Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 44x02: Awkwafina & Travis Scott

October 08, 2018

Saturday Night Live Fantasy League presented by Trivia Club, is a Fantasy League like no other. Like Fantasy Football for the comedy nerd, 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. No seriously. You’re welcome.

REPERTORY CAST
Kate McKinnon, 56 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 2 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Pres. Alert)
  • 5 points – sketch (Egypt)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Panel)
  • 5 points – reoccurring
  • 2 points – in costume during goodnights
  • 5 points – host hug

Kenan Thompson, 46 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – sketch (Dance Crews)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 2 ponts – scripted swearing (“watery ass”)
  • 5 points – sketch (Egypt)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Cruz)
  • 5 points – sketch (Dating a Magician)
  • 10 points – causes break

Pete Davidson, 44 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring
  • 5 points – eating food
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 2 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – as Himself
  • 5 points – sketch (Dating a Magician)
  • minus 2 points – breaking
  • 5 points – set break (bottle)

Cecily Strong, 44 points
  • 5 points - promos
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 2 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 5 points – sketch (Egypt)
  • 5 points – sketch (Baby Shower)
  • 5 points - crying
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Panel)
  • 5 points – reoccurring
  • 2 points – in costume during goodnights

Beck Bennett, 37 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 2 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 3 points – sketch V/O (Pres. Alert)
  • 3 points – sketch V/O (Egypt)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Cruz)
  • 3 points – sketch V/O (Dating a Magician)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Pumpkin Patch)

Kyle Mooney, 36 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring
  • 2 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 5 points – sketch (Dating a Magician)
  • 5 points – causes break
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Pumpkin Patch)

Mikey Day, 36 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – sketch (Dance Crews)
  • 5 points – dancing
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – reoccurring
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Pumpkin Patch)

Alex Moffat, 36 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Pres. Alert)
  • 5 points – sketch (Egypt)
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – reoccurring
  • 5 points – sketch (Dating a Magician)

Aidy Bryant, 34 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 2 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Pres. Alert)
  • 5 points – sketch (Baby Shower)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Panel)

Leslie Jones, 23 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Dance Crews)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Pres. Alert)
  • 5 points – sketch (Dating a Magician)
  • minus 2 points – breaks
  • 5 points – sketch (Baby Shower)
  • minus 2 points - breaks

Melissa Villaseñor, 12 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – sketch (Baby Shower)

FEATURED CAST

Heidi Gardner, 39 points
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 2 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Pres. Alert)
  • 5 points – sketch (Egypt)
  • 5 points – sketch (Dating a Magician)
  • 5 points – sketch (Baby Shower)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Panel)
  • 5 points – reoccurring

Chris Redd 17 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Dance Crews)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Pumpkin Patch)

Ego Nwodim, 10 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Dance Crews)
  • 5 points - dancing


HOST
Awkwafina, 55 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Dance Crews)
  • 5 points - dancing
  • 2 points – scripted swear (“dumbass”)
  • 5 points – sketch (Egypt)
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Cruz)
  • 5 points – sketch (Dating a Magician)
  • minus 2 points - breaking
  • 5 points – sketch (Baby Shower)
  • 5 points – causes break
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Pumpkin Patch)
  • 5 points – sketch (Panel)
  • 10 points – embraces cast first
  • minus 10 points - did not "thank cast"

Travis Scott, 10 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Dance Crews)
  • 5 points - dancing


Billion Dollar Murrays – Russel H.
Cecily Strong – 44
Aidy Bryant – 34
Leslie Jones – 23
Awkwafina - 55
MUSICAL GUEST – Travis Scott - SONGS: 1) Sicko Mode & 2) Stargazing
5 – song
EPISODE TWO TOTAL 161

The Ignorant Sluts – Matthew S.
Mikey Day – 36
Heidi Gardner – 39
Pete Davidson – 44
MUSICAL GUEST – Travis Scott - SONGS: 1) Sicko Mode & 2) Butterfly Effect
5 – song
EPISODE TWO TOTAL 124

