'90s Pop Culture5a collection of 25 lists
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- 1+ 156- 22
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 (Amy Poehler), and Bill Cosby (Kenan Thompson) served as other contestants, each with their own horribly incorrect Jeopardy! answers.
- 2+ 155- 24
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.
- 3+ 98- 26
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.
- 4+ 102- 30
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?
- 5+ 68- 19
Taking the setting of an NPR radio show about all things food, "Delicious Dish" featured actresses Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon as foodies. While many of the sketches were pretty unremarkable, one spot featuring Alec Baldwin is perhaps one of the best of the decade. On a holiday episode, Baldwin played bakery owner Pete Schweddy who brought along his own holiday treat, Schweddy Balls!
- 6+ 83- 32
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.