The SNL Funny 115
115. Match'd - 11/15/14 (Host: Woody Harrelson)
Transcript: None Video: http://tinyurl.com/zo7lxps
Match'd was the absolute hardest decision on my entire countdown.
As my 115th and last entry, I wasn't sure if I wanted to include this
sketch (Match'd) or if I wanted to include a sketch with Christopher
Walken where he plays a gardener who is scared of his plants. Or,
alternately, if I wanted to include my favorite Falconer sketch with
Will Forte. All three of them would have made solid entries and
perfect 115th and final entries on my countdown.
end, I went with Match'd specifically because of one line. I mean, yeah, the
abrupt shift in tone in this sketch is awesome, and yeah the
performances are all great, and I especially love the way that Kyle
Mooney wants to learn more about the game show industry,
sir. But in the end it is one
line by Cecily Strong that I love because it is so unexpectedly
dark and it just comes completely out of
nowhere. "Can't shake hands with a ghost!" I mean, where
the hell did THAT line come from? The comedy writer in me loved
that THAT line showed up in THIS sketch, and for that reason and that
reason alone I snubbed the googly eyes gardener and I included Match'd
as my 115th entry instead. Sorry, googly eyes gardener fans.
114. Rabun to Shuri - 10/14/00 (Host: Kate Hudson)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/00/00brabuntoshuri.phtml Video: None available
Rabun to Shuri is a bizarre parody of Laverne and Shirley that Maya
as one of her very first sketches on SNL. The reason it is so
bizarre is because it was written entirely in Japanese, so you have no
idea what any of the characters are saying throughout the entire
sketch. But still, even if
you have no idea what anyone is saying, it is still awesome because
Kate Hudon completely nail the tone of what a Japanese Laverne and
episode would probably look like, right down to the very last
to Shuri is one of those weird end-of-the-night sketches that you
rarely ever see re-run on cable, and it is nearly impossible to find a
video of it on the internet. And that’s a shame, because this is
the sketch that made me realize that this new Maya Rudolph person who
had just joined SNL might
actually be kind of interesting. I mean, who the hell starts
career off with THIS? Oh yeah, Rabun to Shuri also features
a completely WTF commercial in the middle of the sketch for a candy bar
made out of cockroaches, which is 100% Japanese oddness, and which
absolutely fits the strangeness of the rest of the sketch.
to Shuri isn't the funniest sketch that SNL has ever done, or anywhere
near the most memorable, but the comedy writer in me has always loved
it just because it is so different. So I'm putting it on my list
just because it is impossible to find, and because I wanted to document
that it actually existed on SNL once. If you ever run across the
Kate Hudson episode in a rerun on TV one day, see if you can find a
version where they actually include it.
113. Taylor's Musical Monologue - 11/7/09 (Host: Taylor Swift)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/09/09emono.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/gplokmr
This monologue happened right after the whole Kanye West-Taylor Swift
thing happened at the VMAs in September of 2009, and the first time I saw it, what struck me was what a natural
Taylor Swift was when she was joking about it on a live TV show. I
had actually never heard of Taylor Swift before this particular SNL episode, so I had no
idea who she was. I just knew she was some teenage singer who got shit
on by Kanye on national TV. So I remember watching this episode for the first time and
thinking, "Wow this girl is a natural on SNL. I bet she has some sketch
comedy experience in her background." So I looked it
up and, sure enough, she did. Taylor Swift had been in a sketch comedy troupe back when
she was younger.
her sketch comedy background, and the fact that you actually get to
Taylor Swift say the word "douchebags" on live TV, I think this is one
of the more interesting SNL monologues of the past decade or so.
You can see that she is an absolute natural on stage, even if in this
case it is a comedy stage. And I can't get over the fact
that she was basically just a kid when she did this. It's very
rare to see anyone this young come out and be this charming and this confident on SNL right off the bat like that.
I have always used SNL as a litmus
test to determine whether I like a celebrity or not, I have been a fan
Taylor Swift ever since she came on the show and she introduced herself
to the world with this monologue. It's just one of those random
little SNL debuts that has always stuck with me.
112. We're Going To Make Technology Hump - 11/12/11 (Host: Emma Stone)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/11/11fhump.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/gvafmsy
Yes it's juvenile, and yeah it's stupid, so what. SNL has
always been juvenile and stupid. You know you laughed at it.
