Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Andy Samberg tops the SNL Power Rankings this week

1. Andy Samberg (49 points): Before this season began, there were tons of rumors swirling around Studio 8H that two-thirds of the Lonely Island trio –specifically, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer — would not be returning this season. However, cooler heads ultimately prevailed and the fellas made the wise decision to return to the show. This week, the guys made their first Digital Short impression of the season with Rescue Dogs 3D, which, along with the news cycle, helped to propel Samberg to the top of the pack this week. Our only question: Will this be the last we see of his admirable portrayals of both Rahm Emanuel and Cathy?

2. Kenan Thompson (39 points): Oooh, whee! After spending the first week of the show’s 36th season in Lorne’s dog house, Kenan returned to his winning 2009-2010 form this week. Specifically, he ignited the crowd when Deandre “What Up With That?” Cole made his first appearance of the season, much to “93 year-old sex machine” Ernest Borgnine’s delight.

3. Fred Armisen (28 points): “I sent a bottle of sparkling apple juice to your house. Did you get it?” Armisen proved himself to be the consummate pro with this winning number, especially when you consider that host Bryan Cranston nearly derailed this bit in the sketch’s opening seconds by singing the wrong line TWICE (!) in a row.

4. Bobby Moynihan (26 points): This was Moynihan’s second appearance as “second-hand news correspondent” Anthony Crespino. He was able to land a few decent sized laughs from the crowd this week, but nothing really stood out. Here’s hoping we get to see the return of Mark Payne this season.

5. Taran Killam (16 points): Killam benefitted from ubiquity in this week’s episode, as he played supporting roles in the monologue, Shanna and “What Up With That?” Regarding the latter, we were hoping he was going to bring something new to the announcer character that Will Forte pioneered, but sadly, it was just more of the same.

6 (tie). Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer, Nasim Pedrad (14 points): Wow! Thanks to her “pretty cool” impression of Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Bayer has quickly established herself as the stand-out talent of the crop of SNL freshmen. Pedrad, meanwhile, struggled with her new character Henry, a nerd that seemed a bit too close to her Bedelia character for comfort.

9 (tie). Abby Elliott, Jay Pharoah (12 points): Not much to say about either one of these folks this week, although Pharoah’s portrayal of a Bootsy Collins-esque character was highly entertaining. Also, were those his voices in the i-Sleep Pro commercial that Kenan starred in? We think so, so we’re giving him the credit.

11. Jason Sudeikis (10 points): Not quite sure where Sudeikis was this week but, as always, his B-Boy moves in “What Up With That?” are nearly as essential to the ongoing success of that skit as Kenan’s work as Deandre Cole.

12. Paul Brittain (9 points): What a terrific Johnny Depp impression! Unfortunately, that was about it for him this week.

13. Kristin Wiig (8 points): Is Kristin Wiig over? Of course not, but we can’t help but feel like her schtick is starting to run thin, both with Lorne and audiences alike. Her portrayal of the sexy-yet-not Shanna was her only appearance on the show this weekend, which is very strange considering the heavy lifting she’s done as a castmember over the last seven-plus seasons. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.

1. ⇑ Andy Samberg (74 points; Last Week: #4)
2. ⇓ Fred Armisen (64 points; Last Week: #1)
3. ⇑ Kenan Thompson (53 points; Last Week: #10)
4. ⇓ Bill Hader (50 points; Last Week: #1)
5 (tie). ⇑ Bobby Moynihan (42 points; Last Week: #9)
⇓ Kristin Wiig (42 points; Last Week: #3)
7. ⇓ Jason Sudeikis (35 points; Last Week: #4)
8. ⇓ Abby Elliott (33 points; Last Week: #6)
9. ⇓ Vanessa Bayer (31 points; Last Week: #8)
10. ⇓ Jay Pharoah (30 points; Last Week: #7)
11. Taran Killam (29 points; Last Week: #11)
12. Nasim Pedrad (28 points; Last Week: #12)
13. Paul Brittain (20 points; Last Week: #13)



Thanks to Rai for the scoop!

This isn't bad, but I disagree with some. Here is where I'd rank them...

1. Andy Samberg - Agree. With Rescue Dogs being the highlight, with leads as Rahm Emanuel and Cathy (both almost farewell performances), and bits in another 5 skits, Andy definitely stole the show... ABOUT TIME!!!

2. Vanessa Bayer - This spot should NOT go to Kenan. I love his "What Up With That?" as well, but come on, he's doing it with less energy and he's giving it nothing new or creative (his random song bits weren't even funny this time). And the author had nothing but praise for Vanessa's breakout as Miley Cyrus... and then ranked her at #6? NO WAY! Vanessa's Miley was amazing!!! (I liken it to Jay Pharoah's breakout as Will last week.) And her performance really makes me want to keep an eye on her. She could be the next Poehler or Wiig. In fact, I like it so much, I want to share it again:

3. Fred Armisen - I agree, that "I sent a bottle of sparkling apple juice to your house. Did you get it?” song was amazing! Very good, especially in comparison to the rest of the show. =^) ... I don't think I'm normally this big of a fan of Fred. Here it is if you didn't catch it:

4. Bobby Moynihan - I agree. Bobby nailed the Cold Open (don't know why they didn't mention that) and his Weekend Update appearance. Plus he got shot in Rescue Dogs. Go Bobby Go!!!

5. Kristen Wiig - Like I said, Kristen's Shana had me in stitches, especially that whistle bit. =^) ... It's only the third time doing that skit! It's not old yet, and I'm not sick of it!

6. Kenan Thompson - A combination of "What's Up with That?", i-sleep Pro (but it wasn't funny because of him), and great supporting roles (he was especially good in Shana - "On what planet?").

7. Nasim Pedrad - None of this tie stuff, her Henry character fell flat, but she still was good in that and Pepto Bismo Ice.

8. Abby Elliott - She comes up a bit higher from her dance in What Up with That?

9. Jason Sudeikis - Supporting this week. Got to give him props just for his dancing. in "What Up with That?" His slow mo dancing is fantastic!

10. Taran Killam - Also supporting.

11. Bill Hader - Just supporting this week.

12. Jay Pharoah - That was his voice in the i-sleep Pro commercial. It was hilarious, but just a voice isn't enough.

13. Paul Brittain - I don't know if Paul's going to survive on the show. Too early to tell. His Johnny Depp was accurate, but it wasn't entertaining. He has yet to lead a skit. That might sound harsh after only two episodes, but Vanessa and Jay already led amazing bits and Taran is filling in all of Will Forte's roles fairly well (and Taran has the potential to be amazing). Paul has yet to delvier.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? What would your ranked list look like?


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