Yesterday, we celebrated the end of Saturday Night Live season 41 by highlighting our 20 favorite pre-taped segments, Digital Shorts and fake commercials.

Then there were the live sketches, which were as hit-and-miss this year as they have been in recent seasons. The show struggled the most with how to cover the Republican presidential campaign, competing with a nationally-broadcasted reality show too crazy to believe at points—which may be why the up-to-the-minute Weekend Update jokes generally hit harder/worked better than any of the debate cold opens. The show had particular trouble with handling Donald Trump, something that was very clear (and horrible) when he hosted (although the writers clearly tried to make up lost ground on him as the season wore on).

At the same time, they struck comedy gold with the Democratic race thanks to Kate McKinnon chiseling her Hillary impression, and Larry David body-melding with Bernie Sanders in a genius moment of casting that turned into a worthy successor to Sarah Palin/Tina Fey.

With the other standouts, we got a mix of the extremely surreal (Deborah's Time, Mermaids) and charming (Close Encounter, FBI Simulator), along with recurring characters/sketches (Family Feud, Brian Fellow, Black Jeopardy, High School Theater Show) and inspired one-offs (Meet Your Second Wife, Mafia Meeting, American Ninja Warrior).

Below, check out the top 20 favorite live segments and the five best Monologues. And if we left something off, let us know in the comments.

The 20 Best Live Sketches Of The Season

Honorable Mentions: The ladies of SNL got to have some fun in Bland Man with Ronda Rousey; Amy Schumer got to live out a Van Halen music video with Porn Teacher; Schumer also went on an epic hunt for a purse in Baby Shower; Will Ferrell reminded us how good we had it with George W. Bush in Chris Hemsworth episode; Julia Louis-Dreyfus learned about human dating in the Match.com sketch; there was Dana Carvey's return as Church Lady; and Quiz Whiz 2018, from Brie Larson's episode, had one of the best kickers of any recent SNL sketch.

Tracy Morgan hosted one of the best episodes of the season (along with Larry David, Elizabeth Banks, Ryan Gosling and Fred Armisen), and no less than three sketches from it deserve to be here: first up is Family Feud, which took a tired game show format and added a truly inspired twist.

Then there was the return of Brian Fellow's Safari Planet, in which a particularly dopey camel tried to steal the spotlight.

And lastly, there was the wonderfully surreal Yo! Where Jackie Chan at Right Now?, which is how you do an impressions-off right.

We had two iterations of Black Jeopardy this season in Elizabeth Banks and Drake's episodes, but we'll give the nod to Banks, especially because of that Bill Cosby/Tom Brady joke.

We also had two versions of the Kate McKinnon showcase Close Encounter. As good as the sequel during Brie Larson's episode was, Ryan Gosling completely losing his shit at McKinnon's shtick was one of the highlights of the entire season.

Deborah’s Time, from Chris Hemsworth's episode, was a surreal Christmas singalong with a perfect ending.

Meet Your Second Wife, in which men were introduced to the (very) young women who would one day be their second wives, was by far the best part of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's cohosted episode.

The merciless Screen Guild Awardsduring Ronda Rousey's episode called out the Oscars for its overwhelming whiteness with a great escalating joke.

Larry David absolutely killed it throughout his first time hosting, but no sketch makes me happier than FBI Simulator. Clearly Larry felt the same way about Kevin Roberts.


I was also a big fan of Larry's episode-closing makeout session with Kate McKinnon in recurring sketch Last Call.


Movie Night from Melissa McCarthy's episode was probably the most underrated sketch of the season, with Bobby Moynihan almost entirely stealing that sketch just singing the Farmers Insurance jingle.

There's funny, and then there's "35% woman, 65% blobfish" funny, as with Kate McKinnon's turn in Mermaids in Ariana Grande's episode.

The sketch may have been called Mafia Meeting, but most likely you remember it as the sketch where Peter Dinklage sang a passionate song about his space pants.

Yet again, Kate McKinnon was the cast MVP of the season, and her Hillary Clinton impression only got better and better as the season wore on. We would be remiss not to point out her one-on-one sketch with the real Hillary Clinton in the season premiere and her meeting with Amy Poehler's Hillary Clinton for Christmas. But our favorite solo showcase was when she headed to the subways in the cold open of Russel Crowe's episode for Hillary Clinton To Address Her Current Losing Streak.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was ridiculously good while hamming it up in Cinema Classic.


Brie Larson learned about the haircut that all moms get in Baby Shower.

American Ninja Warrior from Drake's episode was one of the silliest, simplest gags of the season, all predicated on Bobby Moynihan's commitment to his pratfalls.

High School Theater Show has become one of the best recurring sketches of the current cast, and it appeared in both the Banks episode and Fred Armisen's one, which gets the nod below.


And finally, Larry David appeared six times (counting his episode) as Bernie Sanders throughout the season, and whether he was doing Town Hall Meetings, debating Elaine Benes, or wearing his pajamas, he was hilarious. Our two favorite appearances (besides "Burn Your Enthusiasm" from the pre-taped segments) remain the first Democratic Debate Cold Open from Tracy Morgan's episode, and the season finale Waltz With Hillary, both of which you can watch below.


The 5 Best Monologues

Amy Schumer's Monologue was (unsurprisingly) laugh-out-loud hilarious, giving the audience a nice taste of her raunchy stand-up

Tracy Morgan's was emotional, gut-bustingly funny, sincere, and an impromptu 30 Rock reunion all at once.

Chris Hemsworth immediately showed just how much more confident he was around the studio. His razzing of the cast was hilarious, especially when he asked Bobby Moynihan how many sketches he was playing Santa in ("All of them”).

Look, I'd probably vote for Larry David for president without knowing a single one of his platforms, so his dip-hating, prick and shmuck-baiting Monologue was gold in my book.

With Louis C.K. taking a year off from hosting, the best Monologue of the season goes to Fred Armisen, with his very sincere, cliche-ridden one-man show based on his own rise to fame ("Love, From New York, I Did Saturday's Right: Fun Fame and Fred on the 17th Floor").