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42 Of The Best Saturday Night Live Sketches From This Decade


1. "Jennifer Aniston Look-Alike Contest"

NBC / Via

One contestant goes off when he comes in last for his costume and begins to ruin the whole pageant.

Aired: 4 May 2013

Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, Vanessa Bayer, Nasim Pedrad, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Taran Killam

2. "House Sitting"

NBC / Via

A series of seemingly mystery prank calls scare a highly strung house owner and her increasingly reluctant sitter.

Aired: 3 March 2012

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Kristen Wiig

3. "The Corporal"

NBC / Via

It's 1950-something and three sisters are keen to impress a prestigious guest, but some are more naturally equipped to do so than others.

Aired: 7 December 2019

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett

4. "The Day Beyoncé Turned Black"

NBC / Via

It's the day Beyoncé dropped her Lemonade album, and white people are losing their goddamn minds.

Aired: 13 February 2016

Starring: Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones, Beck Bennett, Sasheer Zamata, Kyle Mooney, Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Michael Che, Jay Pharoah

5. "Lulu Diamonds"

NBC / Via

Robert Osborne looks back at one of Hollywood's biggest forgotten stars.

Aired: 10th October 2011

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Andy Samberg, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Jason Sudeikis

6. "Super Showcase Spokesmodels"

NBC / Via

Two off-the-wall spokesmodels run into trouble as they review all of the showcase prizes one contestant hasn't managed to win.

Aired: 8 February 2012

Starring: Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader

7. "A Loving Couple – Louis and Regine"

NBC / Via

A group of mates meet their friend's new partner, but she's a grade A bitch and overly handsy to boot.

Aired: 16 February 2013

Starring Christoph Waltz, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Taran Killam, Tim Robinson

8. "Pizza Eating Business"

NBC / Via

Barb has an idea for business she thinks is golden, but she struggles to convince the bank that she's worth giving a loan to.

Aired: 6 April 2013

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Fred Armisen

9. "Hollywood Dish with Scarlett Johansson"

NBC / Via

Scarlett Johansson joins two wayward presenters on a celebrity news show.

Aired: 13 November 2010

Starring: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Scarlett Johansson

10. "Puppet Class"

NBC / Via

During a puppetry class, one student totally misses the mark with the odd characterisation of his puppet.

Aired: 15 September 2012

Starring: Bill Hader, Seth MacFarlane, Vanessa Bayer, Kenan Thompson

11. "A Thanksgiving Miracle"

NBC / Via

A family come together at Thanksgiving, but they can't stop falling out... until the Adele starts playing.

Aired: 21 November 2015

Starring: Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Matthew McConaughey, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer

12. "Close Encounter"

SNL / Via

After three people are abducted by aliens, they share their extremely varied experiences with the US government.

Aired: 5 December 2015

Starring: Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Ryan Gosling, Aidy Bryant, Bobby Moynihan

13. "Target Lady Meets Her First Lesbian"

NBC / Via

She's the most enthused retail worker ever, and she can't wait to serve her next customer!

Aired: 11 May 2013

Starring: Vanessa Bayer, Jay Pharoah, Kristen Wiig, Kenan Thompson, Nasim Pedrad, Aidy Bryant, Bobby Moynihan

14. "Whiskers R We"

NBC / Via

Two cat lovers give us the run down on their current roster whilst spouting weird facts about each pet.

Aired: 19 November 2016

Starring: Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig

15. "The Californians: Karina Returns"

NBC / Via

In this American soap opera spoof, a bunch of the most Californian people you'll ever meet can't help but find themselves in constant drama.

Aired: 11 May 2013

Starring: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, Kristen Wiig, Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam, Maya Rudolph

16. "Weekend Update: Stefon on Mother's Day's Hottest Tips"

NBC / Via

Stefon joins his crush Seth to give you all the tea on events and parties happening across New York – but his descriptions never go the way you would expect.

Aired: 7 May 2011

Starring: Bill Hader, Seth Meyers

17. "Haunted Elevator (ft. David S. Pumpkins)"

NBC / Via

A couple ride the haunted elevator attraction a local theme park where they encounter an oddball character, David S. Pumpkins.

Aired: 22 October 2016

Starring: Beck Bennett, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Tom Hanks, Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer, Kyle Mooney, Mikey Day, Melissa Villaseñor, Leslie Jones

18. "Singing Sisters"

NBC / Via

In a flashback to the past, three women meet two men in bar – but not everything is what it seems.

Aired: 20 December 2014

Starring: Amy Adams, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Kyle Mooney

19. "Poetry Class with Drake"

NBC / Via

When several students are placed in detention, a hippy poetry teacher is invited to come and help inspire them.

Aired: 18 January 2014

Starring: Drake, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Kenan Thompson, John Milhiser, Brooks Whelan, Sasheer Zamata, Mike O'Brien

20. "Pregnant in Heels"

NBC / Via

Shoshanna Bunt is pregnant and she wants the whole experience to be a VIP extravaganza – cue Rosie Pope, maternity concierge.

Aired: 7 May 2011

Starring: Tina Fey, Abby Elliott, Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah

21. "An Awkward Slumber Party"

NBC / Via

A girl at a slumber party gets super turned on by her friend's dad who keeps interrupting their fun.

Aired: 18 January 2014

Starring: Aidy Bryant, Drake, Vanessa Bayer, Cecily Strong, Sasheer Zamata, Kate McKinnon, Nasim Pedrad, Noël Wells

22. "Secret Word: Chaz Bragman"

NBC / Via

An eccentric and incompetent theatre actress can't help but spoil this '60s gameshow with her unsolicited and impromptu performances.

