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An UPROXX Investigation: Are There More ‘SNL’ Musical Monologues Now More Than Ever?

By 03.05.14

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It’s one of the most common criticisms of SNL these days, right up there “IT’S NOT AS FUNNY AS IT USED TO BE”: there are too many monologues where the host sings. It doesn’t matter if they’re an actual musician; this season alone has seen singing-and-dancing introductions from the likes of Lady Gaga AND Jim Parsons. So I took a look back at every season since 1994-1995 (transcripts before then get a little spotty) and counted the number of musical monologues, to see if they are actually more prevalent now.

1994-1995 (4 musical monologues/20 episodes)

-Sarah Jessica Parker
-David Hyde Pierce
-John Goodman
-Courtney Cox

1995-1996 (6/20)

-Chevy Chase
-David Schwimmer
-Quentin Tarentino
-Madeline Kahn
-Christopher Walken
-Danny Aiello

1996-1997 (5/20)

-Martin Short
-Rosie O’Donnell
-Kevin Spacey
-David Alan Grier
-Mike Myers

1997-1998 (4/20)

-Nathan Lane
-John Goodman
-Garth Brooks
-David Duchovny

1998-1999 (4/19)

-Kelsey Grammer
-Joan Allen
-Bill Murray
-Drew Barrymore

1999-2000 (2/20)

-Alan Cumming
-Christopher Walken

2000-2001 (2/20)

-Sean Hayes
-Christopher Walken

2001-2002 (3/20)

-Gwyneth Paltrow
-Hugh Jackman
-Jack Black

2002-2003 (7/20)

-Eric McCormack
-Brittany Murphy
-Ray Liotta
-Jennifer Garner
-Christopher Walken
-Salma Hayek
-Dan Aykroyd

2003-2004 (3/20)

-Jack Black
-Megan Mullally
-Christina Aguilera

2004-2005 (6/20)

-Queen Latifah
-Jude Law
-Kate Winslet
-Robert De Niro
-Tom Brady
-Will Ferrell

2005-2006 (5/19)

-Steve Carell
-Catherine Zeta-Jones
-Jack Black
-Scarlett Johansson
-Kevin Spacey

2006-2007 (6/20)

-Jaime Pressley
-Justin Timberlake
-Jake Gyllenhaal
-Forest Whitaker
-Scarlett Johansson
-Zach Braff

2007-2008 (3/12)

-Jon Bon Jovi
-Amy Adams
-Jonah Hill

2008-2009 (4/22)

-Tim McGraw
-Hugh Laurie
-Dwayne Johnson
-Justin Timberlake

2009-2010 (7/22)

-Gerard Butler
-Taylor Swift
-Joseph Gordon-Levitt
-Blake Lively
-Zach Galifianakis
-Tina Fey
-Gabourey Sidibe

2010-2011 (11/22)

-Bryan Cranston
-Jane Lynch
-Scarlett Johansson
-Jeff Bridges
-Gwyneth Paltrow
-Dana Carvey
-Miley Cyrus
-Zach Galifianakis
-Helen Mirren
-Tina Fey
-Justin Timberlake

2011-2012 (6/22)

-Melissa McCarthy
-Charlie Day
-Jason Segel
-Jimmy Fallon
-Zooey Deschanel
-Maya Rudolph

2012-2013 (10/21)

-Seth MacFarlane
-Joseph Gordon-Levitt
-Christina Applegate
-Bruno Mars
-Anne Hathaway
-Jeremy Renner
-Jamie Foxx
-Martin Short
-Christoph Waltz
-Kristen Wiig

2013-2014 (8/14)

-Tina Fey
-Bruce Willis
-Lady Gaga
-Paul Rudd
-John Goodman
-Jimmy Fallon
-Drake
-Jim Parsons

So what did we learn? Well:

1. Musical monologues have skyrocketed in recent years. The three most musical-filled seasons: 2010-2011, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014. I’m guessing this has something to do with Lonely Island-inspired viral success.

2. When Christopher Walken and John Goodman host, they sing.

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