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Who Scored Big in Week 9 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Dec 12th 2011 1:00PM
Kristen Wiig had a great week. It's not going to come as too much of a surprise to anyone that she's at the top of the list this week. The problem is, when Wiig excels, the rest of the female cast suffers. That's just the way it seems to be. This problem is heightened when there's a female host – in that since the Tina Fey era, it's not exactly like it's been easy to get airtime as a female cast member (sans Wiig). So add one more female to the equation as a host and, well, you'll see.

1. Kristen Wiig (Last Week: 4) How big of a week did Wiig have? Instead of just one role in the ensemble "New Year's Eve Sequel," yes, she had two. And her flirting expert Rebecca Larue is not only the best thing she's done so far this season, it just may be the best "Update" segment of the year, too.


2. Seth Meyers (Last Week: 11) Not only did Meyers poke fun at himself for starring in a terrible movie called 'New Year's Eve,' he also skillfully guided all three "Update" segments. I harp on this, but the reason Stefon, or any "Update" segment is funny for that matter, is Meyers' skill at banter.


3. Bobby Moynihan: (Last Week: 9) It was nice to see Moyinhan get a starring vehicle on the air with his "One Magical Night." Sure, it was the last sketch of the show, but it was also the best live sketch of the show.


4. Bill Hader (Last Week: 7) Hader played Stefon, so by default he gets a top five spot. But I wish people would go as nuts for Hader's Alan Alda as they do Stefon.


5. Andy Samberg (Last Week: 3) The Andy Samberg train just keeps chugging along. What once looked like his lost season (after the full time departure of his Lonely Island chums), has turned in to a pretty respectable season. He's even seemed to find his grove on the Digital Shorts again as of late. Sure, he resorted to celebrity cameos, but, hey: Val Kilmer!


6. Taran Killam (Last Week: 12) Compared to the last two weeks, a fairly solid week for Killam. He played Ashton Kutcher in "New Year's Eve Sequel" and co-starred in "J-Pop Talk Show" and the dismal "Politics Nation with Al Sharpton."


7. Fred Armisen (Last Week: 5) Did anyone else notice that Armisen's "J-Pop" girlfriend and his Penny Marshall impression are not that different. Those two guest appearances plus Queen Elizabeth do push him slightly over...


8. Kenan Thompson: (Last Week: 8) His Al Sharpton sketch bombed, but it's still a starring role. But, honestly, how can we be nine shows into the season without "What's Up With That?" Did he retire them when Wiig retired Gilly? I'll admit, I'm a fan of "What's Up With That." I can't help it, it's just the way that I was born.


9. Jason Sudeikis (Last Week: 5) I forgot that Jason Sudeikis can do such a stellar Philip Seymour Hoffman? He's been saving that impression since 2009's "Late Night with Chris Hanson" sketch. Sudeikis is the best thing about "J-Pop" and could have a second career as a lounge singer.



10. Vanessa Bayer (Last Week: 2) Had a co-starring role with Taran Killam in "J-Pop Talk Show," but didn't even appear in the ensemble sketches.



11. Abby Elliott (Last Week: 13) Appeared as Kristen Dunst in the "New Year's Eve Sequel." Her biggest role was as Kate Middleton in 'Pippa Visits the Queen,' which sounds like the starring role, but it wasn't.


12. Jay Pharoah (Last Week: 10) Got himself a cameo, of sorts, in "One Magical Night." But other than that and playing Cuba Gooding Jr., of all people, Pharoah (not surprisingly) didn't really get a chance to ride his wave of momentum from last week.


13. Paul Brittain (Last Week: 1) Speaking of not riding a wave of momentum: See that picture over there to the left, from the last sketch of the show? Yeah, that was about it for Brittain. Based on last week's win and the fact that he actually appeared in the live show, he still beats out...


14. Nasim Pedrad (Last Week: 14) Nothing more than a brief appearance as Marilyn Monroe in the Digital Short. It's been a tough couple of weeks for Pedrad, which is a shame. But, as stated, when Kristen Wiig has a dominant week, the rest for the female cast suffers.

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