SNL S49 E19: Who Got the Most (and Least) Screen Time?

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Maya Rudolph became a three-time host on May 11, almost five months after she appeared for five minutes in an episode headlined by Kate McKinnon. Her screen time in this case exceeded 21 minutes, or just over one-third of the episode’s running time.

Scroll down to see how Rudolph stacked up against each of the show’s named performers, including all three members of Vampire Weekend. Note that our screen time data is calculated using a method that prioritizes face time, meaning that any contiguous (off-screen but in-scene) moments and practically all partial body appearances do not count. Screen time in the show’s opening credits, bumpers and goodnights are not included, nor do those portions factor into our assessment of the episode’s total running time.

Maya Rudolph Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Maya Rudolph – 21:21 / 33.50%

Since stepping down as an SNL regular in 2007, Rudolph has returned to the show 27 times. Her third hosting gig consisted of appearances in 11 segments, beginning with a Mother’s Day-themed musical monologue. Her longest sketch performance (4:14) was in “Hot Ones with Beyoncé 2,” which focused on her version of the “Texas Hold ‘Em” singer once again trying to “slay” the titular YouTube talk show.

Mikey Day Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Mikey Day – 7:55 / 12.42%

After finishing third behind host Dua Lipa last week, Day outpaced all of his fellow cast members for the third time this season. He was utilized for at least two minutes and 26 seconds in two sketches: “Hot Ones with Beyoncé 2” as unflappable interviewer Sean Evans and “Landscaping Service” as cuckolded lawn care business owner Steve Lanzetti.

Colin Jost Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Colin Jost – 7:29 / 11.74%

One week after achieving his highest screen time of Season 49, Jost once again outranked nearly every other performer. In addition to appearing in 53% of the latest “Weekend Update” segment, he showed up for 22 seconds during the cold open along with 14 of his cast mates and their moms.

Sarah Sherman Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Sarah Sherman – 7:17 / 11.43%

All but one of Sherman’s seven performances in this episode lasted less than 90 seconds. She attained over half of her screen time (3:56) by making her fourth “Weekend Update” visit of the season, this time in character as Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s brain worm.

Ezra Koenig Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Ezra Koenig – 6:49 / 10.70%

This was Vampire Weekend’s fourth SNL musical guest stint and first since 2013. The indie band’s lead singer (and occasional guitarist and pianist) ended up with more screen time than the other members, outpacing each of them by at least 65 seconds.

Heidi Gardner Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Heidi Gardner – 6:07 / 9.60%

Like Sherman (as well as Bowen Yang and Marcello Hernandez), Gardner has now stopped by the “Weekend Update” desk four times this season. In the latest news segment, she spent over three minutes playing a new character simply referred to as “a woman who says she’s not mad.”

Chris Tomson Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Chris Tomson – 5:44 / 9.00%

Tomson amassed a sizable amount of screen time thanks to his upstage center position as the Vampire Weekend drummer. The trio performed both “Gen-X Cops” and “Capricorn” from their recently released fifth studio album, Only God Was Above Us.

Kenan Thompson Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Kenan Thompson – 5:33 / 8.71%

Thompson’s screen time was divided over seven segments, none of which he appeared in for more than 90 seconds. He gave his longest performance of the night in “Hot Ones with Beyoncé 2” as personal assistant D’Raphael, a character very similar to his D’Michelangelo in the Season 46 sketch from which this sequel derived.

Bowen Yang Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Bowen Yang – 5:12 / 8.16%

Yang practically wound up with as much screen time as last week by appearing in five segments, including as himself in both the cold open and monologue. Over two minutes of his time was devoted to his role as starstruck director George Gala in “Coffee Commercial.”

Ego Nwodim Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Ego Nwodim – 4:46 / 7.48%

In this episode, Nwodim improved upon her May 4 screen time by more than 30 seconds. Her longest of five performances (1:44) was in “Nurse Appreciation” as a health care worker named Clarice who unabashedly detests her job.

Michael Che Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Michael Che – 3:42 / 5.81%

Che and Jost’s latest screen time gap of three minutes and 47 seconds is much smaller than last week’s, which, at just over six minutes, constituted a new Season 49 record. This was the second consecutive episode and 10th this season in which no “Weekend Update” guests sat on Che’s side of the desk.

