A compilation of the best Christmas sketches from SNL.
Directed by – Beth McCarthy-Miller, Paul Miller, Dave Wilson, James Signorelli
Written by – Michael O’Donoghue
Starring – Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin, John Belushi, Candice Bergen, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Danny DeVito, Chris Farley, Sally Field, Ana Gasteyer, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, Jon Lovitz, Norm MacDonald, Penny Marshall, Steve Martin, Dennis Miller, Garrett Morris, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheri Oteri, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, William Shatner, Paul Simon, Jane Curtain, Nora Dunn, Mark McKinney, Kevin Meaney, Andy Murphy, Laraine Newman, Don Pardo, Gilda Radner, David Spade
I remember a time when Saturday Night Live was the funniest thing on TV. That was before the current crap they churn out week after week that I can’t bring myself to watch. When the days of Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd were almost over we were treated to some great moments with Norm MacDonald, Adam Sandler and Chris Farley. We can’t forget some of the great ladies of the show like Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, Jan Hooks and Ana Gasteyer. They all took part in some of my favorite sketches on the show and here’s a great mix of old and new(ish) clips from Christmas episodes throughout the years.
Some of my favorite skits happened around the holidays and the one that I really wanted to find a video of I couldn’t. It was Dan Aykroyd and Candice Bergen doing Consumer Reports. Aykroyd is Irwin Mainway and they’re discussing some of his companies toys like Bag O’Glass, Teddy Chainsaw and Johnny Switchblade: Adventure Punk. Mainway sees nothing wrong or dangerous with his toys but when Bergen offers him some ‘safe’ products like a toy phone or a foam ball, Mainway manages to show what deadly toys they can be.
I’ve always enjoyed that one but the episode is full of great clips. From Adam Sandler and his Chanukkah song to How Hanukkah Harry Saved Christmas with Jon Lovitz, I was laughing my ass off. Another great sketch has Victoria Jackson and Paul Simon as a couple stranded on a deserted island on Christmas. Simon brings some gifts for Jackson that he’s found on the beach while she gives him a working watch, a telescope and a moped. It’s hilarious to watch her explain how she mined for the gold or found copper in the mountain and smelted it down to make the gears for the watch while Simon only has shells wrapped in leaves as a gift.
I did manage to find a couple of clips from the episode. The first one is another favorite of mine. It’s Steve Martin’s 5 Christmas Wishes. The clip is strictly audio over a picture of Martin and his banjo but anyone who has seen the sketch can picture him sitting in his easy chair by the Christmas tree. Many times I have annoyed the other members of my household by bursting into the 5 Christmas Wishes sketch. Nobody ever lets me get past 3 though!
I think I may have saved the best for last though. One of the first sketches of the DVD is this one with Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon as the hosts of an NPR show and Alec Baldwin as their guest, Mr. Pete Schweddy. Absolutely hilarious.
The older SNL clips are always the best and I still think its been a very long time since I’ve seen a good sketch on the show. They manage to hit a few good ones out of the park now and again but I just can’t enjoy an entire episode like I used to. Thankfully I can bust this DVD out from time to time so I can remember the days when SNL was always funny.
Under the marquee – Will