Is Taran Killam The Funniest Guy On SNL?
Sofia Vergara was sizzling hot and hysterically funny on this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live; and that should be a surprise to no one. But something less obvious (that’s becoming increasingly clear) is that Taran Killam has is becoming the star of the show. Appearing in what seems like every sketch, he grabs many of the biggest laughs with a deep well of characters and impersonations.
I guess this shouldn’t be so surprising either. Killam began his career at age 19 on MADtv, so he’s already been doing televised sketch comedy for a decade. Mike Ryan at the Huffington Post noted back in January that Killam was becoming the SNL‘s star, consistently getting high quality sketches on the air.
Ryan also insightfully noted that Killam is leading a younger generation of cast members including himself, Abby Elliot, Jay Pharaoh, Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer, and Nasim Pedrad. There’s an unmistakeable gap in tenure between this group and the more experienced cast members like Bill Hader, Jason Sudekis, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, and Andy Samberg.
Last Saturday, Killam’s sketches included a send-up of jittery and inexplicable Bravo celebrity Andy Cohen and a spot-on impression of Michael Cera.
He’s also shined recently as a gay Prince Charming; and his blustery and totally committed Rush Limbaugh delivery saved a sketch that might not have flown otherwise. But he can also fill out a sketch that just needs a random Hunger Games tribute to say a few lines and die.
Phil Hartman was called “The Glue” for holding together episodes of SNL by providing whatever character was needed. And with Killam providing everything from Jon Huntsman to Brad Pitt to his own bizarre French youths, he could be both The Glue and The Breakout Star in upcoming seasons.
What do you think about Killam the future of SNL?