SNL : Best Breaking Character Moments

Stefon 560x280Live television is probably the only place someone can break character and laugh hysterically and the audience will see it. That is the main reason live TV is so popular these days. We are all secretly hoping someone flubs their lines and it causes everyone to giggle like schoolchildren on summer vacation. With edited programming, we only see those hilarious scenes as outtakes.

Saturday Night Live has given us the perfect medium for it too. The live sketch comedy show has produced so many ridiculous skits over the past 40 years that every now and then, someone is going to break down and lose it. Those are the skits we all remember. If you were watching this weekend, it happened again when Bill Hader returned to SNL :

As the latest season continues to produce memorable hosts and skits, we wanted to take this time to celebrate the funniest unplanned laughs of the past 43 years of Saturday Night Live history. Enjoy.

33. Jeanie Darcy

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  • Date: February 10, 2001
  • Season: 26 (11th Episode)
  • Host & Musical Guest: Jennifer Lopez
  • Actors Involved: Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Rachel Dratch

32. The Lunch Lady

  • Date: January 15, 1994
  • Season: 19 (11th Episode)
  • Host: Sara Gilbert
  • Musical Guest: Counting Crows
  • Actors Involved: Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Kevin Nealon, Sarah Silverman, Norm MacDonald

31. Maine Justice

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  • Date: December 8, 2012
  • Season: 38 (9th Episode)
  • Host: Jamie Foxx
  • Musical Guest: Ne-Yo
  • Actors Involved: Jamie Foxx, Jason Sudekis, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Jay Pharoah, Steve Higgins, Aidy Bryant, Bobby Moyinhan

30. Succinctly Speaking

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  • Date: December 19, 1987
  • Season: 13th (8th Episode)
  • Host: Paul Simon
  • Musical Guest: Linda Ronstadt
  • Actors Involved: Phil Hartman, Nora Dunn, Kevin Nealon, Jon Lovitz

29. The Leatherman

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  • Date: February 2, 2002
  • Season: 27th (12th Episode)
  • Host & Musical Guest: Britney Spears
  • Actors Involved: Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Britney Spears, Dan Aykroyd, Will Ferrell

28. Scared Straight

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  • Date: March 3, 2012
  • Season: 37th (16th Episode)
  • Host: Linday Lohan
  • Musical Guest: Jack White
  • Actors Involved: Lindsay Lohan, Keenan Thompson, Jason Sudekis, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Bobby Moynihan

27. Stuart Smalley Show

  • Date: September 28, 1991
  • Season: 17th (1st Episode)
  • Host: Michael Jordan
  • Musical Guest: Public Enemy
  • Actors Involved: Al Franken, Michael Jordan

26. Bush Family Hunting

  • Date: October 21, 2000
  • Season: 26th (3rd Episode)
  • Host: Dana Carvey
  • Musical Guest: The Wallflowers
  • Actors Involved: Dana Carvey, Will Ferrell

25. Motivational Head Coach

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  • Date: March 24, 2007
  • Season: 32nd (16th Episode)
  • Host: Peyton Manning
  • Musical Guest: Carrie Underwood
  • Actors Involved: Peyton Manning, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, Jason Sudekis, Bill Hader

24. Tenement Museum

  • Date: April 5, 2017
  • Season: 42 (17th Episode)
  • Host: Louis C.K.
  • Musical Guest: The Chainsmokers
  • Actors Involved: Louis C.K., Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Kyle Mooney

23. New Wife

  • Date: November 4, 2017
  • Season: 43 (6th Episode)
  • Host: Larry David
  • Musical Guest: Miley Cyrus
  • Actors Involved: Larry David, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett

22. I’m Riding My Donkey Political Show

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  • Date: February 14th, 1998
  • Season: 23 (13th Episode)
  • Host: Roma Downey
  • Musical Guest: Missy Elliott
  • Actors Involved: Tim Meadows, Darrell Hammond

21. Cork Soakers

  • Date: April 10th, 2004
  • Season: 29 (17th Episode)
  • Host & Musical Guest: Janet Jackson
  • Actors Involved: Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Fred Armisen, Janet Jackson, Seth Myers, Darrell Hammond, Chris Parnell, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph

20. The Californians

  • Date: April 14, 2012
  • Season: 37 (19th Episode)
  • Host: Josh Brolin
  • Musical Guest: Gotye
  • Actors Involved: Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Josh Brolin, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon

19. Dr.Beaman’s Office

  • Date: January 15, 2000
  • Season: 25 (10th Episode)
  • Host: Freddie Prinze Jr
  • Musical Guest: Macy Gray
  • Actors Involved: Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Rachel Dratch

