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13th Sep '17 1:56:13 PM cbk
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*A sketch in which a group of internet commentors played by Bobby Moynihan, Taren Killam, and Creator/MelissaMcCarthy get embarrassed by a TV host played by Creator/JasonSudeikis and punched by Creator/BillHader.
29th Aug '17 12:20:05 PM AaronHong
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* Also from ''Weekend Update Summer Edition'', Leslie Jones flips two big ones to the online haters by acknowledging her age and then doing something about it, by taking up an exercise routine during the offseason. The end result is [[AdrenalineMakeover what she calls "Michelle Obama arms"]].
-->'''Leslie''': (while flexing) Kiss it, Colin. KISS IT! [...] This is what it's gonna be like when you go to prison.\\
'''Colin''': "When"?!
18th Aug '17 3:40:04 AM AaronHong
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(( Even better - the episode ends with Colin and Michael deliberately trying to finish that cake.

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(( ** Even better - the episode ends with Colin and Michael deliberately trying to finish that cake.
17th Aug '17 10:07:30 PM AaronHong
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* The political turmoil of early 2017 is enough that SNL started making a Weekend Update Summer Edition, essentially taking one part of their show and turning it into its own thing, something that's been derided before. Some would also call it TemptingFate, and were proven right as the first episode came out just before the Charlottesville riots. SNL's response? Roll right along with the next episode on schedule. Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers guest star as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in direct response to Donald Trump lumping them together with Confederate slave owners, and Tina Fey returns as herself to deliver a heartfelt but no less hilarious message - ordering a stars-and-stripes cake from a bakery run by minorities, just to tear into it HeartbreakAndIceCream style.

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* The political turmoil of early 2017 is enough that SNL started making a Weekend Update Summer Edition, essentially taking one part of their show and turning it into its own thing, something that's been derided before. Some would also call it TemptingFate, and were proven right as the first episode came out just before the Charlottesville riots. SNL's response? Roll right along with the next episode on schedule. Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers guest star as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in direct response to Donald Trump lumping them together with Confederate slave owners, and Tina Fey returns as herself to deliver a heartfelt but no less hilarious message - ordering a stars-and-stripes cake from a bakery run by minorities, minorities (and a real cake is used here), just to tear into it HeartbreakAndIceCream style.


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(( Even better - the episode ends with Colin and Michael deliberately trying to finish that cake.
17th Aug '17 10:04:18 PM AaronHong
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* The political turmoil of early 2017 is enough that SNL started making a Weekend Update Summer Edition, essentially taking one part of their show and turning it into its own thing, something that's been derided before. Some would also call it TemptingFate, and were proven right as the first episode came out just before the Charlottesville riots. SNL's response? Roll right along with the next episode on schedule. Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers guest star as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in direct response to Donald Trump lumping them together with Confederate slave owners, and Tina Fey returns as herself to deliver a heartfelt but no less hilarious message - ordering a stars-and-stripes cake from a bakery run by minorities, just to tear into it HeartbreakAndIceCream style.
-->"Trump says we should defend our proud Confederate heritage, but he'd tear down those statues himself if he could build a condo over it!"
14th Aug '17 4:49:17 AM mlsmithca
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* Creator/BettyWhite hosting the Mother's Day episode in 2010 all thanks to a Facebook campaign. It's considered one of the best current episodes of the series.

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* Creator/BettyWhite hosting the Mother's Day episode in 2010 all thanks to a Facebook campaign. It's considered one of the best current post-2000 episodes of the series.



* In November of 2009, Creator/JosephGordonLevitt performed an homage to Donald O'Connor's performance in ''Film/SinginInTheRain'', pulling off an energetic performance of "Make 'Em Laugh" -- complete with the two backflips off the walls.
** Also, the second time he hosted, when he recreated the "It's Raining Men" sequence from the movie, ''Film/MagicMike''.

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* In November of 2009, Creator/JosephGordonLevitt performed an homage to Donald O'Connor's performance in ''Film/SinginInTheRain'', pulling off an energetic performance of "Make 'Em Laugh" -- complete with the two backflips off the walls.
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walls. Also, the second time he hosted, when he recreated the "It's Raining Men" sequence from the movie, movie ''Film/MagicMike''.



