Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 41x01: Miley Cyrus

October 05, 2015


Minding the P’s and Q’s of SNL
PROBLEMATIC: We’re back already, and I didn’t even prepare a speech! Wait, don’t worry that will be ready shortly (the speech, I mean) and it will be readily linked alongside the Draft Results and Scoring System, so that you’re able to see who has whom, and how they’re going to win the SNL Fantasy League with them!
QUALITY: Enjoy our Deep Thoughts on SNL podcast! Subscribe, listen, enjoy! And heck, join in if you feel so inclined, through twitter!
PROBLEMATIC: For those who hate change, our new expanded League with six groups and FORTY TEAMS, means that the lay-out below has changed. You’ll just have to get used to it.
QUALITY: Miley Cyrus was game as host, and as a now three-time host that should come as no surprise. Saturday Night Live is always best with a little lead-time, so with an entire summer to work things out (give or take the newly hired) Cyrus was also supported by the writing. I’ll leave any opinons on the musical side of things on the side, except to say that Miley Cyrus is really loving the shit outta drugs right now.
QUALITY: Jon Rudnitsky is fitting in perfectly, one episode in. Better actor then Pete Davidson or Leslie Jones were last year, and having a less of an outwardly identifiable personality ala Davidson and Jones, also allows Rudnitsky to take some of the weight from Killam’s workhorse schedule, now that the latter his responsible for the Trump impression.
QUALITY: Which is the other talking point, isn’t it? Kate McKinnon gets the sneaker-upper, along-side Hilary… so Killam’s Trump gets the Cold Open! And Killam does an able job that is 50% voice-work and 50% hair and make-up.
PROBLEMATIC: Just when you thought we didn’t have to talk about Weekend Update, Colin Jost has decided to steer hard into ugly white privilege, and Michael Che is looking like he doesn’t really want to be there… and it’s the first episode back! Let’s level our expectations away from the desk era that started with Fey and Fallon, remembering that at least this isn’t Colin Quinn (who was wonderful in Trainwreck, by the way)!

REPERTORY CAST
Taran Killam, 76 points
  • 5 points - promo
  • 7 points - cold open
  • 10 points - "... IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!"
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 5 points - sings
  • 7 points - pre-taped (Abilify)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Rick Santorum)
  • 5 points - sketch (Homecoming 1955)
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (The Millennials)
  • 7 points - pre-taped (The Squad)
  • 5 points - pre-taped 10 to 1 sketch (Wedding)

Kate McKinnon, 72 points
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 5 points - dances
  • 7 points - pre-taped (Abilify)
  • 5 points - sketch (Homecoming 1955)
  • 5 points - sketch (Val the Bartender)
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Hillary Clinton)
  • 20 points - sneaker-upper (Hillary Clinton)
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (The Millennials)
  • 5 points - sketch (Katz's Delicatessen)

Beck Bennett, 47 points
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 7 points - pre-taped (Abilify)
  • 5 points - sketch (Val the Bartender)
  • 3 points - sketch voice-over (The Millennials)
  • 7 points - pre-taped (The Squad)
  • 5 points - pre-taped 10 to 1 sketch (Wedding)
  • 5 points - as Himself
  • 5 points - dancing

Kyle Mooney, 45 points
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 5 points - sketch (Homecoming 1955)
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 7 points - Weekend Update
  • 5 points - reoccurring (Pope Francis)
  • 3 points - 10 to 1 sketch (Ruby Nichols)
  • 5 points - pre-taped 10 to 1 sketch (Wedding)
  • 5 points - as Himself

Kenan Thompson, 44 points
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 7 points - pre-taped (Abilify)
  • 5 points - sketch (Homecoming 1955)
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (The Millennials)
  • 7 points - pre-taped (The Squad)
  • 2 points - introduced musical guest
  • 3 points - 10 to 1 sketch (Ruby Nichols)

