Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 43x18: John Mulaney & Jack White

April 15, 2018

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REPERTORY CAST
Kate McKinnon, 54 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Jeff Sessions)
  • 5 points – alongside former host (Ben Stiller)
  • 5 points – alongside former host (Robert De Niro)
  • 5 points – sketch (National School Walkout Day)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Wild Wild Country)
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (The Real Intros of Reality Hills)

Beck Bennett, 49 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Mike Pence)
  • 5 points – alongside former host (Ben Stiller)
  • 5 points – alongside former host (Robert De Niro)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Wild Wild Country)
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Hollywood Update)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (The Real Intros of Reality Hills)

Kenan Thompson, 38 points
  • 5 points – sketch (National School Walkout Day)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Wild Wild Country)
  • 4 points – swearing (2x “ass”)
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – reoccurring (LaVar Ball)

Aidy Bryant, 25 points
  • 5 points – promos
  • 5 points – sketch (Drag Brunch)
  • 5 points – sketch (National School Walkout Day)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Wild Wild Country)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (The Real Intros of Reality Hills)

Pete Davidson, 25 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Drag Brunch)
  • 5 points – sketch (National School Walkout Day)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Wild Wild Country)
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (The Real Intros of Reality Hills)

Cecily Strong, 23 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Drag Brunch)
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 5 points – sketch (Hollywood Update)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (The Real Intros of Reality Hills)

Leslie Jones, 8 points
  • 5 points – sketch (National School Walkout Day)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (The Real Intros of Reality Hills)

Kyle Mooney, 5 points
  • 5 points – sketch (National School Walkout Day)

Alec Baldwin, DNP – Did Not Participate

FEATURED CAST
Heidi Gardner, 35 points
  • 5 points - promos
  • 5 points – sketch (National School Walkout Day)
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Hollywood Update)
  • 5 points – sketch (Horn Implants)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (The Real Intros of Reality Hills)

Alex Moffat, 27 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Drag Brunch)
  • 5 points – sketch (National School Walkout Day)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Wild Wild Country)
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)
  • 5 points – singing

Melissa Villaseñor, 25 points
  • 5 points – sketch (National School Walkout Day)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Wild Wild Country)
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (The Real Intros of Reality Hills)

Luke Null, 20 points
  • 5 points – sketch (National School Walkout Day)
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 5 points – sketch (Horn Implants)

Mikey Day, 13 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (The Real Intros of Reality Hills)

Chris Redd 10 points
  • 5 points - promos
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)

HOST
John Mulaney, 56 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Drag Brunch)
  • 6 points – swearing (“ass”,  2x “bitches”)
  • 5 points – sketch (National School Walkout Day)
  • 5 points – sketch (Les Lobster Special)
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points – sketch (Hollywood Update)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 5 points – sketch (Horn Implants)
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (The Real Intros of Reality Hills)
  • 5 points – multiple characters

Robert De Niro, 34 points
  • 15 points – cold open
  • 4 points – swearing (2x “bitch”)
  • 15 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”

Ben Stiller, 30 points
  • 15 points – cold open
  • 15 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”

Nasim Pedrad, 14 points
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Wild Wild Country)
  • 4 points – swearing (“f*ck”, “****”)

The Party Andersons – Rob M.
Beck Bennett - 49
Aidy Bryant - 25
Kenan Thompson - 38
MUSICAL GUEST - Jack White – NO SONGS CHOSEN
EPISODE EIGHTEEN TOTAL 112

Billion Dollar Murrays – Russel H.
Kate McKinnon – 54
Mikey Day - 13
MUSICAL GUEST - Jack White - SONGS: 1) Ice Station Zebra & 2) Over and Over and Over
2 points - song
EPISODE EIGHTEEN TOTAL 69

The Not Ready For First Place Players – Kevin M.
Kenan Thompson - 38
Aidy Bryant - 25
Kyle Mooney - 5
MUSICAL GUEST - Jack White – NO SONGS CHOSEN
EPISODE EIGHTEEN TOTAL 68

The Team You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party – Brian E.
Cecily Strong - 23
Mikey Day - 13
Alex Moffat - 27
MUSICAL GUEST - Jack White - SONGS: 1) Ice Station Zebra & 2) Over and Over and Over
2 points - song
EPISODE EIGHTEEN TOTAL 65

