Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 43x05: Tiffany Haddish & Taylor Swift

November 13, 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

Kate McKinnon, 64 points


  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Jeff Sessions)
  • 10 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 5 points – sketch (Gamer Con)
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Democratic National Committee)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Hillary Clinton)
  • 5 points – multiple roles
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Dolphin Who Learned To Speak)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Whiskers R We)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Barbra)
  • 2 points – swearing (“ass”)


Beck Bennett, 41 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Mike Pence)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Best Friends)
  • 5 points – as Himself
  • 5 points – sketch (The Last Black Unicorn)
  • 5 points – kiss

Leslie Jones, 39 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)
  • 5 points – sketch (Democratic National Committee)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Best Friends)
  • 5 points – as Herself
  • 5 points - kissing
  • 5 points – sketch (The Last Black Unicorn)
  • 5 points – sketch (Get Woke w/ Tamika)

Aidy Bryant, 36 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Best Friends)
  • 5 points – as Herself
  • 5 points – sketch (The Last Black Unicorn)
  • 5 points – sketch (Get Woke w/ Tamika)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Dolphin Who Learned To Speak)

Cecily Strong, 29 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Lin Manuel Miranda)
  • 5 points – singing  
  • 5 points – sketch (Democratic National Committee)
  • 7 points – Weekend Update

Pete Davidson, 24 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Gamer Con)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Best Friends)
  • 5 points – as Himself

Kyle Mooney, 22 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Gamer Con)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Best Friends)
  • 5 points – as Himself
  • 5 points – kissing

Kenan Thompson, 19 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Gamer Con)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)
  • 7 points – Weekend Update

Alec Baldwin, DNP – Did Not Participate

FEATURED CAST
Chris Redd 44 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 5 points – multiple roles
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Best Friends)
  • 5 points – as Himself
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – singing
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Whiskers R We)

Mikey Day, 29 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – sketch (Gamer Con)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)
  • 5 points – sketch (Democratic National Committee)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Tim Kaine)

Melissa Villaseñor, 27 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Gamer Con)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 5 points – sketch (The Last Black Unicorn)
  • 5 points – kiss

Alex Moffat, 27 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Gamer Con)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 5 points – sketch (Democratic National Committee)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Chuck Schumer)

Heidi Gardner, 14 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)

Luke Null, 5 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Gamer Con)

HOST
Tiffany Haddish, 100 points
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 2 points – swearing (“ass”)
  • 5 points – sketch (Gamer Con)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (The Lion King Screen Test)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 5 points – multiple roles
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Best Friends)
  • 10 points – Lorne Michaels acknowledgement
  • 10 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 5 points – sketch (The Last Black Unicorn)
  • 5 points – sketch (Get Woke w/ Tamika)
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (The Dolphin Who Learned To Speak)
  • 5 points – sketch (Whiskers R We)
  • 2 points – swearing (“bitch”)

Larry David, 15 points
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Democratic National Committee)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Bernie Sanders)

Jason Sudeikis, 15 points
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Democratic National Committee)
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Joe Biden)


The Party Andersons – Rob M.
Beck Bennett - 41
Aidy Bryant - 36
Kenan Thompson – 19
Larry David  - 15
MUSICAL GUEST – Taylor Swift – SONGS: 1) Look What You Made Me Do & 2) … Ready For It?
2 points - song
EPISODE FIVE TOTAL 113

War Horse Can Dance – Megan M.
Cecily Strong - 29
Alex Moffat - 27
Leslie Jones - 39
MUSICAL GUEST – Taylor Swift – SONGS: 1) … Ready For It? & 2) Call It What You Want
5 points – first song
10 points – second song
EPISODE FIVE TOTAL 110

Billion Dollar Murrays – Russel H.
Kate McKinnon – 64
Mikey Day - 29
MUSICAL GUEST – Taylor Swift – SONGS: 1) … Ready For It? & 2) Gorgeous
5 points – first song
EPISODE FIVE TOTAL 98

The Team You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party – Brian E.
Cecily Strong - 29
Mikey Day - 29
Alex Moffat - 27
MUSICAL GUEST – Taylor Swift – SONGS: 1) Look What You Made Me Do & 2) … Ready For It?
2 points - song
EPISODE FIVE TOTAL 87

The Not Ready For First Place Players – Kevin M.
Kenan Thompson - 19
Aidy Bryant - 36
Kyle Mooney - 22
MUSICAL GUEST – Taylor Swift – SONGS: 1) Look What You Made Me Do & 2) Dress
EPISODE FIVE TOTAL 77

The Ignorant Sluts – Matthew S.
Kate McKinnon - 64
Alec Baldwin – 0
Taylor Swift - 0
MUSICAL GUEST – Taylor Swift – SONGS: 1) … Ready For It? & 2) Gorgeous
5 points – first song
EPISODE FIVE TOTAL 69

Holtzwomenn – Sarah R.
Beck Bennett - 41
Alec Baldwin – 0
Kyle Mooney -  22
MUSICAL GUEST – Taylor Swift – SONGS: 1) Look What You Made Me Do & 2) Gorgeous
EPISODE FIVE TOTAL 63

HARTMAN TROPHY STANDINGS (as of 43x05)
# TEAM NAME ∧∨-- HIGH[EP] HOST SONG TOTAL
1 The Party Andersons -- 146 [04] 63 19 520
2 War Horse Can Dance ∧1 129 [04] 0 35 488
3 The Ignorant Sluts ∨1 120 [02] 110 45 470
4 The Team You Wish You Hadn’t
Started A Conversation With At A Party
-- 131 [04] 15 12 463
5 Not Ready For First Place Players ∧1 112 [02] 0 22 396
6 Billion Dollar Murrays ∧1 98 [05] 0 37 387
7 Holtzwomenn ∨2 135 [04] 30 15 383

This week’s episode was the rebound that was needed after Larry David. The Larry David brought out the kind of cynicism that can creep into Saturday Night Live. Also I was sick last week so I don't necessarily have rose-colored glasses. Though Tiffany Haddish’s hosted episode wasn’t perfect, the Beck and Kyle Best Friends sketch was for instance a huge misstep for what had itself been an otherwise enjoyable and unexpected story, Haddish showed the power of a game stand-up comedian hosting a comedy show. It’s simple math, but Tiffany Haddish was an ace host on a show that used her energy well, even if it didn’t give her exceptional material to work with at times. New cast members Heidi Gardner, who really broke through last week, and Chris Redd, who continues to shine with quick chances at big impressions, are showing their potential more and more each week. Luke Null is for the moment also there.

Keep an eye out for our Featured Draft, as we still may Elvis Costello before Christmas!

Next week we close out this second trio of episodes with November 18th host Chance the Rapper and musical guest Eminem! It's still such a weird combo, but I am very much excited to see what Chance the Rapper is up for, as a HOST of Saturday Night Live! 

And the VERSUS results for the week?


EPISODE FIVE Haddish x Swift
The Party Andersons 113 VS The Team You Wish You Hadn't
Started A Conversation With At A Party
87
Holtzwomenn 63 VS Billion Dollar Murrays 98
The Not Ready For
First Place Players
77 VS War Horse Can Dance 110
The Ignorant Sluts BYE

LAST EPISODE: LARRY DAVID

NEXT EPISODE: CHANCE THE RAPPER


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