Some questions about the show as season 39 comes to a close
Will the evolution of the digital short usher in a different kind Of cast?
Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett have filled in the gap left by The Lonely Island, producing their own unique brand of preproduced humor and getting them on-air on a frequent basis. But should “SNL” necessarily look for talent that can do both live and preproduced comedy? While a performer who possesses the flexibility to do both might be ideal, it’s hardly necessary when considering cast members who can contribute to the sum total that is “SNL”. Someone like Mooney is perfectly suited to the digital shorts, but all but disappears when in sketches. That doesn’t diminish his value to the show, but perhaps should focus his efforts. Being a double threat is nice, but no longer needed. While the “Live” aspect of the show is vital, the increasing use of digital shorts and viral distribution suggests there’s plenty of room for those whose best work is uncovered in the editing room.