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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.24
I didn't put too much thought into this, so let me know if I'm way out of line with the grades. As I thought about this, it was funny to me that every person has one thing they're good at, and aren't so good at most of the other stuff. Some do a lot of impressions, some appear in the original sketches, Andy Samberg is only good at the digital shorts, and so on. So it's hard to give an overall grade.

Amy Poehler & Seth Meyers - A for Weekend Update, but Poehler moves to an A- and Meyers to a B because they don't show up in other skits much. Poehler at least got to do the Hillary Clinton impersonation. Meyers has almost nothing else.

Jason Sudeikis - A for Joe Biden and Rob Blagojevich, C for everything else.

Andy Samberg - A for the digital shorts, but he's not a good impressionist, and he doesn't stand out in skits. D for everything else. I didn't even really care for the Mark Wahlberg impression either (though I grant that opinion may be unpopular).

Fred Armisen - Armisen and Kristen Wiig have really become the go to people when it comes to skits. Of course, like Sudeikis, he was lucky that he was the one best suited to play Obama.

Will Forte - I really don't care for MacGruber, which is the skit of his that got the most attention this season, what with the Pepsi commercial and all. He is good at playing the long-haired 70s musician guy, like the member of Jon Bovi or Daryl Hall.

Bobby Moynihan - I think Bobby Moynihan had the best season of any of the featured players. I think he's very good at playing children, which is a role they need to fill a lot. B-

Kenan Thompson - As the only African American on the cast, Kenan Thompson has to do a lot of impressions, including some people that he doesn't look a thing like. And I don't think impressions are his strong suit. I thought he was horrible when he started (in 2003), but I think he's improved since then. C

Bill Hader - I don't know what to think about Bill Hader. He's there, and he's alright. C

Kristen Wiig - Kirsten Wiig is the woman most likely to appear in a skit. And in my opinion that shows how weak the female lineup is. I hate so many of Wiig's characters. I hate Penelope, I hate the woman who can't keep a secret, I hate Kathy Lee Gifford, I hate Gilly, I hate when she plays senile old people. D-

Michaela Watkins - Michaela Watkins had nothing for the first half of the season, but we've since seen her play Ariana Huffington, Barbara Walters, Hoda Kotb, Joan Rivers, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (in that ridiculous "Two First Names" sketch). Still haven't seen much in non-impersonation roles for her. Incomplete.

Casey Wilson - Casey Wilson joined the cast in February 2008, but she still has not appeared in much. Incomplete.

Darrell Hammond - He hasn't had much to do this season. They needed him to do John McCain, but once the campaign season ended all we saw was infrequent appearances by Bill Clinton, Chris Matthews, and Dick Cheney. I don't think there's much call for McCain any more, so I wouldn't mind Darrell Hammond can hit that old dusty trail. Incomplete for the season, but a great career overall.

Abby Elliot - It took Abby Elliot about half a season to be involved in anything. In the second half, she appeared as Rachel Maddow, but I didn't think her impersonation was very good. She played Angelina Jolie on Weekend Update three different times, and while she looked like Angelina Jolie, I didn't find any of her appearances particularly funny. Incomplete.
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.32
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    Amy Poehler & Seth Meyers - A for Weekend Update, but Poehler moves to an A- and Meyers to a B because they don't show up in other skits much. Poehler at least got to do the Hillary Clinton impersonation. Meyers has almost nothing else. Meyers has almost nothing else.


I think that's because he's the head writer. Poehler scaled back her duties while she was pregnant, including to the point of leaving the show.

Since the writing on SNL is generally mediocre, I can really only rate people based on how much I think they elevate the material. I think the class of 2005 (Samberg, Wiig, Hader, Sudeikis) are all terrific. For Samberg, if you're responsible for the one consistently compelling thing on the show and the two clear cut high points of the season beyond Tina Fey looking like Sarah Palin (Jizz In My Pants and I'm On A Boat), you're getting an A.

Keenan has kind of turned into a sambo. Abby Elliot is hot. Best host OTY was Anne Hathaway. That's all I've got.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.09
I think Jon Hamm deserves some love as the best host of the year. Jon Hamm's John Ham? Gold, Jerry, gold!

