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Who Scored Big in Week 3 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 10th 2011 1:00PM
The quality of Saturday's show aside, this was the first week that really allowed the cast to be featured on the front lines. Which, yes, lead to a few shakeups in the Relevancy Poll. It is striking, though, to watch the differences in airtime that featured players Taran Killam and Paul Brittain have been receiving. Both guys seem extremely talented, yet Killam is getting more time than even a lot of the full-time cast members are while, at the same time, we are starting to worry about Brittain's future on the show.

1. Jason Sudeikis (Last Week: 3) Not only did Sudeikis lead off in the cold open as Mitt Romney – a part that will get him plenty of airtime this season – and brought back the underground party and played Hank Williams Jr. -- Jason Sudeikis also became the first 'SNL' cast member in history to perform oral sex on himself in a sketch. (At least, I have to assume that he's the first.)

UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments, I had completely forgotten about the Will Ferrell yoga sketch during a Toby Maguire hosted episode from 2000 (which you can watch here). Sudeikis will have to settle for being the second 'SNL' cast member to perform oral sex on himself.

2. Taran Killam (Last Week: 7) It's somewhat remarkable to see both Sudeikis and Killam have a good week simultaneously. That's considering that the conventional wisdom is that these two do a lot of the same things. I mean, last season the consensus was that once Sudeikis leaves the show, Killam's airtime is going to explode. Killam's airtime is already exploding. In three seasons, 'SNL' will be Taran Killam's show (maybe sooner).

3. Andy Samberg (Last Week: 2) So far this season Samberg, even though he's been getting himself some quality airtime, seems a bit lost. He reminds me a bit of Jason Sudeikis last season after Will Forte left the show. So far his Digital Shorts seem a bit ... off. But, regardless, his V-Neck short and his Hugh Jackman sketch were both a large part of the show.

4. Bobby Moynihan: (Last Week: 8) Moynihan led off the show as Chris Christie – a part that could really take Moynihan far this season. Also, co-starred in "Fox and Friends" and had supporting roles in, well, almost everything.

5. Bill Hader (Last Week: 6) I have little doubt that Bill Hader knows that Stefon is overplayed. He also knows that the only thing that makes Stefon as popular as he is has a lot to do with that amount of times that Hader breaks character. This is a dangerous combination when a character is done as often as Stefon is – especially when the jokes are so similar. But! Hader's Clint Eastwood was one of the highlights of the evening.

6. Kristen Wiig (Last Week: 1) Wiig's reign at number one is over. This was the first real non-Wiig centric show of the season, yet she still made a huge impact with Nan Washingtom and Shanna. Though, not really a positive impact: Shanna seems to hit a new low every time. Last time it was farting, this time it's pooping. And, after yesterday, I really don't have much more to say about Nan Washingtom.

7. Vanessa Bayer (Last Week: 5) Was a big part of "Fox and Friends," but had little to do other than that.

8. Abby Elliott (Last Week: 9) Elliott had one of the best lines of the night (in one of the worst sketches), "Obviously, it's wearing a hat." She also sat between Ben Stiller and Ben Stiller on an airplane.

9: Nasim Pedrad (Last Week: 13) Pedrad co-starred opposite Sudeikis in "Underground Festival" and, other than that, had little to do outside of the ensemble sketches.

10. Jay Pharoah (Last Week: 4) No starring roles for Pharoah, but the fact that he was in a few sketches as a supporting layer does give me some hope that this can continue -- especially his appearance in "Tinyballs."

11. Seth Meyers (Last Week: 12) Again, as I stated in the Scorecard yesterday, Seth Meyers' face during the Nan Washingtom sketch (directly to your left) kind of says it all.

12. Fred Armisen (Last Week: 10) Am I the only one who thinks it's odd that we have yet to see Armisen's Obama. Is there a chance that Jay Pharoah will finally get the job? I mean, let's be honest: Even Armisen looked bored last season with his Obama. Other than playing Steven Van Zandt and a small role in "Tinyballs," Armisen had little to do with Saturday's show.

13. Keenan Thompson: (Last Week: 9) As we approach the fourth show of the season, we are long overdue for a "What's Up With That?" Couple that with the fact the Keenan's only real appearance was during "Shanna" – be on the lookout for a "What's Up with That?" this coming weekend.

14. Paul Brittain (Last Week: 14) I did love the juiced up Brittain in "Tinyballs," but it was such a blink-and-you-miss-him appearance. Honestly, I think Brittain is great. I think there's obviously a place for him on this show. But it's really depressing seeing him in the last spot week after week.

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October 24 2011 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mike!!! I thought you stopped doing these, so glad your still doing it!!! Im going to comment on them all just so you know so look for my comments.

October 12 2011 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristen De La Riva

I feel bad for Paul Brittain. I just want to hug him because he really does have potential but the writers don't seem to have a clue what to do with him.

October 10 2011 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rishabh Bablani

The Digital Shorts aren't Andy's, because his Lonely Island buddies are no longer with the show. I think Sarah Schneider from Collegehumor might be involved in writing them.

Also, I have my doubts that "What's up with that" will ever return, considering how the last edition played out (Buckingham showed up to join Bill's impression of him and everyone's names were revealed).

Also, you really hate Seth Meyers, man.

October 10 2011 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Ryan

I think Seth on Update has been off so far this season, but, actually, I really like him a lot. I have no doubt that he will rebound.

October 10 2011 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would give Brittain the 12th spot, or at least 13, as he had small role in the cold opening, talking about how Christie had promised them all hoagies. I don't think Fred was even there this week, only appearing in prefilmed bits. And Thompson was, I think, only in the Shanna bit.

I think it was a really top-heavy episode for castmembers. A few of them hogged nearly all the airtime and the rest were left with nearly nothing. Of course, I am starting to think that it isn't an excuse for some of them, especially Brittain, who have shown some real brilliance but still keeps a low profile.

I think some castmembers are starting to rotate out. Sudeikis has confirmed that he is leaving. Wiig would be a fool not to, with the buzz she has going. Fred and Kenan are appearing less and less. Samberg is the last Lonely Islander, and probably feeling like it. And Meyers is starting to look fed up with the gig that he has had for so very long. It is the kind of things we usually see when people are getting itchy to leave the show, just rarely this many at once.

October 10 2011 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't understand how Kristen Wiig (with presumably the two worst performances of the season within a 20-minute span) could be No. 6. That alone should have dropped her below Bayer and Pedrad.

October 10 2011 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Ryan

The poll has very little to do with quality and more to do with airtime and influence.

October 10 2011 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Will Ferrell was the First in a yoga skit.

October 10 2011 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not that I'm necessarily proud of knowing this, but Sudeikis is not the first SNL cast member to perform ******** on himself. In a rather funny sketch, Will Ferrell plays a man who attends a yoga class, who after years of practice, finally manages to bend in such a way that he can perform auto ********. Just FYI.

October 10 2011 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Ryan

Yep, I'm an idiot. Completely forgot about that. I updated above.

October 10 2011 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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