** From the same episode, the Weekend Update where Creator/AmyPoehler, Creator/TinaFey, JimmyFallon and Creator/SethMeyers all go against each other in the Joke-Off. Poehler's entrance in particular generated much applause.
*** So much so that when Fey enters immediately after her, even though she can be seen mouthing phrases like "It's on!", it's nearly impossible to hear her because the applause was so loud.

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** From the same episode, the Weekend Update where Creator/AmyPoehler, Creator/TinaFey, JimmyFallon and Creator/SethMeyers all go against each other in the Joke-Off. Poehler's entrance in particular generated much applause.
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applause. So much so that when Fey enters immediately after her, even though she can be seen mouthing phrases like "It's on!", it's nearly impossible to hear her because the applause was so loud.



* Creator/DaveChappelle resurrecting several of his ''Series/ChappellesShow'' characters after 11 years to spoof Negan's big entrance scene in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. And when [[spoiler:Tyrone Biggums is the one who gets beheaded, the head keeps taunting him and dodging his swings, before the body picks it up and we get a heartfelt plea to carry on in the wake of the 2016 election.]]
** Chappelle's monologue in the same episode was itself awesome: it was his first time hosting the show and it was the first show after the 2016 election, and he took the opportunity to calm everyone down, without downplaying what had just happened, and reminding everyone that for some people, this was just confirmation of what they already suspected.
--->'''Dave Chappelle''': "Blue Lives Matter." What, was you ''born'' a police? That is not a blue life. That’s a blue ''suit''. You don’t like it, take the suit off, find a new job. ‘Cause I tell you, if I could quit being black today, I’d be out the game.

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* Creator/DaveChappelle resurrecting several of his ''Series/ChappellesShow'' characters after 11 years to spoof Negan's big entrance scene in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. And when [[spoiler:Tyrone Biggums is the one who gets beheaded, the head keeps taunting him and dodging his swings, before the body picks it up and we get a heartfelt plea to carry on in the wake of the 2016 election.]]
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]] Chappelle's monologue in the same episode was itself awesome: it was his first time hosting the show and it was the first show after the 2016 election, and he took the opportunity to calm everyone down, without downplaying what had just happened, and reminding everyone that for some people, this was just confirmation of what they already suspected.
--->'''Dave -->'''Dave Chappelle''': "Blue Lives Matter." What, was you ''born'' a police? That is not a blue life. That’s a blue ''suit''. You don’t like it, take the suit off, find a new job. ‘Cause I tell you, if I could quit being black today, I’d be out the game.



* Creator/AzizAnsari becoming the first person of South Asian descent to host the show. Not to mention his [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Whde50AacZs&ebc=ANyPxKpeSdYJGkJPkVCBkpjN6luth8VEkaxmV7D1yIgeNLSqSgPYLdWuV13srlEV3EUmtMGlVziv opening monologue]], where he talks for nine minutes about the aftermath of Trump's inauguration, among other issues.

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* Creator/AzizAnsari becoming the first person of South Asian descent to host the show. Not to mention his [[https://m.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Whde50AacZs&ebc=ANyPxKpeSdYJGkJPkVCBkpjN6luth8VEkaxmV7D1yIgeNLSqSgPYLdWuV13srlEV3EUmtMGlVziv com/watch?v=Whde50AacZs opening monologue]], where he talks for nine minutes about the aftermath of Trump's inauguration, among other issues.



* The public ended up so impressed with the show during the Trump era that the show got its highest ratings in ''more than twenty years''.
** The [[http://fortune.com/2017/02/12/saturday-night-live-ratings-alec-baldwin-donald-trump/ rating for Alec Baldwin's hosting]] for 2/11/17 was ''higher'' than Trump's controversial hosting back in 11/7/15.

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* The public ended up so impressed with the show during the Trump era that the show got its highest ratings in ''more than twenty years''.
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years''. The [[http://fortune.com/2017/02/12/saturday-night-live-ratings-alec-baldwin-donald-trump/ rating for Alec Baldwin's hosting]] for 2/11/17 was ''higher'' than Trump's controversial hosting back in 11/7/15.



* In just a few days after the infamous Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad, they put together a great-looking spoof of it with costumes that are a perfect match for the real thing. The show was also quickly able to incorporate some recent developments during the preceding week, such as Trump's missile launch at Syria and Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment scandal.
** The cold open where Trump basically brags to his most loyal supporters about how he's taking away their healthcare and removing several vital protections for miners was so effective, it pissed off Trump's loyal voter base enough to the point many claimed the show had gone too far. In other words, the satire succeeded because it struck home.

