What's Christmas without SNL skits? Nothing but the birth of Jesus. Who doesn't love the birth of Jesus AND Saturday Night Live? No one.
It will come as no surprise that my top 5 all feature music and singing! Enjoy:
5) "I Wish it Was Christmas Today" by Chris Kattan, Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, and Tracy Morgan
I had to go with the original because I loooooved the 2000 cast. By high school I watched SNL more religiously than going to church. Which, if you know anything about High School Maryann, means I was pretty fucking devoted. Can I just say how much I miss Chris Kattan? I miss Chris Kattan.
4) "It's a Wonderful Life: Lost Ending" feat. Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Dennis Miller, Jan Hooks, Jon Lovitz, among others.
This skit always cracks me up, but even if it wasn't funny, Dana's Jimmy Stewart impression would make it all worth it. Besides, the movie is such a bummer to watch (I can't handle it--even with the happy ending!) so I love to see it parodied.
3) "Dysfunctional Family Christmas" by Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Jan Hook, Victoria Jackson, and Julia Sweeney.
Pure perfection. My favorite songs are "Peace on Earth? Where?", "Why Am I the Only One Who Really Knows What Christmas Means?" and of course, the amazing "Carol of Intimacy."
2) "Christmastime for the Jews" by Robert Smigel (TV Funhouse)
Christmastime for the Jews from Bix Pix Entertainment, Inc. on Vimeo.
Oh man, this was almost #1. The claymation! The super catchy song (which is an excellent Phil Spector knock-off)! And more than anything, the lyrics. It's an absolute classic.
1) "Fun With Real Audio: Jesus" by Robert Smigel (TV Funhouse)
(The clip I want to show only goes to 2:26, but the skit after it is cute too)
Yep, it's another TV Funhouse segment. This one is #1 because I remember watching it in my home on the day it aired: December 13, 1997. I was only 12 years old, but I was blown away. The skit doesn't poke fun at the 'secular' culture's commercialization of Christmas, but rather the problem with Christians themselves, and their focus on things that may not have been one of Jesus' commandments to his followers, like acquiring money or extravagant spectacle or judging each other. That wasn't the best sentence I've ever written, but you get the idea.
What are your favorite SNL Christmas skits?