Bobby Moynihan, 42 points
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 5 points - performed multiple characters
  • 7 points - pre-taped (Abilify)
  • 5 points - sketch (Homecoming 1955)
  • 5 points - pre-taped 10 to 1 sketch (Wedding)
  • 5 points - as Himself
  • 5 points - dancing

Cecily Strong, 39 points
  • 7 points - cold open
  • 7 points - pre-taped (Abilify)
  • 5 points - sketch (Homecoming 1955)
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (Val the Bartender)
  • 5 points - sketch (Katz's Delicatessen)
  • 5 points - pre-taped 10 to 1 sketch (Ruby Nichols)

Sasheer Zamata, 28 points
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 15 points - nudity (penis)
  • 3 points - 10 to 1 sketch (Ruby Nichols)

Vanessa Bayer, 27 points
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 5 points - sketch (Katz's Delicatessen)
  • 7 points - pre-taped (The Squad)
  • 5 points - dancing

Aidy Bryant, 22 points
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 7 points - pre-taped (The Squad)
  • 5 points - dancing

Jay Pharoah, 20 points
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 5 points - pre-taped 10 to 1 sketch (Ruby Nichols)
  • 5 points - pre-taped 10 to 1 sketch (Wedding)

FEATURED CAST
Jon Rudnitsky, 40 points
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 5 points - sketch (Homecoming 1955)
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 5 points - sketch (The Millennials)
  • 5 points - sketch (Katz's Delicatessen)
  • 5 points - pre-taped 10 to 1 sketch (Wedding)
  • 5 points - dancing

Pete Davidson, 27 points
  • 10 points - monologue
  • 7 points - Weekend Update
  • 5 points - as Himself (also, reoccurring!)
  • 5 points - sketch (The Millennials)

Leslie Jones, 27 points
  • 5 points - promo
  • 7 points - Weekend Update
  • 5 points - as Herself (also, reoccurring!)
  • 2 points - swearing ("ass")
  • 5 points - sketch (Katz's Delicatessen)
  • 3 points - 10 to 1 sketch (Ruby Nichols)

HOST
Miley Cyrus, 55 points
  • 5 points - singing
  • 10 points - pre-taped (Abilify)
  • 5 points - sketch (Homecoming 1955)
  • 5 points - singing/dancing
  • 10 points - licking
  • 5 points - sketch (Val the Bartender)
  • 5 points - sketch (The Millennials)
  • 5 points - sketch (Katz's Delicatessen)
  • 5 points - sketch (Ruby Nichols)
  • 10 points - pre-taped sketch (Wedding)
  • minus 10 points - didn't thank cast


HARTMAN GROUP

BILLION DOLLAR MURRAYS - Russel
Kate McKinnon - 72
Aidy Bryant - 22
Beck Bennett - 47
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Doooo It! & 2) Hands of Love
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 141

THE TEAM YOU WISH YOU HADN'T STARTED A CONVERSATION WITH AT A PARTY - Brian
Kate McKinnon - 72
Leslie Jones - 27
Jon Rudnitsky - 40
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) BB Talk
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 139

THE FUTURE MRS. RANDY GOLDMAN - Leah
Kenan Thompson – 44
Kyle Mooney – 45
Jon Rudnitsky - 40
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Hands of Love & 2) Dooo It!
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 129

WAR HORSE CAN DANCE - Megan M.
Cecily Strong - 39
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Beck Bennett - 47
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Hands of Love
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 128

DESOLATE ISLE - Rob M.
Taran Killam - 76
Aidy Bryant - 22
Leslie Jones - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Hands of Love
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 125

THE NOT READY FOR FIRST PLACE PLAYERS - Kevin M.
Taran Killam - 76
Jay Pharoah - 20
Vanessa Bayer - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Bang My Box
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 123

THE IGNORANT SLUTS - Matt
Kenan Thompson - 44
Jay Pharoah - 20
Kyle Mooney - 45
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Karen Don't Be Sad & 2) Hands of Love
5 points - first song
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 114

