The Best SNL Skits Where the Cast Can't Stop Laughing 

Lisa Waugh
Updated November 6, 2017 17.4k votes 3.5k voters 276.1k views 28 items

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The best SNL skits where they laugh so much that other cast members break are the best. Saturday Night Live cast members who break character have a domino effect and the SNL sketches where they laugh is one of the reasons people still watch. A live show with this many smart asses and chances for things to go sideways is going to have some beautiful train wrecks.

Out of all of the Saturday Night Live cast, who were the breakers and who were the breakees? Imagine being on that live stage opposite Chris Farley. It was Farley’s job to break down other cast members and he took sheer delight in it. Will Ferrell also took out his fellow cast members, but usually quite by accident. He gets right up in Chris Parnell’s face in the cowbell sketch but Parnell is made of iron. 

Rachel Dratch regularly broke people up and usually leads the SNL sketches where they laugh on the show. Her sketches with Will Ferrell as the over-sharing meat-loving professors, The Love-ahs, never failed to bust up anyone in the scene with them. They also managed to freak themselves out and barely make it through the bit. Jimmy Fallon got crushed by this formidable duo during an early Love-ahs sketch. Fallon, Adam Sandler, and Eddie Murphy didn’t need much help from their Saturday Night Live cast members - they cracked themselves up.

The only person who could hold their own against an SNL comedy attack was Christopher Walken. He shined liked a beacon in a Love-ahs sketch as Walter. He never cracked once in the cowbell sketch. He is a mighty fortress against SNL cast members who break character.

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Rachel Dratch took down everyone, including herself in this hilarious sketch featuring her character Debbie Downer. She couldn’t even nail her close-up, the bit that sells the sketch where Debbie buzzkills every joyous moment at this Disneyland vacation. Like comedy food poisoning, everyone is lost, along with host Lindsay Lohan. The downhill break-fest happens pretty quickly.

Pretty much out of the gate, Fallon and Dratch crack and it’s a race to the bottom after that.
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Phil Hartman’s Ability to Make Everyone Else Break
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As evidenced in this blooper reel, Hartman could make his fellow cast members break very easily. He also didn’t mind falling into the abyss with his costars.
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In this Valentine’s Day tips segment on "Weekend Update," Bill Hader’s Stefon cracks himself up as usual. Breaking himself up was always part of this bit. Here, Stefon loses it at "Jewpids." 
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Rachel Dratch and Will Ferrell were hell-bent on being the most cringe-inducing couple as Roger and Virginia, the Love-ahs. In this hot tub sketch, they try to lure Jimmy Fallon’s character, as well as a fully-clothed Barbara Hernandez (Drew Barrymore), into a four way. Fallon, who looks like he was not present at rehearsal and is hearing all of this weird stuff for the first time, breaks a little more than midway through the sketch. Then Barrymore goes.

Dratch and Ferrell lose it mid-way when they try to mutually nibble spiced meats. Fallon just can’t believe what he’s hearing and doesn’t even attempt to keep it together. Barrymore tries to hang in there. The next crash and burn happens two minutes from the end when Ferrell’s weird lilting voice and strange words make everyone bust. Dratch goes again at toward the end causing Ferrell to break and then it’s just on until the end of the sketch.
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