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Mister Robinson's NeighborhoodSeason 7, Episode 3BUY @ AMAZON
'Mister Robinson's Neighborhood' first debuted in October of 1981. In this hilarious parody sketch of PBS's 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' Eddie Murphy invites us into his dysfunctional home, where his wife has just left him ("I'm so glad that b*tch is gone!") and entertains visitors ("Who is it?!"), including a landlord who gives him an eviction notice. The word for today, kids, is "scum bucket."
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Buh Weet SingsSeason 7, Episode 2BUY @ AMAZON
Eddie Murphy's portrayal of an adult Buckwheat (from 'The Little Rascals') made for some of the best SNL sketches of the early-1980s. The first Buckwheat skit debuted on October 10, 1981. The commercial parody for the 'Buh Weet Sings' album featured such songs as "Wookin' Pa Nub" and "Fee Times a Mady."
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Buckwheat Buys the FarmSeason 8, Episode 15BUY @ AMAZON
Ted Koppel opens this sketch, informing everyone that "Buckwheat has been shot" as he was leaving 30 Rock after an appearance on SNL. Video of the shooting is shown repeatedly, and friends of Buckwheat, including Alfalfa, are shown commenting on the tragedy (after watching the video, again and again). Ted Koppel's crew then takes the camera into Buckwheat's operating room, to show his surgeon the video too.
It gets worse: Don't think I'm spoiling anything here by telling you that poor Buckwheat doesn't make it. Who killed him? Koppel's on the case. After a moving tribute to Buckwheat of course.
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James Brown's Celebrity Hot Tub PartySeason 9, Episode 4BUY @ AMAZON
The James Brown Hot Tub sketch gets better with age. Yes, it was funny when it first aired during SNL's ninth season, but it's still very, very funny now. Classic Murphy humor.
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Pumping Up with Hans & FranzSeason 13, Episode 1BUY @ AMAZON
Who could forget Hans & Franz? Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon's first 'Pumping Up with Hans & Franz' first debuted during 'Saturday Night Live's' 13th season in October of 1987. Hans & Franz' Austrian jocks hope to follow in the footsteps of their famous cousin, bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, with their own training program. Unfortunately, no one can live up to their strength. Ever.
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