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SNL 40: Ahh the Memories

Editorial | February 14, 2015 4:36 pm


Growing up in the 80's and 90's, SNL was such a highlight of my childhood. We looked forward to it every week because it was such a one of kind television experience. Being prior to the internet age and cable reruns, it was only on once a week and you were lucky to catch off season reruns during the summer. It wasn't even until sometime in the 90's when we started seeing VHS collections. Eddie Murphy's being the first I ever saw. We wore that tape out so much that we went through more than one.

For well over a week now, when the TV's been on this house, it's been tuned to VH1Classic. Aside from a few shows on my dvr, I've watched nothing but the SNL Rewind once they hit the mid 90's. They're down to the golden era of the 70's now leading up the the live 40th Anniversary special tomorrow night. Yes, I even sat through a number of the dreadful early 80's episodes, which I'd never seen many in their entirety, if not just for the diamonds in the rough that were Eddie Murphy's sketches. Having viewed episodes from every era now I wanted to offer my personal rankings and favorites.

Best Actors:
Female: Gilda Radner
Male: Phil Hartman

Worst Actors:
Female: Victoria Jackson
Male: Tim Kazurinsky (early 80's)

Most Underrated Actors:
Female: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Male: Garret Morris

Most Overrated Actors:
Female: Kristen Wiig
Male: Dennis Miller

Best Recurring Characters:
Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat and Gumby
Gilda Radner's Barbara Walters
Bill Swarski's Superfans
Phil Hartman's Anal Retentive Chef or Carpenter
Chris Farley's Matt Foley

Worst Recurring Characters:
John Lovitz's Master Thespian
Jim Breuer's Goat Boy
Chris Kattan's Monkey Boy

Most Overrated Recurring Characters:
Will Ferrel and Cheri Oteri's Chearleaders

Best Politician Impersonations:
Dana Carvey's George Bush
Phil Hartman's Bill Clinton
Tina Fey's Sarah Palin

Best Weekend Update Anchor/s:
Really torn between Tina Fey & Amy Poehler or Jane Curtain & Dan Aykroyd

Worst Weekend Update Anchor/s:
Brad Hall (Early 80's)

Best Weekend Update Correspondents:
Gilda Radner's Roseanne Roseannadanna
Don Novello's Father Guido Sarducci
Kevin Nealon's Mr. Subliminal
Dana Carvey's Grumpy Old Man

Worst Weekend Update Correspondents:
Tim Kazurinsky's Dr. Jack Badofsky
John Lovitz's Annoying Man
Victoria Jackson

Best Guest Hosts:
70's - Steve Martin
80's - Tom Hanks
90's - Alec Baldwin
2000-Present - Peyton Manning or Justin Timberlake

Worst Guest Hosts
Ron Nessen (Gerald Ford's Press Secretary)
Brandon Tartikoff (President of NBC in early 80's)

Best Musical Guest:
Frank Zappa cause he's the only musical act to ever ask Don Pardo to sit in on vocals
:laugh:

Best Commercials:
Colon Blow
Bassomatic
Big Red
Schmidt's Gay

Best Game Shows:
Das ist Jeopardy
Mike Myers' Crazy Japanaese Game Show
Jeopardy

Best Shorts:
Eddie Murphy Goes White
Deiter's Dream aka Whorenun

I was torn when choosing the worst actors so I picked ones who were on the show for more than two seasons. Don't get me started on Robert Downy Jr. and Anthony Michael Hall. :no: I offered most of this up as a post on facebook the other day and it sparked disappointingly and surprisingly little discussion. So I thought I'd post it here as well and see if anyone here has anything to offer on the subject. I'd love to see who were some of your favorites and least favorites.
Keywords: SNL, SNL40, VH1, NBC

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Omg THANK YOU for putting Kristen Wiig in the overrated category!!!!!!!
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Best weekend update - Dan Aykroyd + Jane Curtain

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I offer up Mike Meyers as one of the best just because he played such a diverse cast of characters and was kind of an all-around glue guy, although I can accept Phil Hartman without complaint. I loved Kevin Nealon's Mr. Subliminal! Always one of my favorite.

As far as bad characters/actors, Chris Kattan is about my least favorite anything.

A few categories I might add:

Best guest hosts: Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning

Best Gameshows: Celebrity Jeopardy and Sprockets

Best fake Commercials: Colon Blow and Bad Idea Jeans

I didn't watch any of the marathon, so most of my memories are centered around the great cast in the 90's, if you couldn't tell!! :p
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I really liked Chevy Chase for Weekend Update. Norm MacDonald too, even though his time was very short lived. I certainly don't disagree with any of those choices, but I would add Bill Hader in the underrated category. Stephon was fantastic, as were alot of his other characters.

Colon Blow is still hilarious, even though I've seen it a ridiculous number of times. Good call on that one Evol!
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I offer up Mike Meyers as one of the best just because he played such a diverse cast of characters and was kind of an all-around glue guy, although I can accept Phil Hartman without complaint. I loved Kevin Nealon's Mr. Subliminal! Always one of my favorite.

As far as bad characters/actors, Chris Kattan is about my least favorite anything.

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Best guest hosts: Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning

Best Gameshows: Celebrity Jeopardy and Sprockets

Best fake Commercials: Colon Blow and Bad Idea Jeans

I didn't watch any of the marathon, so most of my memories are centered around the great cast in the 90's, if you couldn't tell!! :p



Good lookin. I updated with those and a couple more like best musical guest and best SNL shorts. I added a couple YouTube links as well. Like you, the late 80's to the early 90's will always be my favorite era but watching all these old reruns has given me a newfound appreciation for what they did in the 70's pioneering the show and for Eddie Murphy singlehandedly keep the franchise afloat thru the early 80's. He was on some turrible casts. It's sad that Joe Piscopo was the only other remotely funny actor well except for Julia Louis-Dreyfus. That's why I listed her as one of the most underrated.
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Man I hated those Monkey Boy bits, and the Ladies Man but I could never get enough of Mr. Subliminal or Will Ferrell's Roger Klarvin (especially the one in the hot tub with Drew Barrymore). And Peyton Manning easily had one of the funniest commercials I've seen on SNL.

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SNL is still going? I thought Corky Romano kill the show. :)
My favorite reoccurring sketch has to be Celebrity Jeopardy. The people I work with are so young I have trouble referencing any characters. When I do the Rob Schneider office character they have no idea.
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One of my favorites is the Christmas toys with Mr. Mainway. Also the TV Funhouse cartoon spoofing Dora the Explorer that aired when Peyton Manning hosted. And most of the Andy Samberg digital shorts.
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