He isn’t Kirsten Dunst. It’s been a year, folks. Her new Update character, Dr. Chris Redd: 5%

Chris Redd always manages to read a straight line funny. Let them explore the space. Without the overarching rhythm of a talk show, how do you give structure to the parades of characters and impressions that we love so well? He’s tough about “drivers license,” until he’s into it. 3” parts in group sketches. And she hosted a cold open as herself, trying to see if any part of America still worked. She wouldn’t. Moffat’s Joe Biden is not offended if — no, when — someone tells him to fuck off. His Update piece as himself in response to the wave of anti-Asian hate crimes broke through Comedy Twitter and into what’s left of the monoculture, not an easy feat. He played two noted scumbags: Andrew Cuomo and Matt Gaetz. It’s a clutch skill to have, especially if you keep getting relegated to “Friend No. Mikey Day: 6.1%

Mikey Day has really leaned into his nasality this year. He played a geek batting way out of his league in the “Prom Show” sketch, the friend from home who keeps trying to assert friend dominance with ancient inside jokes in the “Bachelor Party” sketch, and an almost certainly doomed gunshot victim in Elon Musk’s cowboy nonsense. The cast of SNL season 46. Aidy Bryant is doing Shrill, Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd are doing Kenan, and Michael Che is doing his show on HBO Max. Now that Donald Trump Jr. Mix it up, musical guests! Pete’s legs are ten times more shapely, and Mikey’s talent was infinitely more impressive and sexually confusing. Nobody is doing great right now, but McKinnon was admitting it on live TV. But as a frosh in a big ol’ cast, Dismukes got somewhat lost among the other cast members. And, without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, her:

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Musical Guest: 1.1%

This year, we included the times a musical guest cameoed in a sketch. She also had a viral moment as Dionne Warwick in the “Dionne Warwick Talk Show.” She played the star as not exactly entitled, but as someone indifferent to any changes in society that may have happened in the past 40 years — someone who thinks her presence is a present and cannot be told otherwise. TikTok sounds. Like the “audience Q&A monologue” format, it is not getting used enough in this current iteration of SNL. Beyond impressions, Bennett was the barometer in many ensemble sketches. For a long time, the Update anchors have been kind of isolated from the main cast. The sound of Adele introducing musical guest H.E.R. Yes, I said it — robbed! Aidy Bryant: 4.3%

Aidy Bryant skipped much of the front half of the season, because she was filming the last season of Shrill. Somehow, Bryant became Ted Cruz. We need to do better. Related

Who Got the Most Screen Time on SNL This Season? If so, let him host and keep this bit going. People tweeted angrily about SNL on both sides of every issue it prompted. Tags: She performed a desperate plea for jokes in the Mother’s Day cold open; she Noémie Merlant’d it up in “Lesbian Period Drama”; and, of course, she brought a quiet sadness to her version of Michael Jordan’s security guard, John Michael Wozniak, a performance Vulture demands the Emmy-nominations committee recognize. But when she was actually on the show, she was on. Chloe Fineman: 3.9%

Chloe Fineman took an interesting turn during the back nine of season 46: She started hosting talk shows. Talk and game shows are the backbone of SNL. Then Moffat became the latest in a long line to don the Biden veneers. People can kind of do whatever and still work on SNL now. But after Carrey departed as Biden (and Alec Baldwin stopped coming through for … reasons), Lorne stepped on the brakes with all the headline-getting guest stars. He is what theater people in the ’20s called a “juvenile,” the guy who reads young onstage and can coast on that for a decade or so. The SNL points system was first designed by Erik Voss for Splitsider and honed into a deadly blade of evaluation at Vulture. The Cecily-Aidy-Kate triad has held on for a long time, but Gardner has managed to secure her place as an unhinged monster on occasion. Then that country singer did a mea culpa sketch with Jason Bateman. He is the personification of our national confusion re: every fucking thing. Kyle Mooney: 4.6%

