Nod politely at the person who thinks "van down by the river" is comedy at its finest
The absolute best SNL skits
|by Anonymous||reply 146||05/26/2020|
Anything and everything with Gilda Radner. She was brilliant.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/19/2020|
Gilda was overrated.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||05/19/2020|
Gilda was great in character - Roseanne RoseannaDanna, Lisa Lupner, etc. Not so great in sketches that didn't center on one of her characters.
Kate McKinnon is overrated.
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"You guys have my email and everything, right? Go Windermere!"
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Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer. Definitely Top 3 or 4.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||05/19/2020|
Liza Minnelli tries to turn off a lamp.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/19/2020|
R6 It was just 'ok' -- the skit went on too long.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/19/2020|
^Kristin Wiig was as much the giant as Gilda was. The bulk of the best SNL material is from that Maya Rudolf/Kristin/Bill Hader trio period. Kate was just emerging and was hilarious in The Big Gay Sketch Show. R3 is seriously mad that she'll be known as one of greatest SNL players deservedly.
This skit with Katy Perry is particularly memorable for me and shows off Kristin's comedic prowess
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The wordless classic. Full body comedy.
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R4 I love that one.
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I have tears in my eyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||05/19/2020|
Brenda the Waitress
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Jeopardy! The mad scientist sketch with the Rock, the commercial 50 and freaky with Keenan and Sigourney Weaver. There are just so many!
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/19/2020|
Christopher Guest and Martin Short as synchronized swimmers
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/20/2020|
My favorite is one I’ve only seen once and can’t find anywhere. It goes back to young Bill Murray playing a minister conducting a funeral service but as a magician would do it. There was something about it that cut right to the heart of what a phony farce religion is and yet it was spiritual too. It’s hard to explain but I’ve never seen anything like it.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/20/2020|
Gilda died 31 years ago today. RIP.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/20/2020|
There are lots but in recent memory I think Wells for Boys is one of the best. I had tears I was laughing so hard when I first saw this.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/20/2020|
Canteen Boy was insanely hysterical and totally inappropriate. And made me love Alec Baldwin.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/20/2020|
Kristen Wiig as Kathy Lee was always funny.
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|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/20/2020|
From the original cast - A*M*I*S*H Detectives. They arrive a week late in their buggy to solve a bank robbery. Wish video footage of it was on YT.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/20/2020|
OP I doubt any Kate McKinnon is “the best”.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/20/2020|
Christina Applegate as the Fosse dance instructor, Jillian Chizz.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/20/2020|
Most are best when impersonating a famous person or politician. SNL, lately, has not done well with original sketches or characters.
-When they do the View past or more present
-the pill lady Cheri Oteri use to do (fucking hilarious)
-All the Bill Clinton sketches (including Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp)
I'm trying to remember some of the older skits but I was just a kid.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/20/2020|
Not many would agree but I loved RDJ in his one SNL season. I know people like this today.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/20/2020|
Tina's Sarah Palin was absolute perfection- acting and writing.
Cheri Oteri's Barbara Walters was likewise.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/20/2020|
This was the absolute best Celebrity Jeopardy
Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery + Kate McKinnon' as Justin Bieber, Alec Baldwin as Tony Bennet, Norm McDonald as Burt Reynolds, Jim Carrey as Matthew McConnaughey
And Will Ferrell's exasperated Alex Trebek is always perfect.
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|by Anonymous||reply 29||05/20/2020|
thirtysomething cereal always cracks me up. Also the sinatra group with jan hooks as sinead o'connor.
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|by Anonymous||reply 31||05/20/2020|
Love this one, esp. when the daughter sings into the dildo.
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Theodoric of York, Medieval barber
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Schmitts Gay Beer!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||05/20/2020|
Oops! I Crapped My Pants!
|by Anonymous||reply 37||05/20/2020|
The one about how mothers get celebrity names wrong. Spot on
|by Anonymous||reply 38||05/20/2020|
I loved this one.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||05/20/2020|
R38 You mean this one?
|by Anonymous||reply 40||05/20/2020|
You reminded me of this one, R40, which is perfect on so many levels and fits in perfectly with the extreme technophobia many older DLers exhibit.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||05/20/2020|
I can't even say I did that on purpose, lol
Here is the link and egg on my face
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/20/2020|
This is also very funny, especially if you've ever been to a Starbucks in NYC-- though it got slammed for being racist and seems to have disappeared from the official SNL YouTube page.
