Saturday, September 28, 2013

MY TOP 12 FAVORITE SKITS FROM THE PILOT EPISODE OF SNL




This show is without a doubt one of my all time favorite skit shows. It's funny, it's memorable, the casting is great, the guests are unforgettable, the characters are iconic, the jokes still make us laugh, it'll never die or be forgotten. From every complication DVD of SNL and season DVD I will be picking my favorite skits. So let's start with the shows pilot episode and pick my favorite skits from there. Here are...

MY TOP  12 FAVORITE SKITS FROM THE PILOT EPISODE OF SNL

NUMBER 12

BEE HOSPITAL

This was the start of the funny reacquiring skit where the actors would dress up as Bees and make Bee jokes and puns. This one is just about the male Bees receiving a different type of a baby Bee which is ok. On top of it, it's in the style of a dramatic show series which turns this comedy into a drama but it's so silly that you just can't take it seriously. It's a ok start to this reacquiring skit just wish it were longer. The skit didn't do so well when it came out, in fact it's still held as the weakest Bee Skit from the show but personally I enjoyed it ok, it's not great or as clever as I build it up to be, but it's short, sweet, simple, goes to the joke and started a whole mess of Bee sketches.

NUMBER 11

THE WOLVERINES

This is the first skit to ever be put on the show and it stars John Belushi and Michael O'Donoghue. John Belushi plays a European immigrant that's learning English from a professor played by Michael O'Donoghue. John Belushi is hysterical with the accent and Michael O'Donoghue is great as the professor teaching him English. The best part in this short skit is Michael has a heart attack and collapses and John (thinking it's part of the lesson) pretends to collapse with him. After the skit Chevy Chase walks in saying the famous intro "Live from New York it's Saturday Night"! Three of the best SNL cast members in the starting skit to the show with funny acting and a hilarious pay off is all you need to start the show.

NUMBER 10

NEW DAD

Picture having a loving father but then if something should happen to him, he gets replaced by another loving father who's there to not only take care but to help financially. Personally as a young adult going through divorcee with his parents, I find this really funny because it makes me wonder if life could be easy as that, just minus a guy trying to be father to me. Dan Akyrod and Chevy Chase are funny as these two father and what Chase does at the end is cruel but you just have to laugh it. I also laughed at how they get rid of father number 1. On top of it, this was the start of the commercial skits and boy did it start on the right foot. I should mention that we won't be seeing other commercial sketches on the list, not because they're not funny but we're just looking at my favorites.



NUMBER 9

THE LAND OF GORCH (THE MUPPETS)

Not to long ago, I did a list of my "Top 9 Favorites Skits From The Pilot Episodes Of The Muppet Show". I pointed out that the Muppets were originally intended for adults which had a few sketches that proved my fact, well who would think that the Muppets would be for adults on SNL as well. The skit is about an alien swampy wasteland ruled by the oafish King Ploobis and he has a right hand man named Scred, an ugly Queen, a beautiful servant named Vazh and a God called the Mighty Favog. While the skit wasn't all that funny, it still had fun characters, adult humor that I couldn't believe that the Muppets did, a creative idea and great Muppetry. I understand that there's a whole series of these skits in the first season, so who knows maybe they'll be funnier. I guess the main appreciation (Aside from everything I said) goes to the fact that the adult Muppets got to be in the first episode of the show because when you have the Muppets as part of your cast, there's no going wrong.

NUMBER 8

ALBERT BROOKS'S SHORT FILM "THE IMPOSSIBLE TRUTH"

 

Albert Brooks is a comic legend with his humor, comedic acting, clever writing and even directing a few films. In this skit, he writes and Directs a mockumentary film that spoofs Newsreels called "The Impossible Truth". With Albert behind the camera and interviewing people off screen we see things that are very outrageous. I won't point them all out but the ones that make me laugh the hardest is the temporally blind Cab Driver and a guy legally dating a 7 year old girl (It's sick, but Brooks knows how to make that sick scenario funny; as well as not taking it too far.). There are other many others in the skit but I prefer not to give them away. Much like putting the Muppets in the first episode of the show, I'm pleased they put a short film directed by Albert Brooks on the show as well.

