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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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    Samurai Hotel

    John Belushi's portrayal of a sword-wielding, totally insane samurai made for some of the best original SNL skits in the show's history. This particular skit, "Samurai Hotel," originally aired during Saturday Night Live's inaugural season in December of 1975. Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Richard Pryor – so, so funny!

     
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    The Mr. Bill Show

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    It's Mr. Bill! 'The Mr. Bill Show' began as a response to SNL's request for home movies during it's first season. The response? This claymation character created by Walter Williams. Mr. Bill, Mr. Hands, and Spot were featured on Saturday Night Live many times in the 1970s and in 1986, Mr. Bill got his own feature film, "Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures."
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    Coneheads

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    No list of classic original SNL sketches would be complete without including the "Coneheads." In this sketch from Season 2 of Saturday Night Live, mom and dad Conehead (Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin), are struggling with their rebellious daughter, Connie, (Laraine Newman). Ely Turnbull from the IRS (Steve Martin) also pays a visit. Fried chicken embryos, anyone?
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    Word Association

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    In this hysterical skit, Mr. Wilson (Richard Pryor), is being evaluated for a job via word association. Things go downhill very, very quickly. Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor. Doesn't get better. This clip originally aired during Saturday Night Live's first season in 1975.
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