Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 39x21: Andy Samberg & St. Vincent

May 18, 2014



Minding the P’s and Q’s of SNL
QUALITY: If you aren’t LISTENING to the Deep Thoughts on SNL podcast and you really should! The last episode was a hit, so jump on board! Connect to the Trivia Club Network and LISTEN to that Deep Thoughts on SNL podcast! LISTEN TO THE PODCASTSubscribe to us on iTUNES!
QUALITY: Seeing four black cast members, or former cast members, beginning the finale in the cold open with nary a white guy to be seen is a wonderful thing to see. Especially after the controversy of the season’s first half, and it was one of the better cold opens this season as well, on top of that!
PROBLEMATIC: Aside from digital shorts and dance videos, there hasn’t been a lot of strong sketches this season before the first song. It was a season, however, with half of it’s foot in the past though… so into season 40 it’ll still be trying to find itself.
PROBLEMATIC: As part of a larger problem, especially with a no doubt nostalgia dripping season ahead, the massive new cast was given a bit of room to grow but they had to do so with Wiig and especially Armisen constantly in the wings. That’s not to be said that cast members haven’t hung around after ‘leaving’ the show, but I can’t ever remember a season so full with cast members and still so heavy on returning and guesting former cast members.
QUALITY: I’m coming at this from a biased position. Because yes it has endangered the Million Dollar Bill Murray’s position atop the standings at the worst possible time. STILL I couldn’t be happier that the season could be decided with a FINALE episode, due to the properly drafted Host, by a margin of one sketch. The structure of the league is such that if and when an over inflated sketch happens you reap the rewards of the fun at hand!
PROBLEMATIC: The reaction to a STRONG Samberg episode, in reviews. I enjoyed this, and Samberg is unsurprisingly a fitting host (if not co-hosting with much of his contemporaries at times). Better then Rudd, maybe not as good as Charlize Theron, it will still an episode I enjoyed quite a bit. Let’s look at the Unofficial Season 39 Host Power Rankings, with the season finished and in the bag! Don’t agree? DISCUSS!
21. John Goodman
20. Lady Gaga
19. Melissa McCarthy
18. Seth  Rogen
17. Tina Fey
16.  Jim Parsons

15. Bruce Willis
14. Miley Cyrus
13. Andrew Garfield
12. Lena Dunham
11. Jonah Hill

10. Edward Norton
9. Paul Rudd
8. Kerry Washington
7. Anna Kendrick
6. Andy Samberg

5. Charlize Theron
4. Louis C.K.
3. Jimmy Fallon
2. Josh Hutcherson
1. Drake

REPARATORY CAST
Kate McKinnon, 75 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Camp Wicawabe)
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - sketch (Confident Hunchback)
  • 5 points - sketch (Vogelchecks)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Kristen Wiig)
  • 5 points - alongside former cast member (Bill Hader)
  • 5 points - alongside former cast member (Fred Armisen)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Paul Rudd)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Maya Rudolph)
  • 10 points - tongue kiss

Jay Pharoah, 75 points
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Jay-Z)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Maya Rudolph)
  • 20 points - "LIVE FROM NEW YORK...!"
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - sketch (Waking Up With Kimye)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Kanye)
  • 5 points - sketch (Legolas Tries to Order At Taco Bell)

Taran Killam, 70 points
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - sketch (Confident Hunchback)
  • 5 points - sketch (Vogelchecks)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Kristen Wiig)
  • 5 points - alongside former cast member (Bill Hader)
  • 5 points - alongside former cast member (Fred Armisen)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Paul Rudd)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Maya Rudolph)
  • 5 points - kiss
  • 5 points - (Waking Up with Kimye)

Kenan Thompson - 70 points
  • 5 points - promos
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Maya Rudolph)
  • 20 points - "LIVE FROM NEW YORK...!"
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Superhits Studios)

Bobby Moynihan, 40 points
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Legolas Tries to Order At Taco Bell)

Vanessa Bayer, 37 points
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Superhits Studios)
  • 2 points - sketch post second-song (Bvlgari Watches)
  • 5 points - reoccurring
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Kristen Wiig)

Cecily Strong - 37 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Camp Wicawabe)
  • 5 points - sketch (Confident Hunchback)
  • 10 points - Weekend Update
  • 2 points - sketch post second-song (Bvlgari Watches)
  • 5 points - reoccurring
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Kristen Wiig)

Aidy Bryant, 32 points
  • 5 points - promos
  • 5 points - sketch (Camp Wicawabe)
  • 2 points - swear ("Ass Butt")
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Confident Hunchback)