Oddly enough, the link from NBC's site works (there is an ad first)
|by Anonymous||reply 43||05/20/2020|
A lot of these have made me laugh. ALMOST as much as this one always makes me laugh
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|by Anonymous||reply 47||05/20/2020|
R44 That's a badly done remake of a brilliant Dan Ackroyd Julia Child sketch.
When did they start relying on cue cards all the time? It's distracting in the recent sketches, because the actors aren't even looking at each other.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||05/20/2020|
Some of their lines aren't even difficult or lengthy. The looking at cue cards lately has become very distracting.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||05/20/2020|
R23 And I don't doubt that you have no sense of humor but it's not really the point of this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||05/20/2020|
Hard to believe r21 was over ten years ago
|by Anonymous||reply 51||05/20/2020|
R48 I could have been clearer about why it’s funny. Dan Ackroyd never spit fake blood directly into anyone’s mouth, causing them to dry heave through the rest of the sketch.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||05/20/2020|
[quote]Christopher Guest and Martin Short as synchronized swimmers
That was Harry Shearer, not Christoper Guest. You fat stupid whore!
|by Anonymous||reply 53||05/20/2020|
R18 I was going to post that! So funny and strange. I love it!
|by Anonymous||reply 54||05/20/2020|
Through the years, Ive tried watching SNL but never found anything funny
|by Anonymous||reply 55||05/20/2020|
Because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and, doggone it! People like me.
Stuart has a very special guest, Michael J., to protect his anonymity. I started describing this sketch to a friend, and just the setup cracked her up.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||05/20/2020|
Eddie Murphy, White Like Me
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I'm another vote for the Olympic swimmers Harry Shearer and Martin Short, whose choreography was done by the character who would become Corky St. Clair in Waiting For Guffman.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||05/20/2020|
This is a cut-for-time that should have never been cut!
|by Anonymous||reply 59||05/20/2020|
All My Luggage with Susan Lucci
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Nothing beats nearly the entire episode starring Lucy Lawless, especially Stevie Nicks Fajita Roundup!
|by Anonymous||reply 61||05/20/2020|
Church Lady with Pat Robertson and Jimmy Swaggart
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Collette Reardon the pill lady! Loved her!
|by Anonymous||reply 63||05/20/2020|
The Pepsi Syndrome
|by Anonymous||reply 64||05/20/2020|
Heather Locklear as the racist QVC lady.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||05/20/2020|
Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor word-associating.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||05/20/2020|
Can someone explain how SNL skits that were “cut for time” from a live broadcast are available to watch? Are they dress rehearsals?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||05/20/2020|
Yes, R67. Dress rehearsal is around 7:30; that's when they cut sketches for time, and they tape both shows.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||05/20/2020|
Another vote for the synchronized swimmers!
|by Anonymous||reply 69||05/20/2020|
‘Wells for Boys’ and the ‘The Actress’ were both written by my boyfriend, Julio Torres.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||05/20/2020|
A recent one, but so clever and timely.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||05/20/2020|
Coffee Talk with Linda Richman. Featuring Madonna, Roseanne, and Barbra. Classic.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||05/20/2020|
R71 Sorry. Not clever. You're trying too hard to make SNL relevant. Not happening.
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|by Anonymous||reply 74||05/20/2020|
Any of the Chistopher Walken skits as The Continental. Here's one:
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|by Anonymous||reply 76||05/20/2020|
R71, it is the only skit in recent history I replay frequently.
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|by Anonymous||reply 80||05/20/2020|
Christina Applegate as Cher and Chris Farley as Lori Davis spoofing the "Focus on Beauty" infomercial
|by Anonymous||reply 81||05/20/2020|
I love this one.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||05/20/2020|
Gilda Radner, RIP Phil Hartmann, RIP remember the anal retentive chef??? his cole head wife killed him, herself, orphaned their kids
|by Anonymous||reply 83||05/21/2020|
R67 The dress rehearsals are filmed. At each dress rehearsal there are 3 to 4 extra sketches (they’re sketches not skits - hence sketch comedy) that are performed and some are cut for time or because they bomb or for some other reasons. Sometimes sketches are reworked in a minor or major way between dress and live. If there are technical issues with the sketches during the live show, they will switch out the live for the dress version in reruns.
