Some questions about the show as season 39 comes to a close
Is Mike O’Brien the show’s signature comedic voice right now?
A writer who now boasts an onscreen presence, O’Brien stands out amongst all other writers currently working on the show right now due to his left-of-center approach that finds pathos in the strangest of places. “SNL” has always had individual writers that have helped define the show’s place in the cultural zeitgeist, with Michael O’Donoghue, Al Franken, Robert Smiegel, Jim Downey, and Tina Fey just a few who have helped shape the signature “SNL” voice for their particular eras. As this past season has progressed, O’Brien’s voice has stood out more and more, and the triumphant “Monster Pals” (the spiritual companion piece to 2012’s “Sad Mouse,” which he also wrote) might just be the best sketch the show airs all season. Next month might indicate just how much O’Brien’s voice truly influences the show as a whole.