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Is this the best group of sketch comedians that “SNL” has had in decades?
Let’s put aside the “best cast” debate. Let’s focus purely on the talent of the core repertory players in the realm of sketch comedy, which is as good as any since the mid-90s era of the show from top to bottom. Vanessa Bayer. Aidy Bryant. Taran Killam. Kate McKinnon. Bobby Moynihan. Jay Pharoah. Cecily Strong. Keenan Thompson. That’s as solid a group of eight as you could ask for. Plus? There are no real alpha dogs, which works in the show’s favor: These are team players, and potentially have the chance to shine as a whole. Plus, they all have at least a few years experience with each other, and that familiarity bodes well for onscreen success. It’s “fun” to mock every current cast as inherently inferior to previous iterations. But that’s a killer core crew.