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The absolute best SNL skits

Nod politely at the person who thinks "van down by the river" is comedy at its finest

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by Anonymousreply 14605/26/2020

Anything and everything with Gilda Radner. She was brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 105/19/2020

Gilda was overrated.

by Anonymousreply 205/19/2020

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.

by Anonymousreply 305/19/2020

"You guys have my email and everything, right? Go Windermere!"

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by Anonymousreply 405/19/2020

Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer. Definitely Top 3 or 4.

by Anonymousreply 505/19/2020

Liza Minnelli tries to turn off a lamp.

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by Anonymousreply 605/19/2020

R6 It was just 'ok' -- the skit went on too long.

by Anonymousreply 705/19/2020

^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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by Anonymousreply 805/19/2020

The wordless classic. Full body comedy.

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by Anonymousreply 905/19/2020

R4 I love that one.

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I have tears in my eyes.

Amazing skit.

by Anonymousreply 1205/19/2020

Brenda the Waitress

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by Anonymousreply 1305/19/2020

Jeopardy! The mad scientist sketch with the Rock, the commercial 50 and freaky with Keenan and Sigourney Weaver. There are just so many!

by Anonymousreply 1405/19/2020

Christopher Guest and Martin Short as synchronized swimmers

by Anonymousreply 1505/20/2020

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 Anonymousreply 1605/20/2020

Gilda died 31 years ago today. RIP.

by Anonymousreply 1705/20/2020

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.

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by Anonymousreply 1805/20/2020

Canteen Boy was insanely hysterical and totally inappropriate. And made me love Alec Baldwin.

by Anonymousreply 1905/20/2020

Kristen Wiig as Kathy Lee was always funny.

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by Anonymousreply 2105/20/2020

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 Anonymousreply 2205/20/2020

OP I doubt any Kate McKinnon is “the best”.

by Anonymousreply 2305/20/2020

Christina Applegate as the Fosse dance instructor, Jillian Chizz.

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by Anonymousreply 2405/20/2020

Most are best when impersonating a famous person or politician. SNL, lately, has not done well with original sketches or characters.

-Harry Carey


-When they do the View past or more present

-the pill lady Cheri Oteri use to do (fucking hilarious)

-Martha Stewart

-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 Anonymousreply 2505/20/2020

Not many would agree but I loved RDJ in his one SNL season. I know people like this today.

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by Anonymousreply 2605/20/2020

Tina's Sarah Palin was absolute perfection- acting and writing.

Cheri Oteri's Barbara Walters was likewise.

by Anonymousreply 2705/20/2020

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 Anonymousreply 2805/20/2020

Sooo funny!!

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by Anonymousreply 2905/20/2020

thirtysomething cereal always cracks me up. Also the sinatra group with jan hooks as sinead o'connor.

by Anonymousreply 3005/20/2020

McLaughlin group.

by Anonymousreply 3105/20/2020

Love this one, esp. when the daughter sings into the dildo.

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Stefon's Farewell

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by Anonymousreply 3405/20/2020

Theodoric of York, Medieval barber

by Anonymousreply 3505/20/2020

Schmitts Gay Beer!

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by Anonymousreply 3605/20/2020

Oops! I Crapped My Pants!

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by Anonymousreply 3705/20/2020

The one about how mothers get celebrity names wrong. Spot on

by Anonymousreply 3805/20/2020

I loved this one.

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by Anonymousreply 3905/20/2020

R38 You mean this one?

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by Anonymousreply 4005/20/2020

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 Anonymousreply 4105/20/2020

I can't even say I did that on purpose, lol

Here is the link and egg on my face

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by Anonymousreply 4205/20/2020

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)

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by Anonymousreply 4305/20/2020

A lot of these have made me laugh. ALMOST as much as this one always makes me laugh

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by Anonymousreply 4405/20/2020

39 cents

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by Anonymousreply 4605/20/2020

Excuse me!

