Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: An Introduction & Invitation for Season 42

September 17, 2016


Saturday Night Live Fantasy League is back for it's fourth season, and Trivia Club is once again opening up our fantasy league for the comedy nerd in everyone who would like to join in! Though I guess you might be asking yourself, or the closest person to you…

“HOW DO I SNL FANTASY LEAGUE?”

Good question! If you’re interested in this odd concept taken to its logical (or illogical, depending on your point of view) extreme, let’s talk about the business of this show.

1) JOIN the SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE FANTASY LEAGUE Group on Facebook

Facebook or Twitter are, of course, the main hubs of communication for the league with Facebook taking the brunt of keeping League members up to date on important dates. It also keeps members of the League in contact for the only episode-to-episode part of the game (which we’ll get to).

2) CHOOSE YOUR TEAM NAME

Choose wisely, we’re celebrating a comedy show after all. Luckily you’ve got a lot of material to work with.

3) DRAFT YOUR CAST & PREDICT HOSTS

The big points come from who you draft from the cast of Saturday Night Live, while gaining those additional points that will help you win, comes from drafting the correct hosts. When it comes to a time commitment, DRAFT DAY is the only one we ask of you when you join our SNL Fantasy League. Groups of six to eight people will draft through Facebook messenger. First their cast and then their hosts. Further details of the drafts can be found on this blog, but to put it in the simplest way possible. Draft order is decided randomly, with each round being mixed in a way that is as mathematically fair as possible.

a) You will draft either three or four Cast Members, depending on the number of people in your Group. All cast members are available up front (except for Colin Jost and Michael Che), and once again depending on your group size will be available to be drafted two or three times.

b) You will then draft the ten Hosts who you predict will host during the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live.

Remember that all of the people that you draft will be getting points based off of our scoring system, so if you believe we’re missing anything important please do make sure to bring that to our attention. Also, if anything happens with either additions to or demotions from the cast, we’ve got a plan for those names, and a NAME for that PLAN!

4) SIT BACK, ENJOY SNL, & CHOOSE WHICH SONGS THE MUSICAL GUESTS PLAY

After DRAFT DAY the only other way to get points will be, before the start of each episode (Eastern Standard Time), choosing the TWO SONGS that you believe the Musical Guests will play, and in which specific order. If you don't differentiate which is your first song and second song chosen, the order in which they're presented will be used to differentiate which is the first and which is the second. Submitting your SONG CHOICES will also be done through Facebook messenger as well, simply because it’s easiest to keep track of things when they’re all in one place.

Other than that, enjoy Saturday Night Live this season! It’s been said by members of the Fantasy League in these first two seasons (and I have to agree) that after you draft someone you become more invested in that performer then you thought you would! It even adds a level of excitement to those episodes that you, as a viewer, might otherwise consider an off week.

After each episode a full Breakdown is posted on the Trivia Club website, showing who scored what and how that affects both the score of your team on that episode, as well as throughout the season. The episode breakdown also features thoughts on the episode (P’s & Q’s), as well as a preview of what to look forward to in the coming week(s).

It’s just part of the growing community of comedy fans that we’ve found ourselves in, and speaking of which…

5) LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

Yes, the Saturday Night Live Fantasy League has a podcast, in fact that’s how some of you found out about us! Deep Thoughts on SNL is hosted by Brian Edwards, who is joined by other members of the Fantasy League each week, including the podcast's original host Rob Moden, Megan MacKay, Matthew Smith, and your SNL Fantasy League commissioner (?) Russel Harder, to talk not only about that week’s episode and the League, but also about the larger Saturday Night Live and comedy world, as well!

So listen in, and if the opportunity arises, and the potential is there, then please feel free to take part!

6) THE WINNER IS YOU!

Finally, since we’re playing a game then there has to be a winner at the end of the season! Naturally, the top score in each League wins a trophy, because we’re sporting people. And since this IS a Trivia Club run event, that trophy has a fair amount of gold to go with it! The Hartman Group has handed out  the Phil Hartman Trophy to it's winner each season, and we fully welcome you to not only put together a Group of friends to play but to ALSO create a trophy for your own group! The choice is yours!

So yes, THAT is how you Saturday Night Live Fantasy League, but if you have any other questions please do contact us on Facebook or Twitter! Also keep a look out on both of those platforms, especially around the first two weeks of September for DRAFT DAY, as we prepare for Season 42 of SNL and the FOURTH edition of the SNL Fantasy League!

Russel Harder hosts Trivia Club at Hitch (1216 Queen St East) every other MONDAY of the month, at Lou Dawg's BBQ near Ryerson (76 Gerrard St E) every TUESDAY, and Cardinal Rule (5 Roncesvalles Ave) every WEDNESDAY!

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