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* In just a few days after the infamous Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad, they put together a great-looking spoof of it with costumes that are a perfect match for the real thing. The show was also quickly able to incorporate some recent developments during the preceding week, such as Trump's missile launch at Syria and Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment scandal.
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scandal. The cold open where Trump basically brags to his most loyal supporters about how he's taking away their healthcare and removing several vital protections for miners was so effective, it pissed off Trump's loyal voter base enough to the point many claimed the show had gone too far. In other words, the satire succeeded because it struck home.
14th Aug '17 4:30:33 AM ClintEastwood
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* Probably the most awesome thing about ''SNL'' is the fact that the show has been on the air for nearly 40 years, survived many things that would have taken down lesser shows (ExecutiveMeddling, SeasonalRot, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks cast and crew changes]], [[WhoWritesThisCrap weak writing]], controversial moments, criticism over racial and gender equality in the cast, and fair-weather fans who will drop the show the minute it does something that misfires), and, for better or worse, is considered great entertainment, and has adapted to this current era, where people are finding their sketch show fix online and on cable rather than on free-to-air TV. On an E! special about the show's history, LorneMichaels has stated that the show has lasted for as long as it has because it reinvents itself with talented cast members and writers.
* Will Ferrell's character pretends to have a Vietnam flashback and ends up singing (and maraca-ing) the entirety of ''Goodnight Saigon''. Violinists come in from nowhere, Green Day casually steps into the background, and by the end of the sketch Ferrell's accompanied about fifty other people (celebrities, the whole cast [at the time], previous cast members, famous hosts, one of which was Artie Lange from the original cast of ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', which had reached the last episode at the time of the season 34 finale of ''SNL'') singing with perfectly straight faces and doing various ridiculous things like playing along on unplugged ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' controllers. There's the sense that everyone turned out because Ferrell's a legend — they all walk offstage at the end one by one as the song tapers off. It's so overdramatic that it breaks the walls of Narmy and Silly entirely and loops back around to Epic. It's already listed on the main page as SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic, but this is also what a Moment of Awesome looks like.

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* Probably the most awesome thing about ''SNL'' is the fact that the show has been on the air for nearly 40 years, survived many things that would have taken down lesser shows (ExecutiveMeddling, SeasonalRot, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks cast and crew changes]], [[WhoWritesThisCrap weak writing]], controversial moments, criticism over racial and gender equality in the cast, and fair-weather fans who will drop the show the minute it does something that misfires), and, for better or worse, is considered great entertainment, and has adapted to this current era, where people are finding their sketch show fix online and on cable rather than on free-to-air TV. On an E! special about the show's history, LorneMichaels Creator/LorneMichaels has stated that the show has lasted for as long as it has because it reinvents itself with talented cast members and writers.
* Will Ferrell's Creator/WillFerrell's character pretends to have a Vietnam flashback and ends up singing (and maraca-ing) the entirety of ''Goodnight Saigon''. Violinists come in from nowhere, Green Day Music/GreenDay casually steps into the background, and by the end of the sketch Ferrell's accompanied about fifty other people (celebrities, the whole cast [at the time], previous cast members, famous hosts, one of which was Artie Lange Creator/ArtieLange from the original cast of ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', which had reached the last episode at the time of the season 34 finale of ''SNL'') singing with perfectly straight faces and doing various ridiculous things like playing along on unplugged ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' controllers. There's the sense that everyone turned out because Ferrell's a legend — they all walk offstage at the end one by one as the song tapers off. It's so overdramatic that it breaks the walls of Narmy and Silly entirely and loops back around to Epic. It's already listed on the main page as SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic, but this is also what a Moment of Awesome looks like.



* Elvis Costello returning to the show after being banned following his gig on the Christmas 1977 show (hosted by an old woman named Miskel Spillman, who won a contest where viewers got to pick an average person to host an ''SNL'' episode) where he played "Radio Radio" (which, at the time, was rejected for being anti-media). His return, taking place on the show's 25th Anniversary special, consisted of sabotaging the Beastie Boys' performance of "Sabotage" before they all played a rendition of Costello's "Radio Radio".
* In one of Buck Henry's episodes, John Belushi accidentally cut his forehead with his very real samurai sword towards the end of the "Samurai Stockbroker" sketch. After the commercial break, Henry appeared with a bandage over the cut. The show lampshaded the incident by having all the other cast members wear identical bandages on the same spot for the remainder of the show, as well as writing up a quick "newsstory" for Weekend Update: "Buck Henry was attacked with a sword by a coked-out John Belushi on a late-night comedy sketch show."

