As we say goodbye Season 37 of Saturday Night Live, we also lament the sadness that is Kristen Wiig’s exit from the show. However, now that we’ve all had a chance to process Wiig’s tearful goodbye last Saturday, I think it’s important for us to remember that the show still does have some extremely talented cast members that have not necessarily been given the opportunity to shine. One person in particular has stood out to me and I think giving him more screen time is long overdue. I’m talking, of course, about Bobby Moynihan.
I read an article a couple of days ago that discussed the changes that would occur on SNL now that Kristen had left. The article is actually quite good and I agree wholeheartedly with everything said in it. But the one thing that did not sit well with me while reading it was the fact that Bobby was not mentioned in it even once. Now I’m sure there is a perfectly logical explanation for why he was left out, but it really disappointed me and made me think hard about the fact that he has not really got as much recognition as he deserves for the work he puts on the SNL stage. And this needs to change.
I have gone on record saying that Bobby Moynihan is the most underrated cast member currently on the show. While he does have several strong celebrity impressions (Guy Fieri, Snooki, Rosie O’Donnell, etc.), he also performs myriad original characters that leave me in stitches whenever they are part of a sketch. An alum of UCB in New York, Bobby has proven time and time again that he is a comedic powerhouse and has the chops to hold several sketches on his own. In the past it was simply a matter of other cast members taking precedence, but I think now is really Bobby’s time to shine.
Obviously Moynihan’s strongest, and probably most popular, recurring character is Drunk Uncle. But we cannot forget the many other legendary characters he has put on screen. Secondary News Correspondent Anthony Crispino, for example, is one of the most hilarious and well-written recurring guests on Weekend Update. There’s also Ass Dan, a character who says little to nothing but still manages to be a legendary presence on the ongoing “Underground Festival” sketches. And who could forget the hilariously endearing Mark Payne in the “Pepper” sketch from Bobby’s first episode (a sketch Moynihan also wrote, no less.) Watch the sketch here!
The thing about Bobby is that plenty of people know him. Plenty appreciate him and his comedy. But we don’t necessarily express our love for him publicly, myself included. The guy has talent, and I want more than anything for his knack for comedy to be truly recognized.
Do you think Bobby’s talent is undervalued? Who do you think will step it up next season? Let us know!
Oh and thanks to Bailey for the idea for this article.