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Funny moments from years 1990-1999 of Saturday Night Live. For the main index, see here.

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  • "The Chris Farley Show", with Chris meeting Paul McCartney. Also a Moment of Awesome.
  • The Schweddy Balls sketch. Even funnier if you close your eyes during it.
  • Any Bill Brasky sketch. "I once saw him scissor kick Angela Lansbury!"
  • "Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball."
  • A site devoted to transcribing SNL sketches notes that the "Wake Up and Smile" sketch in Season 21 defined how the show was recovering from season 20 (which, had its moments, but was really suffering from Seasonal Rot in the same way the show was in its 6th and 11th seasons), and indeed it did — the audience response to the revelation of the winner in the battle between the host (Will Ferrell) and the weatherman is one of true, and truly shocked, laughter. Four words: "The weatherman is DEAD!"
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  • Jingleheimer Junction. Four glorious minutes of Getting Crap Past the Radar. The Junction Gang's inability to see what the big deal is and Jingleheimer Joe's near-violent reactions to what's going on make it even funnier.
  • From a 1993 episode, Christopher Walken as "Ed Glosser, Trivial Psychic", a spoof of his movie The Dead Zone where Walken is an office worker who can foretell events whenever he makes contact with people but they're all insignificant:
    New Employee: (played by Rob Schneider) Nice to meet you! (shakes Ed's hand and suddenly he and Ed act like a shock of electricity goes between them)
    Ed Glosser: (falls into his trance) Tomorrow... on the way to work... you're gonna buy a cup of coffee...
    New Employee: (anxious) Yeah?
    Ed Glosser: Then you're gonna hail a cab...
    New Employee: Uh huh! Does the cab crash?!
    Ed Glosser: No.. you're gonna leave the coffee in the cab!
    New Employee: Okay.. I guess I'll just have to get another cup when I get here.
    Ed Glosser: (grabs him by the shoulders) Look! You don't get it! You're wasting coffee!
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  • The real Janet Reno appearing in the final "Janet Reno's Dance Party" sketch. "It's Reno time!"
  • Bob Newhart hosts? Why not reference the famous "Hi, Bob!" Drinking Game. With Chris Farley and Adam Sandler going shot-for-shot with one another while people chastise Bob for "encouraging" people playing the game—he actively wasn't—while they are unknowingly sending Farley (especially) to higher levels of drunkenness.
    • For additional context, they were standing over a tray of shot glasses. When that was exhausted, Farley reached down and produced an entirely new fully loaded tray of shots.
  • During the 1993 World Series, the opening skit was that poking fun at the Blue Jays/Phillies series. It showed the Phillies in their dugout while "O Canada" was being sung, but each and every one of the Phillies were A) not standing at attention, B) had their caps or helmets on, and C) were chewing Chewin' Tobacco and occasionally spitting on the ground — all spot-on representations of the at-the-time Phillies. Extra points go to Chris Farley, whose impersonation of John Kruk was dead on.
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  • Chris Farley, in his last SNL appearance before his untimely death, playing the Trope-naming El Nino.
  • Jimmy Tango's FAT Busters. RIDE THE SNAKE.
  • The "Gap Girls" sketches. Chris Farley, David Spade and Adam Sandler as teenaged girls hanging out at a mall food court. Aside from three grown men trying their best to imitate a teenaged girl's voice, one of Farley's reactions is legendary:
    Spade's character: I thought you were, um...trying to lose weight...?
    Farley's Character: (grabbing Spade, with Farley briefly dropping the teenaged girl routine) LAY OFF ME, I'M STARVING!
  • One of the few times Phil Hartman ever corpsed during his tenure. By the end of this skit, he's quite visibly having difficulty keeping it together.
  • The 1993 sketch where newly-elected president Bill Clinton (Phil Hartman) stops by a McDonald's while jogging. He talks with every diner in there while taking a bite out of their food.
    Clinton: I just want to mingle with the American people, talk with some real folks... and maybe get a Diet Coke, or something...
    Secret Service Agent: Fine. But please don't tell Mrs. Clinton.
    Clinton: Jim, let me tell you something - there's gonna be a lot of things we don't tell Mrs. Clinton about!
