The Saturday Night Live Season 39 in Review Special

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Rob Cesternino and Rich Tackenberg get together to recap Season 39 of Saturday Night Live.

Who Had the Best and Worst Years in the SNL Cast?

Rob and Rich go through the Saturday Night Live cast and talk about which of the cast members excelled and struggled in Season 39.

Big Years:  Kate McKinnon, Keenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Jay Pharoah

Down Years:  Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jon Milheiser, Noel Welles, Brooks Whelan

Check our Erik Voss breakdown of each cast member’s contributions to Season 39 at

Rich Tackenberg gives his Awards for Saturday Night Live Achievement in Season 39

Favorite live sketch: Mornin’ Miami – Miley Cyrus

Honorable Mentions: Scandal – Lena Dunham, Baby Boss – Louis C.K.


Best game show: New Cast Member Or Arcade Fire? – Tina Fey

Honorable Mentions:  Celebrity Family Feud – Jimmy Fallon


Best talk show: How’s He Doing? – Kerry Washington


Best music video: Let’s Do It In My Twin Bed – Jimmy Fallon

Honorable Mentions: What Does My Girl Say? – Kerry Washington, Boy Dance Party – Bruce Willis, We Did Stop – Miley Cyrus


Best commercial parody: 24-Hour Energy For Dating Actresses – Bruce Willis

Honorable Mentions: Some Dumb Little Thing From CVS – Melissa McCarthy, The Midnight Coterie Of Sinister Intruders – Edward Norton, Jos. A. Bank – Louis C.K.


Best Weekend Update Character: Jebediah Atkinson – Lady Gaga

Runners Up: Black Santa Claus – John Goodman, Drunk Uncle – John Goodman, Frank Medina (Cop who arrested Bieber) – Jonah Hill, Oy-la Poylotsky – Jonah Hill


Best cold open: Kerry Washington Plays All Black Women

Honorable Mentions: Gravity / Goverment Shutdown – Bruce Willis


Best monologue: Louis C.K.


Best last live sketch of the night: Baby It’s Cold Outside – Jimmy Fallon

Honorable Mentions: Donnellys – John Goodman, Lambor-tini (porn stars) – Jonah Hill


Best celebrity cameo: Leonardo DiCaprio – Jonah Hill Monologue


Show Links:

5 Ways to Fix SNL Season 40 – from Rich T’s blog

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