The SNL Funny 115
89. Lazy Sunday - 12/17/05 (Host: Jack Black)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/05/05ilazy.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/gtpgbrb
Lazy Sunday is the first SNL Digital Short that ever went viral, and it
raised the bar
for pretty much anything that was going to be on Saturday Night Live
starting in the year 2006. It was THAT big of a deal.
However, that being said,
I don't know if it really holds up as being all that amazing anymore,
and there were
other Digital Shorts that came later that I thought were a lot
in the interest of keeping my countdown from just being a bunch of
Digital Shorts at the top, I dropped Lazy Sunday down to #89 just to
out the list a little. It's definitely better than the 89th best
moment of the past fifteen years though. I mean, Michael Scott
even dedicated an entire training video to Lazy Sunday in an episode of
The Office. This was one of those rare SNL moments that had big time
crossover appeal and made it into the popular lexicon for a while.
88. The Hypnotist - 9/22/12 (Host: Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/12/12bhypnotist.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/z9ah77j
Nothing really special about this sketch, it's just two really good
performers (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Taran Killam) pulling off a great scene.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of those people who was just sort of born to
be an SNL host, and Taran Killam can get a laugh doing pretty much
anything, so to see the two of them at the top of their game is always
fun. Throw in the unexpectedly dark turn that this sketch
suddenly takes at 4:14 and you have a fun random little sketch that I have always
87. Almost Pizza - 4/7/12 (Host: Sofia Vergara)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/11/11rpizza.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/hrv548r
Nothing all that complicated about this one, it's just a funny
commercial parody that makes me laugh. Especially the part when
Bill Hader drops the f-bomb, which just comes out of nowhere and gets a big audience pop.
86. The Undecided Voters - 9/22/12 (Host: Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/12/12bvoters.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/gtwub6r
I tried very hard not to have many political sketches on my
because in my opinion political stuff on Saturday Night Live is pretty
much a dime a dozen.
It's funny, sure, but it's always the same. I mean, try picking
one funny George W. Bush sketch over any other. But this is one
of the rare instances where
I put a political commercial on my countdown, just because it goes in
weird directions and it makes me laugh. Also, where's my power
85. Celebrity Family Feud - 10/3/09 (Host: Ryan Reynolds)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/09/09bfeud.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/hywndu3
Have you ever seen an SNL sketch where you just sit there and think,
wow, it took a lot of balls to put this one on the air? Well look
no further than this infamous sketch from 2009, which came out right
after the story that John Phillips (of the Mamas and the Papas) had had
an incestuous affair with his daughter
MacKenzie. SNL wasted no time, they went right for the jugular by
jumping right in with the incest stuff. Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader
are both especially great in
this one, by the way. Oh, and I should also add that this sketch was
protested up and down the internet by the "I was offended by that!" police pretty much the second after it aired. People
were furious about it.
84. The Census Taker - 4/8/00 (Host: Christopher Walken)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/99/99pcensus.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/z8gxyjp
For years people have argued that Christopher Walken is one of the best
SNL hosts out there, but I have always argued just the opposite.
I have always argued he is one of the worst. Sketches tend to
work on Saturday Night Live in spite of Christopher Walken, not because of him. But this sketch
(The Census Taker) is one of the few that he actually makes funnier,
despite (or maybe because of) how horrible he is at delivering a
line. I don't know. The whole Christopher Walken debate is
an interesting one, is he funny because he is so terrible, or is how
terrible and unfunny he is what makes him so awesome? I don't think
we will ever know. But this sketch is definitely one of the
Christoper Walken SNL masterpieces. And it kills me that they
just ripped it off and repeated it a decade later when Betty White hosted, and everyone
seems to remember that census sketch, and they forget this one. The Walken
census taker sketch was the original.
83. Chris Parnell's Britney Spears rap - 5/13/00 (Host: Britney Spears)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/99/99supdate.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/hqp4l6k
One of my favorite things about SNL over the years is the moment
where a new castmember bursts out of obscurity and they suddenly make "the
leap." When they suddenly become a big deal. All of the
Saturday Night Live greats over the years have had a moment like that, and even though he
probably would never be considered a "great", one of my favorite breaking out
moments of all time was the one Chris Parnell had on Weekend Update
back in 2000. Yes, this is his hardcore rap song about dating Britney
Spears and participating in a drive-by shooting, which comes completely out of nowhere because it comes out
of the mouth of a guy who looks like he is your high school biology teacher.
will always remember this Chris Parnell moment, and how unexpected it
was, and I will always remember the big ovation he got at the end of
it. Because he had suddenly made it. NOW he was an
official SNL cast member. And I will never forget how pissed I
was when Lorne Michaels decided to fire Chris Parnell a year later,
completely ridiculous because Parns was one of the most well rounded
performers in the entire cast. Because of that ridiculous Chris
Parnell firing (which still pisses me off, even a decade and a half
later), I have questioned Lorne Michaels'
judgement on retaining or firing castmembers ever since.
case, here is the famous Chris Parnell rap song about Britney
Spears. His big breakout moment. And I must point out that we never would have had a
Lazy Sunday six years later if we didn't have this Britney Spears moment first.
