Saturday Night Live has been around for over 27 years now and through each of the different casts that they have had over the years, they have had some memorable skits.
The first cast that consisted of Akroyd, Radner, Murray, Belushi and others had it's funny skits. I'll admit, I've only seen a few rerun shows but I do like the Conehead skits I've seen, as well as the candygram shark and the Akroyd salesman skit that tries to market obviously dangerous toys such as 'Johnny Switchblade' and 'Bag o' Glass'
The Eddie Murphy era had some funny ones like the Buckwheat sings commerical, as well as Mr. Robinson's neighborhood and the one where he puts on makeup and becomes a white man for a day.
The late 80's featured Hartman, Carvey and others and they had some hilarious skits including Tarzan, Tonto and Frankenstein (fire baaaaaaaaaaaaaad! ) and the Leprocy-off commerical.
The early 90's added Myers, Sandler and Spade and featured some beauts like the Italian restaurant sketch in where the employees slobber all over Kristie Alley, Matt Foley, Sprokets, and Massive Headwound Harry.
My favorite however comes from the Will Ferrel, Ana Gasteyer, Cheri Oteri era. It is the Neil Diamond VH1 Storytellers sketch that featured Will Ferrel as Neil Diamond and John Goodman as the lead guitarist. The Storyteller show is a muscial show in where the artists tells the story behind each song before he performs them.
Ferrel does a near dead on imitation of Diamond and says things like "This next song we wrote after driving home after a concert at the Forum in L.A. It was getting late and and and we hit a kid. We didn't stop to see how he was, we just kept on driving. Never did find out what happened, but afterwards we wrote 'Sweet Caroline.' "
He then talks about how he is inspired to write through his love of barely legal hard core pornography--the kind you can't get through the mail. John Goodman wants to be left out of the discussion but Diamond screams "No, I will not leave you out, I WILL LEAVE YOU IN. I AM NEIL DIAMOND!"
He then tells the audience, "few no I am fueled creatively by my intense hatred of all those with foreign skin." He says this while Tim Meadows, an African American is playing a keyboardist. He then goes on to sing "America" and changes a lyric of the song to say "You hate your keyboard player because he's black but you don't have the guts to tell him"
Meadows then storms off the stage saying "man you are a wreck." Ferrel then grabs his aching back and says "I think-I think I tore some stitches" in a dead on imitation. He then tells the audience who are now leaving in droves that he wrote his next song after killing a drifter just to get--well--we'll just say his jollies. He then went to sing "Forever in Blue Jeans"
What is your favorite sketch?