I was going to title this post "My Favorite Sketches From 2012," but I started thinking how I've gotten up early, every post-"SNL" Sunday morning, on my day off, to write "SNL" Scorecard (which, I will note, I haven't missed once since it started in 2010 - I'm strangely proud of that) and then gotten yelled at by half of you, each and every time, for my admittedly subjective ranking system. (It's fine! Keep doing that because that is the point.) Because of this, I thought, well, just maybe, I've earned a "Best Sketches" title for my trouble? I mean, no, it's not a true title. These are certainly not the best ten sketches of 2012 (going back to the last half of the 2011-2012 season), because they are only my favorite ten sketches. Regardless, I decided to keep the title of "best sketches" even though it's a lie. Here they are:
"SNL" had the difficult task of airing one day after one of the worst mass shootings in the US history. It was never specifically mentioned, but it presided over the night after a haunting children's choir rendition of "Silent Night."
It's easy to mock the feelings it evokes, but that's a shallow reading of a much deeper film. Cloud Atlas is one of the best films I've seen this year and one of the most satisfying.
Jillian Bell's is a tale of success that is not surprising, given that she started studying improv at just eight years old in Las Vegas. She possesses that rare gift of humanizing the quirkiest of characters.
The cars and stars shone brightly on a balmy San Francisco evening, as the top deck of the Metreon became the lavish location for Japanese automaker Lexus to introduce its new line.
"SNL" wrapped up its 37th season on Saturday. Throughout the season, we followed the cast members' progress, ranked weekly in the Relevancy Poll. Now, we've tallied the results to present to you the complete 2011-12 "SNL" Relevancy Poll.
The 37th season finale of "SNL" was a fairly sub-par show, but it included one of the greatest moments that the show has ever produced. Though, there are still those lingering questions about about Jason Sudeikis' future.
With only 10 sketches and too many guest stars to list, Will Ferrell hosted installment of "SNL" was not a great week to have the title of "cast member." Well, unless your name is Andy Samberg.
This offering did not have that same monumental feel to as Will Ferrell's last hosting stint -- even though there were guest appearances by Will Forte, Ana Gasteyer, Liam Neeson, Justin Bieber, Michael Bolton, Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm and Justin Timberlake.
There was no real clear winner this week when you factor in just how much airtime Eli Manning received. So, how about a bold winner in honor of a bold sketch?
Eli Manning wasn't as good as Peyton, but he certainly wasn't terrible. Let's go with the word "serviceable" for Manning -- a word that's a bit too strong when describing the overall quality of this week's show.
If Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg really are leaving at the end of the season, it appears that the Greatest Hits tour is already in full swing.
Josh Brolin seemed to be a bit of an afterthought. For whatever reason, Brolin stepped out of the way and let the cast shine -- which resulted in one of the best shows of the season.
We have a new participant in the Relevancy Poll. Sure, it's more work for me, but we're glad to have you, Kate McKinnon. And you know what? For her fi...
Sofia Vergara sure does like to yell. And she's quite talented at doing so. She was better than expected, if, for no other reason, the show put her in easy situations.
Just five shows remain in what will forever be known as "The Kristen Wiig Era." Sure, "SNL" isn't in any danger of being cancelled; but being irrelevant is perhaps a fate even worse than death for this show.