Chris Baio Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Chris Baio – 3:23 / 5.31%

Since Vampire Weekend’s last appearance on this show (with host Kristen Wiig), bassist Baio has released three solo albums, the last of which dropped in January 2021. This was their first SNL gig without founding member Rostam Batmanglij, who left the band in 2016.

James Austin Johnson Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

James Austin Johnson – 3:10 / 4.97%

Compared to last week, Johnson experienced a 37% drop in screen time despite taking part in just one less sketch. Over half of his time in this episode was spent playing the presenter of a National Geographic show called “British Cavemen.”

Chloe Fineman Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Chloe Fineman – 2:47 / 4.37%

Fineman participated in seven of this episode’s segments, all but one of which featured her for 35 seconds or less. She was most heavily utilized (for 56 seconds) as Ben Marshall’s girlfriend in the Please Don’t Destroy sketch “Explore Page,” which co-starred Sherman and Nwodim as John Higgins and Martin Herlihy’s significant others.

Andrew Dismukes Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Andrew Dismukes – 2:10 / 3.40%

Dismukes’s screen time per episode has steadily decreased over the past five weeks, with this new amount being 69 seconds lower than what he reached on May 4. The longest of his five performances this week (0:50) was as one of 10 fed-up educators in “Teacher PSA.”

Marcello Hernandez Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Marcello Hernandez – 2:04 / 3.24%

This was the fourth Season 49 episode (after October 28, February 3 and April 6) in which all five featured players had less than three minutes of screen time. For the eighth time this year, Hernandez pulled ahead of the other members of that group, this time by a margin of 24 seconds.

Punkie Johnson Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Punkie Johnson – 1:45 / 2.75%

Although she cracked 60 seconds for the first time since March 9, Johnson still ended up behind the rest of the repertory cast for the 10th time this season. After being seen no more than twice in each of the last four episodes, she was utilized in four of this week’s segments, including the cold open and monologue.

Chloe Troast Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Chloe Troast – 1:40 / 2.62%

Troast’s 100 seconds of screen time were split among four segments, with the largest share (0:46) going to the monologue. She later played one of the subjects of “British Cavemen” and a film crew member in “Coffee Commercial.”

Devon Walker Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Devon Walker – 1:33 / 2.43%

Walker joined fellow featured players Hernandez and Troast in both of the first two segments but, unlike them, appeared in just one subsequent sketch. After supporting Rudolph through her opening number, he wasn’t seen again until he played one of four painfully awkward lawn care workers in the closing “Landscaping Service” sketch.

John Higgins Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

John Higgins – 1:24 / 2.20%

“Explore Page” was the 10th Please Don’t Destroy video to air this season and first since “We Got Too High” on March 30. Until now, Higgins hadn’t boasted more screen time than the other two group members since January 27 (“Roast”).

Martin Herlihy Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Martin Herlihy – 1:14 / 1.94%

Herlihy has now landed in the middle of the Please Don’t Destroy screen time ranking seven times this season. In “Explore Page,” the trio played versions of themselves whose shared obsession with a bawdy Instagram influencer (Rudolph) was discovered by all of their girlfriends at once.

Ben Marshall Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Ben Marshall – 1:12 / 1.88%

In addition to starring in “Explore Page,” all three Please Don’t Destroy members participated in the cold open alongside actors posing as their fathers. Marshall’s taped sketch time of 48 seconds was his lowest since December 2, when he appeared in “AI” for just 12 seconds.

Molly Kearney Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Molly Kearney – 0:58 / 1.52%

Kearney reached their highest screen time in two months by showing up three times during this episode. After they and their mother donned bald caps for the cold open, they played an upper class specimen in “British Cavemen” and a maternity specialist in “Nurse Appreciation.”

Michael Longfellow Saturday Night Live season 49 episode 19

Michael Longfellow – 0:56 / 1.46%

Longfellow, who appeared in three sketches this week, has now been on the bottom of the general screen time ranking five times this season. This was the fourth episode of Season 49 and first since March 9 in which each and every cast member was given at least 56 seconds on screen.

Season 49 of SNL concludes next week with host Jake Gyllenhaal and musical guest Sabrina Carpenter.

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