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by Anonymousreply 4705/20/2020

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 Anonymousreply 4805/20/2020

Some of their lines aren't even difficult or lengthy. The looking at cue cards lately has become very distracting.

by Anonymousreply 4905/20/2020

R23 And I don't doubt that you have no sense of humor but it's not really the point of this thread.

by Anonymousreply 5005/20/2020

Hard to believe r21 was over ten years ago

by Anonymousreply 5105/20/2020

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 Anonymousreply 5205/20/2020

[quote]Christopher Guest and Martin Short as synchronized swimmers

That was Harry Shearer, not Christoper Guest. You fat stupid whore!

by Anonymousreply 5305/20/2020

R18 I was going to post that! So funny and strange. I love it!

by Anonymousreply 5405/20/2020

Through the years, Ive tried watching SNL but never found anything funny

by Anonymousreply 5505/20/2020

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.

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Eddie Murphy, White Like Me

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by Anonymousreply 5705/20/2020

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 Anonymousreply 5805/20/2020

This is a cut-for-time that should have never been cut!

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All My Luggage with Susan Lucci

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by Anonymousreply 6005/20/2020

Nothing beats nearly the entire episode starring Lucy Lawless, especially Stevie Nicks Fajita Roundup!

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Church Lady with Pat Robertson and Jimmy Swaggart

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Collette Reardon the pill lady! Loved her!

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The Pepsi Syndrome

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Heather Locklear as the racist QVC lady.

by Anonymousreply 6505/20/2020

Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor word-associating.

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by Anonymousreply 6605/20/2020

Can someone explain how SNL skits that were “cut for time” from a live broadcast are available to watch? Are they dress rehearsals?


by Anonymousreply 6705/20/2020

Yes, R67. Dress rehearsal is around 7:30; that's when they cut sketches for time, and they tape both shows.

by Anonymousreply 6805/20/2020

Another vote for the synchronized swimmers!

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by Anonymousreply 6905/20/2020

‘Wells for Boys’ and the ‘The Actress’ were both written by my boyfriend, Julio Torres.

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by Anonymousreply 7005/20/2020

A recent one, but so clever and timely.

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by Anonymousreply 7105/20/2020

Coffee Talk with Linda Richman. Featuring Madonna, Roseanne, and Barbra. Classic.

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by Anonymousreply 7205/20/2020

R71 Sorry. Not clever. You're trying too hard to make SNL relevant. Not happening.

by Anonymousreply 7305/20/2020

Colonel Lingus

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Any of the Chistopher Walken skits as The Continental. Here's one:

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Career Day:

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by Anonymousreply 7605/20/2020

R71, it is the only skit in recent history I replay frequently.

by Anonymousreply 7705/20/2020

Wishin’ Boot

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Mom Jeans!

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Airport Sushi!

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Christina Applegate as Cher and Chris Farley as Lori Davis spoofing the "Focus on Beauty" infomercial

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by Anonymousreply 8105/20/2020

I love this one.

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by Anonymousreply 8205/20/2020

Gilda Radner, RIP Phil Hartmann, RIP remember the anal retentive chef??? his cole head wife killed him, herself, orphaned their kids

by Anonymousreply 8305/21/2020

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.

by Anonymousreply 8405/21/2020

Thanks R68.

by Anonymousreply 8505/21/2020

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 Anonymousreply 8605/21/2020

This one

Lorraine Newman cracks me up.

Oh. Yeah. John Belushi and rest are funny, too.

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by Anonymousreply 8705/21/2020

This is my all time fave

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by Anonymousreply 8805/21/2020

Tori: Absolutely Christmas

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by Anonymousreply 8905/21/2020

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 Anonymousreply 9005/21/2020

Beck Bennett. Adam Driver. Porn Doctor. With Aidy Bryant.

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by Anonymousreply 9105/21/2020

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 Anonymousreply 9205/21/2020

The all-time winner. Let's spin for the wad!

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by Anonymousreply 9305/21/2020

This is probably the best known digital short from SNL

Hard to believe it's only seven years old -- seems like a lifetime ago.

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by Anonymousreply 9405/21/2020

R94 That is from 2005.

by Anonymousreply 9505/21/2020

The one about the TV show Homeland

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by Anonymousreply 9605/21/2020

And Stranger Things

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by Anonymousreply 9705/21/2020

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 Anonymousreply 9805/21/2020

Thanks R95--the upload date was 2013.

