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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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The Best Of The Last

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…