Aired: 19 May 2012

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Mick Jagger, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer

23. "Sofia Vergara and Penelope Cruz Sell Pantene Shampoo"

NBC / Via

When Sofia and Penelope are both hired to help promote Pantene's new shampoo, Penelope cannot help but struggle with her ridiculous lines.

Aired: 7 April 2012

Starring: Kate McKinnon, Sofia Vergara, Jason Sudeikis

24. "Girls Meet Blerta"

NBC / Via

The cast of Girls are served some much-needed perspective when they meet Blerta, a straight-talking immigrant from Albania.

Aired: 28 September 2013

Starring: Noël Wells, Tina Fey, Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Kate McKinnon, Taran Killam

25. "Sean Spicer Press Conference"

NBC / Via

Sean Spicer and Betsy DeVos take questions from the press at a White House conference.

Aired: 4 February 2017

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, Kristen Stewart, Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney

26. "Porn Stars: Moët & Chandon Champagne"

NBC / Via

In order to get free stuff, two former porn stars and their colleague set about making promos for their favourite luxury goods.

Aired: 9 March 2013

Starring: Vanessa Bayer, Cecily Strong, Justin Timberlake

27. "The Lawrence Welk Show: Dorian Permes"

NBC / Via

When Dorian attempts to enchant the Maharelle sisters, he bites off more than he chew with Dooneese.

Aired: 11 May 2013

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Nasim Pedrad, Fred Armisen

28. "Pageant Talk"

NBC / Via

A man and his daughter spill the tea on everything occurring in the pageant world, but there's someone who's always waiting to spoil the fun.

Aired: 6 March 2010

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader, Jenny Slate

29. "Papyrus"

NBC / Via

Steven just can't get over the fact that the Avatar movie used the font Papyrus in its marketing materials.

Aired: 30 September 2017

Starring: Ryan Gosling

30. "Tom Brady & Janet"

NBC / Via

In a dark and shady bar, Janet meets Tom Brady and tried to seduce him.

Aired: 4 February 2012

Starring: Bobby Moynihan, Channing Tatum, Jay Pharoah

31. "Liza Minnelli Tries to Turn Off a Lamp"

NBC / Via

Liza and a friend want to go to a performance of Cats, but her inability to switch off a lamp is holding them up.

Aired: 10 March 2012

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill

32. "Stranger Things"

NBC / Via

In a preview for Stranger Things season two, we are finally introduced to Lucas' parents.

Aired: 8 October 2016

Starring: Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Sasheer Zamata, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor

33. "Cut for Time: Friendship Song (ft. Nicki Minaj)"

NBC / Via

The girls channel HAIM in this catchy ditty about how women always come to each other's aid!

Aired: 19 May 2018

Starring: Tina Fey, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Nicki Minaj, Beck Bennett, Heidi Gardner, Melissa Villaseñor

34. "Royal Family Doctor"

NBC / Via

The doctor who will help Kate Middleton give birth receives a no-holds-barred lesson in royal etiquette from Buckingham Palace representative Rupert Smythe Pennington.

Aired: 15 December 2012

Starring: Martin Short, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen

35. "Shy Ronnie: Ronnie & Clyde"

NBC / Via

Rihanna and Shy Ronnie team up to rob a bank while they rap about it, but Ronnie is experiencing some performance anxiety when around his accomplice.

Aired: 30 October 2010

Starring: Rihanna, Andy Samberg, Vanessa Bayer, Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Paul Brittain, Taran Killam

36. "(Do It On My) Twin Bed"

NBC / Via

Everyone knows when you take your partner home to meet your family there's always an awkward sleeping arrangement.

Aired: 21 December 2013

Starring: Jimmy Fallon, Cecily Strong, Taran Killam, Mike O'Brien, Vanessa Bayer, Nasim Pedrad, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Noel Wells, Brooks Wheelan, Beck Bennett

37. "New Paint"

NBC / Via

An anglophile who adores Farrow and Ball paint defends her costly obsession to her family.

Aired: 2 November 2019

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney

38. "The Kim Kardashian Fairytale Divorce Special on E!"

NBC / Via

The shameless Kardashian/Jenner clan promote their new spin-off divorce special.

Aired: 5 November 2011

Starring: Nasim Pedrad, Kristen Wiig, Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer, Abby Elliott, Andy Samberg, Charlie Day, Jay Pharoah

39. "Sara Lee"

NBC / Via

The social media manager of Sara Lee is called into question when his superiors spot some unusual activity on the account.

Aired: 16 November 2019

Starring: Harry Styles, Cecily Strong, Bowen Yang

40. "Girl at a Bar"

NBC / Via

Michelle can't catch a break when she gets hit on by several guys at a bar.

Aired: 4 March 2017

Starring: Cecily Strong, Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Mikey Day, Alex Moffatt, Aidy Bryant

41. "Women of SNL: Real Housewives Opening"

NBC / Via

Several of SNL's most illustrious female players return to clear the drama between them.

Aired: 1 November 2010

Starring: Andy Cohen, Rachel Dratch, Nora Dunn, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laraine Newman, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, Kristen Wiig

42. "Porn Teacher"

NBC / Via

Not sure if this is a porn shoot or real school – either way everyone is on a very different page as to what is going on.

Aired: 10 October 2015

Starring: Amy Schumer, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer

Did I miss any important sketches from the 2010s? Comment below with your suggestions!