111. Justin Bieber's Body Doubles - 2/9/13 (Host: Justin Bieber)
Transcript: None Video: http://tinyurl.com/gswvxnj
It's easy to make fun of Justin Bieber, but you have to give it
a guy who was a good enough sport to allow Saturday Night Live to do a
this. Bieber: "Some of them are black, they're not fooling
anybody." Sudeikis: "Well neither are you, homie."
Come on, you have to love the Biebs a little just for that line.
Ellen cameo at the end was also hilarious. And I guess it would
be irresponsible of me not to point out the obvious: lol
Justin Bieber is a terrible actor.
110. Charades! - 5/13/06 (Host: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
Transcript: None Video: http://tinyurl.com/j6jt5rz
This is an old 1970's game show where Amy Poehler and Julia
Louis-Dreyfus act out charades and celebrity guests have to guess what
they are doing. Except it is complicated by the fact that every
single one of the charades looks like some kind of a perverted Tijuana sex act.
I wouldn't have included this sketch on my
countdown except for the part at
the end where Charo (Maya Rudolph) sees Julia Louis-Dreyfus appear
to be blowing four guys at once and she happily screams out "Ah, you
are me, Charo!" Sneaky cheap shot jokes like that are why I love SNL.
109. Rosetta Stone - 1/26/13 (Host: Adam Levine)
Transcript: None Video: http://tinyurl.com/h5tudhc
This commercial didn't really resonate with me the first time I saw it,
but the more times I have watched it since then, the harder it makes me
love when they let the SNL guys play creepy sex perverts, for some
reason they are
always all so good at it. In fact, I wonder if Lorne
casts people just for that reason, because he knows they will be able
to play a pedophile one day. I am actually shocked they didn't
bring back Will Forte just to do a cameo in this one, that guy was the
Sir John Gielgud of playing a pedophile.
Trivia: The Thai government hates this sketch and they have asked for it to be removed from the internet. Yeah good luck with that.
108. Andre the Giant Chooses an Ice Cream Flavor - 11/19/11 (Host: Jason Segel)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/11/11gandre.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/zuhqlpz
There’s nothing really much to say about this one, it's just Jason
doing his dead-on Andre the Giant impression. Since I have never
actually seen an Andre the Giant impression before, I'm including it on
my countdown just
for its sheer stupid bizarre simplicity. I also can’t believe
actually made it through table reads and run-throughs and dress
rehearsal and that Lorne Michaels actually put it on the air.
There’s something impressive about the tenacity Jason Segel must have
shown to get this thing on the show over another goddamn Kristin
Wiig recurring character sketch. Even his smile at the end
looks like "Ha ha fuckers, look what sketch I just got on the air.
I'm Jason Segel, I just did an Andre the Giant ice cream sketch on Saturday Night Live. Bow down before me!"
107. Hunger Games Postgame Press Conference - 1/19/13 (Host: Jennifer Lawrence)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/12/12khunger.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/gqaq8gl
This sketch is awesome just for the moment when Jay Pharoah (as a reporter) asks Peeta if
he took any Performance Reducing Drugs. Great idea for a sketch.
106. Sad Mouse - 10/20/12 (Host: Bruno Mars)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/12/12emouse.phtml Video: https://vimeo.com/70969873
This is one of those films that everyone was talking about when
it first aired on TV, because it's not the type of thing you normally
ever see on SNL. It's more sad and poignant than it is funny,
which makes a lot sense since it was written by Mike O'Brien, who later
made a name for himself as the most sad/poignant/unique/deep of all the SNL
I debated leaving Sad Mouse out of my countdown since
(unlike the other entries) it really doesn't have any actual laughs in
it, but in terms of it being something different that you don’t
normally see on SNL, at the last minute I decided I had to include it
because of how unique it was. I should also add that my kids absolutely love
this film, they watch SNL all the time and Sad Mouse is one of their
105. Jesus Visits the Locker Room - 12/17/11 (Host: Jimmy Fallon)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/11/11jtebow.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/jm4uqpt
I love Jason Sudeikis. He is without question one of my top five
most underrated SNL castmembers ever, and this sketch is pretty much
just a showcase for Sudeikis to come in
and do his stuff. He plays Jesus visiting the locker room of the
Denver Broncos after a big win over the Chicago Bears. He is
tell Tim Tebow to stop relying on him to win games for them in the
fourth quarter, and for the Broncos to at least meet him halfway since
helping them is getting to be too much work. Again, nothing
particularly distinct about this sketch, it's just an excuse for
(and the always great Taran Killam) to do their thing and play off one
another and get a bunch of laughs.
