10 Best Sketches of 'Saturday Night Live' Season 38
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3) The rebranding of the digital film
Andy Samberg’s in-sketch contributions during his tenure were hit or miss. But his contributions along with the rest of The Lonely Island in the “Digital Shorts” realm cannot be underestimation. (Indeed, those shorts may be THE defining characteristic of that era of “SNL”.) Rather than simply doing parody commercials in the void left by Samberg’s departure (several of which are already on this list), the remaining writers/actors took up the challenge and forged an interesting new era in preproduced storytelling. Predominant in successful examples such as “Lincoln,” “The Legend Of Mokiki And The Sloppy Swish,” and “The Stand Off” were a newfound commitment to cohesive narrative over simple absurdism. The acme of this approach was “Sad Mouse,” which went beyond being merely funny and into something bittersweet and melancholic. Taken together, these represent an exciting new aspect to “SNL,” one that the show would do well to expand next year.