Season 44 Postseason Extravaganza!

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John and Andrew discuss Season 44's unexpectedly exceptional host bookings, Season 45 cast speculation, Cecily as "the glue", capitalizing on SNL's live nature, writers room brain-drain, risk-averse producers, featured player report cards, and the allure YouTube algorithms.

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Notes

  • Moment of the season: Macro-dosed Dumbo review & Chris Farley tribute.

  • Best live sketch: Romano Tours & Westminster Daddy Show

  • Best pre-tape: The Actress & House Hunters

  • Best Weekend Update feature: Film Critic Terry Fink's Spring Movie Review & Every Teen Girl Murder Suspect on Law & Order

  • MVP: Anna Drezen & Cecily Strong

  • Best episode: Liev Schreiber / Li'l Wayne & Halsey

  • Best host: Emma Thompson & Adam Sandler

  • Rating: 6 (decent)

Paul Rudd / DJ Khaled, S44-E21

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John and special crossover cast collaborators, John Trumbull and Darin Patterson of the SNL Nerds podcast, discuss fandom origin stories, praise for all things Gardner, SNL finale stand-by line, backstage and afterparty insights, Awesome Joey Mohawk, and also some SNL sketches.

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Notes

  • Best moment: Cecily's spit-takes & Jost and Che switch jokes.

  • Best sketch: Ouija, A Journey Through Time & Jost and Che Switch Jokes

  • MVP: Cecily Strong & Michael Che

  • Rating: 6 (decent)

Emma Thompson / Jonas Brothers, S44-E20

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John and his guest, improv and sketch impresario Dave Buckman, discuss John's season finale news/gloating, Meet the Press misfires, dress rehearsal insights, Leslie and Pete performance growth, accurate diaper blowout depictions, and the triumphant return of Bailey Gismert.

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Notes

  • Best moment: Emma Thompson slaps the cup & diaper blowout.

  • Best sketch: Chopped & The Perfect Mother

  • MVP: Emma Thompson & Heidi Gardner

  • Rating: 6 (decent)