104. Ooh Child - 3/8/14 (Host: Lena Dunham)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/13/13ochild.phtml Video: https://vimeo.com/106381957
I love clips like this. You think it's going one direction, and it's good for a couple of laughs, and
then it suddenly takes a quick dark detour at the end that you didn't
see coming. And then it ends with a bang.
about Ooh Child, I don't think I have ever seen it listed on any list
of "great recent SNL moments", so I would probably consider it one
of the more
underrated SNL clips of recent memory.
Remember kids, dark sketches are always better.
103. Jon Heder's monologue - 10/8/05 (Host: Jon Heder)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/05/05bmono.phtml Video: None
This is one of my favorite SNL monologues of the past 20 years, and it
kills me that there isn't any video out there of it anywhere on the internet. Jon Heder
(the star of Napoleon Dynamite) is up on stage giving his monologue,
and he denies that the character of Napoleon Dynamite is actually based on
anyone he knows. Then his friend Leopold Samsonite (Jeff
Sudeikis - doing a perfect Napoleon Dynamite impression) stands up in the audience and he argues that Napoleon is
actually based on him. Then Leopold's friends Jose (Fred Armisen)
and Kip (Will Forte) stand up, and they are such dead ringers for Pedro
and Kip from the movie that it just kills me every time. Seriously,
you have to find a copy of this moment if you like Napoleon
Dynamite. The impressions of Leopold, Jose, and Kip are all just
perfect. Will Forte was born to play Kip from Napoleon Dynamite, slap a mustahce on him and he looks just like him.
102. Anne Hathaway's Monologue - "One Day More" - 11/10/12 (Host: Anne Hathaway)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/12/12gmono.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/zfq2so4
Oh now this clip is great. Anne Hathaway pulls off an epic homage
to Les Miserables in her opening monologue, as she sings the song "One
Day More" and is joined by pretty
much everyone in the SNL cast. It is sketches like this that make
you realize what an awesome SNL host Anne Hathaway really is, and the
stuff that she brings to the table that hardly any other host
does. She is really
talented. It is also a good reminder of how many good singers
SNL actually has in its cast at the moment. Oh yeah, and Tim
Robinson is in there too.
the way, I just watched this clip again one last time right before
I posted this page. It's amazing. That is one epic SNL
101. Jacob The Bar Mitzvah Boy - 12/15/12 (Host: Martin Short)
Transcript: None Video: http://tinyurl.com/ze7w43d
This entry is a guilty pleasure of mine, and it is mostly because of a comment
that Seth Meyers once made in an interview about who he likes to work
with and who he doesn't like to work with. He said that Vanessa
Bayer is one of the hardest people to work with on live TV because she has
this look that she gets on her face that is pretty much the funniest
thing he has ever seen. And whenever she does it in a sketch he
can't keep a straight face, so he has to avoid looking at her.
am pretty sure that the look he is talking about is the one right after
Jacob tells a joke and he looks up at the audience to show off how
proud he was of it. That face makes me laugh every. single. god. damn.
time I see it and for that reason and that reason alone I will always love the awkward
adorableness of Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy. I don't care how many
times they keep bringing this character back, I don't care that it's
the exact same shtick every single time he shows up, Vanessa Bayer
no-selling Seth's lines and then getting that proud look on her face
after each joke is one of the greatest things ever. But don't
tell my parents I said that.
100. Australian Screen Legends - 11/3/12 (Host: Louis C.K.)
Transcript: None Video: http://www.hulu.com/watch/421101
This is the absolute definition of a silly SNL sketch that just makes
laugh, even though you know it's stupid. I have to give special
props to Kate
McKinnon and Bill Hader for somehow pulling off a concept that isn't
even all that funny on paper. It's just two people pulling off a
love scene while speaking in a silly accent. Anybody could have
written this sketch.
This is one of those entries on my countdown that is 100% purely a performers'
sketch, which is odd for me because normally I only tend to prefer the
writers’ sketches. But I can't help it, I just adore this one. SNL threw two really funny people out
there on stage with a dumb script and they just let them run with it. I loved it.