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* Elvis Costello Music/ElvisCostello returning to the show after being banned following his gig on the Christmas 1977 show (hosted by an old woman named Miskel Spillman, who won a contest where viewers got to pick an average person to host an ''SNL'' episode) where he played "Radio Radio" (which, at the time, was rejected for being anti-media). His return, taking place on the show's 25th Anniversary special, consisted of sabotaging the Beastie Boys' Music/BeastieBoys' performance of "Sabotage" before they all played a rendition of Costello's "Radio Radio".
* In one of Buck Henry's Music/BuckHenry's episodes, John Belushi Creator/JohnBelushi accidentally cut his forehead with his very real samurai sword towards the end of the "Samurai Stockbroker" sketch. After the commercial break, Henry appeared with a bandage over the cut. The show lampshaded the incident by having all the other cast members wear identical bandages on the same spot for the remainder of the show, as well as writing up a quick "newsstory" for Weekend Update: "Buck Henry was attacked with a sword by a coked-out John Belushi on a late-night comedy sketch show."



* September 28, 1991. The Reverend Jesse Jackson (appearing as himself, as opposed to being impersonated by a cast member) reads "Green Eggs and Ham" in honor of Dr. Seuss, who had just passed away. He did it in the speaking manner he would have used were he speaking about racial injustice, or delivering a sermon.
* Betty White hosting the Mother's Day episode in 2010 all thanks to a Facebook campaign. It's considered one of the best current episodes of the series.
** And the cast tribute to her with them singing the theme song to ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''... which starts as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}, before very suddenly [[MoodWhiplash whiplashing into]] a ''thrash metal'' cover of the same song, which featured cast members getting attacked by the mosh pit and Jason Sudeikis [[PassThePopcorn recording the chaos on his iPhone]].
** They also brought in an AllStarCast of SNL's best female cast members, including Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer.
* The Ed Helms/Paul Simon episode -- home to, not only the brief return of the TV Funhouse cartoon segments, but to the live-action version of ''The AmbiguouslyGay Duo'' (featuring JonHamm as Ace, Creator/JimmyFallon as Gary, Steve Carrell as Big Head, Stephen Colbert as Dr. Brainio, Ed Helms [the episode host] as a Two-Face-esque villain, and Fred Armisen as a lizard man). Also a NegatedMomentOfAwesome, as Robert Smigel confessed during an interview with AV Club in 2010 that this was supposed to be one of many feature films based on a recurring character from ''SNL''.
* From the May 14, 2005 show hosted by Will Ferrell, Queens of the Stone Age performing "Little Sister" with backup from Gene Frenkle, Will Ferrell's character from the legendary Cowbell skit.
* Colin Quinn's opening speech from his first time hosting Weekend Update After Norm [=MacDonald=] was fired, comparing himself to a new bartender who was hired in place of an old favorite who was recently terminated.
* Horatio Sanz' tribute to Mr. Rogers after he passed away. It doubles as a {{Tearjerker}} and SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} as well.

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* September 28, 1991. The Reverend Jesse Jackson (appearing as himself, as opposed to being impersonated by a cast member) reads "Green Eggs and Ham" in honor of Dr. Seuss, Creator/DrSeuss, who had just passed away. He did it in the speaking manner he would have used were he speaking about racial injustice, or delivering a sermon.
* Betty White Creator/BettyWhite hosting the Mother's Day episode in 2010 all thanks to a Facebook campaign. It's considered one of the best current episodes of the series.
** And the cast tribute to her with them singing the theme song to ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''... which starts as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}, before very suddenly [[MoodWhiplash whiplashing into]] a ''thrash metal'' cover of the same song, which featured cast members getting attacked by the mosh pit and Jason Sudeikis Creator/JasonSudeikis [[PassThePopcorn recording the chaos on his iPhone]].
** They also brought in an AllStarCast of SNL's best female cast members, including Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon Creator/RachelDratch, Creator/TinaFey, Creator/AmyPoehler, Creator/MayaRudolph, Creator/MollyShannon and Ana Gasteyer.
Creator/AnaGasteyer.
* The Ed Helms/Paul Simon Helms[=/=]Music/PaulSimon episode -- home to, not only the brief return of the TV Funhouse cartoon segments, but to the live-action version of ''The AmbiguouslyGay Duo'' (featuring JonHamm Creator/JonHamm as Ace, Creator/JimmyFallon as Gary, Steve Carrell Creator/SteveCarrell as Big Head, Stephen Creator/Stephen Colbert as Dr. Brainio, Ed Helms Creator/EdHelms [the episode host] as a Two-Face-esque villain, and Fred Armisen Creator/FredArmisen as a lizard man). Also a NegatedMomentOfAwesome, as Robert Smigel confessed during an interview with AV Club in 2010 that this was supposed to be one of many feature films based on a recurring character from ''SNL''.
* From the May 14, 2005 show hosted by Will Ferrell, Queens of the Stone Age Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge performing "Little Sister" with backup from Gene Frenkle, Will Ferrell's character from the legendary Cowbell skit.
* Colin Quinn's opening speech from his first time hosting Weekend Update After Norm [=MacDonald=] Creator/NormMacDonald was fired, comparing himself to a new bartender who was hired in place of an old favorite who was recently terminated.
* Horatio Sanz' Creator/HoratioSanz' tribute to Mr. Rogers Creator/MrRogers after he passed away. It doubles as a {{Tearjerker}} and SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} as well.



