Sure, the 2000s had "More Cowbell," but the 2010s (spanning seasons 35-45) birthed some of the funniest skits in SNL history. From a Hillary Clinton-themed spoof of Love Actually to a government agency that "takes care" of Beyonce haters, and even a Les Miserables parody set in a New York City diner, Saturday Night Live has done a pretty good job of making us laugh over the last 10 years.
Let's look at some of the best SNL sketches from the 2010s (and it's no coincidence that Kate McKinnon is in half of them).
First Aired: February 15th, 2015; 40th anniversary special
It wouldn't be a 40th anniversary special without bringing back what is arguably one of the most popular reoccurring sketches in SNL history. Will Ferrell reprised his role as Alex Trebek, as did Darell Hammond as a foul-mouthed Sean Connery and Norm Macdonald as Burt Reynolds, along with a few surprises: Kate McKinnon's Justin Bieber, Alec Baldwin's Tony Bennett, Jim Carrey's Matthew McConaughey, Taran Killam's Christoph Waltz, and even Kenan Thompson's Bill Cosby. The categories include "Famous Oprahs," "Who Reads," and "Let It Snow," the latter of which Connery purposely misreads.
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First Aired: First Aired: April 14, 2018; Season 43, episode 20
Whatever you do, don't order the lobster. In this John Mulaney-penned parody of Les Miserables, Pete Davidson and Chris Redd quickly learn that the resident lobster (Kenan Thompson) at the diner has been living in his tank for 40 years and has a daughter named Clawsette (Kate McKinnon). With its high production values, Broadway theatrics, and that shot of Davidson unable to stop himself from laughing as the camera cuts back to him, it's a random concept with genius execution.
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Star Wars Undercover Boss
First Aired: January 16, 2016; Season 41, episode 10
Host Adam Driver goes Undercover Boss as his villainous Star Wars character Kylo Ren. Disguised as a radar technician named Matt, Kylo Ren asks his employees (Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam) what they think of him: “Do you guys believe when he says that he’s going to finish what Darth Vader started?” Unfortunately for Ren, he isn't fooling anyone.4212Is this memorable?
Back Home Ballers
First Aired: November 22, 2014; Season 40, episode 7
Host Cameron Diaz joins the women of SNL (Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Sasheer Zamata, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant) for this song about coming home for the holidays. The song touches on those unavoidable visiting-your-parents moments like trying to enter the extremely long and complicated WiFi password and awkward conversations with neighbors. As a bonus, there's a rap verse from Cameron Diaz.
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