In previous years, Kyle Mooney has often stayed apart from the rest of the cast in his pretaped sketches. They’re the metronome of comedy. She was the grandmother in the prayer-off sketch, a “blessed” aunt in the “Vaccine Game Show” sketch, and a cousin that’s somehow your mom’s age in the graduation-applause sketch. Mars (and SNL) needs moms. Yes, third place is low-profile for Kenan. It was clearly one of those impressions honed by hours of doing nothing together. What Moffat’s Biden lacks in rasp (like Jimmy Fallon’s) and Jim Carrey catchphrases (like Jim Carrey’s), he makes up for in bro energy. Fineman would be an interesting inheritor to Kenan Thompson as frequent game-/talk-show host; she’s got the precision. If you’re a waiter that only gives exposition, or if your voice is used in a commercial parody, that’s a point. But one of the funner moments in Davidson’s year of screen time came in the “Dionne Warwick Talk Show,” where Pete played his bud Machine Gun Kelly. You remember — with Elon’s mom and Tish Cyrus? It’s always fun, even if they flub their lines. I guess when you’re flying coast to coast every week to star in a sitcom, your game-show-hosting duties are going to suffer. She made comedy out of how bad she was doing in this new and inarguably shittier world. They ran like Albert Brooks’s short films from the early years of SNL. Andrew Dismukes: 3.5%

Andrew Dismukes showed a lot of promise this season. Kevin Jonas had more screen time than some of the featured players in Nick Jonas’s episode. Maybe next year he can break type and play an old wizard or something. And since SNL has decided to work around everyone’s side hustles, it seems likely that he’ll continue to be on TV for a long time. Like musical guests doing sketches and audience Q&A monologues, Update anchors should have to do a few sketches every season. And then Elon?! She didn’t appear in some episodes, she got to introduce herself to the audience with an Update piece, and there was a cold open or two where her only line was “Live from New York …” Ranking lower than the Update hosts isn’t a great sign, but with a cast this large, some people are going to get sidelined. You get one point if you’re onscreen. Kid Cudi had one of the breakout sketches on Carey Mulligan’s episode with “Weird Little Flute,” which shouldn’t have surprised anyone; he was good on Comedy Bang! He played unhinged masculinity well in sketches like “Dog Park” and “Jack Flatts.” But he also played a much chiller youth in “Picture With Dad.” The rhythm between him and Beck Bennett in that sketch is perfect. It’s sometimes hard to gauge Saturday Night Live’s cultural relevance in an ever-fragmenting culture. That’s not all she did, of course. Myers hosted “Sprockets,” “Wayne’s World,” and that one with the British kid in the bathtub from a deep place of character. But Fineman’s two talk-show hosts, Icelandic weirdo Ooli and pop star/cause célèbre Britney Spears, almost hearken more to Mike Myers. Wenowdis, only exists because our government is terrible at health messaging. And the fake SoundCloud trap song performed by Chalamet and Pete Davidson was unironically adored by zoomers. That’s what Fineman is doing with her Britney. SNL used to be the show that launched you into bigger things, but now you can get launched and still stay in the nest. Here’s how we made sense of this senseless season: screen time ranked by points. Melissa Villaseñor: 3.3%

It is telling that one of Melissa Villaseñor’s Update pieces this year was about her having to shoehorn in impressions. That’s not to say Redd doesn’t have a full creative life. And something wild happened in the Daniel Kaluuya episode: During his monologue, the Brit cited Kenan & Kel as an inspiration to him. This cast is (1) immensely talented and (2) friggin’ huge. Some people claimed he was carrying the show, a notion he took umbrage to and did an “I Don’t Think So, Honey” against on his podcast, Las Culturistas. Jimmy Fallon pretended to be Mick Jagger to Mick Jagger’s face. And he innovated in the emo-rap space with his Timothée collab, which paid off big-time on TikTok. He doesn’t make the whole sketch about him, he just conveys his point of view very clearly with his delivery. Yang is one of those boys helping flip girls into the air in Bring It On. is mostly irrelevant, he’s getting zoomed by the other cast members in “Live from New York” points. For a sense of what Villaseñor can do when she’s allowed to go whole-hog, check out her work on this year’s Independent Spirit Awards. And unlike Kate McKinnon, whose Kellyanne Conway impression has become blessedly irrelevant, Bennett’s Mitch McConnell (and to a lesser extent, Mike Pence) continues to be needed in cold opens. Cecily Strong: 4.2%

