Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 43x04: Larry David & Miley Cyrus

November 05, 2017

 S aturday Night Live Fantasy League presented by Trivia Club, is a Fantasy League like no other. Like Fantasy Football for the comedy geek, participants draft cast members and prospective hosts before the start of the season and then are awarded points based of their performance through a scoring system. For additional points, before the start of each episode participants can guess which two songs they think the musical guest will perform. Since the beginning, this television institution has become the first step in the major leagues of comedy stardom, and with over forty seasons of familiar traditions, we’ve found a way to add math to comedy and somehow make that a fun game to play. You’re welcome.

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REPERTORY CAST
Cecily Strong, 56 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Melania Trump)
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Sofia Vergara)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (White House Press Conference)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 5 points – sketch (Ad Council’s Annual Awards Dinner)
  • 5 points – sketch (Fresh Takes with Dustin Purcell)
  • 5 points – sketch (Vincent Got Married)
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 2 points – swearing (“bitch”)

Beck Bennett, 52 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Mike Pence)
  • 3 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (White House Press Conference)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Ad Council’s Annual Awards Dinner)
  • 5 points – sketch (Vincent Got Married)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch  (NBC sitcom)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Josh)

Alec Baldwin, 35 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Donald Trump)
  • 3 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Tony Bennett)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 5 points – host hug

Kate McKinnon, 35 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Jeff Sessions)
  • 3 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Tilda Swinton)
  • 5 points – sketch (Fresh Takes with Dustin Purcell)
  • 5 points – sketch (Vincent Got Married)

Pete Davidson, 26 points
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Baby Step)
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 4 points – swearing (“blurkled middle fingers”, “bitch”)
  • 5 points – sketch (Fresh Takes with Dustin Purcell)

Kenan Thompson, 24 points
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Ad Council’s Annual Awards Dinner)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Baby Step)
  • 5 points – singing/dancing

Aidy Bryant, 22 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (White House Press Conference)
  • 5 points – Sarah Huckabee Sanders
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 5 points – sketch (Ad Council’s Annual Awards Dinner)

Leslie Jones, 22 points
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – as Herself
  • 5 points – sketch (Fresh Takes with Dustin Purcell)

Kyle Mooney, 18 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Fresh Takes with Dustin Purcell)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch  (NBC sitcom)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Mario)
  • 5 points – gushes blood

FEATURED CAST
Alex Moffat, 51 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 3 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (White House Press Conference)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Ad Council’s Annual Awards Dinner)
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Eric Trump)
  • 5 points – eating
  • 5 points – sketch (Fresh Takes with Dustin Purcell)

Chris Redd 41 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)
  • 2 points – swearing (“bitches”)
  • 5 points – sketch (Ad Council’s Annual Awards Dinner)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Baby Step)
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 5 points – sketch (Fresh Takes with Dustin Purcell)
  • 5 points – sketch (Vincent Got Married)

Heidi Gardner, 27 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (White House Press Conference)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 3 points – sketch V/O (Ad Council’s Annual Awards Dinner)
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – crying

Mikey Day, 24 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Ad Council’s Annual Awards Dinner)
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Donald Trump Jr.)
  • 5 points – sketch (Fresh Takes with Dustin Purcell)

Luke Null, 24 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Ad Council’s Annual Awards Dinner)
  • 5 points – sketch (Fresh Takes with Dustin Purcell)
  • 5 points – sketch (Vincent Got Married)

Melissa Villaseñor, 5 points
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)

HOST
Larry David, 48 points
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Bernie Sanders)
  • 5 points – sketch (Ad Council’s Annual Awards Dinner)
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Baby Step)
  • 5 points – sketch (Fresh Takes with Dustin Purcell)
  • 5 points – sketch (Vincent Got Married)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • minus 2 points - breaking
  • 5 points – sketch  (NBC sitcom)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • minus 10 points – doesn’t thank cast at goodnights
  • 10 points – embraces cast member first (Alec Baldwin)

Miley Cyrus, 30 points
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Baby Step)
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 5 points - vomit
  • 5 points – sketch (Fresh Takes with Dustin Purcell)

José Altuve, Alex Bregman, & George Springer, 10 points
  • 10 points – Weekend Update

Liam Hemsworth, 5 points
  • 5 points – sketch (The Price Is Right: Celebrity Edition)