I saw the Blake Lively/Rihanna dress rehearsal back in 2009. There were minor changes to one sketch from dress to live. Also, one of the cut sketches ended up on the Sofia Vergara episode three years later with Sofia playing the role Blake played.
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|by Anonymous||reply 85||05/21/2020|
I had higher hopes for that R82
Like a lot of SNL skits, it started out with a funny premise but they quickly ran it into the ground and it didn't go anywhere and then the ending was a complete letdown
|by Anonymous||reply 86||05/21/2020|
Lorraine Newman cracks me up.
Oh. Yeah. John Belushi and rest are funny, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||05/21/2020|
This is my all time fave
|by Anonymous||reply 88||05/21/2020|
Tori: Absolutely Christmas
|by Anonymous||reply 89||05/21/2020|
I do have fond memories of the All My Luggage skit at R60. Possibly because I was watching AMC at the time and the spoof was well done in not really adjusting the soap dialogue much, just moved it to a less dramatic setting. It helped that Lucci played it pretty straight and did not try to add extra camp. I think that is one of the reasons she is decent at comedy - she plays it like the character believes what she is saying and does not fall back on the knowing wink-wink to the audience that she is in on the joke. Her entrance into the airport chapel might have induced one of the larger laughs I have heard on the show.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||05/21/2020|
Beck Bennett. Adam Driver. Porn Doctor. With Aidy Bryant.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||05/21/2020|
Harry Potter parody with Lindsey Lohan—except that Blow-Han is staring at the cue cards the whole time. I loved the Adam Driver Star Wars sketch.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||05/21/2020|
The all-time winner. Let's spin for the wad!
|by Anonymous||reply 93||05/21/2020|
This is probably the best known digital short from SNL
Hard to believe it's only seven years old -- seems like a lifetime ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||05/21/2020|
R94 That is from 2005.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||05/21/2020|
The one about the TV show Homeland
|by Anonymous||reply 96||05/21/2020|
And Stranger Things
|by Anonymous||reply 97||05/21/2020|
R93 Wow! Who is in blackface? He sounds like Billy Crystal. Short is rehashing his SCTV stuff, Christopher Guest is hilarious, but it would never air today.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||05/21/2020|
Thanks R95--the upload date was 2013.
2005 sounds more like it and makes me feel better about my ability to judge time ;)
|by Anonymous||reply 99||05/21/2020|
John Belushi in Samurai Night Fever. Belush also in Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||05/21/2020|
To add to R80, John Mulaney’s epic trilogy of mind-bending, weird scenarios: Diner Lobster, Bodega Toilet, and Airport Sushi have a special place in comedy, IMO.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||05/21/2020|
Meet Your Second Wife
|by Anonymous||reply 102||05/21/2020|
"Focus on Beauty II" at r81 may be my favorite of all time. It's the only time I've ever found Chris Farley hilarious.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||05/21/2020|
Dynasty's Greatest Fights
|by Anonymous||reply 104||05/21/2020|
R1, I agree.
Judy Miller was as standout.
What are you doing? ………………...'Nothing.'
what kid with a great imagination hasn't used that line?
I also liked the introverted traumatized Colleen that she used to play; she and parents Bill Murray and Kate Jackson took her to therapy and she stole the scene.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||05/21/2020|
Also, Colleen as Christina Crawford, to Jane Curtin's Joan Crawford!
|by Anonymous||reply 106||05/21/2020|
The "Do It On My Twin Bed" song.
"And now it's a whole thing with Jean..."
|by Anonymous||reply 107||05/21/2020|
R102 That skit is far too honest about middle-aged straight men for SNL. I wonder how they snuck it past Lorne?
|by Anonymous||reply 108||05/21/2020|
Although I and many other people hate her now .... in honor of the writers that put this together ...
Roseanne and Phil Hartman Metrocard
To this day I still think about it every time I call a help line.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||05/21/2020|
Too bad there isn't any Goth Talk with Azzzrael Abysssss on youtube.
