Based on his uninspiring monologue and a Nick Nolte impression that was doused in weaksauce, it looked for a few minutes there like Jeff Bridges‘ first time hosting Saturday Night Live since 1983 was going to be a real stinker of an affair. Fortunately, Bridges was able to turn it around almost immediately with an inspired impression of Dog The Bounty Hunter, his Kutcherian turn as the host of Hollywood’s lamest prank show, Jeff’d, and a delightfully weird performance as the world’s first Christmas gift wrapper. Sadly, we didn’t get a Lebowski sketch, but hey, that’s just another reason to have him back again soon. Let’s just hope it won’t be another 27 years until Bridges hosts again!
But hey, the host is only one part of the show, right? Now it’s time where we break down how cast performed this week with our highly scientific and infalliable SNL Power Rankings.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE POWER RANKINGS: 12/18/10 (Host: Jeff Bridges; Musical Guests: Eminem and Lil Wayne)
1. Jason Sudeikis (49 points): Finally, a breakout week for my boy Sudeiks! He’s spent most of this season in a distracted state, most likely due to the fact that he’s about to break out as a legit movie star in films like the Farrelly Brothers’ Hall Pass. But this week, he was clearly focused on the goings-on around Studio 8H and it showed in his work. His Joe Biden is SUPER cartoony but pitch perfect, as is his take on Billy Ray Cyrus’ daughter dependency.
2. Andy Samberg (37 points): Will “I Just Had Sex” be the Lonely Island’s biggest viral hit since “Jizzed In My Pants”? I just asked my magic 8-Ball and it said “All signs point to yes.” (This despite the fact that Jessica Alba is pretty much comedy anti-matter.)
3. Bill Hader (33 points): Assange + Stefon = BEST!
4 (tie). Abby Elliott, Bobby Moynihan (30 points): Both got plenty of exposure this week, but neither one of them did anything exceptional or noteworthy with it.
6. Fred Armisen (29 points): Between the retirement of Larry King and Governor David Paterson leaving office, it’s been a rough year for the people that Armisen is known for impersonating.
7. Kenan Thompson (28 points): Who sweats more, Diondre Cole or Jermaine Jackson?
8. (tie) Vanessa Bayer, Kristin Wiig (25 points): Shallo! Vanessa Bayer’s impression of Miley is, like, pretty cool AND the biggest breakout sketch for any of the rookie performers. Bayer’s future is bright.
10. Nasim Pedrad (23 points)
11. Taran Killam (18 points): Okay, seriously, what was with that “Blahhhh” noise that he kept making during his Brad Pitt, Weatherman sketch? No doubt he nailed Pitt’s voice, but that weird note of emphasis totally threw that sketch off its axis.
12. Paul Brittain (15 points)
13. Jay Pharoah (7 points): He made me laugh, he finally made me laugh!
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE POWER RANKINGS: SEASON 36 TOTALS
1. Bill Hader (331 points; Last Week: #1)
2. Kristin Wiig (299 points; Last Week: #2)
3. Fred Armisen (289 points; Last Week: #3)
4. Andy Samberg (274 points; Last Week: #4)
5. ⇑ Jason Sudeikis (247 points; Last Week: #6)
6. ⇓ Kenan Thompson (229 points; Last Week: #5)
7. Bobby Moynihan (197 points; Last Week: #7)
8. Nasim Pedrad (174 points; Last Week: #8)
9. Vanessa Bayer (161 points; Last Week: #9)
10. ⇑ Abby Elliott (136 points; Last Week: #12)
11. ⇓ Taran Killam (135 points; Last Week: #10)
12. ⇓ Paul Brittain (126 points; Last Week: #11)
13. Jay Pharoah (98 points; Last Week: #13)
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Here’s this week’s sketch-by-sketch breakdown:
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