TV episodes The Best Saturday Night Live Sketches of the 80s  

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The best 'Saturday Night Live' sketches of the 80s featured some of the funniest and most memorable characters ever created for the show. At the center of it all: Eddie Murphy (at least for several years). Murphy's funniest characters included Buckwheat, Gumby and Mr. Robinson (from the parody 'Mister Robinson's Neighborhood'). Martin Short's Ed Grimley, a character he originally portrayed on 'SCTV,' is another phenomenal sketch worth noting. Other great 'SNL' 1980s sketches include Jon Lovitz's "Master Thespian," "Fernando's Hideaway" featuring Billy Crystal ("You look mahvelous!") and of course "Pumping Up with Hans & Franz," starring Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey, some of SNL's best cast members.

List of SNL sketches from the 80s includes some real gems like 'SNL' fan favorites "Jackie Rogers, Jr.'s $100,000 Jackpot Wad" and Phil Hartman's hilarious "Anal Retentive Chef." If you haven't seen this one in forever, now's the time to watch. This list is vote ranked, which means you get to vote for your personal favorite 'Saturday Night Live' sketches from the 1980s (and vote down the skits you didn't like).

What are the best SNL skits from the 1980s? This funniest 'Saturday Night Live' sketches from the 80s list includes all your favorites (including the ones you might have forgotten about). Enjoy!
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Toonces the Driving Cat


Season 14, Episode 20
5/20/1989

Toonces the Driving Cat barely eeks in on this list of the best 'SNL' sketches of the 1980s. The first Toonces skit, featuring Dana Carvey and Victoria Jackson as the owners of a pet cat who wants to drive (and does so very, very badly), debuted in May of 1989. In the original skit, Toonces' "dad" is played by 'SNL' host Steve Martin.

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Cooking With the Anal Retentive Chef


Season 15, Episode 7
12/02/1989

In incredibly gifted Phil Hartman stars as chef Eugene in this sketch entitled 'Cooking With the Anal Retentive Chef.' The original sketch first aired on April 1, 1989, and featured then-host Mel Gibson, but one of the funniest without a doubt is the sketch from December 2, 1989 with John Goodman as Cajun chef/author Odel Robes Pierre LaFete. Eugene the chef, as you'll see, has some serious issues that tend to derail his cooking.

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Jackie Rogers, Jr. $100,000 Jackpot Wad


Season 10, Episode 16
4/6/1985

Some 'SNL' fans will tell you that Jackie Rogers, Jr.'s $100,000 Jackpot Wad is their favorite sketch ever on the show, and with good reason. In this skit, Martin Short is Jackie Rogers Jr. His game show guests include Captain Kangaroo and Sammy Davis Jr. Classic 'SNL' with a great cast. Best. Game show. Parody. Ever. "Sea......birds." This sketch features Billy Crystal, Mary Gross and Christopher Guest. Classic.

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Master Thespian


Season 13, Episode 8
12/19/1987


Jon Lovitz' 'Master Thespian' definitely deserves a place of honor on this list. Lovitz' portrayal of an over-the-top Shakespeare actor was featured in several 'SNL' sketches from 1985 to 1989. When the Master Thespian is asked to play Santa Claus at Macy's, he has some trouble understanding the true meaning of...improv. Master Thespian sees it as the "greatest challenge of his career."

And, just because, here's a bonus: 'SNL' host Carl Weathers (random!) plays Othello - a little too well.