5. 'How's He Doing?'
Race became an issue in this season's SNL, with complaints about the show's lack of diversity growing to a deafening pitch; after going on the defensive, Lorne Michaels hired comedienne Sasheer Zamata as a cast member partially, one would assume, as a way of defusing the criticism. (Regardless, she's a welcome addition and remarkably talented — see how well she holds her own with Vanessa Bayer in their Michelle Obama vs. Hillary Clinton Mother's Day sketch.) It was also a recurring topic in a lot of really solid sketches this season like the brief "Black Jeopardy" bit with Louis C.K. and this fake-talk-show skit from Kerry Washington's episode. The way Washington, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson play off of each other here is incredible; the writing is smart enough to keep the "white people sure do like [fill in the blank]" jokes from turning into a low-hanging fruit; and Washington's raucous laugh alone when asked if she'd have voted for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama makes this a keeper. Our favorite below-the-radar sketch of the entire season.