Best SNL Skits of All Time
Saturday Night Live is famous for breeding talented comedians into seasoned movie stars. Check out some of our favorite skits from the franchise. Keep in mind, most of them are from the 80’s and 90’s since that was when SNL was in its prime.
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Molly Shannon played an extremely awkward Catholic school student who wanted to be famous and also believed she looked like Elizabeth Taylor.
“Sometimes, when I get nervous, I stick my hands underneath my arms and I smell my fingers like that.”
This skit was also turned into a Hollywood film.
The skit where we got to see Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze compete in a Chippendale’s audition. How can that not be comic gold? Farley's butt crack hangs out for half the skit, but that’s part of the reason why it’s so great.
Who can forget this sketch? Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, Norm McDonald as Burt Reynolds aka Turd Ferguson and Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery. This must have been where all the Yo-Mama jokes originated, since Connery was constantly giving Trebek grief about his mother.
“Rough, just the way your mother likes it, Trebek.”
Another SNL skit that was so popular that they ended up making a movie of it. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey played Wayne and Garth, two kids from Aurora, IL who had a public-access cable TV show. Most notably, Aerosmith made an appearance on one show and Tom Hanks played the crew’s roadie.
Tina Fey as Sarah Palin
Tina Fey came back to SNL to impersonate Sarah Palin in multiple different episodes. From her interview with Katie Couric to her and Hillary Clinton sharing the podium, she was always spot on. Palin even got in on the fun and appeared in an episode alongside Fey.
The Ladies Man
Tim Meadows was fantastic in his role of Leon Phelps. Phelps was famous for not being able to solve his viewer’s problems and telling them that there was nothing he could do to help them. The skit was so popular that a movie called "The Ladies Man" was released in 2000.
Dick in a Box
One of the more recent sketches that went viral. Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg mock an R&B music video while singing about their "dick in a box". Who knew that Justin Timberlake could actually be so funny?
The Japanese Game Show
Mike Myers played the host of a hilarious Japanese game show, while Farley played an American tourist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Alec Baldwin played another contestant. Contestants who get the answer wrong must get their hands hacked off with a butcher’s knife.
The Blues Brothers
Come on! This skit was absolutely legendary! Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues. Later on, the two actually released an album that hit number 1 on the billboard charts.
The Festrunk Brothers
This skit was done all the way back in the 70’s. It featured Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd as brothers with thick accents who reminisce about their upbringing in Czechoslovakia. The plaid pants and floral button up shirts made this skit even better. Aykroyd’s accent sounds like Beldar Conehead (whom he also played) while Martin’s is similar to Borat's.
NPR's Delicious Dish With Pete Schweddy
This sketch was amazing. Actually, so amazing that Ben and Jerry’s named an ice cream after it. In the skit, Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon played radio hosts while Alec Baldwin played a bakery owner who was their special guest. Baldwin talks about his bakery’s famous “Shweddy Balls” while Gasteyer and Shannon eat them on air and rave about how tender and delicious they are.
The Chanukah Song
Adam Sandler first sang this tune on Weekend Update in 1994. It is a silly ode to Jewish folk around the world. Since then, Sandler has made two more versions. The first will always be the best though.
The Debbie Downer SNL skit was great for so many reasons. First, Rachel Dratch was so good at the role and making it believable. Second, whenever this skit aired, the cast around her completely lost it and couldn’t help but laugh. This made it even better. Third, the trombone and the face she made when she gave a negative comment was priceless.
Bill Swerski's Superfans
Chris Farley was amazing in this skit. You didn’t have to be from Chicago or be a Bears fan to enjoy the sketch. The best part of the skit was Chris Farley's multiple heart attacks. Michael Jordan even made a guest appearance at one point.
The Roxbury Guys
Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell play friends who are trying to pick up ladies at the bar. Jim Carrey was definitely the best addition to this duo. The trio driving and rocking out to “What is Love” in the car is by far the best part of the sketch. How many people have tried to do the neck rock that they've got going on in this scene?
Coffee Talk with Linda Richman
Mike Myers dressed as a woman in this role and played a Jewish call-in talk show host with a weird obsession with Barbara Streisand. The most memorable episode of Coffee Talk featured Roseanne Barr and Madonna, who played a mother-daughter duo. At the end of the skit, Barbara Streisand actually comes out.
Brian Fellow's Safari Planet
This skit was great because of the way that Tracy Morgan spoke. The character Brian Fellows is constantly getting sassy with zoo expert guests even though he only has a sixth grade education. Also notable was the fact that Fellows always wore clear lipgloss.
“I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!”
How could this sketch not be great? It had the likes of Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz. The best part of the sketch was Will Ferrell banging the cowbell with his tummy coming out of his shirt.
Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker
“When you’re living in a van down by the river!”
Another flawless performance by the amazing Chris Farley. David Spade and Christina Applegate played teens who needed a counselor. Within the first 20 seconds of Farley taking the screen, Applegate and Spade can’t keep a straight face. The best part was when Chris Farley falls and breaks the table, which we later found out was by accident.
Some of the best SNL ladies of all time took part in this skit. Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch all took turns strutting their stuff in high waisted “mom jeans”.
“Give her that something that says, 'I'm not a woman anymore—I'm a mom!'”