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Favorite SNL Sketches


Favorite SNL Sketches
A Saturday Night Live Playlist

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-06-28
Yes, another list.

SNL Eras

Lots of people, SNL producer Lorne Michaels included, have declared that for most fans of the show, the era or cast that they love the most is the one that was on when they were in high school. Personally, as somebody who was in high school in the early to mid 80s, I'm not so lucky. The 1980 to 1986 epoch was the low point other than Eddie Murphy and the all-star Martin Short, Cristopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Billy Crystal oddball season. Other than that, it was the Charles Rocket, Joe Piscopo, Randy Quaid era. All honorable people but �" sorry, I couldn't finish that sentence in a believable way.

In this list, I tried to make sure that all eras are represented well with some favorites. That said, this exercise prompted me to realize that although the original cast 1970s age was really beloved they should, at the very least, should be graded on a curve of being historic that they won a battle with the Milton Berle / Richard Nixon generation. Other that that, Samurai Whatever and Baba Wawa just doesn't make people laugh in 2022.

Selection Criteria & Video Availability

Obviously, some comedy sketches are not empirically funnier than others. This is just a list of what I personally like the most, what still makes me laugh now and a little bit of who knows.

Also, in a couple of instances, I couldn't find an available video (e.g. Greenhilly, Nixon's Final Days, etc.) which relegated it to Honorable Mention. The majority of these clips are from YouTube, but I had to use the NBC website, Venmo et al to fill the gaps.

Hopefully, these clips will all remain online. You never know when some rights issue will prompt a video to be removed from a service. If you are here and see a missing video before we do, please feel free to notify us of a missing video.


Lists are generally stupid clickbait. But I do love a drunken "Who's the best shortstop of all time?" discussion, and I've already written plenty of What's Best lists here on this blog.

In this case, I'm doing this primarily for myself. I want this page here so I can just go and watch these sketches all in one place, instead of an incomplete YouTube playlist. Also, it’s a Top 120 instead of a Top 100 to squeeze a few more in.

Here we go �"

The Sketches

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1. Stand Up and Win
(1992) Jerry Seinfeld, Dana Carvey

2. More Cowbell
(2000) Christopher Walken, Will Ferrell

3. The Sinatra Group
(1991) Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks

4. The Original Kings Of Catchphrase
(2011) Zach Galifinakis, Bobby Moynihan, Kenan Thompson

5. Puppet Class
(2012) Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer

6. Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer
(1991) Phil Hartman

7. 60 Minutes - Minkman
(1984) Harry Shearer, Martin Short

8. Chippendales Audition
(1990) Chris Farley, Kevin Nealon

9. Celebrity Jeopardy
(2015) Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond

10. The World’s Most Evil Invention
(2017) The Rock, Kyle Mooney

11. Trek To The White House
(1992) Dana Carvey, Bill Clinton, Al Franken

12. Reagan Mastermind
(1986) Phil Hartman

13. Common Knowledge
(1987) Steve Martin, Nora Dunn

14. Matt Foley, Inspirational Speaker
(1986) Chris Farley, David Spade

15. Old Glory Robot Insurance
(1995) Sam Waterston

16. Locker Room
(2007) Will Forte, Peyton Manning

17. First CityWide Change Bank
(1988) Jim Downey, Kevin Nealon

18. Men’s Synchronized Swimming
(1984) Martin Short, Harry Shearer

19. Quien es Mas Macho?
(1979) Bill Murray, Gilda Radner

20. Wake Up And Smile
(1995) Will Ferrell, David Alan Grier, Nancy Walls

21. Happy Fun Ball
(1991) Phil Hartman

22. Buckwheat Shot
(1983) Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo

23. Debbie Downer
(2005) Rachel Dratch, Steve Carell

24. Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey
(various) Jack Handey

25. Black Jeopardy
(2016) Kenan Thompson, Tom Hanks

26. Sincere Guy Stu
(1987) Joe Montana, Jan Hooks, Phil Hartman

27. Tonight Show with Johnny Carson Anniversary Show
(1991) Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jeff Daniels

28. Schiller Vision - Hidden Camera Coffee
(1991) Chris Farley

29. Bill Swerkski’s Super Fans
(1992) George Wendt, Robert Smigel, Chris Farley

30. Sex Offender Trick Or Treat
(2008) Will Forte, Jon Hamm

31. Cooking With The Anal Retentive Chef
(1989) Phil Hartman

32. Aunt Jemima & Uncle Ben Fired
(2020) Maya Rudolph, Kenan Thompson, Dave Chappelle

33. Vincent Price Halloween
(2008) Bill Hader, Jon Hamm, Fred Armisen

34. Attitudes (with Rainbow Head)
(1989) Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Christopher Walken

35. 16th Annual Star Trek Convention
(1986) William Shatner

36. Jackie Rogers Jr $100,000 Jackpot Wad
(1985) Martin Short, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest

37. You’re A Rat Bastard, Charlie Brown
(2012) Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Martin Short

38. United Way
(2007) Peyton Manning

39. Fall Preview (Albert Brooks film)
(1975) Albert Brooks

40. Election Night
(2016) Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock

41. The McGlaughlin Group
(1990) Dana Carvey

42. What Up With That?
(2010) Kenan Thompson, Jason Sudeikis

43. Girl Watchers
(1988) Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

44. Maya Angelou For Fruit Loops
(1995) David Alan Grier

45. David Paterson
(2008) Fred Armisen

46. Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley
(1991) Al Franken, Michael Jordan

