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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.

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Who Scored Big in Week 7 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 21st 2011 1:45PM
It was a very crowded week for our favorite 'SNL' players. Not only did they have to share the spotlight with Jason Segel --who appeared to be glowing from having so much fun – but they also had to share the spotlight with the Muppets. Also, a key element of success on the Relevancy Poll was missing this week: The "Weekend Update" segments. I mean, yes, there were two segments, but they were monopolized by the real John Huntsman and then, later, by Kermit the Frog. Who's number one? Let's find out!

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Who Scored Big in Week 5 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 7th 2011 12:45PM
For whatever reason, I had a feeling that Saturday night's show was going to be one of the better efforts of the season. Maybe I'm psychic! (Unfortunately, I'm not psychic.) Too often, when making 'SNL' predictions, the discussions break down into either, "Well, he's funny," or, "She was great in this movie, ergo, she will be a terrific 'SNL' host." (For the record, I may be the only person alive who instigates these type of discussions.) Here's really the most important intangible of being a great 'SNL' host: playing well with others. Charlie Day played well with others. So much so that everyone got themselves into the act this week, which, with a cast this big, is rare. But that's what made it good! So, with that, on to this week's slightly crowded Relevancy Poll...

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Who Scored Big in Week 4 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 17th 2011 1:00PM
Saturday night's show was, frankly, atrocious. But right at the very moment of our darkest hour, a hero would rise up. A hero who, almost single-handedly, made 'SNL' something to talk about this week. Now, this person didn't ask to be a hero – all he really asked for was some sweets – but, sometimes, legends come out of the most unexpected places. Our hero's name is Lord Cecil Wyndemere. After four weeks, it's more than apparent that 'SNL" needs some shakeups and so does this poll. And, really, it seems like the only real life that's been in the show so far this season has come from the newer cast members. Case in point: Saturday's show was dead on arrival, but, Paul Brittain enters the room as Wyndemere and the energy explodes. Why not keep doing that? (And then, of course, all that energy went to hell once the Ferrari Calendar sketch started.) On to the poll!

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'SNL' Scorecard: Were There any Gems in Anna Faris' Dud of a Show?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 16th 2011 1:20PM


So, do you want the good news first or do you want the bad news? "The good news first," you may or may not have said? Well, the good news is that after a rare four week run of live shows, 'SNL' has two weeks off to recharge. And, wow, do they need it. I mean, could last night's Anna Faris monologue have been any more phoned in? It's always a bad sign when the writing staff resorts to "fake Q&A with the audience,' but, my God, at least sometimes those can still be funny. Also, more good news: Jason Sudeikis' pal Charlie Day will be the next host on November 5, which should bring some much needed comedic inspiration. Of course, the bad news: last night's show was somewhat awful. Also, Faris introduced the show as the "Halloween show" – but where was the Halloween? Where was Hader's Vincent Price sketch? Come to think of it, where was Anna Faris? Anna Faris is funny! Why wasn't she featured more often? Regardless, thankfully, near the end of the show, there were a couple of gems. (Actually, this show, for as bad as it was overall, had my two favorite sketches of the season.) On to the scorecard...

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Who Scored Big in Week 2 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 3rd 2011 10:30AM
Even though the results were disappointing, this week's 'SNL' was, again, very host-centric – meaning there wasn't a ton of lead-role airtime to go around for cast members. Though, Jay Pharoah managed to get his first sketch of the season on the air, while poor Paul Brittain was nearly shut out. But who leads the poll after the second week of the season? A show hosted by 'Bridesmaids' star Melissa McCarthy? It should be no surprise that the top spot goes to...

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'SNL' Scorecard: Was Melissa McCarthy Even Given a Chance?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 2nd 2011 1:55PM


Someday Melissa McCarthy will be a good 'SNL' host. Her name will be mentioned alongside recent 'SNL' hosting phenoms like Jon Hamm and Justin Timberlake. Hell, if given some better than average material last night to back up her deliveries, we may already be mentioning her name as part of this class. Unfortunately, McCarthy did what she could with a writing staff that seemed to take the week off from writing anything interesting and, instead, just gave her a few sketches that resembled poor man's clones of 'Bridesmaids.' To be fair, this was probably to be expected with her first outing immediately following her breakthrough comedy role. But, now that this is out of the way, hopefully, next time, the writing staff will giver her more things to do than pour food on her head and have her fall down a flight of stairs. Alas, on to the scorecard...