Loved Grow-A-Guy. Weird SNL is the best SNL
|by Anonymous||reply 110||05/21/2020|
Early days; great satire, dark truths.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||05/21/2020|
"Since you're from France, I'll give you a French kiss!"
|by Anonymous||reply 112||05/21/2020|
"Star Wars, give me those Star Wars!"
|by Anonymous||reply 113||05/21/2020|
Bawbwa Wawa and Mahweenah Deetwick
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|by Anonymous||reply 115||05/21/2020|
"It's always something."
|by Anonymous||reply 116||05/21/2020|
I love all the ones Lily Tomlin hosted - twice in the 70s (plus a special guest on a third one Steve Martin hosted) and one in the 80s with Eddie Murhpy.
The second show she hosted, the cold opening is Lily whisking into the building late wearing a mink boa and a tiara with an entourage the includes Pepe the dwarf who is there mainly to pour champagne in her glass, and various other Eurotrash hanger-ons.
As she disappears into the studio she tells her party friends, "Don't worry, this will only take about 90 minutes."
Here's the Hard Hat sketch from her first time hosting.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||05/21/2020|
I heard the Frank Zappa episode was legendary - supposedly so bad that it was GREAT, but I can’t find clips of it anywhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||05/21/2020|
If you have Hulu, the first five seasons are on there along with season 30 to present.
The first five are complete although the disastrous New Orleans/Mardi Gras episode is not included. The Frank Zappa episode is included along with Louise Lasser, Charles Grodin, and Milton Berle - all of whom were banned from ever appearing again.
I know it was a huge deal getting all the music clearance for seasons 1 to 5. Some of the seasons from 30 to 40 are a little choppy and don’t all include musical performances, again getting all those clearances is difficult.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||05/22/2020|
First CityWide Change Bank
|by Anonymous||reply 120||05/22/2020|
Wish I could get the whole clip, but Heather Locklear was pretty funny in this.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||05/22/2020|
Any and all of Ashton Kushner's "Death by Chocolate" skits. (sorry I am unable to link a clip)
|by Anonymous||reply 122||05/22/2020|
you’re a rat bastard, Charlie Brown
|by Anonymous||reply 123||05/22/2020|
Twin Bed (music video)
|by Anonymous||reply 124||05/22/2020|
r56, The full length Stuart Smalley film is surprisingly sweet.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||05/22/2020|
The Sinatra Group. An unrehearsed discussion of current issues in the recording industry.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||05/22/2020|
Buckwheat has died!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 127||05/22/2020|
First two seasons were funny. Year after year, I scratch my head, why is SNL on the air. These highlight are nearly funny but you have to mine through so much garbage to find them
|by Anonymous||reply 128||05/23/2020|
Gilda's vulnerability, likability, and comment to her characters made her one of a kind.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||05/23/2020|
Ain’t nothing cuter than a fat country baby eating peaches off a hardwood floor.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||05/24/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 131||05/24/2020|
"He clicked the drop-down menu and then he just randomly selected papyrus, like a thoughtless child just wandering by a garden, yanking leaves along the way."
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|by Anonymous||reply 133||05/24/2020|
Unintentionally funny as they all strain not to laugh.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||05/24/2020|
Dick in a box was pretty good, but the Mothers Day sequel is hysterical.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||05/24/2020|
Close Encounter cracks me up (with Ryan Gosling trying to keep it together)
|by Anonymous||reply 136||05/24/2020|
The funniest thing I ever saw on SNL was The Claudine Longet Invitational, never to be seen again... "Uh-oh! He seems to have been accidentally shot by Claudine Longet!"
|by Anonymous||reply 137||05/24/2020|
anne hathaway spoofing Katie Holmes "Joey isn't your typical teen; she's complexxx and has layers..." was brilliant; also liked her Homeland spoof.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||05/24/2020|
This one got the DL all hot and bothered.
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|by Anonymous||reply 140||05/24/2020|
the Fred Willard show from the late 70s was rerun Sat. night.
The funniest sketch in the whole episode was the one in which Bill Murray interviewed Lucille Ball (Gilda);
|by Anonymous||reply 141||05/25/2020|
Here's a great article on the amazing "Stevie Nicks' Fajita Roundup" sketch.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||05/26/2020|
That was awesome, r142!
|by Anonymous||reply 143||05/26/2020|
Kaitlyn. Amy Poehler and RICK!
|by Anonymous||reply 144||05/26/2020|
Molly Shannon is fearless. I taped this when it aired (yes, it was VHS) and forced everyone I knew to watch it.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||05/26/2020|
God, I hated that Kaitlyn skit.
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