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The Best Saturday Night Live Sketches of the 80s

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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    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.

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    Tales of Ribaldry

    Season 14, Episode 16
    4/1/1989

    '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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