* In November of 2009, Creator/JosephGordonLevitt performed an homage to Donald O'Connor's performance in ''SinginInTheRain'', pulling off an energetic performance of "Make 'Em Laugh" -- complete with the two backflips off the walls.
** Also, the second time he hosted, when he recreated the "It's Raining Men" sequence from the movie, ''MagicMike''.

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* In November of 2009, Creator/JosephGordonLevitt performed an homage to Donald O'Connor's performance in ''SinginInTheRain'', ''Film/SinginInTheRain'', pulling off an energetic performance of "Make 'Em Laugh" -- complete with the two backflips off the walls.
** Also, the second time he hosted, when he recreated the "It's Raining Men" sequence from the movie, ''MagicMike''.''Film/MagicMike''.



* Big Bird's appearance on the Daniel Craig/Muse episode. Made more awesome by the fact that they didn't have to write anything dirty or outrageous for him to be funny; they just let him be his childlike self.
* BrunoMars pulling off a decent ''SNL'' episode, despite the fact that he admitted in the monologue that he's never done comedy or acting of any kind.
* Jimmy Fallon's musical performance at the beginning of his episode. The entire cast of ''SNL'' dancing stands out in particular.

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* Big Bird's appearance on the Daniel Craig/Muse Creator/DanielCraig[=/=]Music/{{Muse}} episode. Made more awesome by the fact that they didn't have to write anything dirty or outrageous for him to be funny; they just let him be his childlike self.
* BrunoMars Music/BrunoMars pulling off a decent ''SNL'' episode, despite the fact that he admitted in the monologue that he's never done comedy or acting of any kind.
* Jimmy Fallon's Music/JimmyFallon's musical performance at the beginning of his episode. The entire cast of ''SNL'' dancing stands out in particular.



* Season 38's season finale has one in saying goodbye to Stefon, Bill Hader's burnt-out ClubKid character and Weekend Update's city correspondent (and, by extension, Bill Hader, as he announced earlier in the week that season 38 was his last season on the show). In it, he grows tired of Seth Meyers' dismissive attitude toward his club recommendations and announces that he's getting married to "someone who loves him for him". Seth, realizing that he truly loves Stefon, sprints to the church where the wedding is taking place (a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheGraduate''), and calls out Stefon's name. At this point, we see that Stefon's fiance is Anderson Cooper (who gets hit in the face like he did in the Digital Short where Andy Samberg and Pee-Wee Herman have a drunken night out) and that [[ContinuityNod all of Stefon's guests are the weirdos and freaks he mentioned in the past]]. Seth and Stefon proceed to escape from the wedding, with Ben Affleck (that night's host, and [[CallBack who previously hosted the first episode Stefon ever appeared in]], playing his brother) seen in the crowd cheering Hader's character on to "follow his heart". It ends with Seth and Stefon returning before the Weekend Update audience to massive cheers, embracing as Seth signs them off, while [[ContinuityPorn several recurring characters from the last few years]] (like Bobby Moynihan's [[DrunkenSong Drunk Uncle]], Kenan Thompson's [[GratuitousFrench Jean K. Jean]], Fred Armisen as [[BlindIdiotTranslation David Paterson]], Cecily Strong's [[BrattyTeenageDaughter Girl You Wish You Hadn't Talked To At a Party]], and Jason Sudeikis' [[SatanIsGood Devil]]) shower them with rice. Truly a fine farewell to Bill Hader and his most iconic character.
* Steve Martin sings "King Tut". In fact, [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/77/77r.phtml that episode]] - which had the Blues Brothers performing as musical guest, Martin wordlessly dancing ''terribly'' with Gilda Radner, and classic appearances of Theodoric of York and the Wild And Crazy Guys - was considered and probably still is one of the best nights the show ever produced.

