Here's why Saturday Night Live's "(Do It On My ) Twin Bed" is one of the show's best Christmas sketches. SNL has produced some classic sketches throughout its 40-year history, and in recent years they've had a solid run of viral skits. Arguably the most famous is "Haunted Elevator (ft. David S. Pumpkins)" where a couple taking a haunted elevator ride are somewhat perplexed by the nature of Tom Hanks' Pumpkins. The bizarre premise, Hanks' game performance, and a surprisingly decent jump scare at the end made it an instant classic.
The Lonely Island - consisting of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - also made a lot of gems during their run on Saturday Night Live. Their Digital Shorts "Jack Sparrow," "D*** In A Box," "Dear Sister," "I'm On A Boat" and many others garnered the show a new legion of fans. They also earned the comedy trio movies like Hot Rod and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which both became cult comedies.
Saturday Night Live unleashed their best Christmas sketch in 2013 with "(Do It On My) Twin Bed," which tackles the awkwardness of a relatable subject. "Twin Bed" was part of SNL season 39 episode 10, which featured Jimmy Fallon hosting and Justin Timberlake (The Social Network) as musical guest. J.T. doesn't appear in the "Twin Bed" sketch, however, which is a raunchy music number featuring all the female cast members of SNL, including Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Cecily Strong.
"(Do It On My) Twin Bed" is a Pussycat Dolls-inspired number detailing the bands' attempts to hook up with their boyfriends in the childhood room. This SNL skit milks the awkwardness of the concept for all its worth, contrasting the attempted sexiness of the band with the cringeyness of couples trying to have sex during a family Christmas visit. There are shoutouts to X-Files VHS tapes, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and - in the video's most iconic visual - the ladies dancing to seventh-grade photos of themselves.
Fans of Saturday Night Live know only too well the hit and miss nature of the show, but when they really hit on a great concept, its a thing of beauty. "(Do It On My) Twin Bed" is one such sketch, where all the elements just fell in place and everyone involved delivered. It's an admittedly odd choice for the show's best Christmas sketch, but its certainly one of their funniest.