How to Save 'SNL'

“Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!” just won’t have the same ring to it without Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and — possibly — Jason Sudeikis. The “Bridesmaids” star and digital shorts mastermind are leaving “Saturday Night Live,” and Sudeikis could bolt, too. Those are some big shoes to fill, so “SNL” will need to embrace change as it enters its 38th season. Here are some suggestions:

Free Jay Pharoah: Can anyone remember a sketch where he didn’t play Jay-Z, Will Smith or Denzel Washington? It’s time for Fred Armisen to step aside and let Pharoah do the Obama impressions.

Hire Kumail Nanjiani: “Portlandia” fans know him as the overbearing cellphone salesman. Nanjiani worked on the popular “Game of Thrones” digital short and would bring a whimsical quality the current cast lacks.

Hosts With the Most: Lindsay Lohan and Eli Manning were disasters. “SNL” works best with an alumnus or someone like Jon Hamm, who stole every sketch he was in this season.

Fire Seth Meyers: Since Tina Fey left and he became head writer, the series hasn’t been nearly as funny. Without Samberg and Wiig — two of his strongest players — to pick up the slack, we could be in for a rough fall.

Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
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