Cecily Strong was on and off this season of SNL. But this year, Mooney was often in ensemble sketches. That’s beautiful. What a nice thing to have happened during an otherwise bleak time. Would she? The Old Pete would mostly stay confined to pretaped raps and Update pieces that were just stand-up. The work he does lifts his fellow players into the air so they can do lots of spins or whatever this cheerleader metaphor is breaking down. Hopefully next year, she can break out a little more. The topical-news segment of SNL seems to get longer and longer each year, so why add the occasional waiter or celeb impersonation to your workload? Nwodim even managed to neg the entire concept of the male gender in the season finale. She would, and she did, and that’s what Strong brings to every performance. The one thing missing from Day’s repertoire is a steady political impression. Miss Warwick was charmed by the impression, and we were charmed by her being charmed. Yang didn’t carry the show, but he did lift it up. In the “Cut for Time” sketch, Redd plays a Vietnam soldier who accidentally volunteers for the dumbest mission ever. It used to be for people to show off their pets or wigs, but now it’s been taken up by normie TikTok as a beach-body challenge. Bonus points are awarded for going viral, getting an applause break, or saying “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night.” Here is a handy chart of who said that most often this season:

We also used the same rubric to calculate cast-member screen time in the sketches that are cut for time but released later on YouTube. Jost’s memoir came out during hiatus, so he had the time to appear in sketches if he wanted to. In fairness to the youths, that song did kinda go. Lauren Holt: 2.5%

Lauren Holt had a pretty typical freshman season. Then that country singer got canceled again. He’s thinking, Oh no, another full glass? But Johnson added an interesting grounded presence to many family sketches. Maybe that’s why, for the first time since Vulture started running these screen-time breakdowns, a different full-time cast member is in the top spot. Episode three was the first one in which every Not Ready for Prime Time Player had a line. There’s a moment in what may be Strong’s last Update piece (big send-off vibes) when she’s singing “My Way” in a giant glass box of wine. But Davidson’s got impressions now! Kenan has been on TV for many zoomers’ entire dang lives. There were five whole episodes where no returning cast members, host spouses, or cast-member moms appeared. Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC

Season 46 of Saturday Night Live may go down as one of its weirdest and most contentious. He’s on Kenan’s show; flautists are doing reaction videos to one of his songs; and he reminded all of us that they’re called sketches, not skits. John Mulaney and Timothée Chalamet’s episodes also did well on the app. Ego Nwodim: 6.2%

Ego Nwodim blossomed this year. He cops to it almost immediately. Only Lorne knows. Heidi Gardner: 5.8%

Heidi Gardner has stayed in the middle of the pack for most of her SNL tenure. Insupportable. And people adored his turn as the iceberg from Titanic. But I’d love to see more things like “The Hero” for Redd. Kenan Thompson: 6.8%

Kenan Thompson kept a comparatively low profile for his 17th season. In sketches, Holt was mostly given spots in ensemble “everyone at this dinner party hates the wacky character” pieces. Move over, Aidy Bryant, someone else is Shrill on SNL. Update is almost its own show-within-a-show on SNL. But we also have to give it up for Baby Yoda. Bang! Watching him spiral as it becomes clear that he is 100 percent going to die is a treat. Performers get two points if they deliver a joke line. The ball (basketball reference) is in your court, Emmys. Beck Bennett: 7.7%

It was a real squeaker, but Beck Bennett is this year’s screen-time champ. Anyone in an ensemble sketch usually gets two points, because the laughs are spread pretty evenly. Cast members also get three points for Update pieces, since that is essentially a one-person sketch all about you. Michael Che: 2.6%

Che stayed behind the Update desk all season, which makes sense. By that metric, do you want to know which episode of season 46 had the most staying power? But when she came back, it was with a bang. No. Who knew, when he emerged as one Matthew in a sea of McConaugheys, that he’d have the range to dominate the show? But is Twitter outrage (or, heaven forfend, praise) a useful metric for audience engagement? Bad Bunny did two sketches as a musical guest, and he’s never been more charming. Pete Davidson: 5.4%

