‘SNL’ Scorecard: Fred Armisen Hosts A Fitting, Tremendous Finale

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05.22.16 20 Comments

Well, that was a heck of a show. This didn’t turn into the massive reunion show that a lot of us expected, even though a few former cast members did show up. (I mean, that “Farewell Mr. Bunting” sketch alone.) This was a pretty good season overall with quite a few highs (Larry David as Kevin Roberts, “Space Pants”) and a huge low (Trump hosting) that put an unfortunate early black eye on this 41st season.

And I’ll try to make this short, but this will most likely be the final SNL Scorecard. (I’ve said this before, so you don’t have to believe me.) But it’s been six years. Six years is a long time! A big reason I pitched SNL Scorecard in 2010 was because of “Potato Chip,” which is a big reason I wanted to do such a large piece this past week on a seven-year-old sketch. It just felt, back then, a lot of great sketches were being overlooked in the “Three Skits from SNL!”-type recaps that everyone did back then. I pitched “let’s cover every sketch that airs” to pretty much every website and, finally, S.T. VanAirsdale at Movieline said “yes.” Today, a lot of outlets do this and this is a great thing! Anyway, this paragraph is already longer than I’d hoped but I will add: Covering “SNL” on a weekly basis for six years has been an honor. What these people do on a weekly basis is a minor miracle, every time. (I’ve watched it all come together one week first hand; it really is remarkable.) Also: I’ll still be doing something next season. There’s no way I’d be able to stop cold turkey. It just won’t be … this.

Okay! Sorry about the digression! So, one last time, here is your Scorecard:

Sketch of the Night

“Farewell Mr. Bunting” (Armisen, Davidson, Ensemble) Like there was any doubt. My goodness, the setup in this sketch is extraordinary. When the students stand up on their desks and each say, “I sing my song for all to hear,” it’s kind of actually emotional. And then “it” happens. I screamed out loud, “Oh my God.” I don’t think I’ve ever been more shocked during an SNL sketch. (And when you speak of Mikey Day and Colin Jost, speak well, because they wrote us this gem.)

Score: 10

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