MARK WAHLBERG ATE MARK WAHLBERG - Sarah R.
Cecily Strong - 39
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Vanessa Bayer - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: No Songs Chosen.
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 108

PHIL HARTMAN TROPHY STANDINGS (after Episode 41x01)
  1. Billion Dollar Murrays - 141
  2. The Team You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party - 139
  3. The Future Mrs. Randy Goldman - 129
  4. War Horse Can Dance - 128
  5. Desolate Isle - 125
  6. The Not Ready for First Place Players - 123
  7. The Ignorant Sluts - 114
  8. Mark Wahlberg Ate Mark Wahlberg - 108

A balanced team is important, but as will likely be a theme through the season so is an ace on the team. McKinnon and Killam proved as important as ever this week, but it was points from the likes of Bennett and newcomer Rudnitsky that helped specific teams reach the top of the standings in the season premiere.

Spoiler warning: the ONLY team to get a correct Song Choice was the two-time reigning Phil Hartman Trophy winner The Ignorant Sluts, pulling “Karen Don’t Be Sad” out of the either for five points! When reached for comment about how he figured out the mind of Miley Cyrus, a mind that had stumped the three-quarters of the League that had sifted through Miley’s Soundcloud album, Matthew Smith was quoted as saying, “Apparently she announced she was doing that song.”

A likely story! We’ll figure out your dark arts yet!


RADNER GROUP

THE DARK, CLENCHED HOLE OF EVIL - Robb
Taran Killam - 76
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Cecily Strong - 39
Sasheer Zamata - 28
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) I Get So Scared
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 185

LIL BABY AIDY - Will
Aidy Bryant - 22
Taran Killam - 76
Beck Bennett - 47
Vanessa Bayer - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Milky Milky Milk
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 172

MY DOLL'S NAME IS JENNY - Douglas
Kate McKinnon - 72
Kyle Mooney - 45
Jay Pharoah - 20
Leslie Jones - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: No Songs Chosen.
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 164

SKANKY LITTLE PROSTITUTES - Mike
Kate McKinnon - 72
Cecily Strong - 39
Jay Pharoah - 20
Pete Davidson - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Hands of Love
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 158

KEBERT XELA - Christopher
Kenan Thompson - 44
Aidy Bryant - 22
Beck Bennett - 47
Kyle Mooney - 45
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Hands of Love
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 158

THREE-LEGGED JEANS - Lori
Kenan Thompson - 44
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Leslie Jones - 27
Pete Davidson - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: No Songs Chosen.
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 140

GILDED RADNER STANDINGS (after Episode 41x01)
  1. The Dark, Clenched Hole of Evil - 185
  2. Lil Baby Aidy - 172
  3. My Doll’s Name Is Jenny - 164
  4. Skanky Little Prostitutes - 158
  5. Kebert Xela - 158
  6. Three-Legged Jeans - 140

The inaugural Gilded Radner winner, Three-Legged Jeans, start off the 41st season in last place! Though Pete Davidson and Leslie Jones were able to get a lot of great press for themselves and SNL, that hasn’t yet translated into points, through the SNL Fantasy League scoring system!


MYERS GROUP

COLIN JOST'S GHOSTS - Colm
Taran Killam - 76
Kyle Mooney - 45
Jon Rudnitsky - 40
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Tangerine
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 161

SUCK IT TREBEK - Sarah C.
Taran Killam - 76
Kenan Thompson - 44
Aidy Bryant - 22
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: No Songs Chosen.
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 142

DAN AKROYD RAGE - Mark
Kate McKinnon - 72
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Aidy Bryant - 22
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Adore You & 2) Real and True
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 136

SPOOKY BEHAVIOR - Emily
Cecily Strong - 39
Beck Bennett - 47
Kyle Mooney - 45
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: No Songs Chosen.
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 131

