Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 40x08: James Franco & Nicki Minaj

December 08, 2014


Minding the P’s and Q’s of SNL
PROBLEMATIC: Hi, I'm Rob Moden. You may know me from such podcasts as the Deep Thoughts on SNL Podcast! Your regular host Russel Harder can't be here this week, so you're stuck with me. Problematic, right?
QUALITY: As much as James Franco *can* throw himself into something - there's always an aura of Franco-ness no matter how in-character he gets - he proved a game host, willing to do voices, wear dumb costumes, or wear almost nothing at all.
PROBLEMATIC: Except maybe that Walken impression.
QUALITY: The weird streak evident and sometimes-a-problem throughout this season resulted in some solid sketches, with such highlights as Pete Davidson's brain full of 90's references, James Franco trash-talking a child mayor in an attack ad, and potential masterpiece Grow a Guy. Speaking of...
QUALITY: "A Mike O'Brien Picture"! Truly, he is our generation's moppy-haired Albert Brooks.
PROBLEMATIC: A week and a half of lead time and the best the show can do about an increasingly-rare cultural touchstone like the Star Wars 7 trailer is... the cast is old?
QUALITY: It wasn't perfect, but Colin Jost and Michael Che's tag-teaming on the Eric Garner case let each anchor have a clear but complementary voice. Furthermore, tackling one issue from multiple angles before moving on to other topics felt like Weekend Update inching its way into the Daily Show/John Oliver era. Baby steps?
QUALITY: Trivia Club would LOVE to hear feedback on the Saturday Night Live Fantasy League! Comment 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 make our way through Season 40! Also, do you like games? This month, Deep Thoughts is experimenting with its format, and even dipping its toe into trivia contests! LISTEN TO THE PODCASTSubscribe to us on iTUNESDo the same on YouTube!


REPERTORY CAST
Taran Killam - 52 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Peter Pan Live)
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 7 points - pre-tape (Star Wars)
  • 5 points - recurring (Harrison Ford)
  • 5 points - sketch (Jingle Ballerz)
  • 5 points - recurring (Eminem)
  • 5 points - rapping
  • 5 points - sketch (Brain)
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points - multiple characters
Kenan Thompson - 46 points
  • 7 points - cold open
  • 5 points - recurring (Sharpton)
  • 2 points - swearing (damn)
  • 5 points - sketch (Peter Pan Live)
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 7 points - pre-tape (Star Wars)
  • 5 points - sketch (Jingle Ballerz)
  • 5 points - rapping
  • 5 points - recurring (Rick Ross)
Jay Pharoah - 44 points
  • 7 points - cold open
  • 7 points - pre-tape (Star Wars)
  • 5 points - sketch (Jingle Ballerz)
  • 5 points - recurring (Kanye)
  • 5 points - rapping/dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Brain)
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points - recurring (Will Smith)
Bobby Moynihan - 41 points
  • 7 points - cold open
  • 5 points - sketch (Peter Pan Live)
  • 7 points - pre-tape (Star Wars)
  • 5 points - recurring (Princess Leia)
  • 7 points - Update
  • 5 points - recurring (Anthony Crispino)
  • 5 points - sketch (Brain)
Cecily Strong - 43 points
  • 5 points - promos
  • 5 points - sketch (Peter Pan Live)
  • 5 points - recurring (Alison Williams)
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points - sketch (Troll)
  • 5 points - sketch (Brain)
  • 3 points - PSS sketch (Ex Porn Stars)
  • 5 points - recurring
  • 5 points - alongside former host (Rogen)
Vanessa Bayer - 25 points
  • 7 points - pre-tape (Grow a Guy)
  • 5 points - sketch (Brain)
  • 3 points - PSS sketch (Ex Porn Stars)
  • 5 points - recurring
  • 5 points - alongside former host (Rogen)
Aidy Bryant - 25 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Peter Pan Live)
  • 5 points - recurring (Tonkerbell)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Troll)
  • 5 points - sketch (Brain)
Kate McKinnon - 25 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Peter Pan Live)
  • 5 points - sketch (Jingle Ballerz)
  • 5 points - recurring (Justin Bieber)
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points - sketch (Brain)

FEATURED CAST

Kyle Mooney - 35 points
  • 5 points - cold open NPC
  • 5 points - sketch (Peter Pan Live)
  • 5 points - sketch (Troll)
  • 10 points - open mouth kissing
  • 5 points - sketch (Brain)
  • 5 points - dancing
Pete Davidson - 27 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Jingle Ballerz)
  • 7 points - pre-tape (Grow a Guy)
  • 5 points - sketch (Brain)
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points - first hug
Beck Bennett - 22 points
  • 5 points - sketch (Peter Pan Live)
  • 7 points - pre-tape (Grow a Guy)
  • 5 points - sketch (Brain)
  • 5 points - singing
    Sasheer Zamata - 22 points
    • 5 points - sketch (Jingle Ballerz)
    • 5 points - recurring (Rihanna)
    • 5 points - singing
    • 7 points - pre-tape (Grow a Guy)
    Leslie Jones - 19 points
    • 7 points - pre-tape (Star Wars)
    • 7 points - Update
    • 5 points - herself



