Every Wednesday, I post my sketch of the moment. For anybody who doesn’t know me, that is the sketch (usually from SNL) that I am watching repeatedly at any given time.

This week’s sketch:

Ghost Hunters– SNL 

Simple premise, good heightening, amazing commitment, and LOTS of farting. Brilliant.

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Every Wednesday, I post my sketch of the moment. For anybody who doesn’t know me, that is the sketch (usually from SNL) that I am watching repeatedly at any given time.

This week’s sketch:

Zagat Guide– SNL

Starring Chris Farley and Adam Sandler, this isn’t just my sketch of the week, this is one of my favorite sketches of all time. I know I say this every week, but this sketch is all about simplicity and good characters. In the plainest terms possible this sketch is a couple reading the Zagat’s Guide… something that is a totally normal activity (at least in my house), and the thing that makes it funny is finding the “weird” thing (Zagat’s crazy restaurant descriptions) and heightening it. Any improv or sketch 101 teacher would be very proud. Also, Chris Farley attacks any character he plays, including any other characters in the scene, and it is fun to watch him push Adam Sandler to his limits. Sandler’s one liners are also pretty brilliant in both text and delivery. Hands down, though, my favorite part about this sketch is the pure joy you see Farley’s character experiencing when reading about the restaurants.

Every Wednesday, I post my sketch of the moment. For anybody who doesn’t know me, that is the sketch (usually from SNL) that I am watching repeatedly at any given time.

This week’s sketch:

Horatio Sanz and Will Ferrell: “I Just Died in your Arms Tonight”– SNL 

Sorry it’s so grainy, but whoever uploaded this wasn’t hip to the digital age. Regardless, this sketch is memorable for a couple of reasons. Both Horatio and Will commit like crazy, which makes the Cutting Crew song a perfect catch phrase and button to highlight their performances. The structure is a little ordinary and predictable, however the character work really keeps it going. It just goes to show that if you have strong characters with strong points of views, you don’t need to get too complicated. It is all about simplicity with this sketch.

Every Wednesday, I post my sketch of the moment. For anybody who doesn’t know me, that is the sketch (usually from SNL) that I am watching repeatedly at any given time.

This week’s sketch:

Judy Grimes: “Just Kidding”– SNL

This isn’t necessarily a sketch, but more an example of brilliant character work from Kristin Wiig. My favorite part is that Kristin never gives the joke away, and delivers Judy Grimes with earnestness and truth. There is no question that this is a “real” person, and at no point do you see through to the actress playing the character. I was lucky enough to see this sketch being taped at the live show, and there was a tangible feeling of awe throughout Studio 8H. Equally impressive was the bad-ass cue card skills that this sketch probably couldn’t have happened without. The biggest laugh for me is at the very beginning when Kristen does the “heyy…” joke. Watch and learn.

I am introducing a new feature today. Every Wednesday, I will post my sketch of the moment. For anybody who doesn’t know me, that is the sketch (usually from SNL) that I am watching repeatedly at any given time. As seen here.

This week’s sketch:

Locker Room Dance– SNL

The reason I initially liked this sketch is that it reminded me of SNL in the 70s, in that it isn’t prisoner to one premise or a joke, but instead finds something fun and goes with it. The fact that you get to watch Will Forte (who is amazing and completely underrated) dance for a good two minutes shows a sort of freedom that was very present early on in the show. An added bonus in this sketch (that I discovered recently) is getting to watch all the actors not being able to keep it together and truly enjoying themselves within the scene. Bill Hader is the most fun to watch because it is rare that you ever see him break character. Finally, the subtle heightening of Will’s dancing is truly amazing, and I could watch him play this character all day.

If you click on the link below, you will find a blog entry by the great Corey Brown talking about two particularly good SNL sketches and why they are successful.

Brown Playground

In the true spirit of comedy, I want to “heighten” Corey’s post and add an example of my own. Here is another SNL sketch that proves the idea that sometimes simplicity and a solid character/premise are all you need for a good freaking piece of sketch comedy. It also doesn’t hurt if you have Kristen Wiig playing the main role.

Surprise Party

I think in some remote jungle people use mangoes to brush their teeth. For serious. No Joke. The video linked below is also no joke.

http://www.planetvids.com/html/SNL-Hip-Hop-Kids.html