99. Inside the Actor's Studio with Screech - 4/15/00 (Host: Tobey Maguire)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/99/99qstudio.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/zac5yrs
They did a bunch of "Inside the Actor's Studio" sketches with Will
Ferrell back in the 90's and 2000's, but the one that always stood out
to me as the masterpiece was
this one, where Tobey Maguire plays Screech from Saved by the
Bell. There's just something funny about seeing stoic, serious
Maguire playing somebody as over the top and ridiculous as Screech that
always makes me smile. You can tell he is having a lot of
with it. In fact, this has always been one of the most
charming things about Saturday Night Live over the years - you get
to see award-winning actors
playing comedy roles that they normally wouldn't ever get to
you want another good example of this, just look at what Justin
career has turned into, all because of what he first did on SNL.
Nobody ever thought that guy could be funny prior to him getting
in a fist fight with Kermit the Frog on Saturday Night Live.
98. Little Brothers - 5/5/12 (Host: Eli Manning)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/11/11tbrothers.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/zyd7gx4
The Manning Family sure has been great on SNL. EVERY single time they host, they pull off some masterpiece, and this
sketch featuring Eli Manning teaching kids how to take revenge against
their big brothers is no exception. Especially when Eli lets out
a Freudian slip at the end and you realize his revenge service is simply him
trying to work out his rage against his older brother Peyton.
always show this sketch on "Best SNL sports sketches" compilations, and
for good reason. It is a big audience favorite.
97. I’m, Like, on a Blind Date - 9/15/12 (Host: Seth MacFarlane)
Transcript: None Video: http://tinyurl.com/j4gzeyj
Seth MacFarlane and the always underrated Nasim Pedrad are on a blind
date and, well, let's just say that they both have a lot of funny
little verbal quirks.
This is one of those sketches that is easier to watch
than it is to write about, so just go watch the clip and appreciate two
talented performers having a lot of fun with a weird little sketch.
In particular, admire the dark turn the sketch suddenly takes at the 2:10 mark
where you can hear the audience actually recoil in horror at one of
The 2012-2013 season (what I like to call the Tim Robinson
season) had a lot of sketches with weird dark little turns like that,
and the moment in this sketch with Nasim’s dead sister is one of the best examples of
them all. To me, there's nothing funnier than when an SNL audience
recoils in horror at a sketch unexpectedly going dark on them. Oh
yeah, and say hi to future SNL star Aidy Bryant (above), since this was
her very first sketch.
96. The Hero's Song - 3/8/08 (Host: Amy Adams)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/07/07gshort.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/zg8rnt2
This is the first musical Digital Short on my countdown, but it sure isn't
going to be the last.
anyone ever remembers this clip, this is one of those rare SNL clips
that seems to have aired once in 2008 during the Amy Adams show, and
then it slowly just dissolved into the ether, never to be seen again.
But I'll be honest, I have always loved it. It
cracked me up the first time I saw it, and I still love it whenever I
get a chance to see
it again. And it still baffles me how few Andy
Samberg fans seem to remember that this clip had even once
been a Digital Short.
you will find out later in the countdown, I have always been a
sucker for the Will Forte style of comedy of
"just start doing something for a while, and after about the eightieth
time it starts to become funny again because the joke starts
to get its second wind."
That's the idea behind this sketch in a nutshell. In fact, it's
hard to believe that Will Forte
doesn't star in The Hero's Song, it is such a Will Forte idea.
95. Geoff's Halloween Emporium - 10/25/14 (Host: Jim Carrey)
Transcript: None Video: http://tinyurl.com/lzkgysz
Jim Carrey has hosted SNL a couple of times now, and unfortunately
there have been very few sketches where the producers let him loose and they actually let him
go do Jim Carrey things.
This is one of the few where they
Carrey plays the owner of a Halloween store who has been
possessed by a demon, and who wants nothing more than for his employees
to join him in the darkness and bear his spawn and to talk about his
new sexy Hunger Games
costumes. This was the last sketch of the night (as you can
imagine) of Carrey's 2014 episode, and it's pretty out there even by
standards. But it always makes me laugh because it's awesome to
see Jim Carrey let loose and just go all the way with something.
This isn't the 90's, you don't get to see that often enough
"Sexy Tracker Jacker" is a great quote but the line that always kills
in this sketch is "Sexy Her Sister." That's such a gloriously
end-of-the-night SNL way of writing something, and I have always
appreciated that it's in there.
