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The Most Memorable SNL Sketches Of The 2010s

Updated January 2, 2020 737 votes 132 voters 2.9k views15 items

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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).

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    Black Jeopardy With Tom Hanks

    Black Jeopardy With Tom Hanks
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    First Aired: October 22, 2016; Season 42, episode 4

    In this recurring sketch, three contestants answer questions about Black culture, with Kenan Thompson as host. This time it's Keely (Sasheer Zamata), Shanice (Leslie Jones)... and Doug (Tom Hanks). With his southern drawl and Make America Great Again hat, it seems like Doug isn't in the right place... until he starts answering questions. When Thompson reads the clue, “They out here saying, the new iPhone wants your thumbprint ‘for your protection'," Doug gives the correct response: “What is: I don’t think so, that’s how they get you.” The sketch hilariously proves that America may not be as divided as we thinks it is.

    Watch: Black Jeopardy - with Tom Hanks

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    Close Encounter

    Close Encounter
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    First Aired: December 5, 2015; Season 41, episode 7

    Three Southerners are called in by the NSA to recount their UFO abduction experiences. While Cecily Strong's and host Ryan Gosling's characters remember a bright, glowing light followed by being wrapped in a blanket of warmth and hope, Ms. Rafferty (Kate McKinnon) was definitely on a different ship. Sitting with her legs wide open while smoking a cigarette, McKinnon's character recalls a rather traumatizing experience involving little gray aliens, urinating in a metal bowl, and being dropped into the woods with no pants on. McKinnon's impeccable delivery in this sketch made Gosling break character.

    Watch: Close Encounter - SNL

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    Haunted Elevator (Ft. David S. Pumpkins)

    Haunted Elevator (Ft. David S. Pumpkins)
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    First Aired: October 22, 2016; Season 42, episode 4

    Any questions? A haunted elevator attraction tries to frighten its riders (Beck Bennett, Kate McKinnon) with a rather off-color original character, David S. Pumpkins (Tom Hanks). Pumpkins isn't part of the known Halloween universe, but he wants to be. It's the bubbly music and skeleton back-up dancers that make the sketch delightfully bizarre.

    Watch: Haunted Elevator (ft. David S. Pumpkins)

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    Meet Your Second Wife

    Meet Your Second Wife
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    First Aired: December 19th, 2015; Season 41, episode 9

    Host Helen Walsh (Amy Poehler) and Tina Fey host a game show that introduces three happily married men (Bobby Moynihan, Kenan Thompson, Taran Killam) to their future second wives. When Bobby Moynihan’s 12-year-old second wife walks out on stage, he's both horrified and confused. Fey clears it up for him: "What if I told you that in a few years one of your novels becomes a surprise bestseller and is even optioned for a movie?” After a beat, Moynihan says, “Oh yeah, then yeah, no, I get it now." The next two wives are a five-year-old and a college-aged woman (Cecily Strong) carrying an unborn fetus - who's destined to become Kenan Thompson's second wife.

    Watch: Meet Your Second Wife - SNL

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