Lazy Sunday only happened because Amdy Samberg knew he had somebody
else in the cast he would be able to do a rap song with. Let's
finally give Parns some of the credit for that.
82. Tell Him - 10/15/11 (Host: Anna Faris)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/11/11dtellhim.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/8lze3z7
Vanessa Bayer wonders what she has to go to get a guy to like her,
and her friends sing her an instructional song about all the lies you
have to tell a guy to trick him to fall in love with you. This is
a great ensemble song sketch that a lot of people don't seem to
remember, which is surprising because in general if there is ever a
good all-female sketch on SNL it will be the top story on every single
entertainment page on the internet for the next two weeks. Yet
for some reason this one
sort of gets forgotten about. I don't know why, it is really
81. Flirty - 4/5/14 (Host: Anna Kendrick)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/13/13qflirty.phtml Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxg5tPBWOmI
Comments: Kyle Mooney and Vanessa Bayer play the world's most adorably awkward
couple, who keep trying to hook up but they always fail. Until the one
time where they finally do hook up, in this film that's sweet and innocent and
then all of a sudden not. This is one of those weird awkward
short films that Mooney seems to excel at over the past few
years. While most of Kyle Mooney's stuff is generally too weird to ever be
universally loved, this is one of those films that people (including
me) seemed to really like because of how gosh darn sweet it was.
By the way, I have always been a big Vanessa Bayer fan, and sketches like this are
the main reason why. She can play adorable and awkward as well as just
about anyone I have ever seen on Saturday Night Live. This film was just a perfect
vehicle for her.
80. Game Time with Dave and Greg - 3/7/09 (Host: The Rock)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/08/08qgame.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/jh8l6mq
The Rock is one of the most natural hosts that SNL has ever had, and
Bill Hader can play a weirdo right up there with the best of
them. Combine the two of them in this bizarre sketch about a
sports talk show with aliens and you get one of the great Bill Hader
SNL masterpieces. P.S. Greg is not an alien.
79. Rick's Model T cars - 9/28/13 (Host: Tina Fey)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/13/13acars.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/hyqeefw
Oh Mike O'Brien, what could have been. Even though he is one of
the most famous SNL writers of the past decade, they actually gave Mike
a chance to be in the cast for one season, and this was the first big
sketch he ever did. He plays the owner of a car dealership
in the 1920's who is filming the first ever "used car commercial."
As a comedy writer myself, this
is one of those sketches that I immediately loved because, like Conan
O'Brien before him, Mike O'Brien loves awkwardness and he loves stilted old
timey early 20th century dialogue. Between that, and Tina Fey
playing his batshit crazy wife who drowned all her babies in a well,
this was one of those instant classic sketches that always makes me
wish they had kept Mike O'Brien in the cast.
78. Embarrassing Text Messages - 5/5/12 (Host: Eli Manning)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/11/11ttrial.phtml Video: https://vimeo.com/41920743
Look, we already have our second Eli Manning sketch! This is one
of those sketches that is impossible not to laugh at. Just watch
it for yourself and enjoy. Oh, and special kudos to the interplay between
Jason Sudeikis as the lawyer and Bill Hader as the judge, they add a lot to the
sketch and I am pretty sure they are just ad-libbing most of the time.
77. Les Jeunes de Paris - 3/5/11 (Host: Miley Cyrus)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/10/10pparis.phtml Video: https://vk.com/video205926714_165184038
Les Jeunes de Paris has always been one of the weirder things that has
ever become a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live, and I don't know
how you can write about
it and try to explain it to somebody who has never seen it
before. It's just a bunch of people
dancing and doing stereotypical French things set to the beat of the
music. There, that is the synopsis of Les Jeunes in a nutshell.
funny about Les Jeunes is that it's clear the audience never has
any idea what to make of it. And, to be honest, I'm not
even sure I even like Les Jeunes all that much myself.
However, THIS particular version of Les Jeunes, featuring Taran Killam
at his hyperactive best, and Miley Cyrus at her most charming, is one
those randomly weird SNL sketches that has always just sort of stuck
me. I'm not sure I have ever seen a moment on Saturday Night Live
quite like Taran Killam stuffing an entire crepe in his mouth to the
beat of a French pop song. Only Killam (one of the best
overall SNL castmembers of the past decade) could have made this sketch
work, and yet in some weird way, because of his energy, it actually
sort of does. I
don't know why.