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* Season 38's season finale has one in saying goodbye to Stefon, Bill Hader's Creator/BillHader's burnt-out ClubKid character and Weekend Update's city correspondent (and, by extension, Bill Hader, as he announced earlier in the week that season 38 was his last season on the show). In it, he grows tired of Seth Meyers' dismissive attitude toward his club recommendations and announces that he's getting married to "someone who loves him for him". Seth, realizing that he truly loves Stefon, sprints to the church where the wedding is taking place (a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheGraduate''), and calls out Stefon's name. At this point, we see that Stefon's fiance is Anderson Cooper (who gets hit in the face like he did in the Digital Short where Andy Samberg and Pee-Wee Herman have a drunken night out) and that [[ContinuityNod all of Stefon's guests are the weirdos and freaks he mentioned in the past]]. Seth and Stefon proceed to escape from the wedding, with Ben Affleck (that night's host, and [[CallBack who previously hosted the first episode Stefon ever appeared in]], playing his brother) seen in the crowd cheering Hader's character on to "follow his heart". It ends with Seth and Stefon returning before the Weekend Update audience to massive cheers, embracing as Seth signs them off, while [[ContinuityPorn several recurring characters from the last few years]] (like Bobby Moynihan's [[DrunkenSong Drunk Uncle]], Kenan Thompson's [[GratuitousFrench Jean K. Jean]], Fred Armisen as [[BlindIdiotTranslation David Paterson]], Cecily Strong's [[BrattyTeenageDaughter Girl You Wish You Hadn't Talked To At a Party]], and Jason Sudeikis' [[SatanIsGood Devil]]) shower them with rice. Truly a fine farewell to Bill Hader and his most iconic character.
* Steve Martin Creator/SteveMartin sings "King Tut". In fact, [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/77/77r.phtml that episode]] - which had the Blues Brothers performing as musical guest, Martin wordlessly dancing ''terribly'' with Gilda Radner, and classic appearances of Theodoric of York and the Wild And Crazy Guys - was considered and probably still is one of the best nights the show ever produced.



* A sketch from the Creator/JimCarrey-hosted episode in season 40 where Vanessa Bayer hosts a costume contest. Carrey and Kate [=McKinnon=] must settle their differences with a "Chandelier" dance-off, which extends right into the crowd. The audience goes wild as Carrey and [=McKinnon=] dance around the studio, past Lorne Michaels, Iggy Azalea (also dressed accordingly), and finally right back into the sketch.
* Creator/MikeMyers returning as [[Film/AustinPowers Dr. Evil]] interrupting the ColdOpen (which was supposed to be "A Very Somber Christmas with Sam Smith"), so he could personally deliver TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to North Korea, The Sony Hackers and Sony for the fiasco surrounding the movie ''Film/TheInterview''.

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* A sketch from the Creator/JimCarrey-hosted episode in season 40 where Vanessa Bayer hosts a costume contest. Carrey and Kate [=McKinnon=] Creator/KateMcKinnon must settle their differences with a "Chandelier" dance-off, which extends right into the crowd. The audience goes wild as Carrey and [=McKinnon=] dance around the studio, past Lorne Michaels, Iggy Azalea Music/IggyAzalea (also dressed accordingly), and finally right back into the sketch.
* Creator/MikeMyers returning as [[Film/AustinPowers Dr. Evil]] interrupting the ColdOpen (which was supposed to be "A Very Somber Christmas with Sam Smith"), Music/SamSmith"), so he could personally deliver TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to North Korea, The Sony Hackers and Sony for the fiasco surrounding the movie ''Film/TheInterview''.



* Staging a 30 Rock reunion when Tracy Morgan hosted.

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* Staging a 30 Rock reunion when Tracy Morgan Creator/TracyMorgan hosted.



