While most TV shows have a limited run on TV, Saturday Night Live doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. The series has no doubt had its ups and downs, but after 44 seasons on the air, the late-night comedy show is still going strong on NBC.
Comedians come and go from the show, many of them moving on to have a lucrative acting career. Since 1975, the series has provided hundreds of musical performances, skits, and a whole lot of laughs. Here is SNL: The 10 Best Skits Of All Time, Ranked.
10 Mister Robinsons Neighborhood
One of the most famous actors to come from Saturday Night Live is Eddie Murphy. The actor has starred in popular movies like The Nutty Professor, Coming to America, and Shrek. The actor appeared in 65 episodes of SNL, but one of his most famous sketches was “Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood.” The skit parodied the famous show Mister Roger’s Neighborhood starring Fred Rogers.
Instead of teaching children life lessons, Mr. Robinson was a criminal who often taught children about illegal things like shoplifting. Mr. Robinson was a character that appeared several different times on the show, but the time he taught kids about nutrition was one of the best SNL skits of all time.
9 NPR’s Delicious Dish: Schweddy Balls
Another thing SNL parodied was NPR (National Public Radio). In one episode, Jo McCullen (Ana Gasteyer) and Terry Rialto (Molly Shannon) hosted a segment on the air called Delicious Dish and had a guest star on the show named Pete Schweddy (Alec Baldwin).
Baldwin was the owner of a business called Seasons Eatings and his most famous product was a holiday dessert called Schweddy Balls. The skit was full of double entendre’s mainly about Pete’s balls. Many comedians today wouldn’t have been able to keep their composure, but all three of the actors in the skit did perfectly.
Will Forte was one actor who appeared on over 100 episodes of Saturday Night Live. Forte appeared in 156 episodes starting in 2002 and MacGruber was one of his most famous characters. MacGruber was obviously a parody of the famous 80s show MacGyver.
While MacGyver was always able to get himself out of a tight space due to his scientific resourcefulness, MacGruber always failed and often blew himself up. The skit was so well received that the character was given his own film in 2010, starring Forte and Kristen Wiig. While MacGruber is one of the best SNL skits, the movie didn’t go over well with critics.
7 Two Wild & Crazy Guys
Two of the most popular Saturday Night Live actors of the 70s were Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin. Both actors went on to have massively successful acting careers, but some of their funniest material came from SNL. One skit the two actors were in together was “Two Wild & Crazy Guys” which was about two Czech-born brothers named York and Georg Festrunk.
The brothers were always looking to pick up some ladies, but the swingers weren’t always successful with women. The characters appeared multiple times on the show, most recently in 2013 when Justin Timberlake hosted the show.
6 Celebrity Jeopardy!
“Celebrity Jeopardy” is one Saturday Night Live skit that has appeared in several episodes. Jeopardy! Is one of the most famous game shows around, with Alex Trebek hosting the show since 1984. Jeopardy! Is a perfect show for SNL to parody since it allows the cast members to impersonate several celebrities. The skit started in 1996, but one of the funniest additions came in 1999 in the shows 25th season.
This skit included impersonations of French Stewart (Jimmy Fallon), Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond) and Burt Reynolds (Norm MacDonald). Will Ferrell also appears in the sketch as Alex Trebek and has returned to the role several times even after he moved on from SNL.
5 Chippendale Audition
Chris Farley was one actor whose life was cut far too short. The comedian started off on SNL in 1990, before moving on to star in comedies like Black Sheep and Tommy Boy. Farley was in around 100 episodes of SNL, but one of his more memorable skits came in 1990 during the show’s 16th season.
The skit was called “Chippendales Audition” which saw Farley square off against Patrick Swayze for a spot as a Chippendale. Like a lot of Farley’s roles, his role as Barney was incredibly energetic and over the top, which is what makes the skit so funny.
4 Any Of The Lonely Island Digital Shorts
In 2005, Andy Samberg joined the cast of Saturday Night Live and stayed on the show for seven seasons. Samberg had a lot of roles on SNL, but among fan’s favorite skits were the digital shorts with The Lonely Island. The comedy trio didn’t originally start off on SNL, but they were eventually hired by Lorne Michaels with Samberg becoming a recurring actor on the show.
The issue with The Lonely Island is that there are too many iconic digital shorts to pick just one. Videos like “Motherlover,” “D*** in a Box,” “I’m on a Boat,” and “Great Day,” are only some of the hilarious digital shorts that SNL gave to fans.
3 Olympia Café
One of the earlier sketches on this list is “Olympia Café” from 1978. The skit stars John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray as restaurant employees who only sell cheeseburgers, chips, and Pepsi (not Coke). The skit was inspired by a real-life restaurant called Billy Goat Tavern, which Belushi went to quite often.
The skit was funny from the start, but the punchline really comes when a guest (Robert Klein) wants eggs since it is too early in the morning for a cheeseburger. The skit not only brought more attention to the Billy Goat Tavern, but made the line “cheeseburger, cheeseburger, no Coke, Pepsi” forever memorable.
2 Wayne’s World
Mike Myers was at one point one of the most sought after comedians in Hollywood and like many actors, Saturday Night Live really launched his career. Myers had many different characters on the show, but his most famous was Wayne Campbell from the “Wayne’s World” skits. The character was co-host of a public-access cable show along with Garth Algar (Dana Carvey).
The skit was so well received that it was given two feature-length films starring Myers and Carvey. The skits also created the iconic catchphrases, “Schwing,” “Party on,” and “Hurl.” When it comes to iconic SNL skits, its hard to not talk about "Wayne’s World.”
1 More Cowbell
There are tons of iconic Saturday Night Live skits, but the number one sketch has to go to “More Cowbell.” The skit takes place at Sunshine Studios in 1976, where Blue Oyster Cult is working on their song “Don’t Fear (the Reaper)." The sketch stars Will Ferrell as Gene Frenkle and Christopher Walken as producer Bruce Dickinson. The skit also stars Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz, and Jimmy Fallon.
The punchline of the skit is that Dickinson keeps demanding that the song has more cowbell. If Walken saying, “I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell” doesn’t make you laugh, then seeing Ferrell dance with his belly hanging out while banging a cowbell certainly will.