Best 'SNL' Skits Ever: Part 3
by Kim Potts, posted Oct 14th 2010 3:00PM
'The Hanukkah Song'
Original Airdate: Dec. 3, 1994
Starring: Adam Sandler
The Sketch Sitch: As Sandler pointed out during his 'Weekend Update' performance, there are lots of songs about Christmas, but Jewish kids only had 'The Dreidel Song.' Until he dropped this gem, which namechecked a lot of famous Jews.
Original Airdate: Dec. 7, 1996
Starring: Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Norm MacDonald and various cast members and guests
The Sketch Sitch: Will Ferrell, in a rarity, is the straight man in this sketch, in which he plays Alex Trebek, the uptight game show host everyone loves to annoy. At least, he's the guy most of the celeb contestants on 'Celebrity Jeopardy' love to annoy, from the ornery Sean Connery (Hammond) to the equally ornery Burt Reynolds (MacDonald), who not only delight in poking fun at Trebek, but also prove equally inept at answering the game's questions, even ridiculously easy ones like "The sound a dog makes."
'Delicious Dish: Schweddy Balls'
Original Airdate: Dec. 12, 1998
Starring: Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin
The Sketch Sitch: Baldwin is, hands down, one of 'SNL's' best guest hosts, and this is his most memorable skit. He is Pete Schweddy, proprietor of the holiday bakery Season's Eatings, and he's come to this NPR-ish talk show to show off his Schweddy Balls, a special Christmas pastry. What follows is almost six minutes packed with double entendres, as hosts Teri and Margaret Jo tell Pete how their mouths are "watering just thinking about those Balls," while Pete urges customers to "order from Season's Eatings now, (so) you can still send out a special Schweddy Ball Sack in time."
'Sully and Denise'
Original Airdate: Nov. 13, 1999
Starring: Jimmy Fallon, Rachel Dratch and various cast members and celebrity guests
The Sketch Sitch: Denise "Zazu" McDonough and Pat "Sully" Sullivan are a pair of Boston teens who were wicked crazy about each other, "Nomah" Garciaparra and turning every situation into a sexual double entendre, from Britney Spears churning butter to Matt Damon's profession of love for Cox (Courteney Cox, that is). Bonus trivia: The recurring skit was inspired by a Second City sketch Dratch used to perform with Tina Fey.
Original Airdate: April 8, 2000
Starring: Christopher Walken, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell, Chris Kattan and Horatio Sanz
The Sketch Sitch: It was a spoof of VH1's 'Behind the Music' shows, focusing on the rock band Blue Oyster Cult and the group's recording session for '(Don't Fear) The Reaper.' But the storyline took a backseat to Walken, as fictional record producer Bruce Dickinson, urging BOC band member Gene Frenkel (Ferrell) to make the cowbell more pronounced in the song. Walken's trademark deadpan delivery and Ferrell's too-small shirt and enthusiastic cowbell-ing helped, but the highlight of the instant classic skit is this Walken quote: " "Guess what?! I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!"
'The Barry Gibb Talk Show'
Original Airdate: Oct. 11, 2003
Starring: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake
The Sketch Sitch: Who knew Barry Gibb was such an angry guy? Fallon's version of him is, anyway, as he and Timberlake, as brother Robin Gibb, host a talk show where they discuss "politics, and the issues of the day." No matter what the political guests -- from Cruz Bustamante (Horatio Sanz) to Ann Coulter (Drew Barrymore) -- say, it ends up ticking Barry off, while his more, um, pensive, brother continuously responds "No, no I don't" whenever Barry asks if he has anything to add. The (fictional) brothers Gibb also sport matching 'Saturday Night Fever'-ish white suits and, to the tune of the Bee Gees hit 'Lights on Broadway,' sing 'The Barry Gibb Talk Show' theme song, which boasts of their chest hair and "crazy cool medallions."
'Appalachian Emergency Room'
Original Airdate: Jan. 10, 2004
Starring: Seth Myers, Chris Parnell, Amy Poehler and Darrell Hammond
The Sketch Sitch: Mullets are aplenty in this recurring sketch, in which straight man receptionist Nerod (Myers) welcomes a variety of redneck patients to the backwoods ER. His most frequent client: Tyler (Parnell), who always enters with trauma to his nether regions -- be it a can of Axe body spray that has become lodged in his posterior or a watermelon that's stuck to his groin -- and an elaborate story of how the injuries occurred. For example: "I was wrestling this watermelon in the snow and my wife was playing with a mousetrap on the front porch. Well, that trap went off, and it startled me so much that my belt undid, my pants flew off, and then I slipped groin-forward onto this here watermelon."
'Vincent Price's Holiday Specials'
Original Airdate: Nov. 19, 2005
Starring: Bill Hader and various celebrity guests
The Sketch Sitch: Yet another delightful skit built around a cast member's celeb impersonation. This time it's Hader, who skillfully manages to make Vincent Price both creepy and charming in this series of 'Variety Vault' specials in which Price, in black and white, welcomes his famous friends into his macabre home for a little holiday cheer. Whether it's James Dean (James Franco) helping Price "delve into the mystery that is Secret Santa" or Price trying to keep Liberace (Fred Armisen) from pouncing on Dean, the Vincent Price holiday specials are always peppered with Price's poetic (or is that Poe-etic?) spin on the season, as in when he describes Christmas as "the one night of the year when an intruder in blood-red garb is treated with joy.'
'Chronicles of Narnia (Lazy Sunday)'
Original Airdate: Dec. 17, 2005
Starring: Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell
The Sketch Sitch: It's thunder would be stolen by the viral video hit 'Dick in a Box,' but this delightful rap, about Samberg and Parnell's Sunday afternoon adventure with Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, Red Vines, Mr. Pibb, dropping Hamiltons like Aaron Burr and a matinee of 'Chronicles of Narnia' remains one of Samberg's shining moments and the second best yet of 'SNL's' digital shorts. "Chronic -- what? -- cles of Nar-nia!" even inspired a spoof on 'The Office' ('Lazy Scranton'), as well as a spoof/rebuttal, 'Lazy Monday,' from 'Royal Pains' star Mark Feuerstein.
'Dick in a Box'
Original Airdate: Dec. 16, 2006
Starring: Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake
The Sketch Sitch: Justin Timberlake, Emmy winner? Yep, thanks to this gem of an R&B smooth jam spoof, in which he and Samberg present their ladies with a very special gift this Christmas ... "It's my d*ck in a box!" The digital video short, which immediately went viral on the Interwebs, also sealed Timberlake's rep as one of the go-to guest hosts for the show (a 'Best of Justin Timberlake on SNL' compilation DVD is overdue), and led to a sequel, 'Mother Lover,' in which he and Samberg decide to give their mothers a very special gift: each other.
Original Airdate: Jan. 20, 2007
Starring: Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and various guest stars
The Sketch Sitch: Okay, so the 'MacGruber' movie turned out to be a bit polarizing (some fans of the character really love the flick version), but the skit, a spoof, of course, of 'MacGyver,' has been one of the show's best recurring skits in recent seasons. Dimwitted MacGruber always tries to save the day with the aid of everyday items and only 20 seconds left before something is about to explode, but something always distracts him on his missions, whether it be his grandma (guest Betty White), finding out his real father is MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) or, in the clip below, finding out a secret about his son, Meryl (Shia LaBeouf).