The Emmy-winning variety show “Saturday Night Live” has created an expansive canon of hilarious sketches throughout its 41 years on television.
If you’re a fan of the show you’ll find it nearly impossible to pick just one of your favourite sketches.
“Saturday Night Live” has satirized everything from cereal commercials to fairy tales and everything in between — but the show also introduced the world to comedy legends like Amy Poehler, Eddie Murphy, Gilda Radner, and Chris Farley, just to name a few.
In celebration of “Saturday Night Live’s” 43rd season premiere on September 30, we decided to put together a list of its best sketches.
Here are the 29 best “Saturday Night Live” sketches:
Two men working in an ice cream shop get beyond confused when a customer makes a joke, and have out-of-body experiences while trying to decipher its meaning.
The unqualified host of 'Safari Planet' Brian Fellows meets with a parrot he quickly grows to hate.
An eerily quiet family dinner quickly erupts into name calling.
Exhausted game-show host Alec Trebek tries his best to cope with his incompetent celebrity guests.
'Weekend Update' health correspondent Roseanne Roseannadanna gives a viewer unhelpful advice on how to quit smoking.
Sailors are surprised when an unusual-looking mermaid named Shud comes to their rescue.
A chef becomes so distracted with cleaning his cooking area that he neglects to actually demonstrate how to cook his pepper steak recipe.
Barry Gibb and his brother Robin (Justin Timberlake) talk (and barely listen) to politicians - it is supremely weird and endlessly enjoyable.
Aerosmith makes an appearance on Wayne and Garth's cable-access show 'Wayne's World,' thanks to Garth's cousin Barry (Tom Hanks).
A woman visits The Continental (Christopher Walken) to retrieve a forgotten article of clothing, and he continues to talk her into spending time with him even though she has no interest in him.
In this musical digital short, a businessman sings about how excited he is to greet the day - despite being in a very, very bad place.
A fast-talking salesman played by Dan Akroyd advertises a 'Bass-O-Matic,' which is essentially just a blender.
There's something about watching someone trying to sell you a machine that blends fish that is as funny as it is disgusting.
A family in the deep south welcomes Colonel Angus (Christopher Walken) to their home, the Shady Thicket Plantation, and there's just something about the Colonel that the ladies seem to love.
An over-zealous lifeguard (Jim Carrey) intensely monitors a jacuzzi while a man tries to relax in it.
A family's trip to Disney World is ruined by the depressing Debbie Downer, who continuously rattles off unsettling facts.
Blue Oyster Cult records the song '(Don't Fear) the Reaper,' with famed music producer Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken).
Dickinson only has one suggestion for the band: 'More Cowbell.'
You will never be able to hear the word cowbell again without instantaneously thinking of Will Ferrell banging on one in his tight midriff-baring shirt.
Maya Angelou pranks Morgan Freeman, Dr. Cornel West, and Stephen King on her prank show 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Laughs!'
The 'wild and crazy' Festrunk Brothers are disappointed that their dates aren't the swinging 'American foxes' they were hoping for.
The Conehead 'family' asks a phone technician to install 35 new phone lines - but are interrupted when someone from their home planet comes to visit.
The Coneheads' deadpan delivery of their lines, and their use of popular slang, is what makes them so unbelievably funny even now.
This commercial for Colon Blow brags that this fibre-filled cereal contains 30,000 times more fibre than other oat bran cereals.
Two parents hire motivational speaker Matt Foley to talk to their teenage children after they find marijuana in the house - but Foley doesn't end up providing the help they were looking for.
Four bachelors vie for the attention of one woman on the dating show 'Secret Billionaire' but one of the bachelors (Jim Carrey) delivers unusual responses to the host's questions.
Three people sit down with the NSA to share their alien abduction stories, but one person has a markedly more disturbing story than the other two.
NPR hosts of 'The Delicious Dish,' Margaret Jo McCullin and Terry Rialto have baker Pete Schweddy (Alec Baldwin) to 'The Delicious Dish' to talk about one of his famous desserts with a filthy name: 'Schweddy Balls.'
Double entendres abound!
This commercial for 'Mum Jeans' pokes fun at the ill-fitting jeans that seem to be popular among women of a certain age.
Eddie Murphy dresses up like a 'white guy' for his mockumentary to see if he's treated differently as a white man - and boy is he ever.
Murphy ends up unknowingly entering into a secret world of white privilege (and free newspapers) in a sketch that feels just as relevant today as it did when it first aired.
Adrian (Patrick Swayze) and Barney (Chris Farley) are in their final round of auditions to snag a spot as an exotic male dancer at Chippendales.
The panel of judges frets over who to pick, while Adrian and Barney perform their sexy routines, without acknowledging the clear imbalance of sexiness between the two performers.
Dale arrives late to a meeting in what could be very loosely referred to as shorts, with the American flag on it to show his patriotism - his coworkers are not pleased.
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