The Not Ready For First Place Players – Kevin M.
Beck Bennett – 37
Heidi Gardner – 39
Pete Davidson – 44
MUSICAL GUEST – Travis Scott – NO SONGS CHOSEN
EPISODE TWO TOTAL 120

Hunter the Hungries Gotta Eat – Rob M.
Cecily Strong - 44
Kenan Thompson - 46
Chris Redd - 17
MUSICAL GUEST – Travis Scott - SONGS: 1) Sicko Mode & 2) Close
5 – song
EPISODE TWO TOTAL 112


War Horse Can Dance – Megan M.
Alex Moffat - 36
Kenan Thompson - 46
Leslie Jones - 23
MUSICAL GUEST – Travis Scott – NO SONGS CHOSEN
EPISODE TWO TOTAL 105


Holtzwomenn – Sarah R.
Beck Bennett – 37
Aidy Bryant – 34
Melissa Villasenor – 12
MUSICAL GUEST – Travis Scott - SONGS: 1) Butterfly Effect & 2) Sicko Mode
20 points – second song
EPISODE TWO TOTAL 103

The Team You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party – Brian E.
Mikey Day - 36
Alex Moffat - 36
Melissa Villasenor - 12
MUSICAL GUEST – Travis Scott - SONGS: 1) Sicko Mode & 2) Butterfly Effect
5 – song
EPISODE TWO TOTAL 89

HARTMAN TROPHY STANDINGS (as of 44x02)
# TEAM NAME ∧∨-- HIGH[EP] CAST HOST SONG TOTAL
1 The Not Ready For First Place Players -- 171 [01] 281 0 10 291
2 Billion Dollar Murrays ∧3 161 [02] 191 65 15 261
3 The Ignorant Sluts ∨1 126 [01] 245 0 5 250
4 Holtzwomenn ∨1 125 [01] 208 0 20 228
5 Hunter the Hungries Gotta Eat ∧1 112 [02] 202 0 5 207
6 War Horse Can Dance -- 105 [02] 200 0 0 200
7 The Team You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party ∨3 102 [01] 181 0 10 191


Thank you to Rob M. of Hunter the Hungries Gotta Eat for breaking down the points of this week’s episode! Next episode will have the points broken down by Matthew S. of The Ignorant Sluts, and of course we will have the first trio of episodes in Season 44 concluding with host Seth Myers, along with musical guest Paul Simon! It will no doubt be an alumni-heavy episode (give me Poehler and/or Moynihan on Update and I’ll be over the moon), after a wild premiere both on and off camera, and a straight forward Awkwafina-hosted episode this week that really could have been slotted anywhere during the year.

Awkwafina proved a good host, and a welcome Asian-American face in this comedy institution! Her Lucy Liu anecdote  in the opening monologue had me tearing up. As a white male I regularly forget just how lucky I am to get the representation in media that I haven’t earned.  Lucy Liu and Jackie Chan, who both hosted in the year 2000, are the only other Asian hosts in Saturday Night Live’s history. This coupled with Nasim Pedrad, Fred Armisen, and Rob Schneider being your only cast alumni with an Asian heritage to speak of, only makes the spotlight on the problem more glaring (when two out of three things include Armisen and Schneider when you’re talking about ANYTHING… woof). As noted above this episode wasn’t spectacular, but proves that even an average episode of Saturday Night Live is still an entertaining one.

Season six of the Saturday Night Live Fantasy League is also trying something new, as you might have noticed! As the commissioner of this League, I won’t be the only one breaking down the points. The entire Hartman Group will be rotating through episodes and as long as it all goes to plan you will see each of the seven people who take part in these posts breakdown the points for three episodes! See you next week for Seth Myers and Paul Simon! After that episode the Hartman Group will then have our Featured Draft, or as we like to call it The Elvis Costello! Will Ego end up on a team, and how many cast members will shuffle around as we race to get the shockingly underrated Kyle Mooney on our teams! Look for THOSE redrafting cast changes on the fourth episode breakdown!

LAST EPISODE: ADAM DRIVER

NEXT EPISODE: SETH MYERS


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