War Horse Can Dance – Megan M.
Cecily Strong - 23
Alex Moffat - 27
Leslie Jones - 8
MUSICAL GUEST - Jack White - SONGS: 1) Connected by Love  & 2) Over and Over and Over
2 points - song
2 points - song
EPISODE EIGHTEEN TOTAL 62

The Ignorant Sluts – Matthew S.
Kate McKinnon - 54
Alec Baldwin - 0
MUSICAL GUEST - Jack White - SONGS: 1) Connected by Love  & 2) Over and Over and Over
2 points - song
2 points - song
EPISODE EIGHTEEN TOTAL 58

Holtzwomenn – Sarah R.
Beck Bennett - 49
Alec Baldwin – 0
Kyle Mooney - 5
MUSICAL GUEST - Jack White – NO SONGS CHOSEN
EPISODE EIGHTEEN TOTAL 54

HARTMAN TROPHY STANDINGS (as of 43x18)
# TEAM NAME ∧∨-- HIGH[EP] HOST SONG TOTAL
1 The Party Andersons -- 179 [17] 197 78 2039
2 War Horse Can Dance -- 138 [09] 0 96 1777
3 The Team You Wish You Hadn’t
Started A Conversation With At A Party
-- 163 [17] 82 52 1759
4 Not Ready For First Place Players -- 166 [15] 105 65 1638
5 The Ignorant Sluts -- 171 [12] 276 129 1438
5 Billion Dollar Murrays ∧1 139 [07] 7 138 1438
7 Holtzwomenn -- 135 [04] 30 34 1142


Before we get to the wonder that is John Mulaney, and how much I enjoy his comedy, the stunt casting for Mueller and Cohen was both spot-on and also… all for a series of Meet the Parents gags that are 18 years fresher then I ever would have expected? Okee-doke. If this is as weak as the episode gets in return for media attention, that’ll be alright.

After Bill Hader got some pretty great ratings for his second hosting gig, it was John Mulaney’s turn to get ratings to get ratings akin to Hader’s first time out. And that’s cool, because even Darrell Hammond couldn’t get his name right (that was very weird, right?), but that just leaves the rest of us to enjoy this wonderful weird episode! Jack White was an excellent musical guest, and John Mulaney not only followed through on his musical introduction joke from the monologue with great aplomb, but also gave us some wonderful sketches from School Walkout, to Drag Brunch, and of course Les Lobster Special! Also,  Switcheroo couldn’t have worked with any other host, right? Megan MacKay brought this up in the Deep Thoughts chat, and I'd have to agree.

It was also pretty great to see Nasim Pedrad, and hear the two “WOO” of recognition from the audience (thanks for pointing that out Matthew S.), with the added bonus of no cast member having to put on brown face because of the still obvious week point of zero Asian representation on the cast. It’s also a fun reminder that Nasim had left SNL for Mulaney and his ill-fated sitcom that really should have worked but really did not.

We also had the finals of the Wildcard Play-In in VERSUS after a dramatic semi-finals the week before, to set the 30 Rock Page Play-Off for the final trio of episodes!

Next MONTH, on May 5th we’ll be heading towards the final trio of shows beginning with a DONALD GLOVER hosted episode! With musical guest… Childish Gambino! I do very much appreciate the fact they separated the two. That’s the kind of meta detail that I appreciated in Mulaney’s monologue. By the way, the host cast from Sterling K. Brown in episode 15 to next month’s episode 19 has been stellar! As it turns out, even Charles Barkley was a confusing if ultimately entertaining choice. Minus Franco and Kevin Hart, they’re two episodes away from capping off the season with some killer hosts. Speaking of all killer, very littler filler… The Ignorant Sluts predicted that Donald Glover would host, giving Matthew S. his fourth host of the season! If not for a strong cast, it would have been neck and neck for the reigning three-time Hartman Trophy winner, and the presumptive Hartman Trophy winner for season 43, The Party Andersons!

LAST EPISODE: CHADWICK BOSEMAN

NEXT EPISODE: DONALD GLOVER


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