18. Barry Gibb Talk Show

  • Date: October 11, 2003
  • Season: 29 (2nd Episode)
  • Host & Musical Guest: Justin Timberlake
  • Actors Involved: Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Rachel Dratch, Jeff Richards, Horatio Sanz

17. Garth and Kat Sing About Hanukkah

  • Date: December 20, 2014
  • Season: 40 (10th Episode)
  • Host: Amy Adams
  • Musical Guest: One Direction
  • Actors Involved: Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Michael Che

16. Zagats w/ Hank and Beverly

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  • Date: February 25, 1995
  • Season: 20 (14th Episode)
  • Host: George Clooney
  • Musical Guest: The Cranberries
  • Actors Involved: Chris Farley, Adam Sandler

15. Jeffrey’s

  • Date: February 17, 2001
  • Season: 26 (12th Episode)
  • Host: Sean Hayes
  • Musical Guest: Shaggy
  • Actors Involved: Sean Hayes, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz

14. Regine Goes to the Club

  • Date: February 16, 2013
  • Season: 38 (14th Episode)
  • Host: Christoph Waltz
  • Musical Guest: Alabama Shakes
  • Actors Involved: Fred Armisen, Christoph Waltz, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Taran Killam, Tim Robinson, Bill Hader

13. An Immigrant’s Tale

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  • Date: May 9, 2009
  • Season: 34 (21st Episode)
  • Host: Justin Timberlake
  • Musical Guest: Ciara
  • Actors Involved: Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan, Casey Wilson, Will Forte

12. Behind the Music: More Cowbell

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  • Date: April 8, 2000
  • Season: 25 (16th Episode)
  • Host: Christopher Walken
  • Musical Guest: Christina Aguilera
  • Actors Involved: Christopher Walken, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz

11. Donnie’s Party

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  • Date: February 19, 2000
  • Season: 25 (13th Episode)
  • Host: Ben Affleck
  • Musical Guest: Fiona Apple
  • Actors Involved: Ben Affleck, Rachel Dratch, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz

10. Nerds of Seduction

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  • Date: April 7, 1979
  • Season: 4 (16th Episode)
  • Host: Richard Benjamin
  • Musical Guest: Rickie Lee Jones
  • Actors Involved: Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Richard Benjamin

9. Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker

  • Date: May 8, 1993
  • Season: 18 (19th Episode)
  • Host: Christina Applegate
  • Musical Guest: Midnight Oil
  • Actors Involved: Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, David Spade, Christina Applegate, Julia Sweeney

8. Close Encounters

  • Date: December 5, 2015
  • Season: 41 (7th Episode)
  • Host: Ryan Gosling
  • Musical Guest: Leon Bridges
  • Actors Involved: Ryan Gosling, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Aidy Bryant

7. Super Showcase

  • Date: February 18, 2012
  • Season: 37 (15th Episode)
  • Host: Maya Rudolph
  • Musical Guest: Sleigh Bells
  • Actors Involved: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer

6. Stefon’s Halloween Weekend Update

  • Date: October 20, 2012
  • Season: 38 (5th Episode)
  • Host & Musical Guest: Bruno Mars
  • Actors Involved: Bill Hader, Seth Meyers

5. Nerd’s Broken Fridge

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  • Date: October 7, 1978
  • Season: 4 (1st Episode)
  • Host & Musical Guest: The Rolling Stones
  • Actors Involved: Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Jane Curtin

4. Hot Tub Lovers

  • Date: October 13, 2001
  • Season: 27 (3rd Episode)
  • Host: Drew Barrymore
  • Musical Guest: Macy Gray
  • Actors Involved: Drew Barrymore, Will Ferrell, Rachel Dratch, Jimmy Fallon

3. Aquarium Repairman

  • Date: January 11, 2003
  • Season: 28 (9th Episode)
  • Host: Jeff Gordon
  • Musical Guest: Avril Lavigne
  • Actors Involved: Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Fred Armisen, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Jeff Gordon

2. Extremely Stupid

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  • Date: December 11, 1976
  • Season: 2 (10th Episode)
  • Host: Candice Bergen
  • Musical Guest: Frank Zappa
  • Actors Involved: Gilda Radner, Candice Bergen

1. Debbie Downer Visits Disney World

  • Date: May 1, 2004
  • Season: 29 (18th Episode)
  • Host: Lindsay Lohan
  • Musical Guest: Usher
  • Actors Involved: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Dratch, Fred Armisen, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, and Kenan Thompson