Pete Davidson started out the season barely involved, but he really stepped up over the past year. Baby Yoda is Mooney’s Mitch McConnell: somehow eternally relevant despite being the weirdest-looking motherfucker imaginable. Not SNL. And with the world opening back up in fits and starts, there were a lot of those. You want to know what is? He hates the big Broadway dance number some bartenders are forcing him to watch, until it turns out he knows tap. Bogart was a juvenile when he started acting. Because it’s fun! It’s kind of like when Moe said, “I’m a stupid moron with an ugly face and a big butt and my butt smells, and I like to kiss my own butt.” The sketch version of Cruz has no self-justifying narratives about why he is the way he is. TikTok is its own weird little world, but it’s a world whose demographics are all over the shops. A year that made no damn sense. Throughout the piece, she’d been spilling wine at Colin Jost, and near the bridge she’d flung a completely full glass on him. Especially when you’ve got an HBO Max show to do. The season began with people unsure whether it was even safe to perform. The intensity with which he delivers Post-it notes in the “Job Interview” sketch fucking wrecked me. Mulaney’s monologue got lip-synced, just like everything that man does. Then a country singer got canceled for not taking COVID-19 precautions seriously. is still getting used on TikTok months later. Adele’s. There is a look of such fear on Jost’s face. Chicken Legs crown. Limitless full glasses. What are they doing out there with normal people? Let her do impressions! Bryant’s Ted Cruz definitely likes to kiss his own butt. It’s like seeing your teacher outside of school. It should be cured and served on a charcuterie board. Colin Jost: 2.8%

Colin Jost was in one more sketch than his Update brother, appearing in the Mother’s Day extravaganza. He knows he’s a handful. And when Fallon hosted, Andy Samberg did it to him. How often do you get to make fun of your bestie on live TV? Punkie Johnson: 3%

Punkie Johnson has already carved out a unique spot in the SNL cast: old. But if the sketch is written around your very funny character, that’s three points, baby. They don’t count in the overall score, but it’s interesting to see what could have been:

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This season was as fragmented as the reactions it inspired in the audience. Thompson brought back his LaVar Ball Update character, gave an oddly nuanced sorrow to a “Gemma” sketch that ended with him having to hide his boner, and breathed an intriguing sexuality into his aging-choreographer character opposite Maya Rudolph. Does Melissa have an Andy Samberg? Villaseñor brought her singing chops to “Murder Show” and “Boomers Got the Vax.” But the fact that Villaseñor has a flawless Kristen Wiig in her back pocket and somehow didn’t do it when Wiig hosted? But again, why should he? She gives a beautiful stank face that makes her a necessary member in any ensemble sketch about societal faux pas. Alex Moffat: 4.6%

Alex Moffat may have been relegated to mostly boysemble sketches like “Bachelor Party” if SNL had stayed cameo-heavy, but he got a boost in screen time when Jim Carrey gave up the Biden gig in order to pursue his true love: satirical painting. Johnson played Dionne Warwick’s niece in the sketch series Miss Warwick took as a personal birthday present. Day brought a thin and reedy energy to canceling children on Update, playing a beleaguered Universal Studios tour guide, and even getting ROBBED of this year’s Mr. Will this laissez-faire attitude to scheduling continue when society as a whole comes back? And the host is the key to that structure. Bryant’s Cruz knows he’s the scum of the earth. Then she reaches into the wine for another gobletful. Bowen Yang: 3.8%

Bowen Yang truly shined this year, despite being in the bottom half of screen time. Bennett plays stern high-status men that flip on a dime. Beck played a hefty chunk of the men in politics this year, which helped his numbers during Cameo Fest 2020: Death March to the White House. Cameos: 5.4%

The ramp-up to the election really made it seem like cameos were going to win the screen-time ranking again this year. Kate McKinnon: 7.4%

More than any other cast member this year, Kate McKinnon let the frazzle show.