Well, we made it guys. Another year in the books, and my, what a year it’s been. One for the ages. In 20 years, when we look back at 2016…it’s gonna be weird. There’ll be shame, anger, disappointment, and just plain confusion. I mean, starting with Hoverboards and ending with BC somehow making another bowl game, it’s just been a mess start to finish. Pokemon blew up for like 2 weeks. Ryan Lochte gave the world the most outrageous lie of the summer. Frank Ocean’s came back from the dead to give us more weird music (art?). Kanye went nuts and Donald Trump is our president. Those are the highlights, folks.
So yea, it’s been a pretty weird year, and if we’re being honest, I think it’s only gonna get weirder. We’re in a crazy time right now. There’s a lot of tension and anger throughout the country and the future is unclear. But if there’s one thing we can count on, it’s the fact that SNL is still fairly below average, which I guess is nice? In times like these, gotta take the consistencies where you can find them. But with that in mind, let’s go back to simpler times, and look at some of the timeless holiday classics that SNL has given us through the years. Think of this list as an early Christmas present, or maybe just a reward for making it through the crazy, messed up year that was 2016.
Only way to bounce back from a year like this is to come up swinging. That’s what this sketch is. Just listen to the audience lose it at the punchline. This sketch is a timeless classic that launched Lonely Island into the stardom; that won Andy Samberg an Emmy! And while technically this is a Christmas song, this is one of those tunes you can play any time of the year and still feel its impact.
Two A-Holes Buying a Christmas Tree
In my SNL career, I don’t think there was a better cast member than Jason Sudeikis. The way he commits to every character is incredible to see, and his douchebag persona is one of his best. This sketch sums up everything that Christmas shouldn’t be, which is why it’s so fun to watch.
We couldn’t go any further in this list without giving a nod to the second biggest holiday this season (no offense to Kwanzaa). I think it’s safe to say that Adam Sandler’s song is one of the biggest contributions to Judaism. And while it doesn’t quite dethrone the Dreidel Song, the Hanukkah Song gets pretty damn close.
Michael Buble Christmas Duets
In the history of SNL, I don’t think there will ever be a better Christmas hosting duo than Jimmy Fallon and Michael Buble. With Fallon’s unwavering giddiness and love for reindeer games, he’s the closest thing we have to a real life Christmas elf. Combine that with the King of Christmas music and you have… well, you have this sketch.
Just furthering my last point, if you have some time to spare, or you just really really don’t wanna study for finals, watch this entire episode because start to finish it’s fantastic. Andy Samberg and Jimmy Fallon perfectly play off each other, covering impressions, Fallon’s bromance with Justin Timberlake, and even a spit take for good measure. A sneaky holiday sketch, but a good one nonetheless.
St. Joseph’s Christmas Mass Spectacular
This is one of the few holiday sketches with the current SNL gang that’s actually pretty great. Observational humor at its finest. SNL clearly has a lot of fake Catholics on their writing staff because they nailed pretty much every aspect of the once a year Christmastime Mass.
Steve Martin Christmas Wish
Last but not least, we have one of the greatest comedians of all time delivering what he so humbly dubs “the greatest sketch in the history of SNL.” And while I may not go that far, it’s certainly one of the most timeless holiday sketches the show has produced. Martin’s delivery and timing is just perfect and really drives home a message that we can all get behind.
Merry Christmas everybody!