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SNL Sketch Showdown: Honorable Mentions

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Welcome to the “Saturday Night Live” Sketch Showdown. Every weekday, an IFC writer will determine the winner of a matchup between two classic “SNL” sketches. You can check out the full bracket here.

We know. It’s incredibly difficult to satisfactorily craft a definitive list of the absolute best sketches the storied cultural goliath has given the world since 1975. We did our best, and, of course, there was the inevitable “wisdom of the staircase” where we realized: Oh crap, what about that one? Consider this a make-good, a mulligan, or just us trying to stay in the Church Lady’s good graces a little while longer.

And here’s just a pre-emptive word to those of you commenting with defiant “you forgot about…” we can guarantee you we didn’t. There’s just not enough room on the Internet to write about every sketch.

1. Lunch Lady

Not giving Adam Sandler’s goofy songs a shout-out would be pretty unforgivable. Sandler wrote lots of songs for SNL, but Lunch Lady deserves its own special nod for turning what could have been another silly acoustic ditty for Weekend Update into what’s seemingly the finale in a musical about the archetypal woman who cooks and ladles food out in school cafeterias. When you watch Sarah Silverman walk onstage as a sultry box of Chinese leftovers and realize that’s the least crazy thing going on — that’s a clear sign this truly is something special.

2. Clinton at McDonald’s

The great, and sadly late, Phil Hartman was always in a category of his own, and his spot-on Bill Clinton always reminded us of it. This sketch, wherein the former president pops into McDonald’s after a three-block jog to “see the American people and maybe get a Diet Coke or something” on the surface might just be a clothesline of fat jokes. But it actually satirizes the idiotic things politicians do to be seen as a “regular guy.” It also may have been the first sketch to (unknowingly) reference Clinton’s infidelity. Bill says to a Secret Service agent: “Jim, let me tell you something: There’s gonna be a whole buncha things we don’t tell Mrs. Clinton. Fast food is the least of our worries.”

3. Bill Swerski’s Superfans

If this sketch about all things awesome about Chicago sports needs an explanation, why are you even reading this list? I’ll just add this fun fact: There was a screenplay written for a movie about the Superfans, and it had a live reading in Chicago a few years ago during the Just For Laughs festival. It skewered the big money being poured into sports and how it ultimately diminishes a sports fan’s enjoyment of the games they love so much. Ditka himself was on hand for a Q&A — (now wispy) mustache and all.

4. Deep Thoughts

Another ‘90s SNL heyday landmark were the short, absurdist musings from the deranged Jack Handey, which touched on far-ranging topics like mortality, swashbuckling, and Popeye. Another fun fact: Did you know Jack Handey is a real person — a humorist, at that — and not just a made-up persona SNL cooked up to fill 20 seconds here or there to allow for actors to get into costume?

What are some of your favorite “SNL” sketches? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

Quirks

Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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