Saturday, March 15, 2008

ESD#24: top 4 under appreciated SNL sketches

After surviving two St. Patrick's Days in Roxbury, E and I have learned that if ever a race riot were to occur in our neighborhood, it would be on this night.

We have stories.

So tonight we continue our tradition of bunkering down in our house and praying that things don't get ignorant. We'll be watching "This is Spinal Tap"* and SNL.

After reviewing my blog stats, I've discovered that writing about an under appreciated SNL sketch guarantees lots of random traffic to your site. So in honor of everyone who googled "Dr. Uncle Jimmy's Smokehouse and Outpatient Surgical Facility" and was surely disappointed by my blog (how meta! it's gonna happen again!), here are my top 4 favorite under appreciated SNL sketches.

#4: Smigel cartoon "Saddam and Osama", 5/10/03, Adrien Brody as host
This was a superhero cartoon from the Abu Dhabi Kids Network. I don't really remember the cartoon, but what I do remember is the commercial for "Rocks". Rocks as in stoning. It was hands down the most offensive thing I have ever seen on TV. And one of the funniest. I can not believe this passed the censors. I've also never seen E laugh so hard. He was to the point of wheezing.

#3: "Dr. Uncle Jimmy's Smokehouse and Outpatient Surgical Facility", 3/14/08, Amy Adams as host
"I hope those aren't my ribs."

#2: "Falconer", 11/15/03, Alec Baldwin as host
The Falconer is stuck in quicksand and sends out the falcon for help. The falcon comes across a sign with one arrow pointing to "casino" and another arrow pointing to something like "rope". You then see the falcon at the craps table. Every time his claw rolled the dice, E was in stitches.

#1: "Snakes on a Plane", 2/7/98, John Goodman as host
With all the hype that accompanied the movie "Snakes on a Plane", I'm astonished that almost no one referenced this sketch. Similar to the film, the title pretty much sums up the sketch. But they took it one bizarre step further. After the plane crashes, a rubber snake rises from the flames and gives a speech about how he'll show up when you least expect it. I have a very vivid memory of watching this in my friend Jeff's room freshman year of college. No one really laughed during the sketch, but about 10 seconds into the following commercials, someone kind of giggled, which led to more giggling, which eventually let to everyone falling off their chairs laughing. For the rest of college "It's meeeee!" (the snake's calling card) was the most repeated line on our friends' voice mail.

*New Halloween costume idea? Mime caterer:


Anonymous said...

like a Letterman top 10 list, the SNL skits are ordered in such a way that #1 is good, but not best. Kinda the groan to finish the thought.

Rocks is a brilliant meta-satire on the western consumer ethos used as a weapon against Israeli foreign policy. And that song is the catchiest jingle ever made. The Sesame Street style jumping kids juxtaposed with actual military clashes has me wetting my pants. Thanks SNL.

Is Brian Fellows too "main stream" to make the list?

"Brian Fellow is not an accredited zoologist nor does he hold an advanced degree in any of the environmental sciences. He is simply an enthusiastic young man with a 6th grade education and an abiding love for all of God's creatures. Share his love tonight on BRIAN FELLOW'S SAFARI PLANET"

The_Writer said...

Ooh, good call on Brian Fellows. I don't think it was Morgan's most popular sketch, so I think we can safely add it to "under appreciated".