  • "Unforgivable" a commercial spoofing Natalie Cole's duet with her dead father Nat King Cole "Unforgettable". This time Natalie sings along with recordings of her dad's old dead friends like Sammy Davis Jr (Tim Meadows), Ethel Merman (Julia Sweeney), Judy Garland (Mike Myers), Mama Cass (Chris Farley), young (Rob Schneider) AND old Elvis (John Goodman) and even Tammy Wynette (Melanie Hutsell) who's actually still alive, and she's pissed:
    (Natalie Cole sings "Stand By Your Man")
    Tammy Wynett: Hey! I am NOT dead!
    Natalie Cole: (singing) I am not dead
    Tammy Wynett: This is how rumors gets started!
    Natalie Cole: This is how rumors get started
    Tammy Wynett: Cut it out, bitch!
    Natalie Cole: Cut it out, biiitch
  • The infamous Cowbell sketch. A performance such as Christopher Walken's, in which he got the entire assembled cast to corpse due to his Large Ham performance was an absolute joy to see.
  • "OVER THE WEEKEND, YOU STUPID BITCH!" The part that really sells it is Chris Farley's "What now?!" expression, practically daring his co-stars to start corpsing.
  • Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze auditioning as Chippendales Dancers. Although it's now considered a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment thanks to their untimely deaths.
  • The first The McLaughlin Group sketch with Dana Carvey as host and moderator John McLaughlin who always yells "WRONG!" interrupting a member of the group when they try to give an answer and gives his answer which is usually insane. In another sketch, after he declares a prediction on how the show will start to be "WRONG!" he declares the subsequent rimshot "WRONG!" And on an earlier issue:
    John McLaughlin: [rapidly] Jack, wrong! Pat, wrong! Fred, wrong! Morton, wrong!
    • The Halloween edition of that skit, which had McLaughlin himself showing up and taking over the discussion.
  • The coffee commercial sketch, spoofing Folger's "We've secretly replaced their coffee" commercials, showing an outtake in which a customer played by Chris Farley goes batshit when he's informed this isn't the coffee he originally ordered.
    Knorben Knussen: Mr. Huff, how do feel about your experience on hidden camera?
    Mr. Huff: An-gry...
  • The Sinatra Group is an all-time classic which premise is Frank Sinatra (Phil Hartman) hosting a roundtable of music discussions which featured Sinéad O'Connor (Jan Hooks), Billy Idol (Sting), Luther Campbell (Chris Rock), Steve Lawrence (Mike Myers) and Eydie Gorme (Victoria Jackson). This sketch's hilarity ranges from Sinatra insisting that Campbell has talent, Sting's pretty dead-on Billy Idol impression, and the numerous Sinead O'Connor nicknames( "Sinbad", "Uncle Fester", "Sign Aid") but the capper is what may be one of the single greatest lines ever uttered on SNL.
    • Robert Smigel, who wrote this sketch, has explained that he'd come up with the line years before — it was just a matter of figuring out the kind of person who would actually say it and giving it to them!
  • The Old Glory Robot Insurance commercial wouldn't work in most normal cases, but with Sam Waterston in the sketch as the spokesman, it's one of the greatest commercials in SNL history.
    • E!'s countdown of greatest SNL moments reveals that everyone was confused by Waterston's delivery at the initial readthrough — until he explained that he was approaching it from the perspective of someone who was only in it for the money. Knowing this makes the sketch even funnier.
  • Compulsion, a spoof of the self-important Calvin Klein perfume ads. Just a hilarious all around performance from everybody involved.
  • From the first time Charles Barkley hosted (in 1993), there was the monologue where he challenges Barney the Dinosaur to a game of basketball— and Barney gets his ass handed to him (to the point that stuffing is coming out of tears in the costume and his fake eye is hanging out). Made all the funnier when the two becomes friends in the end and walk off the court to the end theme of Barney & Friends.
  • In a fantastic parody of Planet of the Apes, the first fifteen minutes of the episode hosted by Charlton Heston from season 19 (he hosted before in season 12, but that episode never had this sketch), he oversleeps in his dressing room for a very long time and wakes up the show is taken over by apes (really people in ape masks, of course)! The people in the opening credits were all replaced by apes — their names referencing actual characters from the movie series — and even the band members and the audience during the monologue were apes!
    • During the cold open Heston finds the regular human cast all locked up in a cage all dirty with long hair and dressed in rags. He goes to talk to Phil but he has a blank look on his face and sees a big scar on the side of his head:
    Charlton Heston: Oh damn you! Damn you all to hell! You cut out his brain!(goes to Chris Farley next oh him) Chris! Chris what about you? Talk to me! Are you okay?
