Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 43x03: Kumail Nanjiani & P!nk

October 16, 2017

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REPERTORY CAST
Cecily Strong, 52 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Bank Breakers)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Kellyanne Conway’s It)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Rachel Maddow)
  • 5 points – sketch (Halloween Office Party)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 5 points – sketch (NYFF Actress Round Table)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Marion Cotillard)
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 3 points – 10-to-1 sketch (Call Centre)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Melania Trump)

Kate McKinnon, 42 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Kellyanne Conway’s It)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Kellyanne Conway)
  • 5 points – multiple characters
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 5 points – sketch (NYFF Actress Round Table)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Debette Goldry)
  • 5 points – sketch (Visiting Grammy)
  • 5 points – host hug

Beck Bennett, 27 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring character (Mike Pence)
  • 5 points – sketch (Bank Breakers)
  • 5 points – sketch (Halloween Office Party)
  • 5 points – sketch (Adams at Chatsworth House)

Aidy Bryant, 27 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – sketch (Halloween Office Party)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 5 points – sketch (NYFF Actress Round Table)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Karen Domineau)

Alec Baldwin, 22 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring character (Donald Trump)
  • 10 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”

Kenan Thompson, 22 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Kellyanne Conway’s It)
  • 5 points – sketch (Halloween Office Party)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 5 points – eats food

Leslie Jones, 20 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Halloween Office Party)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 5 points – sketch (NYFF Actress Round Table)
  • 5 points – sketch (Adams at Chatsworth House)

Kyle Mooney, 10 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Halloween Office Party)
  • 5 points – dancing

Pete Davidson, 5 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Bank Breakers)


FEATURED CAST
Alex Moffat, 17 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Bank Breakers)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Kellyanne Conway’s It)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Anderson Cooper)

Mikey Day, 15 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Bank Breakers)
  • 5 points – sketch (Adams at Chatsworth House)
  • 5 points – sketch (Visiting Grammy)

Heidi Gardner, 12 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Kellyanne Conway’s It)
  • 5 points – sketch (Visiting Grammy)

Melissa Villaseñor, 10 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Halloween Office Party)
  • 5 points – dancing

Luke Null, 7 points
  • 7 points – cold open

Chris Redd 5 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Adams at Chatsworth House)

HOST
Kumail Nanjiani, 45 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Bank Breakers)
  • 5 points – sketch (Halloween Office Party)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 5 points – sketch (Adams at Chatsworth House)
  • 5 points – sketch (Visiting Grammy)
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Call Centre)
  • 10 points – embraces cast first


The Ignorant Sluts – Matthew S.
Kate McKinnon - 42
Alec Baldwin - 22
Kumail Nanjiani -  45
MUSICAL GUEST – P!NK - SONGS: 1) What About Us & 2) Whatever You Want
5 points – first song
EPISODE THREE TOTAL 114

War Horse Can Dance – Megan M.
Cecily Strong - 52
Alex Moffat - 17
Leslie Jones - 20
MUSICAL GUEST – P!NK - SONGS: 1) What About Us & 2) Revenge
5 points – first song
EPISODE THREE TOTAL 94

The Team You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party – Brian E.
Cecily Strong - 52
Mikey Day - 15
Alex Moffat - 17
MUSICAL GUEST – P!NK - SONGS: 1) What About Us & 2) Whatever You Want
5 points – first song
EPISODE THREE TOTAL 89

The Party Andersons – Rob M.
Beck Bennett - 27
Aidy Bryant - 27
Kenan Thompson - 22
MUSICAL GUEST – P!NK – NO SONGS CHOSEN
EPISODE THREE TOTAL 76

Holtzwomenn – Sarah R.
Beck Bennett - 27
Alec Baldwin - 22
Kyle Mooney - 10
MUSICAL GUEST – P!NK - SONGS: 1) What About Us & 2) Revenge
5 points – first song
EPISODE THREE TOTAL 64

The Not Ready For First Place Players – Kevin M.
Kenan Thompson - 22
Aidy Bryant - 27
Kyle Mooney - 10
MUSICAL GUEST – P!NK - SONGS: 1) What About Us & 2) Barbies
5 points – first song
EPISODE THREE TOTAL 64

Billion Dollar Murrays – Russel H.
Kate McKinnon - 42
Mikey Day -  15
MUSICAL GUEST – P!NK - SONGS: 1) What About Us & 2) Revenge
5 points – first song
EPISODE THREE TOTAL 62

HARTMAN TROPHY STANDINGS (as of 43x03)
# TEAM NAME ∧∨-- HIGH[EP] HOST SONG TOTAL
1 The Ignorant Sluts -- 120 [02] 110 35 326
2 The Party Andersons ∧1 114 [02] 0 17 261
3 Not Ready For First Place Players ∨1 112 [02] 0 20 253
4 War Horse Can Dance ∧2 95 [02] 0 20 249
5 The Team You Wish You Hadn’t
Started A Conversation With At A Party
-- 89 [01/03] 15 10 245
6 Billion Dollar Murrays ∨2 94 [01] 0 30 228
7 Holtzwomenn -- 64 [03] 0 15 185

Kumail Nanjiani did an excellent job hosting what was potentially the weakest written episode of the opening frame of episodes. There were still some very strong sketches, and the show as a whole was strengthened by Nanjiani not only being an ace comedian, but someone who clearly has sketch chops. Ratings-wise, Nanjiani even has the highest-rated episode of the season so far, even if it’s just a tenth of a share higher then Gosling in the premiere… it still beats the premiere. As Matthew Smith of The Ignorant Sluts noted, “(We) all keep underestimating the star power of Kumail Nanjiani and (he) keeps reaping the benefits. Until now. Now it’s over.” Yes, our defending Hartman Trophy winner has jumped out to an impressive lead, after nabbing the first TWO available hosts. No rest for the wicked awesome though, as Rob M. and The Party Andersons are sixty points behind in second AND The Party Andersons have the cast-advantage of a solid three-person unit AND the next host on November 4th, 2017… LARRY DAVID!

Larry David is hosting once again, because of course he is, now with slightly less Bernie, likely a return of Kevin Roberts (one can hope) and joined by a former host as a musical guest (and a draftee of the Holtzwomenn) Miley Cyrus!

We’ll see how it all shakes out,  in our Chase for the Hartman Trophy! And speaking of Chase, how do the VERSUS results shake out this week?

EPISODE THREE Nanjiani x P!nk
War Horse Can Dance 94 VS Holtzwomenn 64
Billion Dollar Murrays 57 VS The Party Andersons 76
The Team You Wish You Hadn’t
Started A Conversation With At A Party
89 VS The Ignorant Sluts 109
The Not Ready For First Place Players BYE

LAST EPISODE: GAL GADOT

NEXT EPISODE: LARRY DAVID

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