‘Saturday Night Live’ is turning the big 4-0, and we’ve come up with a list of the top 10 funniest moments in the sketch comedy show’s history!
Saturday Night Live has given us 40 years of the biggest laughs. During SNL’s long tenure, we’ve seen stars like Will Ferrell, 47, Tina Fey, 44, Adam Sandler, 48, Kristen Wiig, 41, Andy Samberg, 36, grace the late night stage. Sketches like “Dick in a Box,” “Chippendales audition,” “Real Housewives of Disney” and “Schweddy Balls” simply never get old.
‘Saturday Night Live’: Top 10 Funniest Moments In History
1. Palin/Clinton Open
This is why Tina and Amy continue to host the Golden Globes and should host every awards show ever. Their Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton impersonations were epic. There’s no way you won’t laugh at this political parody.
2. Debbie Downer
“They never did catch that Anthrax guy,” Debbie Downer says in this classic 2004 sketch. From tiger attacks to Mad Cow Disease, nothing was off limits to Debbie. Also, that “wah wah” sound that accompanies Debbie’s downer moments makes it impossible not to laugh out loud. Rachel Dratch plays Debbie perfectly, and her co-stars, including Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz couldn’t help but crack up during the scene.
3. The Beygency
This skit was one of the highlights of the 39th season. Plus, you don’t mess with Beyonce. Andrew Garfield hilariously played an oblivious guy who didn’t realize the power of the Queen Bey. 24’s Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub also made a quick and funny cameo.
4. Wayne’s World
The skit that started it all! Mike Myers and Dana Carvey starred as Wayne and Garth in the 1990. The rest is history.
5. Chippendales Audition
Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley auditioning for the Chippendales? Enough said. Forget Magic Mike, it’s all about the Chippendales in this hysterical skit.
6. Dick In A Box
Sorry, SNL fans, we unfortunately couldn’t embed this crazy hilarious video. The Lonely Island was one of the best things to ever come through SNL, and Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer’s digital shorts were nothing short of amazing. “Dick in a Box,” starring Andy and Justin Timberlake, was just one fine example.
7. The Real Housewives Of Disney
Everyone loves the Real Housewives, but combining the Disney princess craze took this skit to a whole new level. Lindsay Lohan, Abby Elliott, Vanessa Bayer, Nasim Pedrad and Kristen hilariously played Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White, Rapunzel and Belle in a drama-filled setting. Prince Charming obsessed with shoes? Makes total sense.
8. Schweddy Balls
Oh boy. Combine Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon’s smooth voices and their potty mouth, and you’ve got a recipe for a lot of laughs.
9. Stefon’s Farewell
Bill Hader’s Stefon was a staple to Seth Meyers’ tenure on “Weekend Update,” and the character got the best send-off possible. Stefon finally got to marry his beloved Seth in the wedding we wished we could have been invited to. Nothing beats when Seth stops Stefon’s wedding to Anderson Cooper. NOTHING.
10. Tom Brokaw Pre-Tapes
It’s impossible not to laugh at Dana Carvey’s impersonation of the broadcaster. This 1996 was like a second serving of “Weekend Update.”
HollywoodLifers, which Saturday Night Live skit is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below!
— Avery Thompson