NUMBER 7

VICTIMS OF SHARK BITES

I'm not going to go into to much detail about this skit but all I'm going to say is, John Belushi has a hidden secret behind his shark wounds.

NUMBER 6

HOME SECURITIES
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This skit stars John Belushi and Gilda Radner as a couple living at home when all of a sudden two security agents played Dan Akyrod and Garrett Morris burst in, start simulating a break in and talk the two into buying into their program of security filled with strange and unusual methods. Seeing Belushi and Radner as a couple is cute and funny at the same time and Akyrod and Morris make a great comedy team as these two unpredictable security agents. On to of it, I love every twist it throws at me epically when listening to their crazy dialogue. There's also a really clever twist to this duo at the end that I won't spoil for you. The question is do these two guys really want to help this couple or are they legitimate and professional robbers? Well, you be the judge!


NUMBER 5

BILLY PRESTON "NOTHING FOR NOTHING"



Billy Preston has a really good interesting history as well as being a great performer and to have him as the first performer of SNL makes him even more interesting. He plays two songs on the show and there's another performer named Janis Ian who was good but not as great as Preston. While his other song "Fancy Lady" was good, the performance that had me groovin as well as finding it catchy, is his song "Nothing For Nothing". It's not only a great song but it's also thee first performance by a musician on the show.

NUMBER 4

SHOW US YOUR GUNS

This skit is a documentary looking skit called "Show Us Your Guns". It's basically spoofing the second Amendment and showing us the many people who carry guns. You'll see crazy people showing off their guns such as families, an old lady, people at a wedding and more. Best bits is when two thieves and a shop owner at first are seen being chased by the owner to stopping to happily show their fire arms and there's a cop who's missing a gun. It's a very short skit but my god is it funny!

NUMBER 3

WEEKEND UPDATE

This is the first time ever the reacquiring skit that's in almost every episode is first shown and it's called "Weekend Update". The host of the skit is Chevy Chase and boy is he funny in this skit. Some of the wacky moments you'll hear and find are when Japan Emperor Hirohito gives Mickey Mouse a Hirohito watch, they insanely mock President Ford, they talk about a fictional Hotel full of murders called the "Blaine Hotel" and Laraine Newman makes a cameo in this skit. As dated as it looks, I still think it holds up and for a News skit to still be funny to this day is very impressive.

NUMBER 2

GEORGE CARLIN AS THE HOST


George Carlin is probably the best comedian of all time! He has funny topics, great insults and mockeries, a hippie dippie style and personality, timing, facial expression and of course having a dirty mouth. Yeah, he has some down falls in his career but come on, so does any performer. Aside from that, it was very wise to make him to be the first host of this great show and do you know why, it's because he's AWESOME! While he doesn't curse on the show he still comes across as funny and has the many reasons why we enjoy him so much. My two favorite monologues he does is a monologue on Baseball and Football and his monologue on God. George Carlin is the man and here it proves he is!


AND MY NUMBER 1 FAVORITE SKIT FROM THE PILOT OF SNL IS...

ANDY KAUFMAN: MIGHTY MOUSE



This is one of the most iconic sketch's starring comedic legend Andy Kaufman. He goes to sing at a club and then plays a record of the "Mighty Mouse" theme song and he just stands there as the song plays and not only does he not sing but he only lip syncs Mighty Mouse's part in the song "Here I am to save the day" and when he does it, he does it with a face of confidence. It's one of the shows most famous skits and it gets funnier and funnier every time I watch it. I'll never listen to the "Might Mouse" theme song again without thinking of this skit.

 And those are my favorite skits from the pilot episode of SNL, I hope you enjoyed it and I can't wait to pick my favorite moments from the compilation DVDs of the show.

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