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The Funniest Sketches from Every Guest on the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special (Almost)

To celebrate Sunday's SNL 40th-anniversary show, we locked ourselves in a room and watched hours and hours of sketches to dig up the funniest (or close-to-funniest) clip of each confirmed guest as of yesterday.
February 13, 2015, 4:24pm

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We don't have to tell you how Saturday Night Live has been America's premiere laugh factory since 1975, week after week churning out some of the funniest, weirdest, most popular and catchphrase-coining sketches to ever appear on network television.

Sunday, February 15, is Saturday Night Live's big 40th-anniversary special. If you haven't already heard, the confirmed lineup includes a slew of former cast alumni as well as celebrities like Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Murray, Amy Poehler, Justin Timberlake, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Chris Rock, Chevy Chase, Kristen Wiig, and so many more that they had to stretch out the show to three and a half hours.


To celebrate, we locked ourselves in a room and watched hours and hours of classic and contemporary SNL sketches to dig up the funniest (or close-to-funniest) clip of each confirmed guest. That was a couple days ago. When we emerged, malnourished and squinting dumbly at the sun, we learned that more people were still being announced, and getting a clip for everyone on the constantly expanding roster would be near impossible. So here are sketches from everyone confirmed as of 24 hours ago, in no particular order.

1. Alec Baldwin: "Glengarry Christmas—Elf Motivation" (2005)

"This gumdrop cost more than the mushroom you call your house."

2. Dana Carvey: "Tom Brokaw Pre-Tapes" (1996)

"That'd be a huge story, Gerald Ford dying and you coming out."

3. Chevy Chase: "Word Association" (1975)

"What'd you say?"

4. Tom Hanks: "Mr. Belvedere Fan Club" (1992)

"But I shouldn't want to cut into him, to tear the flesh, to wear the flesh, to be born unto new worlds where his flesh becomes my key."

5. Chris Rock: Monologue (2014)

"These Toyotas are practically free at last."

6. Amy Poehler: "Sarah Palin Rap" (2008)

"Can I get a what, what from the senior section?"

7. Christopher Walken: "Centaur Job Interview" (2001)

"If I were to watch centaur porn, but with the bottom of the screen blocked out with a piece of cardboard, would I find the human halves of the female actresses appealing?"

8. Kristen Wiig: "Today Show: Regis Philbin Stops By" (2011)

"No humps for this camel—only toe."

9. Maya Rudolph: "Super Showcase" (2012)

"You said 'beef.' Which is wrong."

10. Will Ferrell: "More Cowbell" (2000)

"I find Gene's cowbell-playing distracting."

11. Eddie Murphy: "James Brown's Celebrity Hot-Tub Party" (1983)

"Should I get in the hot tub?"

12. Derek Jeter: "Derek Jeter's Taco Hole" (2001)

"Just off Route 3, there's a place called Nutley, New Jersey."

13. Dan Aykroyd: "Royal Deluxe II" (1977)

"Performing circumcision is demanding."

14. Justin Timberlake: "3-Way (The Golden Rule)" (2011)

"This rule dates back to ancient Greece."

15. Jimmy Fallon: "Jimmy Mirror" (2011)

"He's got the best ponytail—so sick."

16. Steve Martin: "Toonces the Cat" (1992)

"I guess I just assumed he could drive."

17. Adam Sandler: "The Hanukkah Song" (1994)

"He converted."

18. Peyton Manning: "United Way Spoof" (2007)

"Just a few hours of Peyton's time helps create childhood memories that will last a lifetime."

19. Tina Fey: "Girls Promo" (2013)

"You are unpaid prostitute?"

20. Mike Myers: "Wayne's World" (1990)

"Dear Wayne, what does Garth think about when Wayne is talking?"

21. Melissa McCarthy: "Arlene" (2011)

"Do you like your coffee pretty hot, Tim?"

22. Jerry Seinfeld: "World War II 101" (1992)

"Mr. Thompson, the French are still in Europe today."

23. Robert De Niro: "Three Wise Guys" (2013)

"Eh, that's not north—that's up."

24. Paul Simon: "Thanksgiving" (1976)

"And we talked about the old times, and we drank ourselves some beers."

25. Molly Shannon: "Mary Katherine Gallagher at St. Monica's Talent Show Audition" (1995)

"My grandmother is my legal guardian, and she lives in a motorized wheelchair, and she says I bear a very strong resemblance to a young Elizabeth Taylor."

26. Bill Murray: "Bill Murray's Apology" (1977)

"I saw you on the show Saturday night, and you stunk."

27. Kanye West: "Power" (2010)

"They say I was the abomination of Obama's nation."

28. Jack Nicholson: "Helen Hunt Monologue—Jack Nicholson Impressions" (1997)

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

29. Jim Carrey: "Jacuzzi Lifeguard" (1996)

"Next thing you know, a body goes under and there's bloated carcass stuck in the filter."

30. Taylor Swift: "Roomies" (2009)

"Who wants some blankets?"

31. Paul McCartney: "Cut Me Some Slack" (2012)

"Set me free."

32. Garrett Morris: "News for the Hard of Hearing" (1975)

"Francisco Franco is still dead."

33. Andy Samberg in "Lazy Sunday" (2005)

"Let's hit up Yahoo Maps to find the dopest route."

34. Martin Short: "Ed Grimley" (1984)

"You sure like talking about Wheel of Fortune ."

35. Betty White: "Lawrence Welk" (2010)


36. Bill Hader: "Stefon" (2011)

"Booooooooof, with nine O's."

37. Jane Curtin: "Point Counterpoint" (1979)

"I suppose that kind of fashionable promiscuity means nothing to you."

38. Jon Hamm: "Jon Hamm's John Ham" (2008)

"If you're as busy as I am, every day you have to make a decision: 'Am I going to eat lunch, or am I going to go to the bathroom?'"

39. Laraine Newman: "Catching Up with the Coneheads" (1979)

"I had to walk ten dextrons knee-deep in far-lite crystals each day to a little red one-room data center."

40. Norm Macdonald: "Weekend Update" (1994)

"Now you look at him and think blood clot."

41. Seth Meyers: "Pranksters" (2003)

"Some would call her a queen-size Stiffly Stifferson, but I call her my sister."

42. Jason Sudeikis: "Just Friends Booty Shorts" (2012)

"Tired of you and your straight friend being mistaken for a homosexual couple?"

43. Paul Rudd: "What Up with That?" (2010)

"You got it, dude."

44. David Spade: "Matt Foley: Talking to Kids about Drugs" (1993)

"Hey Dad, I can't see real good—is that Bill Shakespeare there?"

45. Kerry Washington: "Michelle Obama at the White House" (2013)

"Is Jay Z with her?"

46. Fred Armisen: "History of Punk" (2013)

"Oy, that's the prime minister you're talking about."

47. James Franco: "Porn Stars" (2014)

"You don't ned a Ph-dong in porn to appreciate seersucker yachts."

48. Zach Galifianakis: "Darrell's House" (2013)

"I want you to put a doorbell effect in there, right after I say, 'Guest.'"