Greatest 'SNL' Skits: Part 2
by Kim Potts, posted Oct 14th 2010 3:00PM
'James Brown's Celebrity Hot Tub Party'
Original Airdate: Nov. 5, 1983
Starring: Eddie Murphy
The Sketch Sitch: Was it really just an excuse for Murphy to do his James Brown impersonation? Yes, and so what? With full band backing him, a robed Brown starts singing about getting into the hot tub. "Should I get in the hot tub? (Yeah!) Will it make me sweat? (Yeah!) Should I get in the hot tub? (Yeah!) Will it make me wet? (Yeah!)" Thanks to Brown's trademark stage theatrics, it takes him almost a full two minutes to actually make it into the water, where he's joined by a very special guest.
Original Airdate: Oct. 6, 1984
Starring: Harry Shearer, Martin Short and Christopher Guest
The Sketch Sitch: Brothers Gerald and Lawrence have a dream: They want to win an Olympic gold medal in synchronized swimming. Two problems with that scenario: One, synchronized swimming is not an Olympic sport for men, and two, Lawrence doesn't really know how to swim. But they naively (delusionally?) push forward anyway, with the help of performance coach Christopher Guest, whose performance hints at all those hilarious mockumentary flicks he'll eventually make. Dare you not to walk around pointing at your friends and saying "I know you! I know you!" after watching the video clip below.
Original Airdate: Oct. 20, 1984
Starring: Martin Short
The Sketch Sitch: The endearingly doofy dork with the spiked 'do, spaz dance, big grin and a weird love of the triangle and Pat Sajak originated, as many 'SNL' skits have, as a character at Second City. Ed Grimley proved so popular that he was spun off into an animated series, 'The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley,' and we're not the only ones who love him. Actor Josh Duhamel, while appearing on an episode of 'Live with Regis and Kelly' on which Short was a guest host, told Short Ed Grimley was his hero, and even gelled his hair into a spike and performed the Ed Grimley dance.
'White Like Me'
Original Airdate: Dec. 15, 1984
Starring: Eddie Murphy (with a big assist by the makeup department)
The Sketch Sitch: This classic actually aired after Murphy had left the show's cast, and, in the middle of his ascension to the big-screen A list, when he returned to play host. In the video, the comedian sits in a makeup chair, reading Hallmark cards and watching "lots of 'Dynasty'," as he's transformed into a white man. With nerdy glasses, a suit, a fake mustache and his butt clenched tight, "Mr. White" ventures out into New York City, where he finds that white people like to party and give things to each other ... when there are no black people around. It's one of the most clever, hilarious commentaries on race relations in TV comedy history.
Original Airdate: Oct. 11, 1986
Starring: Dana Carvey and various cast members and celebrity guests
The Sketch Sitch: Whether she was getting all judgmental on Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, "mistakenly" calling Sean Penn "Sin," chastising Donald Trump for divorcing Ivana or telling Anne Heche that bisexual describes someone who "reaches down the front of somebody's pants and they're satisfied with whatever they find," The Church Lady, a.k.a. Enid Strict, spared no one her pious opinions, and she spawned several of the show's most notable catchphrases along the way, including, "How conveeenient," "Could it be ...
Original Airdate: Feb. 18, 1989
Starring: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey and various celeb guest stars
The Sketch Sitch: Native Aurora, Illinois-ians Wayne and his BFF Garth hosted a weekly cable access TV show from the basement of Wayne's parents' house, but for a little local show, 'Wayne's World' would go on to boast guests like Madonna and Aerosmith (Wayne and Garth's idols), spin off into two movies (the first of which is the best-ever 'SNL'-inspired movie), videogames and a true pop culture phenomenon, as everyone in the early '90s was spouting 'WW' lines like "Schwing!" "As if!" "Way! No way!" "Not!" and "We're not worthy!"
Original Airdate: April 15, 1989
Starring: Mike Myers
The Sketch Sitch: And now is the time on 'Sprockets' when we dance! So popular was disaffected German TV host Dieter, with his invitations to touch his monkey, Klaus, and celebrate things that made him "feel like a little girl," that the skit was supposed to be spun off into an 'SNL' big-screen movie starring Myers, David Hasselhoff and Jack Black. But when Myers, who wrote the script, pulled the plug on the project, Universal Studios sued him and 'Sprockets' has been MIA ever since.
'The Chippendales Audition'
Original Airdate: Oct. 27, 1990
Starring: Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze
The Sketch Sitch: Swayze's mullet almost steals the scene, but even its volume (the Aqua Net that must have flowed to achieve it!) proves to be no match for Farley, who is at his exuberant, self-deprecating best as Barney, a generously proportioned man who's battling with the lean, sculpted Adrian (Swayze) for the last spot on a Chippendales male dancing squad. Adrian, with the hunky bod, gets the job, and some people have written the skit off as being nothing but mean-spirited, but it isn't Farley's weight that makes the skit funny; it's his willingness to completely embrace his physical comedy skills and let his freak flag fly.
Patrick Swayze - Chippendale
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'Bill Swerkski's Super Fans'
Original Airdate: Jan. 12, 1991
Starring: George Wendt, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Joe Mantegna, Josh Goodman and various celeb guest stars
The Sketch Sitch: All about Chicago's biggest sports fans and da Bears, da Bulls, da beers and da brats.
Original Airdate: Jan. 19, 1991
Starring: Mike Myers and various celebrity guests
The Sketch Sitch: Whether she was throwing out discussion topics when she was faklempt ("The jelly bean is neither made of jelly nor is it a bean. Discuss.") on rambling on in her heavy New York accent about Barbra Streisand's "like buttah" voice, 'Coffee Talk' host Linda Richman was always perfectly coiffed and sharply dressed, with her big, bright sweaters and flashy gold bling. The character, a take on Myers' real-life mother-in-law (now ex-MIL), was even rumored to be the subject of an 'SNL' spin-off movie for awhile, though a flick would have been challenged to top the best 'Coffee Talk' skit, in which Madonna and Roseanne guest-starred as Linda's friends, and all the women got the thrill of a lifetime when the real Babs Streisand popped in for a visit.
'The Chris Farley Show'
Original Airdate: Oct. 5, 1991
Starring: Chris Farley and celebrity guests
The Sketch Sitch: It was a talk show, hosted by Chris Farley, in which the nervous host didn't so much interview his guests as he did repeat plotlines from their movies, in the form of questions. Or, in the skit's best outing, when he was so sweetly flustered by the presence of Paul McCartney, that he could only get out questions like, "Do you remember when you were with The Beatles?" and "Do you remember when you were with The Beatles, and you were supposed to be dead ... that was a hoax, right?"
'Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker'
Original Airdate: May 8, 1993
Starring: Chris Farley
The Sketch Sitch: He was 35, "thrice divorced" and lived in a van, down by the river, and Matt Foley was indeed an inspiration ... to make sure your life was anything except like his. As with most Farley sketches, the beauty of this one was his willingness to throw his body into it, from continuously hiking up his ill-fitting trousers to literally throwing himself into coffee tables and various other pieces of furniture, all while responding with a "la-de-frickin'-da" when his followers shares their goals, then telling them they were likely to amount to "Jack Squat."