    HOST / GUESTS
    James Franco - 77 points
    • 5 points - alongside former host (Rogen)
    • 5 points - sketch (Peter Pan Live)
    • 10 points - pre-tape (Star Wars)
    • 5 points - sketch (Jingle Ballerz)
    • 5 points - rapping
    • 10 points - pre-tape (Grow a Guy)
    • 5 points - sketch (Troll)
    • 10 points - open mouth kissing
    • 5 points - sketch (Brain)
    • 5 points - sketch (Kid Mayor)
    • 4 points - swearing (bitch, dickhead)
    • -2 points - breaking
    • 5 points - sketch (Ex Porn Stars)
    • 5 points - alongside former host (Rogen)

    Nicki Minaj - 45 points
    • 5 points - sketch (Jingle Ballerz)
    • 5 points - singing/dancing
    • 20 points - blurred nudity
    • 5 points - sketch (Brain)
    • 5 points - herself
    • 5 points - singing
    Seth Rogen - 15 points
    • 10 points - monologue
    • 5 points - sketch (Ex Porn Stars)



    REPERTORY LEAGUE

    PARDO GROUP

    THE TEAM YOU WISH YOU HADN'T STARTED A CONVERSATION WITH AT A PARTY - Brian
    Jay Pharoah - 44
    Bobby Moynihan - 41
    Pete Davidson - 27
    James Franco - 77
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Anaconda & 2) Bed of Lies
    2 points - song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 191


    KEYROCK, KHAN, & ASSOCIATES - Saad
    Vanessa Bayer - 25
    Aidy Bryant - 25
    Kyle Mooney - 35
    Nicki Minaj - 45
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) All Things Go & 2) Bed of Lies
    2 points - song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 132

    ISOLATED ARCHIPELAGO - Rob
    Taran Killam - 52
    Kenan Thompson - 46
    Pete Davidson - 27
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Anaconda & 2) Bed of Lies
    2 points - song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 127


    THE NOT READY FOR FIRST PLACE PLAYERS - Kevin M
    Jay Pharoah - 44
    Cecily Strong - 43
    Beck Bennett - 22
    Seth Rogen - 15
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Anaconda & 2) Bed of Lies
    2 points - song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 126


    BILLION DOLLAR MURRAYS - Russel
    Cecily Strong - 43
    Kenan Thompson - 46
    Leslie Jones - 19
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Anaconda & 2) Bed of Lies
    2 points - song
    2 points - Beyonce impersonation
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 112

    THE FUTURE MRS. RANDY GOLDMAN - Leah
    Taran Killam - 52
    Sasheer Zamata - 22
    Aidy Bryant - 25
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Anaconda & 2) Bed of Lies
    2 points - song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 101


    NATALIE PORTMAN'S DRY CLEANING - Sarah R
    Kate McKinnon - 25
    Bobby Moynihan - 41
    Kyle Mooney - 35
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Moment 4 Life & 2) Anaconda
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 101


    THE IGNORANT SLUTS - Matt
    Kate McKinnon - 25
    Vanessa Bayer - 25
    Beck Bennett - 22
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Bed of Lies & 2) Only
    5 points - first song
    10 points - second song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 87


    FEATURED LEAGUE

    MCKAY GROUP

    THE NIGHT CRAWLERZ - Kevin K
    Taran Killam - 52
    Jay Pharoah - 44
    Beck Bennett - 22
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Bed of Lies & 2) Only
    5 points - first song
    10 points - second song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 133

    FALLON IN LOVE - Johnny
    Kenan Thompson - 46
    Bobby Moynihan - 41
    Pete Davidson - 27
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Anaconda & 2) All Things Go
    10 points - second song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 124

    PARDO ME - Hannah
    Taran Killam - 52
    Aidy Bryant - 25
    Kyle Mooney - 35
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: No songs chosen.
    2 points - Beyonce impersonation
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 114

    THE VONDRUKES - Samantha
    Jay Pharoah - 44
    Leslie Jones - 19
    Cecily Strong - 43
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Anaconda & 2) Bed of Lies
    2 points - song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 108


    DAMIAN AND THE FELINE SOCIOPATHS - Andrew
    Kate McKinnon - 25
    Vanessa Bayer - 25
    Kenan Thompson - 46
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) All Things Go & 2) Anaconda
    2 points - song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 98

    SKANKY LITTLE PROSTITUTES - Mike
    Aidy Bryant - 25
    Cecily Strong - 43
    Sasheer Zamata - 22
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Feeling Myself & 2) Bed of Lies
    2 points - song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 92

