5) What is Love?
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, and Chris Kattan
The obnoxious, dry humping trio laughably get kicked out of each social event, from a night club to a wedding, because they circle around an innocent dancer and horribly push them around with their pelvises. The sketch is memorable because of the way Jim, Chris, and Will nail the idiosyncrasies of socially clueless dancers.
Air Date: 5/18/96
4) Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker
Starring: Christina Applegate, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, David Spade, and Julia Sweeney
Chris Farley plays an eccentric motivational speaker hired by suburban parents in order to sway their kids from illegal activities because they found weed in their room. His over-the-top performance and the way he yells “Living in a van down by the river,” makes it incredibly hard for cast members to keep a straight face, and viewers too.
Air Date: 5/8/93
3) Schweddy Balls
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Ana Gasteyer, and Molly Shannon
A man named Pete Schweddy, played by Alec Baldwin, runs a bakery called Season’s Eatings and he appears on NPR’s Delicious Dish to share his recipe for his world-famous Schweddy Balls. The long-joke is just sexual innuendos, but what makes the sketch memorable is the deadpan delivery of the radio talk show hosts played by Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon.
Air Date: 12/12/98
2) Celebrity Jeopardy
Starring: Norm MacDonald, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, and Darrell Hammond
The sketch succeeds at reflecting the stupidity of celebrities by showing their incompetence in answering absurd questions. But the true comedy of the sketch is the unrelenting barrage of mom jokes Connery (Darrell Hammond) throws at Alex Trebek (Will Ferrell).
Air Date: 1/23/99
1) More Cowbell
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz
The single sketch that resides in the highest area of the Saturday Night Live echelon is all thanks to Bruce Dickenson, “yes, the Bruce Dickenson,” executed perfectly by Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell’s frenzied back-up percussionist. Don’t let the pop-culture over-saturation diminish the comedic richness of this highly re-watchable skit.
Air Date: 4/8/00