    (sees Chris has a dumb smile on his face like he's been lobotomized like Phil)
    Heston: Oh my god you've cut out his brain too!
    Tim Meadows: No, Mr. Heston, Chris is fine, he's always like this.
    Chris Farley: The Ten Commandments was awesome!
  • From a 1995 "Hollywood Minute" segment of "Weekend Update", David Spade says "Look, kids, a falling star! Make a wish!" as he mocks Eddie Murphy's (then-)lackluster career. Even though this really pissed Murphy off (and it was met with shocked groans from the audience), it's hilariously scathing.
  • The "Herlihy Boy" sketch with Adam Sandler and Chris Farley. Chris makes a hilarious "Heh?" sound after each line, while Adam struggles so hard to maintain composure as Farley loses his temper:
  • A sketch from a 1993 Jeff Goldblum episode where a street guitarist (Rob Schneider) in a subway station who gets angry when a rider played by Goldblum tries to give him money. The guitarist keeps insisting he's not a beggar even though everything he sings suggests otherwise:
    "Please give me money
    I'm very hungry.
    Please give me money
    So I can eat.
    I don't have another job
    This is what I do for a living.
    Please give me money
    So I won't starve.
    • Later, Adam Sandler asks if he can join him on harmonica. Schneider enthusiastically agrees, only for his next verse to command Sandler to go away because he'd rather play alone. Sandler says he'll go, but Schneider insists he stay, and then sings the following:
    You didn't go away
    So now I have to kill you
    When you are not looking
    I'll push you into the next train.
  • In an otherwise lackluster season, the David Hyde Pierce episode of Season 20 had some good moments. In one of them, he and Michael McKean play accountants burning the midnight oil in order to improve the fine print of a contract. During the sketch, Michael begins to tap a pencil against his desk, which annoys David. "Sorry, it's a nervous habit." But David has an even weirder "nervous habit". "You're shearing a sheep. Could you cut it out? It's very distracting. If I can't tap the pencil, I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't shear."
  • Chris Farley's impersonation of New York City mayor's Rudy Giuliani's hyperactive young son.
  • On October 23 1993, during Weekend Update with Kevin Nealon, Chris Farley appeared as Philadelphia Phillies player John Kruk for a commentary. This was also the same night Game 6 of the World Series took place between the Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays, the latter leading three games to two at the time. Nealon asks him why he’s not in Toronto at the game. Realizing there was a game that same night, Kruk becomes speechless and embarrassed. Kruk then asks dejectedly what happened at the game, to which Nealon replied "Toronto won 8-6," which also meant the Blue Jays won the World Series. This lead Kruk to get even more flustered. What also makes this skit funnier is that Weekend Update occurred right after the game was over.
  • Space: The Infinite Universe with Harry Caray, with Ferrell's impersonation of the memorably eccentric Cubs announcer going down as one of his iconic moments. Jeff Goldblum, the only other actor in the skit, has a really tough time not corpsing at Ferrell!Caray's nonsensical babble ("It's a simple question, would you eat the moon if it was made out of barbecued spare ribs?! Just say yes and we'll move on!") and at one point, completely breaks down to the point where the camera stays on Ferrell while Goldblum works it out with the crowd going wild. Also delivers a fantastic Brick Joke that's so good, Ferrell almost corpses himself before delivering it ("That's why my friends call me 'Whiskers'!"). And never once is it brought up why Harry Caray is hosting a science show in the first place.
  • Happy Fun Ball.
  • The first time the WWE did a crossover with SNL (read: Dwayne Johnson hosted). To wit:
    • The Rock appearing on a morning talk show and freaking out the hosts just with his presence alone. It caps off with him singing "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" (with Mick Foley providing backup vocals while The Big Show does interpretive dance in the background)
    • The Nicotrel skit, where The Rock is a live-in smoking habit breaker:
      Husband: (pulls out a pack of cigarettes) Now, whenever I want a cigarette—(get snatched out of his seat by The Rock from behind) OH GOD NO...
      Nick O. Trell: STOP SMOKING! (punches the husband a few times) Here's how it works...(punch) Nick lives with you...(punch) Nick sees you smoking...(punch) Nick gets angry—Nick gets angry, you don't smoke, period. (wails on the husband before chucking him out the front window)
      • This also has a run-in by other wrestler friends, with Triple H, The Big Show and Mick Foley trying to stop the Rock...only to beat him up harder. Mick even drops a People's Elbow!