ORGANIC WIFI - Andrew K.
Kate McKinnon - 72
Jay Pharoah - 20
Leslie Jones - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Hands of Love
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 119

NOT A STRONG SWIMMER - Krissy
Cecily Strong - 39
Kenan Thompson - 44
Vanessa Bayer - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Space Boots
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 110

ANTHONY'S JOE PESCI SHOWMANSHIP - Anthony
Pete Davidson - 27
Vanessa Bayer - 27
Beck Bennett - 47
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Tangerine
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 101

THE VONDRUKES - Samantha B.
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Jay Pharoah - 20
Leslie Jones - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Hands of Love
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 89

MYERS GROUP STANDINGS (after Episode 41x01)
  1. Colin Jost’s Ghost - 161
  2. Suck It Trebek - 142
  3. Dan Akroyd Rage - 136
  4. Spooky Behavior - 131
  5. Organic Wifi - 119
  6. Not A Strong Swimmer - 110
  7. Anthony’s Joe Pesci Showmanship - 101
  8. The Vondrukes - 89

Newcomer, Colin Jost’s Ghost leads the Myers Group after the first week, with the groups two senior members who have played into the Fantasy League since our first year, in second and third place! How long Rudnitsky can produce for Colin Jost’s Ghost, still waits to be seen!


FARLEY GROUP

DRUNCLE - Mick
Kate McKinnon - 72
Kenan Thompson - 44
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Sasheer Zamata - 28
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Hands of Love
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 186

MURRY'D WITH CHILDREN - Johnny
Kate McKinnon - 72
Cecily Strong - 39
Beck Bennett - 47
Leslie Jones - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: No Songs Chosen.
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 185

EFFIE VILLALOPOLUS' PROFESSIONAL COMPLAINERS - David S.
Taran Killam - 76
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Vanessa Bayer - 27
Pete Davidson - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Space Boots
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 172

MISS SWAN'S LOWERED EXPECTATIONS - Patrick
Cecily Strong - 39
Kenan Thompson - 44
Vanessa Bayer - 27
Kyle Mooney - 45
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) an acoustic cover version of the Inspector Gadget Theme Song
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 155

BILL BRASKY'S DRINKING BUDDIES - Saad
Taran Killam - 76
Aidy Bryant  - 22
Jay Pharoah - 20
Sasheer Zamata - 28
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: No Songs Chosen.
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 146

THIS TEAM HAS EVERYTHING - Sarah S.
Beck Bennett - 47
Kyle Mooney - 45
Aidy Bryant - 22
Jay Pharoah - 20
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Hands of Love & 2) Dooo It!
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 134

FARLEY GROUP STANDINGS (after Episode 41x01)
  1. Druncle – 186
  2. Murry’d With Children - 185
  3. Effie Villalopolus’ Professional Complainers – 172
  4. Miss Swan’s Lowered Expectations – 155
  5. Bill Brasky’s Drinking Buddies – 146
  6. This Team Has Everything - 134

The top of the Farley Group sits on a razors edge, with Druncle holding a one point advantage over Murry’d With Children! Could Leslie Jones have sworn more? Sure. How important was hanging out with her wang out, for Sasheer Zamata? Very! And yes, the middle picks for both teams might make the biggest impact going forward!


BELUSHI GROUP

TOTAL BASTARD AIRLINES - Andrew R.
Kate McKinnon - 72
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Kyle Mooney - 45
Sasheer Zamata - 28
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: No Songs Chosen.
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 187

COLOMBIAN DECAFFEINATED COFFEE CRYSTALS - Dylan
Kate McKinnon - 72
Beck Bennett - 47
Cecily Strong - 39
Pete Davidson - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds & 2) Dooo It!
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 185

THE NIGHT CRAWLERZ - Kevin K.
Taran Killam - 76
Cecily Strong - 39
Kenan Thompson - 44
Jay Pharoah - 20
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: No Songs Chosen.
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 179

