The Cynic
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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Birthday Shout/SNL Top 5

First and foremost I want to send a birthday shout to my boy B-ranom. I think you're like 34 or something. Happy happy man. Sorry I'm working and won't be able to share in a drink or something.

Moving on, a quick top 5 for the day. Top Five SNL sketch comedy performers during my years of watching this.

1) Eddie Murphy -- Always a no brainer. He was and to this date remains the only STAR that was on SNL while he was a STAR. He basically saved the entire show by signing on to do half a season in 1983 and he opened the door for the later group of SNL stars by proving that sketch comedians could be major box office hits. And he had great SNL fixtures with Buh-Weet and Mr. Robinson's neighborhood. Favorite skit: Either "Being White for a Day" or "James Brown Celebrity Hottub"

2) Will Ferrell -- If Eddie didn't exist I'd make Will a slight #1 over Adam Sandler based on the Neil Diamond Storytellers, which is the single funniest SNL skit ever. Will was as flexible as Sandler but his main characters (Alex Trebek, H.S. band teacher, cheerleader) were hilarious.

3) Adam Sandler -- I'm a huge Sandler-on-SNL fan, his characters were just so fun (especially Operaman) and he was just one of those guys who could make you laugh. Favorite skit: His part in the New Kids on Arsenio skit that included Dana Carvey, Mike Myers and Jason Preistley

4) Phil Hartman -- The best deceased cast member. Phil was smart enough not to stretch himself too thin. He did the things he did extremely well. Favorite Skit: Duh, anything with him doing Sinatra.

5) Chris Farley -- Had I been old enough to remember Belushi, he'd go here and Farley would be bumped. Farley was funny, sadly Jack Black has surpassed him as the "next" Belushi but the Chippendale's skit with Patrick Swayze will always be a favorite.

Those that didn't make the cut.

Mike Myers -- I never really enjoyed the Carvey half of Wayne's World and given the two actors' status these days it's obvious which one carried the skits. I also liked the Simon stuff he did.

Chris Rock -- Great comedian but terrible on SNL. Honestly he should have been hosting Weekend Update. You know he shared an office during his time on SNL with Hartman, Farley and Sandler. Lorne Michaels could've just ran a 24-hour camera on those four and had enough material to last a lifetime.

Dana Carvey -- I never really liked him. Ferrell's impression of W kills Carvey's impression of the first Bush. "Chopping Broccoli" is horribly overrated.

Cheri Oteri -- Of all the women on the show she is the funniest I've seen (Can't remember Jane Curtain or Gilda Radner).

Jimmy Fallon -- He's good but he doesn't do anything memorable and he couldn't carry the show without funnier people on the cast. Tina Fey carries the Weekend Update

David Spade -- Spade was close. His Entertainment Weekly Segment was terrific.

Discuss, debate...But I'm right :)

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