* Kate [=McKinnon=] winning the 2016 Emmy award for "Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series". She is the first SNL cast member to win in the supporting category and only the fourth person to win an Emmy while still a series regular. The others were Chevy Chase (in 1976), Gilda Radner (in 1978), and Dana Carvey (in 1993), each of them having won in the now-retired "Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program" category.
* In the season 42 premiere's "Celebrity Family Feud: Political Edition", Bernie Sanders (Larry David) is leading Team Hillary Clinton after having conceded the race over the summer and insisting his supporters get behind her. He makes a pretty effective analogy to both his most ardent supporters, independent voters, and undecided voters.

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* Kate [=McKinnon=] winning the 2016 Emmy award for "Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series". She is the first SNL cast member to win in the supporting category and only the fourth person to win an Emmy while still a series regular. The others were Chevy Chase Creator/ChevyChase (in 1976), Gilda Radner (in 1978), and Dana Carvey (in 1993), each of them having won in the now-retired "Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program" category.
* In the season 42 premiere's "Celebrity Family Feud: Political Edition", Bernie Sanders (Larry David) (Creator/LarryDavid) is leading Team Hillary Clinton UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton after having conceded the race over the summer and insisting his supporters get behind her. He makes a pretty effective analogy to both his most ardent supporters, independent voters, and undecided voters.



* The fact that they were able to dedicate nearly an entire sketch to Donald Trump's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_Access_Hollywood_controversy Access Hollywood tape]] only a day after it occurred. Considering how much time goes into writing and rehearsing for a sketch before its performance, the execution of this last-minute addition is surprisingly well done.

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* The fact that they were able to dedicate nearly an entire sketch to Donald Trump's UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_Access_Hollywood_controversy Access Hollywood tape]] only a day after it occurred. Considering how much time goes into writing and rehearsing for a sketch before its performance, the execution of this last-minute addition is surprisingly well done.



* Dave Chappelle resurrecting several of his ''Series/ChappellesShow'' characters after 11 years to spoof Negan's big entrance scene in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. And when [[spoiler:Tyrone Biggums is the one who gets beheaded, the head keeps taunting him and dodging his swings, before the body picks it up and we get a heartfelt plea to carry on in the wake of the 2016 election.]]

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* Dave Chappelle Creator/DaveChappelle resurrecting several of his ''Series/ChappellesShow'' characters after 11 years to spoof Negan's big entrance scene in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. And when [[spoiler:Tyrone Biggums is the one who gets beheaded, the head keeps taunting him and dodging his swings, before the body picks it up and we get a heartfelt plea to carry on in the wake of the 2016 election.]]



* Alec Baldwin flexes his range a little as a GeneralRipper type and not Trump for once. What could have been a horrendous flub when his line "smells worse than the outhouse at a chilli cookout" ends instead with "cookie chillout", forcing him to backtrack verbally ''and'' physically, yelling "CHILLI COOKOUT I SAID" at Alex Moffat's head for effect. It's awesome because ''nobody'' cracks.

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* Alec Baldwin Creator/AlecBaldwin flexes his range a little as a GeneralRipper type and not Trump for once. What could have been a horrendous flub when his line "smells worse than the outhouse at a chilli cookout" ends instead with "cookie chillout", forcing him to backtrack verbally ''and'' physically, yelling "CHILLI COOKOUT I SAID" at Alex Moffat's head for effect. It's awesome because ''nobody'' cracks.
12th Aug '17 12:06:17 PM AaronHong
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* Creator/MatthewMcconaughey does his opening monologue all by himself, with zero support from the SNL cast, a feat once thought to be possible only by the best standup comedians... just by retelling the story of where the "[[CatchPhrase alright alright alright]]" came from.
20th Jun '17 8:52:22 PM AaronHong
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* Alec Baldwin flexes his range a little as a GeneralRipper type and not Trump for once. What could have been a horrendous flub when his line "smells worse than the outhouse at a chilli cookout" ends instead with "cookie chillout", forcing him to backtrack verbally ''and'' physically, yelling "CHILLI COOKOUT I SAID" at Alex Moffat's head for effect. It's awesome because ''nobody'' cracks.
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* WilliamShatner's (in)famous "[[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/86/86hgetalife.phtml Get a Life!]]" skit from his 1986 appearance.

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* WilliamShatner's Creator/WilliamShatner's (in)famous "[[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/86/86hgetalife.phtml Get a Life!]]" skit from his 1986 appearance.
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