Chris Farley’s memorable moments on “SNL” are endless, but his abs-meet-flab male revue with Patrick Swayze is immortal.
Beyonce’s following, the “Beyhive,” is not one to be messed with. Take the risk and face disappearance.
Adam Sandler was always entertaining as this Pavarotti parody, but his Eddie Vedder impression, following Pearl Jam’s rise to the top of the Billboard chart, hit a whole new octave.
Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell could have given the Beastie Boys a run for their money with this rap that hits hard on cupcakes and Matthew Perry.
MATT FOLEY, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
“SNL’s” gems involve more than just memorable characters — there are also those moments when the cast can’t keep it together. David Spade and Christina Applegate know that thanks to the iconic Foley.
On this send-up of an entire state, Kristen Wiig (Karina) and Bill Hader (Devin) giggle over Fred Armisen’s (Stuart) mocking California accent when he catches the pair locking lips. Classic.
MR. ROBINSON’S NEIGHBORHOOD
If only Mr. Rogers had Eddie Murphy for a neighbor. The comedian sent the audience into a laughing fit after his infidelity bore him a brand new baby boy.
JUSTIN BIEBER FOR CALVIN KLEIN
A relatively new entry, Kate McKinnon’s spoof of the singer’s underwear campaign is bound to earn an official spot in “SNL’s” hilarious history.
Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon’s calm sexual innuendos about Alec Baldwin’s “Schweddy Balls” on NPR never get old.
Ex-porn stars promoting yachts with Captain Jack Swallow (James Franco) and James Franco (Seth Rogen)? Enough said.
Jimmy Fallon was notorious for breaking character, but he wasn’t alone in this sketch, as Will Ferrell, Rachel Dratch and Drew Barrymore barely hold it together in a hotel hot tub.
THE FESTRUNK BROTHERS
Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd can hold their own, but are ridiculously entertaining as “two wild and crazy guys” on the hunt for ladies. Note the Jim Belushi appearance.
WHITE LIKE ME
Many considered Eddie Murphy’s undercover sketch not only comedic, but a game changer touching on race issues.
WEEKEND UPDATE GUEST BENNETT BRAUER
Chris Farley’s “I have a weight problem” line is a historic flub. And Kevin Nealon’s reaction while trying to free his wires is even better.
This sketch was great, particularly for Gerald Ford’s (Chevy Chase) fall at the end with Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) rolling on top of him.
TOTAL BASTARD AIRLINES
Flight attendants David Spade and Helen Hunt made it OK to tell people “Buh-bye” and not mean it. To you both, thank you.
HAPPY FUN BALL
This commercial remains a hilarious send-up of unscrupulous manufacturers who will put anything in a product. And Phil Hartman’s voiceover is the perfect touch.
MARK WAHLBERG TALKS TO ANIMALS
Andy Samberg mimicks the “Boogie Nights” actor’s mannerisms and voice perfectly as he tells barnyard beasts to “say ‘hi’ ta ya’ mutha’ fuh me.”
Will Ferrell offered his take on host Alex Trebek numerous times, but his adversarial back-and-forth with Darrell Hammond’s clueless, lecherous Sean Connery combined with Norm MacDonald’s juvenile Burt Reynolds provided the segments’ deepest belly laughs.
DICK IN A BOX
Andy Samberg. Justin Timberlake. Two dicks. Two boxes. Two dicks in boxes. And thus a legend was born.
KERRY WASHINGTON’S COLD OPEN
With a growing chorus of voices clamoring about a lack of diversity on “SNL’s” cast, the show did the only thing it could (besides diversify its cast, of course): It made, uh, light of the situation. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington did double duty, single-handedly playing First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey in the space of two minutes.
Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig’s recurring portrayal as a pair of vapid, airheaded, arrogant human canker sores would probably be even funnier if we didn’t actually run into people just like this All. The. Time.
Dan Aykroyd as sleazy toymaker Irwin Mainway, who peddled such decidedly unsafe children’s products as “Bag O’ Glass,” “Mr. Skin Grafter” and “Doggy Dentist,” was a dark-hearted delight. And some would say a precursor for modern business practices.
Long before colon cleanses became a trendy weight-loss technique, “Saturday Night Live” conceived of the perfect breakfast cereal to help you clear your pipes.
Afraid that your next party might suffer from too much joviality? Make sure to put Debbie Downer on your guest list; she’ll keep things somber with her turd-in-the-punchbowl conversational technique.
Dana Carvey’s pinch-faced, perpetually judgmental Church Lady was the perfect reminder for “SNL” viewers that Sunday was just around the corner. The installment featuring Justin Bieber was a highlight, if only because he might just actually be a product of Satan.
Steve Martin, who plays a pretty mean banjo when he’s not cracking up the population, also showed off his singing and dancing skills in this entry in the canon of “SNL” musical sketches.
WILLIAM SHATNER TRASHES TREKKIES
Long before he made a joke of himself as a beloved Priceline shill, William Shatner mocked his Star Trek fame. Or at least Star Trek fans. Watching Shatner tell the nerdy assemblage at a Star Trek convention to “Get a life!” was out of this world.
BEHIND THE MUSIC (MORE COWBELL)
A shirt many sizes too small and a zealous passion for precision timekeeping made Will Ferrell a delight as Gene, the utterly essential cowbell player for Blue Oyster Cult. Is there anything that more cowbell can’t cure?
THE CHRIS FARLEY SHOW
Chris Farley as a super-awkward, terminally unsure-of-himself talk-show host was a revelation, especially since Farley was typically so outgoing. His interview with Paul McCartney, during which he asked the former Beatle if rumors of his death in the ’60s were a hoax, was a treat.
THE FRENCH CHEF
Dan Aykroyd delivered some bloody good laughs as culinary institution Julia Child, who gets so wrapped up in extolling the many uses of liver that she cuts her finger, resulting in a kitchen that looks like a mass-murder crime scene.
UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER
Yes, he was just a caveman, thrust into the modern world to practice defense and personal injury law. But Keyrock — as portrayed by the late, great Phil Hartman — provided plenty of laughs.
THE SINATRA GROUP
Hartman played Ol’ Blue Eyes as the no-nonsense, old-school host of “an unrehearsed discussion of current issues in the recording industry,” berating young bucks such as Billy Idol, Luther Campbell and Sinead O’Connor — or, as Hartman/Sinatra variously refers to her, Shine-Ade, Sinbad and Cueball.
John Belushi definitely made the cut as a deli employee with a particularly brutal method for slicing lunch meat.
CONEHEADS FAMILY FEUD
These oblong aliens appeared on any number of skits during the early days of “Saturday Night Live,” but watching Dan Aykroyd and his space-alien crew on this game-show staple was particularly delightful.
THE BLUES BROTHERS
Not so much a comedy skit, just two very funny guys (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) with a crackerjack backup band paying homage to some classic tunes. And it was magnificent.
NICK THE LOUNGE SINGER
Another example of an “SNL” cast member flexing his musical chops — and this time it was definitely for comic effect. Bill Murray brought a double dose of schmaltz as he belted out the hits of the day, including the “Star Wars” theme as you’d never heard it before.
Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor square off in a skit that uses a job interview to explore America’s racial tensions with a candor that you won’t be seeing on network TV again, late-night or otherwise.