The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

Hilarious, Memorable, and Timeless Moments from the Iconic Comedy Show

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Saturday Night Live (SNL) remains a comedic powerhouse, churning out side-splitting sketches and launching the careers of future comedy stars. The show has seen a wave of hilarious moments, with new cast members and returning veterans keeping audiences in stitches.

Picking the “best” is like choosing a favorite child (if your children were hilarious sketches), but fear not, comedy connoisseurs! We’ve curated a list of 13 sketches that perfectly encapsulate the brilliance and absurdity that is SNL’s recent era.

Undercover Boss: Mall Santa

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

Kate McKinnon steals the show as a hilariously unhinged mall Santa in this sketch. Her character, Martha Stewart-meets-Santa Claus, is more interested in firing elves and selling questionable merchandise than spreading holiday cheer. McKinnon’s deadpan delivery and escalating absurdity make this sketch a must-watch.

Weekend Update: Stefon with Alexa  

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

Weekend Update is a staple of SNL, and Pete Davidson’s portrayal of Stefon Meyers, a flamboyant city guide with a penchant for bizarre recommendations, is legendary.

This sketch takes things to a whole new level by pairing Stefon with a malfunctioning Alexa, generating a hilarious stream of nonsensical suggestions.

Melania Moment (Recurring Sketch, 2016-2020)

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

Cecily Strong’s portrayal of Melania Trump, with her signature stoicism and side-eye glances, captured the nation’s attention. These sketches often took aim at the complexities of being a First Lady, with a healthy dose of political satire mixed with humor.

Beck Bennett’s David Pumpkins Costume Party  

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

While Tom Hanks‘ portrayal of David S. Pumpkins in 2016 is a classic, Beck Bennett’s take on the character in 2019 takes the comedic baton and runs with it. This sketch features David S. Pumpkins hosting a bizarre costume party where anything goes (except scary costumes, because David S. Pumpkins does not endorse them).

(Don’t) Text and Drive PSA 

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

SNL doesn’t shy away from tackling social issues, and this sketch takes aim at the dangers of texting and driving in a hilariously dark way. Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant play two friends whose focus on texting leads to a disastrous car accident.

The sketch’s absurdity is balanced with a powerful message, making it both funny and thought-provoking.

Hello Weekend (Recurring Sketch, 2018-Present)

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon bring the laughs as Mikey Day and Heidi Gardner, a couple who host a bizarre and uncomfortable morning show called “Hello Weekend.” The sketch’s humor lies in the awkward silences, inappropriate topics, and stilted conversations, making for a cringe-worthy yet hilarious viewing experience.

Peloton Wife (Recurring Sketch, 2021-Present)

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

This sketch perfectly captures the stereotype of the wealthy, overly enthusiastic Peloton user. Played by Cecily Strong, the “Peloton Wife” showcases her intense dedication to the fitness brand, often to the annoyance of those around her.

The relatable (and slightly exaggerated) portrayal of upper-class fitness culture makes this sketch a hit.

Weekend Update: Colin Jost Dating Show  

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost rarely gets to let loose comedically, but this sketch is an exception. Here, Jost participates in a dating show where the bachelorette is a sentient piece of furniture (played by Heidi Gardner).

The absurdity of the premise and Jost’s straight-faced reactions make this a laugh-out-loud moment.

The Californians with Paul Rudd 

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

The “Californians” sketches, known for their deadpan humor and nonsensical conversations, get a celebrity boost with Paul Rudd joining the fray. The sketch highlights the Californians’ bizarre obsession with raisins and their inability to grasp basic concepts, all delivered with a perfectly straight face.

The Bodega Boys (Recurring Sketch, 2016-Present)

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

Pete Davidson and Bowen Yang bring the laughs as bodega employees with a penchant for conspiracy theories, nonsensical rhymes, and hilariously skewed versions of pop culture. The sketch’s catchphrase, “Bodega Bathroom!” is a testament to its absurdity and enduring popularity.

Chillin’ with the Aliens   

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

This sketch takes us to a spaceship inhabited by three aliens (played by Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Aidy Bryant) who are obsessed with Earth’s pop culture. Their hilariously warped understanding of human customs and slang, coupled with their genuine enthusiasm, makes this a delightful and relatable sketch.

Elon Musk Cold Open 

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

SNL frequently lampoons current events and public figures, and Elon Musk is no exception. This sketch portrays Musk (played by Mikey Day) hosting a bizarre and self-aggrandizing talk show where he promotes his various ventures, often to the bewilderment of his guests.

The sketch’s humor lies in its exaggerated portrayal of Musk’s personality and the absurdity of his proposed ideas.

Weekend Update: Pete Davidson on Leaving SNL

The Best of SNL: Top 13 Saturday Night Live Sketches That Had Us Rolling on the Floor

Pete Davidson’s final appearance on SNL had a sentimental touch. In his Weekend Update segment, he addressed his departure with humor and sincerity, reflecting on his time on the show and his personal growth.

This heartfelt and funny send-off served as a fitting farewell to a beloved cast member.

These sketches are just a taste of the comedic gold that SNL has produced in recent years. From veteran cast members like Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson to rising stars like Bowen Yang and Heidi Gardner, SNL continues to deliver sharp wit, absurd characters, and hilarious social commentary.

So, the next time you need a good laugh, tune into SNL and discover your own favorite sketches from the ever-evolving comedic landscape.

Remember, humor is subjective, and what one person finds side-splitting might not tickle another’s funny bone. The beauty of SNL lies in its diverse range of sketches, offering something for everyone.

So, explore different seasons, cast members, and types of humor to discover what resonates with your comedic sensibilities. Happy laughing !

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