The only weak links in the cast are Wilson (never does anything), Moynihan (love child of Artie Lange and Rob Riggle) and at this point, Abby Elliot (doesn't bring much to the table aside from looks). Casey Wilson's funniest bit, btw, is a FunnyOrDie.com video where she's reading comments on her IMDB profile.

It's weird to think that Meyers, Armisen and Forte are all approaching a decade in the cast. I remember the days when staying for any more than five years was a big deal.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.77
It's a tad unfair to knock Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins for not being in any sketches in the first half of the season when they didn't even join the cast until the end of November.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.02
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Sudekis as the priest or any skit where he plays the straight man is gold. His Biden is great too.

Keenan elevates stupid/repetitive stuff to watchable. (This is REAL!)

Bobby is the best new guy in a long time. The alternate ending of "Of Mice and Men" was insanely funny and left field (SNL does a Steinbeck sketch? They do have some clever writers!) and he was the best part.

Wiig's Gifford is funny enough but almost every other character is nails on a chalkboard. Gilly is the embodiment of every flaw SNL has ever had. But Keenan and Bobby almost save those.

Also props to Timberlake and his random appearances (Irving!) as well as Immigrant's Tale AND Motherlover both of which are in the top 10 funniest things they did this year.

Strong year for them.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.39
Yeah, Timberlake gets the best material of any of the hosts, and he is the best at it, so he is Host of the Year hands down.

I like Wiig since her days at Dr. Pat on the Joe Schmo show, so I give her a lot of leeway. Gilly is perhaps the worst sketch in the history of SNL. I do think she is terrific as the Target lady (perhaps I'm biased on that one) and as K. L. Gifford.

Abby Elliot is decent (although she's a bit chubby), but I think Casey Wilson is pretty good, and I think Boffo is selling her a bit short. Wilson is really in most sketches, it's just that she doesn't have a career-defining sketch to star in like Wiig or an impersonation to deliver like Watkins.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.32
Timberlake is good, don't get me wrong, but he's too desperate.


    Abby Elliot is decent (although she's a bit chubby)


Are you thinking of Bobby Moynihan?
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.94
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    Timberlake is good, don't get me wrong, but he's too desperate.


      Abby Elliot is decent (although she's a bit chubby)


    Are you thinking of Bobby Moynihan?


I think he's confusing Casey Wilson and Abby Elliot.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.88
Wiig gets laughs out of me, no matter what she does. The Target lady, the sketch with Amy Adams where they were twins, etc.

MacGruber rules, if for no other reason than the episode with McGuyver.

Abby Elliot as Angelina Jolie was classic. She has the lineage to have talent.

Seth? I hate the guy.
Amy? GOod thing she has her own show, but it should have been 30 minutes of RICK! sketches.

Casey Wilson can play the older lady/mom effortlessly. I got no problems with her.

Fred Armison is given a lifetime pass after the skit with Ben Afflect where he was "sidecar".

Sedekis should do more Dane Cook. But, he's pretty solid no matter what he's in.
Same goes for Bill Hader.

Of you don't like Andy Samberg, something is wrong with you. Just looking at him makes me giggle.

Bobby Moynihan? This years token fat guy? He sucks (at least to me)

Keenan is great. Jean K Jean needs more screen time!

Michaela Watkins was part of THE SOUP's writing team, so she has the ability, it's just finding a good skit or two to showcase her.

And Darryl Hammond was great as Connery in the return of Celeb Jeopardy, and is always a good Dick Cheney.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.39
    Originally posted by Mike Zeidler
      Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      Timberlake is good, don't get me wrong, but he's too desperate.


        Abby Elliot is decent (although she's a bit chubby)


      Are you thinking of Bobby Moynihan?


    I think he's confusing Casey Wilson and Abby Elliot.


No way, and I freely admit that Abby is cute. It always seemed like at first she was only filmed from the chest up. Then there was one host monologue (can't remember which host) where she had to dance, and that's when I notice the beefy arms and wide hips.

And again, I said "a bit chubby," not that she was a porker or anything.

I always liked Sudekis, and thought he grounded the sketches where he plays the straight man (like the newspaper/comics sketch, and the funeral sketch from the season finale).



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