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  Season 36: 2010-2011





















Starring:

  • Fred Armisen

  • Abby Elliott

  • Bill Hader

  • Seth Meyers

  • Bobby Moynihan

  • Andy Samberg

  • Jason Sudeikis

  • Kenan Thompson

  • Kristen Wiig

    Featuring:

  • Vanessa Bayer

  • Paul Brittain

  • Taran Killam

  • Nasim Pedrad

  • Jay Pharoah


  • Writers:

  • Doug Abeles

  • James Anderson

  • Alex Baze

  • Heather Anne Campbell

  • Jessica Conrad

  • Jim Downey

  • Tom Flanigan

  • Shelly Gossman

  • Steve Higgins

  • Colin Jost

  • Erik Kenward

  • Rob Klein

  • Jonathan Krisel

  • Seth Meyers

  • Lorne Michaels

  • John Mulaney

  • Christine Nangle

  • Michael Patrick O'Brien

  • Paula Pell

  • Simon Rich

  • Marika Sawyer

  • Akiva Schaffer

  • John Solomon

  • Kent Sublette

  • Bryan Tucker

  • Episodes
  • 09/25/10: Amy Poehler / Katy Perry

  • 10/02/10: Bryan Cranston / Kanye West

  • 10/09/10: Jane Lynch / Bruno Mars

  • 10/23/10: Emma Stone / Kings of Leon

  • 10/30/10: Jon Hamm / Rihanna

  • 11/13/10: Scarlett Johansson / Arcade Fire

  • 11/20/10: Anne Hathaway / Florence and the Machine

  • 12/04/10: Robert DeNiro / Diddy Dirty Money

  • 12/11/10: Paul Rudd / Paul McCartney

  • 12/18/10: Jeff Bridges / Eminem & Lil Wayne

  • 01/08/11: Jim Carrey / The Black Keys

  • 01/15/11: Gwyneth Paltrow / Cee Lo Green

  • 01/29/11: Jesse Eisenberg / Nicki Minaj

  • 02/05/11: Dana Carvey / Linkin Park

  • 02/12/11: Russell Brand / Chris Brown

  • 03/05/11: Miley Cyrus / The Strokes

  • 03/12/11: Zach Galifianakis / Jessie J

  • 04/02/11: Elton John

  • 04/09/11: Helen Mirren / Foo Fighters

  • 05/07/11: Tina Fey / Ellie Goulding

  • 05/14/11: Ed Helms / Paul Simon

  • 05/21/11: Justin Timberlake / Lady Gaga



  • Summary
    It would be a reasonable argument to suggest that "SNL" became too comfortable generating high ratings through obvious gimmick tactics (the additional mid-week mini-shows which siphoned the quality of the regularly-scheduled shows, or the shameless Facebook campaign on Betty White's behalf which ultimately revolved more on SNL's past female cast members than the longtime TV veteran herself). Thankfully, other missteps seemed to have been addressed: Kristen Wiig, who was being overexposed as though the lone female performer in a cast of men, was used more sparingily; Jenny Slate, who immediately alienated viewers by dropping the F-bomb on her first show and made no impact aside from a single recurring character with little growth potential, was let go. However, the most prominent change, which arguably gave the new season a slight edge over the previous one, was the hiring of four new featured performers, the largest group of newcomers on SNL since Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis and Wiig burst on the scene five years earlier. Which is not to say that these new kids -- Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah and Paul Brittain -- made quite the same splash as the now-seasoned veterans, but there were moments throughout the season where it felt like they were really trying to make the show their own, providing some of the freshest sketches seen on the show over the last couple of years.


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