46. The Falconer: Time Travel
Original Airdate: May 20th, 2006
A quick case for Will Forte as the most underrated cast member in SNL history. He didn't get the fête that Kristin Wiig and Andy Samberg received on their exits and, along with Jason Sudekis, he pushed SNL's male WASP count too high. But Forte, more than any other recent cast member, could walk the line between funny and genuinely unsettling. His nondescript face was the perfect canvas for shut-ins and right-wing conspirators like his recurring character the Falconer. In the Falconer's time travel sketch, each cast member (and host Kevin Spacey) mimics Forte's character, but they're unable to match the barely-contained psychosis of the original. This kind of absurdist Forte was too often relegated night's final segment. In some way, his outsider characters have prepared him for his acclaimed role in the Oscar-nominated film Nebraska. We're sure to see more of him soon.