL 125

RECLUSIVE PENINSULA - Rob
Taran Killam - 52
Aidy Bryant - 37
Mike O' Brien - 22
Kyle Mooney - 9
MUSICAL GUEST - Beck - SONGS: 1) Blue Moon & 2) Waking Light
5 points - first song
EPISODE FOURTEEN TOTAL 125

DAN AYKROYD RAGE - Mark
Vanessa Bayer - 41
Bobby Moynihan - 37
Kyle Mooney - 9
Noel Wells - 16
MUSICAL GUEST - Beck - SONGS: 1) Waking Light & 2) Blue Moon
EPISODE FOURTEEN TOTAL 103

EXTREME CLOSE-UP! - Jack
Jay Pharoah - 65
Brooks Wheelan - 14
Noel Wells - 16
John Mihiser - 6
MUSICAL GUEST - Beck - SONGS: 1) Heart Is A Drum & 2) Don't Let It Go
EPISODE FOURTEEN TOTAL 101


DOUMANIAN GROUP

THE TEAM YOU WISH YOU HADN'T STARTED A CONVERSATION WITH AT A PARTY - Brian
Kate McKinnon - 90
Cecily Strong - 30
Mike O' Brien - 22
Noel Wells - 16
MUSICAL GUEST - Beck - SONGS: 1) Waking Light & 2) Blue Moon
EPISODE FOURTEEN TOTAL 158 

MILLION DOLLAR BILL MURRAYS - Russel
Bobby Moynihan - 37
Jay Pharoah - 65
Kyle Mooney - 9
Beck Bennett - 19
MUSICAL GUEST - Beck - SONGS: 1) Blue Moon & 2) Waking Light
5 points - first song
EPISODE FOURTEEN TOTAL 135

BILL BRASKY - Saad
Taran Killam - 52
Aidy Bryant - 37
Mike O'Brien - 22
John Mihiser - 6
MUSICAL GUEST - Beck - SONGS: No songs selected.
EPISODE FOURTEEN TOTAL 117

SUCK IT TREBEK - Sarah
Kenan Thompson - 69
Brooks Wheelan - 14
Noel Wells - 16
Kyle Mooney - 9
MUSICAL GUEST - Beck - SONGS: No songs selected.
EPISODE FOURTEEN TOTAL 108

YOU KNOW, IT'S THE TEAM THE HIGH-WASITED MIDGETS THAT HAVE, LIKE, THE RED PANTS AND THE BIG ASS - Kevin
Nasim Pedrad - 15
Vanessa Bayer - 41
Beck Bennett - 19
John Mihiser - 6
MUSICAL GUEST - Beck - SONGS: No songs selected.
EPISODE FOURTEEN TOTAL 81


IT’S SAAAATURDAY NIIIGHT QUOTES with the Saturday Night Live Fantasy League
“This… did not feel like it was written to be the opening sketch.” – RECLUSIVE PENINSULA’s Rob
“And we've already seen Keenan's only face.” – IGNORANT SLUT’s Matt
“At least I can see Jared while Parson blabs. Don't clap for that. It's a tragedy.” – THE TEAM YOU WISH…’s Brian
“That was incredible. Porlandia-esque. And not just because of birds.” – IGNORANT SLUT’s Matt (on Bird Bible)
“Poor John Milhiser could've done anything Parsons has done.” – THE TEAM YOU WISH…’s Brian
“I ranked the Best Picture nominees, and was surprised when I had (American Hustle) #8.” – IGNORANT SLUT’s Matt (Trivia Club's Oscar Pool winner)
“Cecily is forever adorable. also: dance points” – RECLUSIVE PENINSULA’s Rob
“Here we go.”
“Colin!”
“I hate him.” – RECLUSIVE PENINSULA’s Rob, THE TEAM YOU WISH…’s Brian & IGNORANT SLUT’s Matt
“Jay is very creepy here. In a great way.”
“In a Shaqcurate way.” – THE TEAM YOU WISH…’s Brian & IGNORANT SLUT’s Matt
“Jost gets the first interview of his first episode, whereas I think Strong had to wait like five episodes for her first.” – RECLUSIVE PENINSULA’s Rob
“I’m weirdly hyped for Need for Speed.”
“It’s the worst movie I’m definitely seeing in theatres this year.” – RECLUSIVE PENINSULA’s Rob & IGNORANT SLUT’s Matt
“That one snowman who slowly turns to look in their car window? In my nightmares.” – IGNORANT SLUT’s Matt


PHIL HARTMAN TROPHY OVERALL STANDINGS (after Episode 39x14)
  1. MILLION DOLLAR BILL MURRAYS - 2, 129
  2. THE IGNORANT SLUTS - 2, 091
  3. THE TEAM YOU WISH YOU HADN'T STARTED A CONVERSATION WITH AT A PARTY - 2, 059
  4. RECLUSIVE PENINSULA - 1, 866
  5. SUCK IT TREBEK - 1, 842
  6. DAN AKROYD RAGE - 1, 827
  7. BILL BRASKY - 1, 814
  8. FIVE TIMERS CLUB - 1, 766
  9. YOU KNOW IT'S THE TEAM WITH THE HIGH-WAISTED MIDGETS THAT HAVE, LIKE, THE RED PANTS AND BIG ASS - 1, 500
  10. EXTREME CLOSE-UP - 1, 500
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.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST! Have you heard about it, we’re doing a podcast for the SNL Fantasy League now! And by we I mean championed by, and hosted by, the wonderful Rob Moden, alongside Brian Edwards and Leah Sueko. I will be popping in from time-to-time, but Trivia Club’s is a growing empire and I trust Rob, Brian, and Leah, so enjoy your time with THEM most of all.

It was strongly hosted show this week, and I mean that in two ways. One, I enjoy Parsons for him limited skill-set (or seemingly, it's just separate the man from the character) and two, they certainly featured Jim in a LOT of sketches throughout the night. Maybe the most this season, other then McCarthy or Drake. Though it is true (see: Quotes), as well, that if they can write this kind of material for Parsons, then Milhiser has a strong future potentially.

Kate McKinnon had a welcome strong showing (especially for The Ignorant Sluts and The Team You Wish...) and Mike O'Brien, in terms of featured cast, had his strongest show to date. It's excellent to see them give O'Brien more rope on live sketches. He earned that kiss at he goodnights! And Aidy Bryant may have gotten only one sketch but it was a blue-chipper, as there's nothing she can't make wildly entertaining with throw away gestures and inflection.

See you NEXT WEEK, wow it's been a while since I've said that... the month really took a lot out of me. Yes, next week, for Lena Dunham's first go at hosting SNL! Things will be cordial, and critics will be constructive because the internet? HAHAHA, no but seriously, this will at least be a safe place for Lena Dunham's SNL show. I make no promises about the podcast, however. Oh, and WELL DONE Kevin, on the host pick. Certainly our best prognostication so far.


And they said Noel Wells was as close as we were gonna get!

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