There’s an episode of Family Guy that posits that the Best SNL Sketch Ever, the most perfect couple of minutes of live nonsense since 1975 is Massive Head-Wound Harry, featuring Dana Carvey and a horrific prosthetic.  For me, it’s probably the 1983 episode featuring the shooting of Buckwheat and a thoroughly prescient skewering of the then-new 24-hour news cycle phenomenon.  It’s the peak of Eddie Murphy’s time on the show and I still remember the all-too-realistic breathless graphics and blurbs with each new twist in the case.  That said, there are a few really hilarious moments in the various “We’re not porn stars anymore” sketches that Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong did in recent years, leading us to today’s live from New York query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that “None” is not a valid response, but if you don’t have one, just bask in the weirdness of the year that the cast included Randy Quaid, Joan Cusack, a young Robert Downey, Jr and a REALLY young Anthony Michael Hall, asking: What’s the BEST SNL sketch ever?


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  1. Chris Farley vs. Patrick Swayze in the chippendales dance-off. Farley was truly a gift that we as a society did not deserve.

    A very close second is Elvis Costello doing Radio Radio and getting banned for 30 years.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Empirically it has to be Weekend Update, as it’s the sketch that keeps propagating decade after decade.

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