Bobby Moynihan: Saturday Night Live’s Most Valuable Player

Bobby Moynihan of SNL (and Eastchester) just might be the TV show’s best actor — and here’s why. (Hint: it has something to do with Gangnam Style)

Last year, Saturday Night Live had a bit of a shake-up when two of its most prominent cast members — Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg (who did the Digital Shorts) — announced they wouldn’t return this season. That led to much speculation: Who will be the next breakout star?

While Vulture predicts Robyn-spoofing Taran Killam, I think the answer can be found closer to home: Bobby Moynihan, who grew up in Eastchester (and recently told our sister magazine about the Sesame Street-inspired suit he wore to his prom).

Moynihan started as a cast member in 2008, and has since amassed a repertoire of impressions, from Guy Fieri to Snooki. But even better than his impressions is his willingness to just do something silly, even if it means dressing up in a leotard and performing Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” with Justin Timberlake.  

More proof: This past weekend, on Saturday Night Live’s season premiere, he starred in a Lids-set parody of that “Gangnam Style” video that’s sweeping YouTube (if you’re puzzled about the source material, you can find an English translation in The Atlantic of all places, and a guide to the guest stars in Rolling Stone).

Really makes you wish that they’d let him dance like the Kia gerbils — something he says he’s pitched multiple times — doesn’t it?

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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