The 5 Funniest Saturday Night Live Sketches of the '90s
SNL AT 40
From Wayne amp Garth to Tina amp Amy, the Church Lady to the Target Lady, every moment of SNL hilarity is covered in the new PEOPLE book 40 Years of Saturday Night Live, on newsstands Jan. 30.
There were no more lovable SNL characters than babe-chasing Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey), so it was heartwarming to see them experience a fantasy come true and end up in a parody of Madonna's justifiably infamous "Justify My Love" video. Wayne got to make out with Madonna herself! No way! Way! The sketch was adapted to film in 1992.
MARY KATHERINE GALLAGHER
As awkward, deluded and egomaniacal a Catholic school as ever existed, Molly Shannon's Mary Katherine Gallagher reached her finger-sniffing, havoc-wreaking, underwear-showing, tawdy-monologue-spouting best when she auditioned for the St. Monica's High School talent show before a priest played by Gabriel Byrne. As usual, she declared herself a superstar – and was off by only a little. Shannon starred in the spinoff film Superstar in 1999.
THE SPARTAN CHEERLEADERS
Will Ferrell specialized in hapless characters filled with unwittingly embarrassing enthusiasm – never more apparent than in his turn with Cheri Oteri as the Spartan Cheerleaders. When they cheered on the chess team, one nerdy player confronted them: "Do you know how far you've fallen when the chess team makes fun of you?"
THE ROXBURY GUYS
Like those "wild and crazy" Festrunks, the head-bobbing Butabi brothers (Ferrell and Chris Kattan) – known as nightclub hounds "the Roxbury guys" – were girl-crazy, clueless and had all the wrong moves. This particular sketch featured Jim Carrey along for a night that saw them bounced from a club, a prom and a wedding. (But at least they got lucky at the retirement home.) In 1998 it was made into a movie.
THE LADIES MAN
Tim Meadows' Leon Phelps was the sex-obsessed, Courvoisier-swilling host of The Ladies Man, a radio show about romance into which Phelps poured all his knowledge of trysting in truck-stop toilets. Our favorite sketch featured Helen Hunt (as a stripper) at his side as he told a male caller that not all women were hot or obtainable, "and that is why God invented the skank." The Ladies Man movie (2000) ended up in the toilet too.