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Who Scored Big in Week 1 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Sep 26th 2011 1:20PM
Kristen WiigThe first week of 'Saturday Night Live' is in the books, which means it's once again time to go to the Relevancy Poll to see who's getting the most out of their airtime. (The final results of last year's poll are over here.) Host Alec Baldwin dominated the smaller sketches, and with a plethora of ensemble sketches (three in all), at least so far, it's hard to get a true gage on how things will play out in the cast. Though we did get a sense that Kristen Wiig seems to be back in full force -- after what could be considered a year off to finish and promote 'Bridesmaids'-- and that Jay Pharoah is still in the doghouse. Off to the poll:

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'SNL' Scorecard: Did Steve Martin Succeed in Sabotaging Alec Baldwin's Show?

by Mike Ryan, posted Sep 25th 2011 12:30PM


Watching Alec Baldwin host 'SNL' – which he has now done a record 16 times -- has become a little like purchasing a recent album from the now disbanded R.E.M.: We know that we're going to get a solid effort – even great, at times -- but the truly memorable moments are from the first decade of work. A point Baldwin even kind of alludes to in last night's monologue. The first show of the season is usually a mixed bag at best (with last year's excellent Amy Poehler hosted effort a huge exception). "But they've had all summer to think of new ideas," is often a criticism levied at the first show of a season, but that's not really the way it works. With Baldwin as host and with the exact same cast as last year (with the only change being Nasim Pedrad promoted from featured player to cast member) there was hope that SNL's 37th season could come out firing on all cylinders. Nope. So, with that, welcome to another season of 'Saturday Night Live' and, yes, another season of SNL Scorecard!

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'SNL': Miley Cyrus as Justin Bieber on 'The Miley Cyrus Show' ... It's Pretty Cool! (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 12:50AM
Miley Cyrus as Justin Bieber on 'The Miley Cyrus Show,' 'Saturday Night Live'The moment fans heard that Miley Cyrus had been tapped to host 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) they wondered if she'd butt heads with 'SNL's resident "Miley," Vanessa Bayer. A new featured player this season, Bayer's most popular skit is a parody of Cyrus's persona in her own talk show.

But rather than go down the fairly easy route of having the real Miley Cyrus interrupt Bayer's 'The Miley Cyrus Show,' we got a far more entertaining twist on celebrity impressions. When Bayer introduced her first guest, out strolled Cyrus as teen pop sensation Justin Bieber.

She did a great job of mimicking his various gestures, even calling them out as she did so, while keeping a straight face at Bayer's outrageous impression of her.

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Miley Cyrus on Mustaches and Facing Off Against Vanessa Bayer's Miley Impression on 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 4th 2011 4:28AM
Miley Cyrus talks 'SNL' and Vanessa Bayer, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'If you've ever wondered what Miley Cyrus would look like with a sweet mustache, well you're a little weird. Nevertheless, 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) has you covered, as both she and Jimmy Fallon were sporting fake mustaches, and having a lot of fun trying them on.

Finally they decided on the appropriate facial hair for the actual interview and Fallon talked to Cyrus about her forthcoming appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.' Particularly because new featured player Vanessa Bayer has a recurring caricature of Cyrus that's become popular on the show.

Cyrus shared a surreal moment they had in the pitch room of the show when Bayer got up to speak. Cyrus said to Bayer, "Wait, you play me on TV."

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SNL's Vanessa Bayer on Playing Miley Cyrus

by Christine Champagne, posted Mar 3rd 2011 1:00PM
Vanessa BayerIt will be an epic meeting of the Mileys when Miley Cyrus hosts 'Saturday Night Live' on March 5 and comes face-to-face with freshman cast member Vanessa Bayer, who quickly made her mark on the show this season with a remarkably funny impression of the former Disney darling.

The Cleveland native and University of Pennsylvania graduate interned at 'Sesame Street' and 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien' and performed with a musical sketch comedy troupe called Bloomers while she was a student. After graduation, Bayer worked Chicago's improv scene as a part of iO Chicago, The Annoyance and Second City before being cast as a featured player on 'Saturday Night Live' last year.

TV Squad recently caught up with Bayer and, like Miley would say, she's pretty cool!

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Miley Cyrus to Host 'Saturday Night Live,' Y'all

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 11th 2011 10:30AM
Miley CyrusThis news is, like, pretty cool: Miley Cyrus will host 'Saturday Night Live' on March 5, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The 18-year-old won't be the musical guest -- an as-yet-unannounced performer will handle those duties -- but it's unclear what, exactly, Cyrus will be promoting. The final episode of 'Hannah Montana' aired several weeks ago, and Cyrus's next movie won't be out until later this year.

That won't matter, though, as long as Vanessa Bayer is able to host another edition of 'The Miley Cyrus Show' with Miley herself involved somehow.

After the jump, watch Bayer's spot-on Cyrus impression.

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Miley Cyrus Says 'Cool' and 'Awesome' a Lot

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 24th 2010 2:30PM
Miley CyrusWhen the second installment of 'The Miley Cyrus Show' debuted on 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend, it landed the prime post-monologue spot for two reasons: Anne Hathaway's amazing Katie Holmes impression, and Vanessa Bayer's even amazing-er Miley Cyrus impression.

Now, this montage of real-life Miley saying "awesome" and "cool" a bunch of times makes us, like, even more sure that, like, Bayer's impression is, like, a pretty cool one. It's basically, like, awesome.

Watch both videos after the jump.

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'SNL's' New Cast Members: Odds They'll Make It Big

by Charles Curtis, posted Oct 29th 2010 6:30PM

SNL new cast membersBill Murray. Jane Curtin. Eddie Murphy. Mike Myers. Will Ferrell. They all went from semi-anonymous Not Ready for Primetime Players on 'Saturday Night Live' to stardom.

So three episodes into a season with four newcomers, which comedian out of the quartet of feature players is destined to join 'SNL's' pantheon of uber-talented alums? We provide the odds:

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