SNL Horse Race Roundup: Week 4

After a brief break last weekend, SNL was back this week with host Emma Stone. Although she took the major character, or co-major chracter, role in each sketch that featured her, many of the sketches featured a good amount of cast members playing minor (or, really, background) roles. Like the “I Broke My Arm” digital short and the “Les Jeunes de Paris” sketch, for instance. Those were very weird! Right? Those were very weird sketches.

But anyway, let’s see how everyone did:

Repertory Players

Fred Armisen

-Major Characters: 2 (Cold Open, The View)

-Minor Appearances: 0

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: 0

Abby Elliott

-Major Characters: 0

-Minor Appearances: 2 (Digital Short, Les Jeunes de Paris)

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: 0

Bill Hader

-Major Characters: 1 (Dangerous Teenage Fad)

-Minor Appearances: 3 (Monologue, Baby Spanks Ad, Dream Home Extreme)

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: Stefon

Bobby Moynihan

-Major Characters: 
0

-Minor Appearances: 3 (Monologue, Digital Short, Les Jeunes de Paris)

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: 0

Andy Samberg

-Major Characters: 0

-Minor Appearances: 3 (Monologue, Digital Short, My Brother Knows Everything)

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: 0

Jason Sudeikis

-Major Characters: 2 (Baby Spanks Ad, Wrangler Ad)

-Minor Appearances: 
0

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: 0

Kenan Thompson

-Major Characters: 2 (The View, Googie Rene’s Halloween Discount Basement)

-Minor Appearances: 2 (Monologue, Baby Spanks Ad)

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: Jimmy McMillan

Kristen Wiig

-Major Characters: 2 (Dream Home Extreme, The View)

-Minor Appearances: 3 (Baby Spanks Ad, Dangerous Teenage Fad, Googie Rene’s Halloween Discount Basement)

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: 0

Featured players

Vanessa Bayer

-Major Characters: 
0

-Minor Appearances: 3 (Monologue, Digital Short, Googie Rene’s Halloween Discount Basement)

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: 0

Paul Brittain

-Major Characters: 2 (Cold Open, Ed Vincent’s Sex Symposium)

-Minor Appearances: 4 (Dream Home Extreme, Digital Short, Les Jeunes de Paris, Googie Rene’s Halloween Discount Basement)

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: 0

-Bonus: Said “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

Taran Killam

-Major Characters: 1 (Les Jeunes de Paris)

-Minor Appearances: 2 (Monologue, Digital Short)

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: 0

Nasim Pedrad

-Major Characters: 2 (The View, My Brother Knows Everything)

-Minor Appearances: 4 (Baby Spanks Ad, Dream Home Extreme, Dangerous Teenage Fad, Les Jeunes de Paris)

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: 0

Jay Pharoah

-Major Characters:

-Minor Appearances: 2 (Dream Home Extreme, Digital Short)

-Weekend Update Desk Appearances: 0

Winners and Losers

Because there were a good amount of ensemble sketches this week, a lot of the cast seemed to be involved even though not many were given major characters.

Even so, it looks like the winners this week are, interestingly, Paul Brittain and Nasim Pedrad, each with two major characters and four minor appearances. Also, can Weekend Update be a winner? Because if Weekend Update can be in a winner, it definitely stole the show with Kenan’s Jimmy McMillan and a great Stefon appearance, as well as John Mulaney’s I Love It segment, which seems to be the most talked-about part of the entire episode. If there were no rules in SNL Horse Race Roundup, John Mulaney might just be declared the winner himself. Actually, there aren’t any rules. John Mulaney wins!

The losers this week are Abby Elliott and Jay Pharoah, each with only two minor appearances. But, again, most of the cast were given only a number of minor appearances this episode. So, you know. Better luck next time.

Kelly Conaboy writes a lot, but it’s never about anything.

SNL Horse Race Roundup: Week 4