Three of my favorite old-school SNL skits

My family probably talks about “fresh-a pepp-ah” waaaaay more often than your typical family. We also have a habit of rendering “Guantanamera” with alternative lyrics, of seizing opportunities to say, “Well isn’t that special,” and of calling each other “bumlookers” and “cheeky monkeys” whenever the situation even remotely warrants it. One of us even got into a car accident once as a result of what said individual felt was the moral imperative to head-bang Wayne-and-Garth-style to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (Hey, that couldn’t have been me, right?)

See, back in the ‘80s and ‘90s-era SNL heydays, we happily and liberally diseased our familial lexicon with SNL references. And despite the mild NSFW-iness of many of my favorite SNL skits, I’m going to take a moment to share some of them with you today. Because I can’t help thinking that nearly anything that makes me laugh this hard is indeed a nice thing. I hope you agree.

Tom Hanks, Jan Hooks, Mike Myers, Julia Sweeney, and Chris Farley: The family that grosses itself out together, stays together


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Dana Carvey and Patrick Swayze as warring South American singing stars


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Adam Sandler and Dana Carvey as “pepper boys” who take their jobs veeeeeeery seriously


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