72: Dark Helmet. Rick Moranis in Spaceballs had so many great lines and moments and performances, it’s almost stifling to write about them all. There was a period of time where this movie was in more constant viewing rotation at my house than Star Wars itself. It’s my favorite of Mel Brooks’ films, but some of that may be nostalgia. One thing is for certain: I miss Rick Moranis.
Day 46: Stefon. New York’s hottest club is Selfie. Based on the novel Push by Sapphire, club promoter Joseph Gordon Fisherman opened a Soho hotspot in a haunted diaper. This place has everything: chutes, ladders, the outdoor concert from a Zoloft commercial and human fanny packs. It’s that thing of when a midget hangs around your waist and holds your passport in his mouth.
Day 45: Diondre Cole, host of What Up With That? Played by Kenan Thompson, who is absolutely one of my favorite cast members. There are so many absurd pieces in this sketch, but I think my favorite will always be Jason Sudeikis dancing in the background in his red tracksuit.
Day 44: Macgruber! I enjoyed this sketch series way more than I probably should have, considering the premise is brief, the sketches were only about a minute long, and parodied a show that had been off the air for 20 years. Still… Macgruber!!!!
Day 43: Debbie Downer. Again, not having seen a ton of SNL when it was airing during this period, I missed out on some great characters. I’ve since gone back to watch some old Debbie Downers, though, and they are hilarious. Her obsession with feline AIDS, mixed with the fact that the actors had such a tough time keeping straight faces make this another iconic character.
Day 42: Will Ferrell as Harry Caray. What’s your favorite planet? Mine’s the sun. This is one of those impersonations that, for me, is more memorable than the actual person. Sorry, Cubs fans.
Day 41: Mary Katherine Gallagher. I didn’t watch a ton of Saturday Night Live during the late 90’s – early 2000’s, so I didn’t catch a lot of MKG, but Molly Shannon truly threw herself into this character. This one is simple colors under pencils.
Day 40: Matt Foley. Chris Farley’s motivational speaker character who lives in a van down by the river was always funny, but nothing will ever top that first appearance, where David Spade and Christina Applegate can’t keep it together. I forgot how many great lines there were in just this one sketch. Again this piece is very loose, with layered opaque markers. I added the motion lines to capture the energy that Farley brought to this character.
Day 39: Dieter. Mike Myers’ black clad host of the German chat show, Sprockets was another silly favorite of mine. Though the recurring sketch was funny, the short film, Dieter’s Dream might go down as one of my all-time favorite sketches. If I come back to SNL, I may have to draw Phil Hartman’s character, Susan, from that sketch.