10 Funniest 'Saturday Night Live' Skits All About Food (Slideshow)
September 10, 2013
Remember these side-splitting 'SNL' moments about food?
The first of many memorable gastro gags, the late Animal House star moved audiences to tears of laughter with one of the wackiest running sketches on SNL ever. John Belushi is a samurai behind a deli counter, preparing sliced meats, cheeses, and sandwiches with a side of razor-sharp wit and screaming service… literally.
Let’s face it: Tea just doesn’t hold a candle to liquor. That’s especially the case when it’s Justin Timberlake selling the hooch. In one of JT’s funniest musical skits, he competes with Kristen Wiig to promote his liquor store against her tea shop in an incredible get-up. When Lady Gaga arrives on the scene for support, this mini-mall rap battle gets out of control.
National Public Radio gets ridiculously raunchy, but in an air-friendly sort of way, when Paul Schweddy guests on NPR’s "Delicious Dish" to promote his — you guessed it — Schweddy Balls. Alec Baldwin, Molly Shannon, and Ana Gasteyer nearly lose it on stage amid the heavy-hitting innuendo. Bonus: It’s a Christmas sketch!
Don’t you wish your food were more natural… more clear? Enter Crystal Gravy. Think of it as Crystal Pepsi, only for your favorite mashed potato topping. Look, the ‘90s were chock-full of ridiculous alternatives to staple foods and drinks; you had to be there to get this one. But anyone can appreciate the hilarity in Kevin Nealon splashing clear gravy on his face.
Barb Kelner wants a small business loan for her pizza-eating business. Not her pizza baking business — her pizza-eating business. The idea sounds as if it would fall flat in front of a crowd, but Melissa McCarthy’s deadpan delivery and Jason Sudeikis’ mastery of masking laughter as part of the act make this sketch a hit. Besides, what better is there to do with your old, tired pizza?
Shimmer Floor Wax
It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping. Chevy Chase stars in an ad for Shimmer Floor Wax, the only dual-purpose floor wax… or dessert topping. Some of us might not have been there to fully appreciate this gag, but it’s true — Reddi-wip and floor wax cans looked way too similar then. Plus, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, and Gilda Radnor’s humor is timeless.
The French Chef
In an ode (or send-off) to legendary chef Julia Child, Dan Aykroyd teaches an audience what to do and what not to do when preparing a chicken meal. The SNL star quickly gets to what not to do, which results in one of goriest skits in show history. Spoiler warning: Julia dies at the end… hilariously.
In the age of tacos wrapped in Dorito shells, this fake ad strikes a strong chord. When a simple hard-shell taco just isn’t enough, try one wrapped in a flour tortilla covered in refried beans. Still not cutting it? Then how about wrapping that in three more shells, a corn husk, a breakfast crepe, a deep-dish pizza, a blueberry pancake, and deep-frying it? Too much? Never.
Paula Deens Paper Towels
Paula isn’t under fire just over some particularly colorful statements, but (in this skit) for promoting some seriously fattening foods. Her solution? Soak that booter and awl right up with one of her Big Ol’ Soakem eight-ply paper towels. Kristen Wiig nails it with an awfully over-exaggerated impersonation, complete with devouring a tub of butter.