The Best Saturday Night Live Sketches of the 1990s

The best Saturday Night Live sketches of the 1990s feature some of the best comedians to ever appear on the long-running comedy show, doing what they do best, making people laugh. The 1990s ushered out an era of top performers such as Adam Sandler, David Spade, Mike Meyers, and Dana Carvey, and welcomed a new crew with the likes of Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, and Molly Shannon, with both providing some of the funniest sketches to ever appear on SNL.

From the classic "Wayne's World" and "Church Lady" skits to the unforgettable moments like the living in a van down by the river routine, the best SNL sketches from the 1990s easily rival that of any other era on the show. There's really nothing like the SNL cast 1990 and all through the 90s, so scroll on down and enjoy these classic sketches. A veritable Adam Sandler SNL skits list, there are also plenty of other funny cast members from the unforgettable Saturday Night Live 1990s era.

  • Motivational Speaker Matt Foley
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    Motivational Speaker Matt Foley

    Easily one of the best and most well-known performances of his life, Chris Farley turned into a legend in his portrayal of motivational speaker Matt Foley. Appearing in a handful of sketches, Matt Foley attempted to help youths with his unique story about living in a van down by the river. Only rarely during the comical sketches could the other actors, such as David Spade, keep from laughing on camera due to the absolute hilariousness of the piece.

    Memorable Lines:

    Foley: Now let's get started by giving you a little bit of a scenario of what my life is all about. First off, I am 35 years old, I am thrice divorced, and I live in a van down by the river!

    Foley: Well, la-dee-freakin'-da!

    Foley: Once, there was a boy who liked to throw things. He started out throwing eggs. Then, he threw the big game. Then, he threw back a shot of whiskey. Then he threw up. Then he got thrown out of the house, and then he moved into a van down by the river!

    336 votes
  • Celebrity Jeopardy!
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    Celebrity Jeopardy!

    Airing 14 times between 1996 and 2002, "Celebrity Jeopardy!" was arguably one of the best recurring Saturday Night Live sketches of the 1990s. Alex Trebek, portrayed by Will Ferrell, was constantly tormented by frequent contestant Sean Connery, played by Darrel Hammond, among other colorful and often clueless celebrities. Characters like Burt Reynolds (Norm Macdonald), Sharon Osbourne (Amy Poehler), and Bill Cosby (Kenan Thompson) served as other contestants, each with their own horribly incorrect Jeopardy! answers.

    Memorable Lines:

    Sean Connery: You think you’re pretty smart, don’t you, Trebek? What with your Diego mustache and your greasy hair!

    Alex Trebek: I hate my job.

    Burt Reynolds: Yeah, that’s right. Turd Ferguson. It’s a funny name.

    292 votes
  • Wayne's World
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    Wayne's World

    As one of the most successful Saturday Night Live sketches to live on after the show, "Wayne's World" was a short public-access television show skit performed by Mike Meyers, as Wayne, and Dana Carvey, as Garth. The show filmed from Wayne's basement and included features about all things they loved, mainly rock bands and babes. After two films, "Wayne's World," like "Church Chat," made a brief comeback when Carvey hosted SNL in 2011.

    Memorable Lines:

    Garth: Party on, Wayne.
    Wayne: Party on, Garth.

    Wayne & Garth: Schwing!

    Wayne: Ex-squeeze me? A-baking powder?

    Garth: I think I'm gonna hurl!

    205 votes
  • Church Chat
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    Church Chat

    Helping viewers resist the temptations from Satan, "Church Chat" features none other than the Church Lady, played by Dana Carvey. Appearing as an older woman, Carvey used a squeaky voice to interview a variety of guests. As a host for Saturday Night Live in 2011, Carvey donned the cat's eye, horn-rimmed glasses to remind us of the classic sketch. Well, isn't that special?

    Memorable Lines:

    Church Lady: Well, isn't that special?

    Church Lady: Now, who could it be? Could it be...Satan?!

    Church Lady: How Conveeenient.

    216 votes
  • Delicious Dish
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    Delicious Dish

    Taking the setting of an NPR radio show about all things food, "Delicious Dish" featured actresses Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon as foodies. While many of the sketches were pretty unremarkable, one spot featuring Alec Baldwin is perhaps one of the best of the decade. On a holiday episode, Baldwin played bakery owner Pete Schweddy who brought along his own holiday treat, Schweddy Balls!

    Memorable Lines:

    Pete Schweddy: Well, over at Season’s Eatings, we have Balls for every taste. Popcorn Balls, Cheese Balls, Rum Balls.. you name it.
    Margeret Jo McCullen: Wow! My mouth’s watering just thinking about those Balls!
    Teri Rialto: It’s been years since I’ve seen any Balls.
    Pete Schweddy: Would you like to see my Balls now?
    Margeret Jo McCullen: Yeah. Whip them out.

    Teri Rialto: Your muffin is remarkably velvety.
    Margaret Jo McCullen: It’s true. I think we both assumed — and I think, wrongfully — that a baker of your generation might tend towards a more… drier, crusty muffin.
    Florence Dusty: Well, that’s true, that many bakers from my era have dry or, even, yeasty muffins.
    Margaret Jo McCullen: A yeasty muffin can really ruin your whole day.

    162 votes
  • Pumping Up with Hans & Franz
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    Pumping Up with Hans & Franz

    An 'informative training program for the serious weightlifter,' "Pumping Up with Hanz and Franz" was filled with comical weightlifting tips, hilarious padded bodysuit costumes, and Austrian-accent love for then-actor and bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon starred as Hanz and Franz, respectively, as they vowed to 'pump.. you up!' The sketch was so successful that years later Schwarzenegger used the famous term 'girlie man' during his time as governor of California.

    Memorable Lines:

    Hans: Alright. Once again, I am Hans…
    Franz: And I am Franz. And we just want to…
    Together: pump… [They clap]…you up!

    Hans: That’s right, but hear me now and believe me later, we can easily crush girly men like grapes.

    173 votes