    DAN AKROYD RAGE - Mark
    Kate McKinnon - 25
    Bobby Moynihan - 41
    Beck Bennett - 22
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Anaconda
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 88

    FEY GROUP


    THE LAND SHARKS - Jason
    Kate McKinnon - 25
    Kyle Mooney - 35
    Aidy Bryant - 25
    James Franco - 77
    Seth Rogen - 15
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: No songs chosen.
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 177


    THREE LEGGED JEANS - Lori
    Kate McKinnon - 25
    Bobby Moynihan - 41
    Kenan Thompson - 46
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Bed of Lies & 2) Only
    5 points - first song
    10 points - second song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 127

    SANTA'S MY BOYFRIEND - Megan
    Taran Killam - 52
    Cecily Strong - 43
    Aidy Bryant - 25
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Anaconda & 2) Bed of Lies
    2 points - song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 122


    MY DOLL'S NAME IS JENNY - Doug
    Vanessa Bayer - 25
    Bobby Moynihan - 41
    Kyle Mooney - 35
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Bed of Lies & 2) Only
    5 points - first song
    10 points - second song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 116

    SUCK IT TREBEK - Sarah C
    Jay Pharoah - 44
    Cecily Strong - 43
    Beck Bennett - 22
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Anaconda & 2) Bed of Lies
    2 points - song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 111

    MARTHA STEWART'S HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: TOPLESS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - Robb
    Taran Killam - 52
    Vanessa Bayer - 25
    Sasheer Zamata - 22
    MUSICAL GUEST - Nicki Minaj - SONGS: 1) Bed of Lies & 2) Anaconda
    5 points - first song
    EPISODE EIGHT TOTAL 104


    PHIL HARTMAN TROPHY STANDINGS (after Episode 40x08)
    1. The Ignorant Sluts - 1059
    2. The Future Mrs. Randy Goldman - 993
    3. The Team You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party - 977
    4. The Not Ready For First Place Players - 976
    5. Isolated Archipelago - 950
    6. Billion Dollar Murrays - 900
    7. Natalie Portman's Dry Cleaning - 875
    8. Keyrock, Khan, & Associates - 839


    FEATURED LEAGUE STANDINGS
    1. Santa's My Boyfriend - 1026
    2. The Night Crawlerz - 1013
    3. Three Legged Jeans - 1011
    4. Martha Stewart's Home for the Holidays: Topless Christmas Special - 965
    5. The Vondrukes - 960
    6. Pardo Me - 951
    7. Dan Akroyd Rage - 944
    8. Damian and the Feline Sociopaths - 932
    9. Suck It Trebek - 932
    10. The Land Sharks – 917
    11. Fallon In Love - 885
    12. My Doll's Name is Jenny - 873
    13. Skanky Little Prostitutes - 835

    ANARCHY REIGNS SUPREME as a Franco-assisted The Team You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At a Party vaults from 6th to 3rd in the Phil Hartman league. Meanwhile, The Ignorant Sluts sits high on top despite this week's lowest team score, an 87. (And that was in spite of getting both songs right. I really want to emphasize that Matt did badly this week, because I'm upset at how he's killing it overall.)

    Meanwhile, the Featured League approaches the end of the year as a nail-biter, with a neck-and-neck-and-neck race for first as three teams cross the 1000 point milestone. WHO WILL BABY JESUS BLESS THIS HOLIDAY WITH SWEET, SWEET SKETCH COMEDY AIRTIME?!?

    James Franco, in his third time hosting, brought his Renaissance stoner vibe once again. Luckily, his carefree-but-agreeable attitude helped curb and soften the weirdness that has pervaded season 40's writing and can feel overwhelming in the hands of hosts with more aggressive energies (Jim Carrey, Chris Rock). The result was enjoyable, with a few high points that overshadowed the one or two sketches that overstayed their welcome (cough Troll cough Star Wars cough). Rogen and Minaj especially were also fun, as their 5 cameos between them were usually short, landing a couple of solid lines before the show moved along. Online consensus seems to be that Minaj should return as host next time, and I can't disagree.

    Next week sees the exciting hosting debut of one Mr. Martin Freeman, an actor who has parlayed his initial Jim-on-that-weird-other-version-of-The Office fame into a career of always being the small, frail-looking guy who ends up surrounded by horrific violence. WILL IT MEAN AN ALL-OUT STREET BRAWL AMONG THE LEAGUE? WILL ITS MEMBERS EVER RETURN TO A NORMAL LIFE IN THEIR HOBBIT HOLE? WILL BILLY BOB THORNTON SHOW UP?

    Oh, gosh, I hope not.
    Stay in the conversation! Trivia Club would LOVE to hear feedback on the Saturday Night Live Fantasy League and how we could even improve on it all! Comment 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 make our way through Season 40! LISTEN TO THE PODCASTSubscribe to us on iTUNESDo the same on YouTube!

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