I completely understand that Les Jeunes
Paris is not for everyone. But for a show like Saturday Night
Live that relies on templates, and is known for recycling the
exact same ideas and
characters and catchphrases over and over and over, I just find the
fact that something as different and creative as Les Jeunes made
it past the table read and actually made it onto the air to be
nothing short of amazing. At the very least, you have to
admire whoever fought for this one.
76. Sign Language Press Conference - 11/3/12 (Host: Louis C.K.)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/12/12fpress.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/zfjb5qp
Great work from Cecily Strong and Nasim Pedrad here as a couple of
over-excited sign language interpreters. It's funny, when I look
at my countdown, I can't get over how
many times Nasim shows up in my favorite SNL sketches. She
was really good in the little amount of stuff she was ever allowed to
be in on the show. It bugs me that a lot of "SNL commentators"
time on SNL to be a failure, personally I think she had a great
Saturday Night Live career. Remember, Jan Hooks was rarely the
star of anything either, you just had to start looking for her.
75. Djesus Uncrossed - 2/16/13 (Host: Christoph Waltz)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/12/12njesus.phtml Video: https://vimeo.com/59975315
If Quentin Tarantino made a Bible movie, this would be
I think it's safe to say that not everyone was very happy when this parody showed up on SNL.
Also, the J is silent.
74. Visiting the Queen - 11/20/10 (Host: Anne Hathaway)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/10/10gqueen.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/h8qp5t9
Anne Hathaway has been the host of some of the best SNL episodes of the
past ten years, and this sketch is one of her best. She
plays Kate Middleton being introduced to Royal Family for the first
time, and, um, they turn out to be not quite what she expected them to
By the way, this sketch is another great Bill Hader showcase, which is fitting because he is completely
running away with this stretch of the countdown. Fred Armisen is
of course really good here too. But then again he is always good.
73. Homeland Security Refresher Course - 9/30/06 (Host: Dane Cook)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/06/06atsa.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/j5pyxw3
This is one of those random little sketches that always makes me laugh,
especially when Will Forte
says he can produce three ounces of gel anytime he wants to and Kenan
gets a complete look of
horror on his face in the background. Watch for it at 3:46, it's
one of my favorite SNL moments of the 2000's. I know that SNL fans get
tired of the old cliche of "Kenan reacts to things", but god damnit he
is just so good at it. It's no wonder they always use him for the
reaction shots. If I were an SNL writer I would use him a lot too.
72. Wooden Spoon Warehouse - 9/15/12 (Host: Seth MacFarlane)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/12/12aspoon.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/hq6jqqv
This might be the shortest sketch on my entire countdown, it's just 56
seconds of awesome Tim Robinson weirdness. He and Seth MacFarlane
play Amish (?) owners of the Wooden Spoon Warehouse, and they try to spell
out the address of their brand new website in Amish rebus symbols.
Listen for the audience's reaction to S being "the river what took my
son", and watch Tim Robinson hold his stare at the camera for a beat as he valiantly tries to
sell that joke. That moment only
could have happened in a 12:50 AM sketch just like
this one. I can't imagine there is a comedy writer alive who wouldn't appreciate this sketch.
71. Dear Sister - 4/14/08 (Host: Shia LeBoeuf)
Transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/06/06qshort.phtml Video: http://tinyurl.com/of9ve96
This is one of the most bizarre things that Saturday Night Live has
ever done, but it was a big hit when it first aired in 2008. It
was also the
inspiration for dozens of popular late 2000's memes, for about two
years there you would run into them all over the internet. This
one of those clips that is nearly impossible to describe to a person
who has never seen it before. Um, okay, so a bunch of people get
“Dear Sister” is apparently a parody of a scene
from the show "The O.C.", but I've never seen The O.C. before and I
still thought it was hilarious, so I'm guessing you probably will
known trivia fact, NBC actually yanked "Dear
Sister" off its website and the show stopped including it in reruns
for a while because people complained it aired too soon after the
shootings. It's back up on the internet now, of course, but for a
there this was one of the more controversial films that SNL has ever
done. I'm really glad that I included it on my countdown now that
watch it again. It's really funny.
70. Whites - 10/4/14 (Host: Sarah Silverman)
Transcript: None Video: http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2014/10/05/snl-whites-video/
"Whites" is one of the great SNL masterpieces of the past two years,
and I am
thrilled that I get to include it on my countdown.
Especially because I don't think many non-SNL diehards ever would have seen
it if they didn't stumble across it on this list. I'm pleased that I get a chance to introduce weird
shit like this to a wider audience.
The premise of this commercial? Well it's time to
take that one last trot around the bases, white people. And then it's all yours, Mexicans. But not yet.
no surprise at all that Mike O'Brien has a featured role in this clip,
this is totally the type of sketch that he likes to write. Oh and
the little details going on in the background of this commercial are
In fact I think I'm gonna go camp and hike.
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