Memorable Saturday Night Live Skits
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Saturday Night Live first aired on October 11,1975 and for the past thirty five years has produced some of the best comical moments on television. Saturday Night Live has featured in its cast some of the best comedic talents including Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Michael Myers and Will Ferrell.
However, even the most avid fans of Saturday Night Live will admit that there are some skits that are the most memorable and stand high above the rest. The following are some of the most memorable skits ever aired on Saturday Night Live.
Gotta Have More Cowbell
On April 8, 2000 Christopher Walken was the guest host of Saturday Night Live. During this episode a new catchphrase was born. During a skit mimicing VHI's behind the music of Blue Oyster Cult and the recreation of the song Don't Fear The Reaper, Will Farrell played a fictional band member named Gene Frenkle. His instrument, the Cowbell. Walken played music producer Bruce Dickinson. The rest is history.
The skit was voted 5th most unforgettable moment in the television special: Saturday Night Live: 101 unforgettable moments.
- Behind The Music: (More Cowbell) | Saturday Night Live - Yahoo Screen
Christopher Walken's "I gotta have more cowbell," is the line everyone remembers from this popular 2000 "SNL" spoof of Blue Oyster Cult on "VH1's Behind the Music." What's less well known is the wardrobe change that helped make it so memorable. Jimmy
Don't Let Me Down
Since its start in 1975, Saturday Night Live has produced some of the best political humor. Famed for its ability to mimic the day's leading politicians, Saturday Night Live has taken a no holds barred approach to political humor.
One of the more edgy examples of this approach is Eddie Murphy's take on Jessie Jackson during the 1984 Presidential Election. During his campaign for President, Jackson was reported to have referred to New City as "Hymietown" in an off the record remark. The remark was disparaging of New York's large Jewish Population. Jackson denied ever saying it. However, Eddie Murphy produced for Jackson a different type of denial, and he did it song.
Eddie Murphy In Song
Saturday Night Live also does very funny spoofs of current television and movie stars. Once place where they are able to showcase many different talents is in the skit "Celebrity Jeopardy." Here, Will Ferrell impersonates Alex Trabek, the long time host of Jeopardy. The three contestants are SNL cast members impersonating movie stars including Keanu Reeves, Burt Reynolds and most famously Sean Connery.
- Celebrity Jeopardy | Video | Saturday Night Live | NBC
Norm Macdonald hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guests Dr. Dre, Snoop
Alec Baldwin has hosted Saturday Night Live many times and has been the part of many funny skits. One of the best, however, is innocent at heart and filled with Holiday Cheer. Baldwin plays Pete Schweddy, who makes just the best holiday rum balls ever. He appears on a local radio show with two nice women and describes his Schweddy balls.
See For Yourself
- Watch Saturday Night Live: NPRs Delicious Dish Schweddy Balls Online | Hulu
Watch Saturday Night Live: NPRs Delicious Dish Schweddy Balls free online.
As requested by a comment, the late Chris Farley and the late Patrick Swayze provide one of the most memorable Saturday Night Live Skits in their portrayal of two dancers trying out to be Chippendales' dancers. How they both did this scene with a straight face is beyond me.
- Chippendales | Video | Saturday Night Live | NBC
Patrick Swayze hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Mariah Carey.