Eli Manning SNL: Giants' QB Lives Up to Peyton's Performance

Kevin Van PeltCorrespondent IMay 7, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 07:  Eli Manning #10 (L) of the New York Giants speaks to fans as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie looks on at a rally to celebrate the New York Giants' Super Bowl victory at MetLife Stadium on February 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Eli Manning may not be known as a lively person, but his performance on Saturday Night Live should change those thoughts.

His older brother Peyton Manning has been in many hilarious commercials, and he has become a fan favorite through his professionalism on the field and his sense of humor and humbleness off.

The younger Manning has not been as loved personally as he is sometimes seen as a whiner and seems very dry.

Manning opened slow with a monologue that was weak. Although, a weak monologue is usually more a result of bad writing than it is the host's ability as a performer.  The jokes involved his offensive line and his wife, but they were only funny enough to crack a smile.

Throughout the show, Manning had some surprising roles, such as dressing up in drag, which showed his versatility as a performer and the lengths he was willing to go to get a laugh.

The night just kept getting better the further Manning went along.

After a shaky start (the Super Bowl MVP seemed nervous and trying to hard), he got his act together and gave a solid performance. His best live sketch was the "text messaging" skit, as Manning was trying to convince the jury he was not a murderer.

The funniest part of the night was the "little brothers" skit that was taped earlier in the week.

It was reminiscent of the Broncos quarterback United Way skit and was just as funny. The video shows Manning helping little brothers stand up to older brothers who have bullied them.

Overall, Manning showed a lot of poise and proved he has what it takes to be a good performer. This should help the two-time Super Bowl champion get more opportunities with commercials or other forms of advertising. 

This performance will only help Manning become an even bigger legend in the mind of New Yorkers and has established himself as the king of sports in the Big Apple.