Everyone remembers the classic Saturday Night Live sketches. There are the ones that we can quote verbatim, the ones that have been parodied countless times, and the ones that are plastered across almost every t-shirt at Spencer’s Gifts.
This isn’t about those.
These are the gems that aren’t quite as celebrated or that you probably missed but are absolutely hilarious. Here are the ten funniest SNL sketches you’ve never seen in no particular order.
Before Andy Samberg’s Digital Shorts became the go-to prerecorded segment, “TV Funhouse” was one of the most anticipated parts of the show. By far, the funniest one was a parody of Dora the Explorer called “Maraka” that gets more and more absurd with every passing moment.
The Car Accident
This 1997 sketch featured Norm Macdonald as a car accident victim who won’t stop trashing his rescuer Sylvester Stallone‘s career. You’ve got to appreciate Sly for being self-aware enough to allow them to mock his lower moments in Hollywood.
Robert Downey Jr. guest-starred in this West Side Story parody that asks the question we’ve all asked: “How does everyone know all the lyrics to a spontaneous song?”
America’s Funniest Hate Videos
Bob Saget pokes fun at his former gig in the most extreme way as he does his wacky voices and family-friendly jokes over a series of comical videos featuring hate groups.
Philadelphia Action Figures
If you’ve ever watched the movie Philadelphia then you probably weren’t expecting any action figures inspired from the film. This fake commercial captured the essence of every ’90s toy advertisement perfectly.
One of the most infamous SNL Digital Shorts came in April 2007 with a parody of the O.C. Season finale. Unfortunately the timing couldn’t have been worse, as the Virginia Tech shooting took place two days after the original airing. NBC decided not to post the video on their site and it disappeared for quite some time only to resurface later on The Lonely Island’s website.
Will Ferrell portrays Lucifer, who has come to claim Garth Brooks’ soul in exchange for a hit song. Is this some sort of confession from Garth Brooks on his success?
First Citywide Change Bank
Every bank has done the commercial format that features customers talking about what incredible service they’ve encountered while fading in and out from text on a black screen. The First Citywide Change Bank offers a unique service, however.
The Crazy Doctor’s Office
This was one of the more bizarre SNL sketches. Will Ferrell is hilarious as the insane doctor and the Tim Meadows cameo may be one of my all time favorites.
The Twilight Zone
Not only is this sketch really funny, but when you hear the story of what Norm Macdonald did right before it started, it’s even better. Here’s Jim Breuer’s recollection of the sketch.