  • In a sketch spoofing the 1992 Presidential debates, featuring Phil Hartman as Bill Clinton and Dana Carvey as George H. W. Bush and Ross Perot, Clinton imagines Bush as an old woman in a silly dress, Bush imagines Clinton as a bong-smoking hippie, and Bush and Clinton imagine Perot as a Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz.
  • From the 1999 episode hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld after being sent to prison in the Seinfeld finale is transferred to the one seen on the prison series Oz. The fastidious Jerry blithely goes through his daily routine while interacting with that show's characters like white supremacist Schillinger and his bitch/nemesis Tobias Beecher. Things like Prison Rape are talked about like about the mundane minutia on his own show:
    Jerry Seinfeld: You missed out on the make-up sodomy?
    Tobias Beecher: I missed out on the sodomy!
    Jerry: The make-up sodomy's the best part of being nailed to a gym floor!
    Beecher: Missed out, baby!
    • And in a nod to Seinfeld's most famous episode:
    Jerry:(To Schillinger, O'Reilly and Augustus) Whoever goes the longest without committing male rape wins the Contest.
  • Dana Carvey returning to host in 1996 and playing NBC anchor Tom Brokaw being coaxed by offscreen producer (Robert Smigel) into recording various contingency announcements of the death of former President Gerald Ford. It includes unlikely scenarios as Ford overdosing on crack cocaine and eaten by wolves. (This skit was originally performed on an unaired episode of The Dana Carvey Show.)
  • From the 1996 Robert Downey Jr. episode, a spoof of West Side Story with Norm MacDonald as a gang leader wondering why and how his friends are suddenly able to spontaneously go into a choreographed song and dance.
  • Barbra Streisand dropping in on an episode of "Coffee Talk with Linda Richman". Note that Streisand wasn't even a guest that week— she dropped in entirely by surprise after a nearby performance and Mike Myers, Madonna, and Roseanne Barr screamed like fangirls, with Madonna even channeling Garth by bowing to Barbra.
    Linda: That's all the time we have, I have to go and die now!
  • Another fun movie spoof for a guest host monologue: Bill Paxton mentions how nice the cast has been to him all week, but cutting to backstage we learn that it's a cruel setup for the old Carrie pig's blood prank (complete with split-screens). They didn't count on Paxton having psychic powers of his own...once he's managed to set the studio and the conniving cast members on fire, he cheerfully assures the audience (apparently spared from the extra-crispy treatment) that there's a great show coming up!
    • From the same episode, an alternate ending to Titanic (1997) where Paxton's character and his salvage crew get tired of listening to Old Rose' story and beat her up.
  • From the Lucy Lawless episode, Lucy as Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks doing a commercial for her new Tex-Mex restaurant "Stevie Nicks' Fajita Roundup". Lucy does a dead on impression of Nicks singing all her famous songs but with Mexican food items placed in them!
    "(sings to the tune of "Rhiannon") "Chicken fajitas taste real fine/Wouldn't you love to eat them?
    My chips and salsa are mighty fine/No one round here can beat 'em."
  • From 1994, Adam Sandler performing his song "Lunchlady Land" on guitar with Chris Farley dancing around as the "lunchlady" and most of the other cast members and a few writers dressed as various food items and Kevin Nealon as "Sloppy Joe". Sandler breaks as Farley and Nealon slow dance together.
  • From the Emilio Estevez episode, Estevez, Sandler, Farley, and Spade as bodybuilders hosting a show called "How Much Ya Bench?" When discussing actors they don't like, Estevez's character, Frankie, makes fun of Charlie Sheen (Estevez's real life brother) and says he will beat him up. Later on, Sheen calls the show and Breaks The Fourth Wall by threatening Estevez himself to which the latter tries explaining that it's just a sketch.
    Frankie: All right, next caller. You’re on. How much ya bench?
    Charlie Sheen: Hey, steroid-boy. This is Charlie Sheen. You want a piece of me?
    Frankie: Yeah! Where you at, pretty boy?
    Frankie/Emilio: (trying to not break character) Hey, Charlie. Come on, it’s just a sketch.
    Charlie Sheen: Oh, yeah? Well it’s just a beatin’! Get ready for it! [hangs up]
  • This bit that perfectly sums up riding the NYC subway back in those days.
  • This Olympics spoof which is not only funny, but eerily accurate, as everyone was falling left and right at the Olympics that year.


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