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The Best Saturday Night Live Original Cast Sketches

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Some of the absolute best "Saturday Night Live" original cast sketches came in the show's very early years, when brilliant young comedians and actors such as John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, and Jane Curtin dominated. The show, which has been on the air for over 30 years, set the bar high with the first season of the classic sketch comedy show.

What are the best classic "SNL" sketches? The "Saturday Night Live" skits from the 1970s saw the birth of such iconic "SNL" characters as the Coneheads, the Blues Brothers, and Mr. Bill (oh nooooooo!). Check out some of these truly classic, absolutely funny, original cast sketches. Don't see your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
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    Bag of Glass

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    This original SNL skit, "Bag of Glass," features toy maker Irwin Mainway (Dan Aykroyd) trying in vain to defend some of his nastier products for children (yes, including that bag of glass shards). 'Consumer Probe' host Candice Bergen does her best to put him in his place.
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    Land Shark

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    Who doesn't love "Land Shark"?! This original Saturday Night Live cast sketch first debuted in 1975, introducing everyone to this horrific and hysterically funny recurring character. Yes, the Land Shark preys on innocent victims, posing as everything from a plumber to yes, a candy-gram. Land Shark first made his appearance in Season One of SNL.
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    Roseanne Rosannadanna on Smoking

    Gilda Radner's hilarious Roseanne Roseannadanna is truly classic comedy. Here, she discusses smoking as the health correspondent for "Weekend Update." This clip originally aired during the fourth season of SNL, in 1978.
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    "Bassomatic" is an original cast sketch from the very first season of Saturday Night Live. The skit, which features the brilliant Dan Aykroyd, originally aired on April 17, 1976. Liquefied bass – delicious!
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