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SNL Skits of the Season

Television | By The Top 13 on May 17, 2010

This past Saturday night, NBC's Saturday Night Live wrapped up its 35th season. The finale, which was hosted by Alec Baldwin for a record-tying 15th time, was better than average for this season but lacked a standout moment compared to the season's best. Here are the Top 13 SNL Skits of the Season, ranked by how much they made us laugh. We're including Weekend Update segments and Digital Shorts, but not monologues.

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Weekend Update: Stefon

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Weekend Update: Stefon

Episode 20 (Gabourey Sidibe)

Few things are funnier than when the SNL players can't keep a straight face, and that's just another reason why this already fantastic segment tops our list. In his first appearance as Weekend Update's city correspondent, Stefon, played by Bill Hader, is asked to give tourists an overview of things to do in New York City. He proceeds to recommend a variety of New York's "hottest clubs," featuring attractions like "throw up music," "Teddy Graham people," and "human fire hydrants." Hader starts to lose his poker face around 2:30 in the clip below.

Kickspit Underground Festival

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Kickspit Underground Festival

Episode 8 (Blake Lively)

An inside joke if there ever was one on SNL, this skit would seem to be a random assortment of bizarre jokes to any viewer unfamiliar with the Gathering of the Juggalos 2009 Infomercial, an infamous viral video advertising the annual festival for followers of the Insane Clown Posse (known as juggalos). We're providing the original below for those who are in the dark - they will both make you laugh. RIP Ass Dan.

The Curse

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The Curse

Episode 13 (Jon Hamm)

The first SNL Digital Short on this Top 13, "The Curse" is every bit as insane as we've come to expect. Likely inspired by the gypsy curse in the film Drag Me to Hell, it follows a businessman, played by Andy Samberg, who is plagued by visions of a ponytailed, greasy, topless, saxophone-playing Jon Hamm (who, incidentally, looks a lot like the saxophone player in The Lost Boys).

Shake Weight DVD

4

Shake Weight DVD

Episode 19 (Ryan Phillippe)

This skit perfectly parodies the commercials for home fitness product Shake Weight, a set of recoiling barbells that supposedly tighten arm muscles by shaking back and forth. For all we know, the product may work, but any person watching the commercial with a slightly dirty mind has noticed that a person using it looks like, as Kenan Thompson remarks in this skit, they are "helping a guy out."

Closet Organizer

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Closet Organizer

Episode 13 (Jon Hamm)

This silly fake commercial for a "closet organizer" is a great example of SNL player Will Forte's physical comedy talents, as he scrambles in an attempt to catch and "organize" increasingly random objects. Forte appeared in a later skit in this episode alongside host Jon Hamm, who recognizes him as the "Closet Organizer guy."

The Delicious Dish

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The Delicious Dish

Episode 21 (Betty White)

In this, the funniest skit in a very funny episode featuring host Betty White and a reunion of many of SNL's female alumni from the past decade, Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon reprise their roles as bland public radio personalities discussing popular food products. This time, Betty White plays their guest, a baker of famous muffins. While SNL's double entendre humor can get tiresome, we'll always laugh when Betty White talks about her "dusty muffin."

MacGruber: Darrell

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MacGruber: Darrell

Episode 11 (Charles Barkley)

"MacGruber" sketches are invariably funny, and this was our favorite of the season. Charles Barkley plays Darrell, MacGruber's new minority employee. As is typical of the skit, MacGruber proceeds to repeatedly offend Darrell with his racial insensitivity despite the danger he and his team is facing. We can't wait for the feature film version of MacGruber, which opens May 21st.

The Tizzle Wizzle Show (Jammy Shuffle)

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The Tizzle Wizzle Show (Jammy Shuffle)

Episode 10 (James Franco)

The second SNL Digital Short on the Top 13, this parody of children's shows like Yo Gabba Gabba can't be described in too much detail without ruining the joke. Let's just say that host James Franco is perfect in this demented, Wonder Showzen-esque skit.

Pageant Talk

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Pageant Talk

Episode 16 (Zach Galifianakis)

When news broke that Zach Galifianakis was hosting SNL this season, fans of the goofy comedian became giddy in anticipation of skits like this. This was the final skit of the episode and Galifianakis actually shaved his trademark beard down to an inappropriate moustache during musical guest Vampire Weekend's second song for this skit. Galifianakis clearly has a soft spot for white trash humor, and here he is at his best, especially when he mouths the lines of his pageant contestant daughter.

Brownie Husband

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Brownie Husband

Episode 18 (Tina Fey)

This gross-out parody of ads for various desserts targeted at women falls right in host Tina Fey's wheelhouse. Having lampooned similar advertising tactics on her brilliant sitcom 30 Rock (which we named the third-best Sitcom of the 2000s, Fey is great as the lonely woman comforted by a disgusting "companion dessert."

What Up With That?

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What Up With That?

Episode 16 (Zach Galifianakis)

This recurring skit is pretty much the same every time, featuring Kenan Thompson as a James Brown-like talk show host. The show always has a cameo guest star (here, actor Paul Rudd), and the guest star almost never gets a word in edgewise as Thompson and his crew are more interested in dancing than talking. We give this one bonus points for the positively ridiculous sight of Zach Galifianakis as a jumpsuit-wearing "double flute" master.

Outrageous Clown Squad

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Outrageous Clown Squad

Episode 19 (Ryan Phillippe)

The second skit on this Top 13 to parody juggalo culture, this time SNL targeted the Insane Clown Posse's music video for their new song "Miracles." Like that other skit, this one makes much more sense if you've seen the original. And like that other skit, the original source material is arguably just as funny as SNL's spoof. The last skit of Episode 19, this hysterical parody (featuring host Ryan Phillippe) also is impressive in that it aired only eleven days after the music video for "Miracles" hit the internet.

Ski Retreat

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Ski Retreat

Episode 11 (Charles Barkley)

We have to be honest - SNL has relied too much on skits featuring Kristin Wiig's stable of purposefully annoying characters to fill time in recent years. And while we love Wiig, this could have been one of those skits. But Wiig's ridiculous flirting and powerfully unsexy physical comedy are so perfect here that we just couldn't leave it off this Top 13.

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Comments Leave a comment

jason ★★

Be sure to look out for the Iron Sheik "shoutout" in #2!

11:19 AM   May 17, 2010

PulpAffliction ★★

Stefon, Closet Organizer and Pageant Talk are EASILY my top three. Honorable mention to Kickspit.

Stefon and Closet Organizer both had me in stitches.

12:50 PM   May 17, 2010

PulpAffliction ★★

And I was SO happy to see Stefon return this week.

1:08 PM   May 17, 2010

stillathreat ★★

The digital short from this past episode should be on here. Also, juggalo skits could have been one and two.

1:10 PM   May 17, 2010

blix 

agree about the digi short this week. awesome. betty white's delicious dish skit was terrible.

5:17 PM   May 17, 2010

oshoney 

top 3 is greatness.

10:54 AM   May 18, 2010

tloveisready ★★

1-5 and 9 and 10 are all great

11:17 AM   May 19, 2010

jason ★★

BTW, the Jon Hamm testimonial in the Closet Organizer bit is amazing.

11:56 AM   May 19, 2010

oshoney 

if father swimcoach scoutmaster wasn't less than a minute long it would totally be in my top 13.

1:51 AM   May 21, 2010

stupka 

The ICP one is my fav

5:15 PM   Dec 16, 2010

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