94. Omeletteville - 10/11/03 (Host: Justin Timberlake)
Transcript: None Video: http://www.hulu.com/watch/97771
And here it is, the Justin Timberlake sketch that started it all.
The one that made people sit up and realize, holy crap, that dweeb from N Sync is
actually pretty funny.
is something I love
explaining to younger SNL viewers. Prior to 2003, Justin
was pretty much one of the most easily mocked figures in show
business. People just bagged on him constantly. He was more
or less just the Justin Bieber of his time, only if Justin Bieber was
known for being the even-less-talented boyfriend of Britney Spears.
Because that's all that Timberlake was for a couple of years
there, he was just Britney Spears' annoying tag-along boyfriend who had
the weird poofy hair.
And then Justin
Timberlake showed up on SNL in 2003, and he absolutely killed it in sketches like
this, and then all of a sudden he's hilarious and he's beloved and he is the next national
treasure. It’s funny how some peoples’ legacies can change
overnight like that.
In any case, Omeletteville is one of JT's first
masterpiece sketches on Saturday Night Live, and there's a good reason
they always bring it back whenever he decides to host. Like Steve
Martin and Christopher Walken and Tom Hanks before him, Justin
Timberlake is so good as an SNL host that he actually has a popular
recurring character. Not many hosts gets their own recurring character.
If you think this sketch is ranked too low, you're not alone.
But I only put it down here so the list wouldn't be
dominated by Timberlake stuff in the top 50. I have a method to
my madness here, trust me, I am just trying to spread things out.
93. Totinos Super Bowl Activity Pack for Women - 1/31/15 (Host: JK Simmons)
Transcript: None Video: http://tinyurl.com/p6jgh8m
For grown women, ages five and up.
has ever played a role
like this better than Vanessa Bayer does. She was born for this
stuff. In fact, if you don't laugh when she throws the sticky
hand against the fridge in the background, I'm just gonna come right
out and say it, you don't have a soul.
92. Get in the Cage with Nicolas Cage - 2/11/12 (Host: Zooey Deschanel)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/11/11nupdate.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/zn2fd86
Andy Samberg and SNL have been absolutely pummeling Nicolas Cage for
years, he has long been one of their favorite targets. So to
see Nic Cage show up on SNL and actually be a part of the joke,
that's the sort of thing that has always been SNL's bread and
butter. This is the kind of cameo that they do better than anyone
And I have to say, I love how Cage actually manages to keep a straight face
through this entire thing, I don't know how he was able to do
that. Yes, that's high praise.
how I said that SNL has always been my litmus test to determine whether
I actually like a celebrity or not? Well how can you not like
Nicolas Cage after seeing him agree to do a sketch like this? The guy is a good sport.
91. Boy Dance Party - 10/12/13 (Host: Bruce Willis)
Transcript: None Video: http://tinyurl.com/z52u4am
This is one of those clips that my wife loves, and she thinks should be way
higher on my countdown. She thinks Bruce Willis is adorable in
it, which is amazing because she can't stand Bruce Willis in
anything. Also, props to Vanessa Bayer for pulling off an
impressive horror movie scream at the end. That's some Jamie Lee Curtis level shit right there.
90. Dusty Velvet - 4/12/08 (Host: Ashton Kutcher)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/07/07jstripper.phtml Video: https://vimeo.com/81598076
Oh, Casey Wilson. If only they had given you a chance on Saturday
Casey was one of the casualties of the great Kristin
Wiig purge of the late 2000's, where if you were a female on Saturday Night Live, and if you
were not named Kristin Wiig, they would never put you on the air. And
then after two years they would quietly fire you because you never did
anything on the show. I really think Casey could have done great things on
SNL, and if you don't believe me, watch this sketch. It features her
signature character, a never-say-die paraplegic stripper named Dusty
Velvet who is just there to dance sexy for you.
It is very rare that you see a female pull off this kind
of physical slapstick on live TV, and I had huge hopes for Casey at the time since
this was one of her very first SNL sketches and she showed a lot of
early potential. But alas, it was not to be. Still, the sketch
holds up, and it still makes me laugh, and of course it's the heroic fist in the air at the end that really
sells it. I wish we had been given a chance to see more of poor Dusty.
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