Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Will Ferrell. Just a few of the dozens of A-list starts who got their start on Saturday Night Live, the late-night 90-minute comedy variety show that has been running on NBC every Saturday evening since 1975. 19 Emmy awards, scores of sketch-inspired movies, and millions of laughs later, SNL remains the unquestioned top dog when it comes to late night humor. The groundbreaking program contributed heavily to our generation’s culture and The Campus Socialite is paying SNL a debt of gratitude by sharing its top 10 favorite (non-recurring) skits.
10. Super Bass-O-Matic ’76 (Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman)
The days of troublesome scaling, cutting and gutting are over thanks to the Super Bass-o-Matic ’76, the tool that lets you use the bass with no fish waste. Performed by Dan Aykroyd, this hilarious live commercial brilliantly showcased his fast-talking, uber-confident brand of comedy while parodying the heavy-handed advertising techniques that were all the rage during the late 1970s.
9. Chronicles of Narnia – Lazy Sunday (Andy Samberg, Chris Parnell)
Although Andy Samberg may be a big star now, only the most ardent of fans recognized him before December 17, 2005, when he and Chris Parnell starred in “Lazy Sunday,” a hilarious rap about their desire to eat designer cupcakes and see the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The offbeat song became an immediate hit, thereby changing Samberg’s life forever. “The next morning, I walked out of my building and got recognized [by] the first person that walked by me,” Samberg recalls. “I mean, it wasn’t everybody for the rest of the day, but I had only really been recognized for Lonely Island stuff up until that point, for the most part. Then that Sunday, I get up and walk out of the building, and some guy was like, ‘Hey, I love your Narnia rap!’ I was on my stoop; I hadn’t even gotten to the street yet.”
8. Synchronized Swimming (Martin Short, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest)
Before finding success with Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer combined forces on this hilarious mockumentary about a pair of men trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic synchronized swimming team. There’s just one problem: The U.S. doesn’t allow men to compete… oh, and one of the swimmers can’t actually swim. This gut-busting premise alone would be enough to make this a classic skit, but the outrageous routines and the actor’s commitment makes this one of the funnier moments in television history. “Marty and I got to go to the pool every day to rehearse for a week, you know, devising a routine,” Harry Shearer recalls. “We didn’t have a choreographer so we just did it ourselves. And then I think I selected the music, and we just sort of devised these routines and then went out and shot it.”
7. Wild and Crazy Guys (Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Laraine Newman)
Long before the Roxbury Guys there were the Festrunk Brothers, a pair of wild and crazy partiers with “large bulges” and “many swinging adventures.” Played to perfection by Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin, Georg and Yortuk Festrunk were political refugees who escaped the 1975 riots in Bratislava by “throwing many rocks at a Russian tank.” “The Czech brothers were, I guess, a combination — a grafting of characters,” Dan Aykroyd explains. “Steve had this character, the continental guy, and I had the Czech expatriate, the ‘swinging’ Czech who was trying to talk like an American, trying to be American, trying to have the inflection in the accent, the clothes. So we took his continental guy and my Czech guy and we fused them into the Czech brothers.” In this particular skit, the Czech brothers try to pick up some “swinging chicks” at an art gallery.
6. Dick in a Box (Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig)
What do you get for the woman who has everything? How about a dick in a box! That’s the suggestion of silky smooth R&B crooners Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake, who gladly extol the virtues of this exceptionally personal Christmas gift. This sketch became an overnight sensation on YouTube where it has since attracted more than 28 million viewers, making it the website’s sixth most popular video of all time. “Dick in a Box” also received a mountain of critical praise, going on to win a coveted Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. “I had been on the road doing press for [Hot Rod] and all of a sudden I woke up and there were 20 texts from people being like, ‘You got nominated for an Emmy!’” Andy Samberg recalls. “And obviously we didn’t even realize that was a possibility, so, it was cool. ‘You mean for a song about putting your dick in a box?’ Yeah, it’s pretty cool man. It’s very ridiculous.”
Stay tuned for Wednesday’s look at the remaining SNL sketch classics.