40 Less-Iconic ‘SNL’ Sketches That We Love Anyway
Puppet Class. Watching Bill Hader’s haunted veteran pair up with a puppet was such a joy that it was a shame it came so late in his SNL run.
Business Meeting. The Lonely Island were certainly more famous from their music videos like “Dick in a Box” and “I’m On A Boat,” but they’re also pros at quick visual heightening, evidenced by this rapidfire pitch session starring Rainn Wilson.
Baseball Dreams. Chris Kattan as a kid annoyed at all the un-heroic baseball players emerging from his closet was a highlight from our Sandlot-infused adolescence.
One Man Show. Arguably one of Fred Armisen’s best sketches, “Half Jewish Half Italian Completely Neurotic” is an excellent showcase of his knack for mining comedy out of the subtlest human behaviors. Tommy Palmese is a true artist.
James Brown Hot Tub Party. Pretty much everything Eddie Murphy did on the show became instantly iconic — including this sketch — but even the simple, silly setups the star handled with impressive charisma. (Anyone else see traces of “What Up With That” here?)
Darrell’s House. Pre-taped shorts have a long history on SNL, but “Darrell’s House” proves that there are always new ways to play with the live sketch show format. Hopefully we’ll see SNL build off this live editing concept in the future.
All My Luggage. Yet another example of how an actor’s emotional commitment really makes a sketch shine, with Susan Lucci and Phil Hartman turning a straightforward All My Children parody into one for the books.
Grandkids in the Movies. “Grandkids in the Movies” didn’t skyrocket to viral fame like “Lazy Sunday” or “Dick in a Box,” but as long as grandparents are confused by today’s movies, this sketch will stand the test of time.
Brenda the Waitress. Jan Hooks and Alec Baldwin deliver one of the strongest performances in the history of the show — without any jokey premise, topical humor, absurd focal character, or actors looking at cue cards — and totally nail it.
Wooden Spoons. Seth MacFarlane is such a commercially successful powerhouse that it’s hard to love him, but he totally killed it on SNL in 2012, ending with this hilarious blackout with Tim Robinson as Amish brothers with weird names for letters.