The Party Andersons – Rob M.
Beck Bennett - 52
Aidy Bryant - 22
Kenan Thompson – 24
Larry David - 48
MUSICAL GUEST – Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Malibu & 2) Younger Now
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 146

Holtzwomenn – Sarah R.
Beck Bennett - 52
Alec Baldwin – 35
Kyle Mooney – 18
Miley Cyrus - 30
MUSICAL GUEST – Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Malibu & 2) Younger Now
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 135

The Team You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party – Brian E.
Cecily Strong - 56
Mikey Day - 24
Alex Moffat - 51
MUSICAL GUEST – Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Younger Now & 2) Malibu
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 131

War Horse Can Dance – Megan M.
Cecily Strong - 56
Alex Moffat - 51
Leslie Jones - 22
MUSICAL GUEST – Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Malibu & 2) Younger Now
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 129

The Ignorant Sluts – Matthew S.
Kate McKinnon - 35
Alec Baldwin - 35
MUSICAL GUEST – Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Bad Mood & 2) Thinkin’
5 points – first song
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 75

The Not Ready For First Place Players – Kevin M.
Kenan Thompson - 24
Aidy Bryant - 22
Kyle Mooney - 18
MUSICAL GUEST – Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Malibu & 2) Bad Mood
2 points - song
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 66

Billion Dollar Murrays – Russel H.
Kate McKinnon – 35
Mikey Day - 24
MUSICAL GUEST – Miley Cyrus - SONGS: 1) Malibu & 2) Bad Mood
2 points - song
EPISODE FOUR TOTAL 61

HARTMAN TROPHY STANDINGS (as of 43x04)
# TEAM NAME ∧∨-- HIGH[EP] HOST SONG TOTAL
1 The Party Andersons ∧1 146 [04] 48 17 407
2 The Ignorant Sluts ∨1 120 [02] 110 40 401
3 War Horse Can Dance ∧1 129 [04] 0 20 378
4 The Team You Wish You Hadn’t
Started A Conversation With At A Party
∧1 131 [04] 15 10 376
5 Holtzwomenn ∧2 135 [04] 30 15 320
6 Not Ready For First Place Players ∨3 112 [02] 0 22 319
7 Billion Dollar Murrays ∨1 94 [01] 0 32 289

Nothing about this fourth episode of the season really convinced me. It didn’t seem to inspire the cast and writers either. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but it felt like both a host and a musical guest that were two years past relevance. Admittedly I was never a huge fan of Larry David or Curbed, so this doesn’t help. I can only take my deep cynicism in small doses. In fact, The Baby Steps music video was itself a Trumpian SNL moment in the worst way, with the entire point of the sketch being to put over Larry David as “better then this” with an added insult to a new cast member on top of it all. As much as I enjoy the album cover art for Miley Cyrus’ new record, it's a cool look, she’s also someone that doesn’t inspire me to not skip ahead when I’m not watching the show Live on Saturday Night. I realize that she went as weird as possible and is now looking to normalize her image for this latest album cycle,  but it has a sheen of fakeness to it… and if I can find a silver lining, that pairs pretty well with Larry David’s millionaire as angry pre/post Costanza shlub.

Congrats though of course to Rob M.  and The Party Andersons for drafting Larry David, AND taking the lead, and Sarah R. and the Holtzwomenn for Miley points, and boy are things looking interesting in the coming weeks. Continuing the drought of Host AND Musical Guests, not seen since Drake did it in the second last episode of Season 41,  Taylor Swift will only be our Musical Guest on the 11th, but that’s for the best as we get minimal Taylor at her current crisis point AND we get a break out comedy star of the summer in Tiffany Haddish as the Host! Chance the Rapper then returns on the 18th of November as the Host but NOT the Musical Guest because he’ll be joined in a very interesting and unexpected pairing with Eminem!

As much as this episode had 2015 written all over it, the next two episodes are refreshingly OF THE TIME! I wish any of us had predicted Haddish or Chance as the Host… but at least Matthew S. has another chance at Host points with Taylor Swift on the ones and twos!

How did the VERSUS results go this week?

EPISODE FOUR David x Cyrus
Billion Dollar Murrays 61 VS The Not Ready For 
First Place Players
66
The Team You Wish You Hadn't
Started A Conversation With At A Party
131 VS Holtzwomenn 135
The Ignorant Sluts 75 VS The Party Andersons 146
War Horse Can Dance BYE

LAST EPISODE: KUMAIL NANJIANI

NEXT EPISODE: TIFFANY HADDISH


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