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Toonces the Driving CatSeason 14, Episode 20BUY @ AMAZON
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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Master ThespianSeason 13, Episode 8BUY @ AMAZON
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.
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Tales of RibaldrySeason 14, Episode 16BUY @ AMAZON
'Tales of Ribaldry' is another 80s 'SNL' skit that made it just under the wire, airing on April 1, 1989. Jon Lovitz as Evelyn Quince, the host of the racy show. In the original sketch, 'SNL' host Mel Gibson stars with Nora Dunn in "The Woodsman and the Lady." Things are going quite well until the Woodsman and the Lady decide they're going to have sex. Quince isn't happy, as you'll see.
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