Nasim Pedrad, 30 points
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Confident Hunchback)
  • 5 points - sketch (Waking Up With Kimye)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Kim)


FEATURED CAST
Sasheer Zamata - 55 points
  • 15 points - cold open
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Maya Rudolph)
  • 20 points - "LIVE FROM NEW YORK...!"
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)

Kyle Mooney - 35 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Camp Wicawabe)
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 10 points - Weekend Update
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Bruce Chandling)

Beck Bennett - 20 points
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - sketch (Confident Hunchback)
  • 5 points - sketch (Superhits Studios)

Noel Wells - 15 points
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - dancing

Brooks Wheelan - 15 points
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - dancing

John Milhiser - 10 points
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)

Mike O'Brien - 10 points
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)


HOST
Andy Samberg - 164 points
  • 5 points - along-side former cast member (Seth Myers)
  • 5 points - along-side former cast member (Bill Hader)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Martin Short)
  • 2 points - sketch (Camp Wicawabe)
  • 10 points - digital short (When Will The Bass Drop?)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 2 points - sketch (Confident Hunchback)
  • 10 points - Weekend Update
  • 5 points - reoccurring (The Cage)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Paul Rudd)
  • 2 points - sketch (Vogelchecks)
  • 5 points - reoccurring
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Kristen Wiig)
  • 5 points - along-side former cast member (Bill Hader)
  • 5 points - along-side former cast member (Fred Armisen)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Paul Rudd)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Maya Rudolph)
  • 5 points - kiss
  • 2 points - sketch (Waking Up With Kimye)
  • 10 points - digital short (Hugs)
  • 5 points - rapping
  • 2 points - sketch (Legolas Tries to Order At Taco Bell)
  • 2 points - sketch (Superhits Studios)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Blizzard Man)
  • 5 points - rapping
  • 2 points - sketch (Bvlgari Watches)
  • 10 points - along-side former host (Kristen Wiig)
  • 5 points - hugging musical guest first



EBERSOL GROUP
THE IGNORANT SLUTS - Matt
Kate McKinnon - 75
Cecily Strong - 37
Beck Bennett - 20
John Mihiser - 10
Andy Samberg - 164
MUSICAL GUEST - St. Vincent - SONGS: 1) Digital Witness & 2) Birth in Reverse
5 points - first song
10 points - second song
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE TOTAL 321

RECLUSIVE PENINSULA - Rob
Taran Killam - 70
Aidy Bryant - 32
Mike O' Brien - 10
Kyle Mooney - 35
MUSICAL GUEST - St. Vincent - SONGS: 1) Digital Witness & 2) Birth in Reverse
5 points - first song
10 points - second song
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE TOTAL 162

FIVE TIMERS CLUB - Leah
Kenan Thompson - 70
Nasim Pedrad - 30
Mike O'Brien - 10
Beck Bennet - 20
MUSICAL GUEST - St. Vincent - SONGS: 1) Digital Witness & 2) Birth in Reverse
5 points - first song
10 points - second song
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE TOTAL 145

DAN AYKROYD RAGE - Mark
Vanessa Bayer - 37
Bobby Moynihan - 40
Kyle Mooney - 35
Noel Wells - 15
MUSICAL GUEST - St. Vincent - SONGS: No songs chosen.
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE TOTAL 127

EXTREME CLOSE-UP! - Jack
Jay Pharoah - 75
Brooks Wheelan - 15
Noel Wells - 15
John Mihiser - 10
MUSICAL GUEST - St. Vincent - SONGS: No songs chosen.
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE TOTAL 115


DOUMANIAN GROUP
MILLION DOLLAR BILL MURRAYS - Russel
Bobby Moynihan - 40
Jay Pharoah - 75
Kyle Mooney - 35
Beck Bennett - 20
MUSICAL GUEST - St. Vincent - SONGS: 1) Digital Witness & 2) Rattlesnake
5 points - first song
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE TOTAL 175

THE TEAM YOU WISH YOU HADN'T STARTED A CONVERSATION WITH AT A PARTY - Brian
Kate McKinnon - 75
Cecily Strong - 37
Mike O' Brien - 10
Noel Wells - 15
MUSICAL GUEST - St. Vincent - SONGS: 1) Birth in Reverse & 2) Digital Witness
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE TOTAL 137

SUCK IT TREBEK - Sarah
Kenan Thompson - 70
Brooks Wheelan - 15
Noel Wells - 15
Kyle Mooney - 35
MUSICAL GUEST - St. Vincent - SONGS: 1) Birth in Reverse & 2) Digital Witness
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE TOTAL 135