2005 sounds more like it and makes me feel better about my ability to judge time ;)

by Anonymousreply 9905/21/2020

John Belushi in Samurai Night Fever. Belush also in Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger.

by Anonymousreply 10005/21/2020

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 Anonymousreply 10105/21/2020

Meet Your Second Wife

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"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 Anonymousreply 10305/21/2020

Dynasty's Greatest Fights

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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 Anonymousreply 10505/21/2020

Also, Colleen as Christina Crawford, to Jane Curtin's Joan Crawford!

by Anonymousreply 10605/21/2020

The "Do It On My Twin Bed" song.

"And now it's a whole thing with Jean..."

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by Anonymousreply 10705/21/2020

R102 That skit is far too honest about middle-aged straight men for SNL. I wonder how they snuck it past Lorne?

by Anonymousreply 10805/21/2020

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.

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by Anonymousreply 10905/21/2020

Too bad there isn't any Goth Talk with Azzzrael Abysssss on youtube.

Loved Grow-A-Guy. Weird SNL is the best SNL

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by Anonymousreply 11005/21/2020

Early days; great satire, dark truths.

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by Anonymousreply 11105/21/2020

"Since you're from France, I'll give you a French kiss!"

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by Anonymousreply 11205/21/2020

"Star Wars, give me those Star Wars!"

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by Anonymousreply 11305/21/2020

Bawbwa Wawa and Mahweenah Deetwick

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by Anonymousreply 11505/21/2020

"It's always something."

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by Anonymousreply 11605/21/2020

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.

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by Anonymousreply 11705/21/2020

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 Anonymousreply 11805/21/2020

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 Anonymousreply 11905/22/2020

First CityWide Change Bank

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by Anonymousreply 12005/22/2020

Wish I could get the whole clip, but Heather Locklear was pretty funny in this.

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by Anonymousreply 12105/22/2020

Any and all of Ashton Kushner's "Death by Chocolate" skits. (sorry I am unable to link a clip)

by Anonymousreply 12205/22/2020

you’re a rat bastard, Charlie Brown

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Twin Bed (music video)

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by Anonymousreply 12405/22/2020

r56, The full length Stuart Smalley film is surprisingly sweet.

by Anonymousreply 12505/22/2020

The Sinatra Group. An unrehearsed discussion of current issues in the recording industry.

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by Anonymousreply 12605/22/2020

Buckwheat has died!!!

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by Anonymousreply 12705/22/2020

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 Anonymousreply 12805/23/2020

Gilda's vulnerability, likability, and comment to her characters made her one of a kind.

by Anonymousreply 12905/23/2020

Ain’t nothing cuter than a fat country baby eating peaches off a hardwood floor.

by Anonymousreply 13005/24/2020

^ 😉

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by Anonymousreply 13105/24/2020

"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 Anonymousreply 13205/24/2020

Bad Clams

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by Anonymousreply 13305/24/2020

Unintentionally funny as they all strain not to laugh.

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by Anonymousreply 13405/24/2020

Dick in a box was pretty good, but the Mothers Day sequel is hysterical.

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by Anonymousreply 13505/24/2020

Close Encounter cracks me up (with Ryan Gosling trying to keep it together)

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by Anonymousreply 13605/24/2020

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 Anonymousreply 13705/24/2020

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 Anonymousreply 13805/24/2020

This one got the DL all hot and bothered.

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by Anonymousreply 13905/24/2020

Yeehaw R139

by Anonymousreply 14005/24/2020

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);

freaking hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 14105/25/2020

Here's a great article on the amazing "Stevie Nicks' Fajita Roundup" sketch.

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by Anonymousreply 14205/26/2020

That was awesome, r142!

by Anonymousreply 14305/26/2020

Kaitlyn. Amy Poehler and RICK!

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by Anonymousreply 14405/26/2020

Molly Shannon is fearless. I taped this when it aired (yes, it was VHS) and forced everyone I knew to watch it.

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by Anonymousreply 14505/26/2020

God, I hated that Kaitlyn skit.

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