The 5 biggest bloopers of Saturday Night Live
F-bombs, giggle fits, lip-synching and even more giggle fits
Thu May 8 2014
With Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" anchors Colin Jost and Cecily Strong on our cover this week, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite unscripted moments from the show's history.
5. Jenny Slate drops the f-bomb
During her debut sketch, former cast member Jenny Slate dropped the f-bomb. As soon as the curse left her mouth, a look of sick terror struck her face; luckily her scene partner, the always great Kristen Wiig, continued the sketch as if nothing had happened. Slate wasn’t long for the show; her contract was not renewed for a second season.
4. Nobody can keep it together during “The Californians”
There are some SNL sketches that, in all honesty, would be entirely forgettable if it wasn’t for every single person in the scene cracking up at everyone else. Bonus points here for Bill Hader, who is trying so hard not to bust out laughing, he almost looks like he’s going to cry.
3. Ashlee Simpson’s lip-synching debacle
It wasn’t like we didn’t all know that many pop stars lip-synch when performing “live,” but even so, when Ashlee Simpson’s voice came through the speakers with the microphone nowhere near her mouth, the singer and her band were noticeably rattled. Simpson did an awkward dance before rushing off the stage, leaving her guitarists to play a shortened instrumental version of “Pieces of Me.” In all honesty, it was probably far more entertaining than her intended performance.
2. Janet Jackson can’t get her mouth around “cork soaking”
Though Jimmy Fallon was famous for breaking during sketches, it was host Janet Jackson who couldn’t keep it together during this one. Fallon, Horatio Sanz and others played heavily accented Italians who happened to be enthusiastic about the art of “cork soaking” (sometimes they even soak each other's corks!). Each time Jackson was called on to say the phrase, she completely lost it.
1. Gus Chiggins never makes it out of dress rehearsal
Will Ferrell was the undisputed star of SNL during his seven-year run on SNL, but one of his funniest sketches never even made it on air. Throughout the filmed dress rehearsal of this scene, nearly everyone gives in to a fit of the giggles except Ferrell, who is clearly an inhuman comedy machine. Unfortunately, the sketch never made it onto the actual show.
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