BILL BRASKY - Saad
Taran Killam - 70
Aidy Bryant - 32
Mike O'Brien - 10
John Mihiser - 10
MUSICAL GUEST - St. Vincent - SONGS: No songs chosen.
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE TOTAL 122

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 - 37
Beck Bennett - 20
John Mihiser - 10
MUSICAL GUEST - St. Vincent - SONGS: 1) Digital Witness & 2) Birth in Reverse
5 points - first song
10 points - second song
EPISODE TWENTY-ONE TOTAL 112


PHIL HARTMAN TROPHY OVERALL STANDINGS (after Episode 39x21)
  1. THE IGNORANT SLUTS - 3, 228
  2. MILLION DOLLAR BILL MURRAYS - 3, 182
  3. THE TEAM YOU WISH YOU HADN'T STARTED A CONVERSATION WITH AT A PARTY - 2, 984
  4. RECLUSIVE PENINSULA - 2, 887
  5. DAN AKROYD RAGE - 2, 807
  6. BILL BRASKY - 2, 757
  7. SUCK IT TREBEK - 2, 657
  8. FIVE TIMERS CLUB - 2, 606
  9. YOU KNOW IT'S THE TEAM WITH THE HIGH-WAISTED MIDGETS THAT HAVE, LIKE, THE RED PANTS AND BIG ASS - 2, 333
  10. EXTREME CLOSE-UP - 2, 223

Now THAT was an end to the initial Saturday Night Live Fantasy League! CONGRATULATIONS of course, to THE IGNORANT SLUTS! May their patron saint Jane Curtin be smiling down on Matt! Congrats, Matt! Yes, watch both this space and the Trivia Club facebook page, for the unveiling of the Phil Hartman Trophy!

Having been in the lead for most of the season, with the Million Dollar Bill Murrays, it’s admittedly heart breaking to have lost my grasp on the trophy in the final half hour of the season, as The Ignorant Sluts take the trophy by JUST 46 points… but if I’m going to lose to anything, I’m happy it’s (in my mind) Kate McKinnon vigorously tongue kissing Paul Rudd. You can’t ask for much more, really.

McKinnon truly was his blue-chipper, his MVP of the season and really the true MVP of Saturday Night Live this season full stop. Kate made up for The Ignorant Sluts’ drafting of John Mihiser, whose late season disappearing act is worrisome for his potential to come back next season. Of course, having at least one strong Featured Cast member was necessary, as The Ignorant Sluts had just that in Beck Bennett, the ‘McKinnon’ of his rookie class, if you will! Yes, the future is bright for the SNL’s ol Velvet Fog! Another ace in the hole was of course Cecily Strong, who made up for an uneven season for being the co-host of Weekend Update, something that can not be understated thanks to it’s 50 point swing to start the season!

The Saturday Night Live Fantasy League really has gone much better then I ever hoped it would have. Hitting the ground running I was lucky to get a good handful of very interested, and especially competitive, parties together. Together we were able to enjoy friend of the League Taran Killam’s involvement (buy his comic book), I only managed to make a personal enemy out of Noel Wells, and of COURSE I’m so very happy that Rob spear-headed the Deep Thoughts on SNL podcast, getting half of the Season 39 League involved in the process!

Speaking of which, Deep Thoughts WILL continue over the summer! Not quite as regularly as the SNL schedule had us, but approximately so. You'll hear more about this on the podcast! Maybe! Though maybe next week! Exclamation! It will still be a wonderful location for comedy fans to be entertained until September when we begin the Fantasy League along with the season!

And September…

Hello, curious reader! Do YOU want to get involved in the Saturday Night Live Fantasy League for SEASON 40 of SNL? Let us know! There is no limit to the number of people who can apply, so let us know and the league will structure itself accordingly. At the moment the plan is for a Reparatory League, for the initial teams of the SNL Fantasy League, with new teams making up a Featured League. Like I said though, any and all plans will be adjusted accordingly over the summer! Just message us on Facebook, tweet us on twitter, or bug me in person… IF YOU CAN FIND ME!

And of COURSE keep involved on the Trivia Club site! Keep an eye for our belated Quarterly Awards, as the Q+A’s will be giving you the best of the years FIRST QUARTER! Also, as always, feel free to send your questions on all things pop and culture to Trivia Club with appropriate hashtag, #AskTriviaClub!

Stay in the conversation! Trivia Club would LOVE to hear feedback on Saturday Night Live Fantasy and how we could even improve it for NEXT season! Comment either in the blog's comment section, on Trivia Club's facebook page or in our twitter feed. We want to hear from you, as we head into the end of the season and look forward to the next! LISTEN TO THE PODCASTSubscribe to us on iTUNES!

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