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21 Times Things Went Hilariously Wrong On "Saturday Night Live"

It's a proven fact that breaking character makes anything way more hilarious.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community which SNL sketches became way funnier because something went wrong, and they did not disappoint with their answers. Here are the best ones:

1. When literally everyone lost it in "Debbie Downer: Disney World":

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Tag yourself, I'm Horatio Sanz hiding his laughter behind a Mickey waffle.

2. When Bill Hader not once but TWICE ran into the table and almost took out Melissa Villaseñor in "Girlfriends Game Night":

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3. The entirety of the first "Close Encounter" sketch, in which Ryan Gosling could not for the life of him keep it together:

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4. And the second one — "Another Close Encounter" — where Kate McKinnon decided to use Ryan for a demonstration and he literally could not function:

5. When James Franco accidentally shot fake blood into Leslie Jones' mouth in "Gift Wrap":

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6. When Jimmy Fallon couldn't stop laughing in "The Love-ahs with Barbara and Dave," making it 300% harder (and funnier!) for everyone else to deliver their lines:

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7. The first "Californians" sketch, where Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and even Fred Armisen were constantly on the verge of breaking:

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8. When Will Ferrell started to improvise as Harry Caray in "Space, the Infinite Frontier: Dr. Kent Wahler," leaving Jeff Goldblum hilariously confused:

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9. In "Cast List" when the crew used every possible excuse, from coughing to hiding behind other castmates, to stop themselves from laughing at Will as a drama teacher:

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It’s not just that they all start giggling; they all deteriorate in different ways, and it just makes it all more perfect. Will Ferrell, of course, stays in character the whole time, which makes it even more iconic.

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10. When Aidy Bryant's wardrobe assistant ran on too early in "Inside the Beltway" and made Aidy laugh so hard she barely made it through the rest of the sketch:

11. When Chris Farley was so funny in "Matt Foley: Van Down by the River" that Christina Applegate and David Spade couldn't stop themselves from chuckling:

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12. When everything rapidly derailed in "Super Showcase Spokesmodels," from Kristen almost running Maya Rudolph over with a golf cart to Bill losing his mind watching it:

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13. When Jimmy Fallon was all of us watching Will Ferrell be hilarious in the "More Cowbell" sketch:

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14. When Justin Timberlake literally mustered up all his energy to keep himself from losing it in "The Barry Gibb Talk Show: Bee Gees Singers":

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15. When Fred Armisen improvised this bit with his jacket in "Short Term Memory Loss Theater" just to make Bill break:

16. When Kristen Stewart accidentally dropped an f-bomb in her monologue and Kate McKinnon was positively delighted:

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17. When Will pulled out the tiniest flip phone ever known to humankind in "Jeffrey's," which sent Sean Hayes and Jimmy Fallon into hysterics:

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18. When the basket of meat in the "Weekend Update: Smokery Farms" smelled so disgusting that it made Kate — QUEEN of not breaking character — lose it:

19. When Candice Bergen messed up her line in "Extremely Stupid" and couldn't stop laughing long enough to recover, so Gilda Radner delivered this gem:

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20. When Adam Driver threw a fake bird and slammed his cane for ~emphasis~ but accidentally skewered the bird instead in "Career Day":

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I always have to rewind multiple times to watch the different actors’ reactions!

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21. And finally, every time John Mulaney surprised Bill Hader with new lines when he played Stefon on "Weekend Update," giving us his iconic ~I'm definitely not laughing~ pose:

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Did we miss any? If so, drop the sketches you think became way funnier because someone goofed in the comments below!

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