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The Best Saturday Night Live Sketches of the 1990s

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The best Saturday Night Live sketches of the 1990s featured some of the best to ever appear on the long-running comedy show, doing what they do best, making people laugh. The 1990s ushered out one era of top performers like Adam Sandler, David Spade, Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey, and welcomed a new crew with the likes of Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan and Molly Shannon, with both providing some of the funniest sketches to ever appear on SNL.

From the classic Wayne's World and Church Lady skits to the unforgettable moments like the living in a van down by the river routine, the best SNL sketches from the 1990s easily rival that of any other era on the show.
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    Celebrity Jeopardy!


    Airing 14 times between 1996 and 2002, Celebrity Jeopardy! was arguably one of the best recurring Saturday Night Live sketches of the 1990s. Alex Trebek, portrayed by Will Ferrell, was constantly tormented by frequent contestant Sean Connery, played by Darrel Hammond, among other colorful and often clueless celebrities. Characters like Burt Reynolds (Norm Macdonald), Sharon Osbourne (Any Poehler) and Bill Cosby (Kenan Thompson) served as other contestants, each with their own horribly incorrect Jeopardy! answers.

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    Motivational Speaker Matt Foley


    Easily one of the best and most well-known performances of his life, Chris Farley turned into a legend in his portrayal of motivational speaker Matt Foley. Appearing in a handful of sketches, Matt Foley attempted to help youths with his unique story about living in a van down by the river. Only rarely during the comical sketches could the other actors, such as David Spade, keep from laughing on camera due to the absolute hilariousness of the piece.

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    Church Chat


    Helping viewers resist the temptations from Satan, Church Chat features none other than the Church Lady, played by Dana Carvey. Appearing as an older woman, Carvey used a squeaky voice to interview a variety of guests. As a host for Saturday Night Live in 2011, Carvey donned the cat's eye horn-rimmed glasses to remind us of the classic sketch. Well, isn't that special?!

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    Wayne's World


    As one of the most successful Saturday Night Live sketches to live on after the show, Wayne's World was a short public-access television show skit performed by Mike Meyers, as Wayne, and Dana Carvey, as Garth. The show filmed from Wayne's basement and included features about all things they loved, mainly rock bands and babes. After two films, Wayne's World, like Church Chat, made a brief comeback when Carvey hosted SNL in 2011.

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    Pumping Up with Hans & Franz


    An "informative training program for the serious weightlifter," Pumping Up with Hanz and Franz was filled with comical weightlifting tips, hilarious padded bodysuit costumes and Austrian-accent love for then-actor and bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon starred as Hanz and Franz, respectively, as they vowed to "pump.. you up!" The sketch was so successful that years later Schwarzenegger used the famous term "girlie man" during his time as governor of California.

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