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Bobby Moynihan: Saturday Night Live’s Most Valuable Player


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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