47. Lundford Twins Variety Hour
(2005) Fred Armisen, Steve Carell

48. Nick the Lounge Singer - Star Wars
(1978) Bill Murray

49. Peter Sarsgaard SARS Guards
(2006) Peter Sarsgaard

50. Smokers Cable Network
(1989) Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks

51. Cluckin Chicken
(1993) Adam Sandler

52. Kanish
(2013) Zack Galifinakis, Bill Hader

53. Bill Curtis Looping Session
(2005) Darrell Hammond, Jason Bateman

54. John Malkovich Reads The Night Before Christmas
(2008) John Malkovich

55. Olympia Cafe
(1978) John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd

56. Nightline - Jacko On His Backo
(1995) Darrell Hammond, Tim Meadows

57. Sprockets: Germany’s Funniest Home Videos
(1990) Mike Myers, Kyle Machlachlan

58. Word Association
(1975) Richard Pryor, Chevy Chase

59. Colon Blow
(1989) Phil Hartman

60. The Falconer
(2006) Will Forte

61. White Like Me
(1984) Eddie Murphy

62. Jimmy Tango’s Fatbusters
(1996) Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell

63. The New Adventures Of Mr. T (TV Funhouse)
(2000) Tracy Morgan, Robert Smigel

64. Goober The Clown Abortion Story
(2021) Cecily Strong

65. NFL Today: Scab Football
(1987) Kevin Nealon, Phil Hartman

66. It’s A Wonderful Life - Lost Ending
(1986) Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller

67. Meet Your Second Wife
(2015) Tina Fey, Amy Poehler

68. Kevin Roberts - Police Training
(2016) Larry David, Kenan Thompson

69. Moleculo: The Molecular Man
(2001) Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon

70. King Tut
(1978) Steve Martin

71. Massive Head-Wound Harry
(1991) Dana Carvey

72. Pulp Fiction Auditions
(1998) Norm Macdonald, Samuel L. Jackson

73. Magic Mouth Commercial
(2000) Will Ferrell, Horatio Sans

74. Tom Brokaw Pre-Tapes
(1996) Dana Carvey

75. Glengarry Glen Christmas: Elf Motivation
(2004) Alec Baldwin, Seth Meyers, Rachel Dratch

76. Bill Clinton Campaigning at McDonalds
(1992) Phil Hartman

77. Harry Caray Looks Back At 1997
(1998) Will Ferrell, Colin Quinn

78. Lank Thompson: I’m A Handsome Actor
(1991) Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin

79. Paranormal Activity
(2018) Kate McKinnon, Liev Schrieber

80. Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute
(1979) Dan Aykroyd, Margot Kidder

81. Haunted Elevator
(2016) Tom Hanks, Mikey Day

82. Hamm & Buble
(2010) Jon Hamm, Michael Buble

83. Oops I Crapped My Pants

84. Dick In A Box
(2006) Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake

85. Super Bass-O-Matic
(1976) Dan Aykroyd

86. Larry King: News & Views
(1999) Norm Macdonald

87. Centaur Job Interview
(2001) Christopher Walken, Chris Parnell

88. Grayson-Morehead Ad
(1995) Jim Downey

89. Dyke And Fats
(2014) Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant

90. Digital Short - The Curse
(2010) Andy Samberg, Jon Hamm

91. Golden Globes
(2016) Vanessa Bayer, Adam Driver

92. Gumby on David Letterman
(1983) Joe Piscopo, Eddie Murphy

93. Steve Baxter, Hollywood Geinocologist
(1999) Chris Parnell, Bill Murray

94. Red Ships Of Spain
(2001) Will Ferrell, Alec Baldwin

95. Taco Town
(2005) Jason Sudeikis, Andy Samberg

96. The Joe Franklin Show
(1985) Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Christopher Guest

97. Sinead O’Connor Awards
(1991) Jan Hooks, Dana Carvey

98. MacGruber
(2009) Will Forte, Kristin Wiig

99. Colonel Angus
(2003) Christopher Walken, Amy Poehler

100. One More Mission
(1986) Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz

101. The Ambiguously Gay Duo
(1997) Robert Smigel

102. James Brown’s Celebrity Hot Tub Party
(1983) Eddie Murphy

103. Terry Fink's Fall 2021 Movie Review
(2021) Alex Moffat

104. Happy Smile Patrol
(1999) John Goodman, Cheri Oteri

105. Charades
(2006) Darrell Hammond, Amy Poehler

106. What’s That Name (Norman The Doorman)
(2011) Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson

107. The Love-Ahs
(2001) Will Ferrell, Rachel Dratch

108. Last Voyage Of The Startship Enterprise
(1976) John Belushi, Chevy Chase

109. George F. Will’s Sports Machine
(1990) Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz

110. Jebediah Atkison
(2013) Taran Killam

111. Collette Reardon
(1999) Cheri Oteri, Dylan McDermott

112. Lorne Offers The Beatles $3000
(1976) Lorne Michaels

113. Totino’s
(2016) Vanessa Bayer

114. Delicious Dish (Pete Schweddy)
(1998) Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Alec Baldwin

115. Career Day
(2018) Adam Driver, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant

116. The Tony Bennett Show
(2002) Alec Baldwin, Maya Rudolph, Chris Kattan

117. Shimmer
(1976) Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase

118. ESPN SportsCenter
(1999) Ray Romano, Tim Meadows

119. Blue River Dog Food
(2022) Cecily Strong, Heidi Gardner, John Mulaney

120. Coffee Talk
(1992) Mike Myers, Roseanne Arnold, Madonna