Live from New York: 10 Great SNL Sketches You Can Enjoy Online

To mark its 40th anniversary, we present some of the real funny bits of Saturday Night Live

by Mio Borromeo, photo by Mags Ocampo

To mark its 40th anniversary, we present some of the real funny bits of Saturday Night Live


In 1975, NBC aired the first episode of Saturday Night Live, which quickly became the spot to watch for rising talents in American comedy. SNL was the first big break for many of the most recognizable funny folk in the past half-century of film and television from Bill Murray and John Belushi to Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy. Forty-one seasons down the road, the show is still going strong with its unique brand of spot-on social satire, pop culture parody, and emphasis on the live aspect of the show. Though NBC celebrated the show’s 40th anniversary last February with a three-and-a-half hour special that paid tribute to almost every landmark sketch and comedian to spring from the show, it was last weekend that the show actually hit forty, as the first episode aired on the 11th of October.

Rogue thus celebrates SNL‘s 40th birthday in two ways: first, with a preview of German publisher Taschen’s Saturday Night Live: The Book, which collects over 2,300 images from the SNL archive and pairs them with a breakdown of the show’s creative process and history, in our special three-cover 2015 Design Issue, now available on newsstands; and second, with ten great sketches — by no means the best of the best, but great nonetheless (as many key sketches, including the source of the famous “More cowbell!” catchphrase, have not surfaced online) — presented uninterrupted by commentary for your viewing pleasure:

1. Celebrity Jeopardy

2. Debbie Downer

3. Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker

4. White Like Me

5. NPR’s Delicious Dish

6. Jennifer Aniston Lookalike Contest

7. Weekend Update: Stefon

8. Census

9. Wayne’s World: Aerosmith

10. 100th Digital Short