NUNI AND THE HAIR CHAIR - Megan R.M.
Aidy Bryant - 22
Taran Killam - 76
Leslie Jones - 27
Beck Bennett - 47
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Hands of Love & 2) Dooo It!
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 172

CRISIS OF CONFORMITY - David W.
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Jay Pharoah - 20
Kyle Mooney - 45
Vanessa Bayer - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: No Songs Chosen.
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 134

HARRY CARAY'S BBQ MOON RIBS - Ian
Kenan Thompson - 44
Vanessa Bayer - 27
Aidy Bryant - 22
Pete Davidson -27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Nightmare
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 120

BELUSHI GROUP STANDINGS (after Episode 41x01)
  1. Total Bastard Airlines - 187
  2. Columbian Decaffeinated Coffee Crystals - 185
  3. The Night Crawlerz - 179
  4. Nuni and the Hair Chair - 172
  5. Crisis of Conformity - 134
  6. Harry Cary’s BBQ Moon Ribs - 120

The exciting thing about smaller groups, which still hold within them a diverse collection of rosters, is the possibility that ANYTHING could happen! After this first episode, only fifteen points stand between two-thirds of the Belushi Group! That’s one instance of  blurkled full frontal nudity!


POEHLER GROUP

HEATHER FROM WORK - Lauren
Cecily Strong - 39
Taran Killam - 76
Beck Bennett - 47
Kyle Mooney - 45
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Hands of Love
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 207

HADERS TO THE LEFT - Samantha L.
Kate McKinnon - 72
Taran Killam - 76
Pete Davidson - 27
Leslie Jones - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Hands of Love & 2) I Forgive Yiew
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 202

LAZY SUNFEYS - Meg
Kenan Thompson - 44
Cecily Strong - 39
Beck Bennett - 47
Kyle Mooney - 45
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: No Songs Chosen.
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 175

INTERNATIONAL NASTY GIRL$ - Abby
Kate McKinnon - 72
Vanessa Bayer - 27
Aidy Bryant - 22
Sasheer Zamata - 28
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Hands of Love & 2) Do My Thang
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 149

THE WEEKENDERS - Justin
Kenan Thompson - 44
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Vanessa Bayer - 27
Jay Pharoah - 20
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Milky Milky Milk
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 133

BOYFRIENDS TALK SHOW - Andrew E.
Jay Pharoah - 20
Bobby Moynihan - 42
Aidy Bryant - 22
Leslie Jones - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Dooo It! & 2) Hands of Love
EPISODE ONE TOTAL 111

POEHLER GROUP STANDINGS (after Episode 41x01)
  1. Heather From Work - 207
  2. Haders to the Left - 202
  3. Lazy Sunfeys - 175
  4. International Nasty Girl$ - 149
  5. The Weekenders - 133
  6. Boyfriends Talk Show - 111

Some of you might have been waiting to talk about the fact that yes, this year’s 1B cast draft pick, Taran Killam, was picked not once but twice in the SECOND round in the Poehler Group! Any surprise that those two teams are one and two? That’s debatable, but the biggest surprise from this commish’s perspective is that the team with both McKinnon AND Killam didn’t get the top score of the week! Heather From Work leads the, at first glance; more front-loaded Haders To The Left by five points! It’s a long season, however, so we’ll have to see how this all shakes out!

Amy Schumer hosts NEXT WEEK, October 10th, with Musical Guest The Weeknd! All respect to Miley Cyrus, but the season premiere to Season 41 is NEXT WEEK! We just got the Miley Cyrus episode a month earlier then we should have. Schumer is coming off a summer that has made her the hottest name in comedy (this side of John Oliver), while The Weeknd is responsible for the Song of the Summer and that’s not simply bias from #the6, either.

It's the freakin' Weeknd, baby we're gonna have us some fun!


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