The best SNL skits where they laugh so much that other cast members break are the best. Saturday Night Live cast members who break character have a domino effect and the SNL sketches where they laugh is one of the reasons people still watch. A live show with this many smart asses and chances for things to go sideways is going to have some beautiful train wrecks.
Out of all of the Saturday Night Live cast, who were the breakers and who were the breakees? Imagine being on that live stage opposite Chris Farley. It was Farley’s job to break down other cast members and he took sheer delight in it. Will Ferrell also took out his fellow cast members, but usually quite by accident. He gets right up in Chris Parnell’s face in the cowbell sketch but Parnell is made of iron.
Rachel Dratch regularly broke people up and usually leads the SNL sketches where they laugh on the show. Her sketches with Will Ferrell as the over-sharing meat-loving professors, The Love-ahs, never failed to bust up anyone in the scene with them. They also managed to freak themselves out and barely make it through the bit. Jimmy Fallon got crushed by this formidable duo during an early Love-ahs sketch. Fallon, Adam Sandler, and Eddie Murphy didn’t need much help from their Saturday Night Live cast members – they cracked themselves up.
The only person who could hold their own against an SNL comedy attack was Christopher Walken. He shined liked a beacon in a Love-ahs sketch as Walter. He never cracked once in the cowbell sketch. He is a mighty fortress against SNL cast members who break character.
Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker Debut
This was the first time Chris Farley debuted his motivational speaker character, Matt Foley, on Saturday Night Live. He had perfected the character at Second City but David Spade had no idea what it was going to entail. Host Christina Applegate was even more in the dark.
When Farley swung into full-on Foley, Spade and Applegate lost it and never recovered. Applegate had to hide her face with her hair. Spade, who is more featured in the shot, was completely shut down. Farley’s goal was to break his fellow cast members and he was a master at it. Watch the full sketch here.
Rachel Dratch took down everyone, including herself in this hilarious sketch featuring her character Debbie Downer. She couldn’t even nail her close-up, the bit that sells the sketch where Debbie buzzkills every joyous moment at this Disneyland vacation. Like comedy food poisoning, everyone is lost, along with host Lindsay Lohan. The downhill break-fest happens pretty quickly.
Pretty much out of the gate, Fallon and Dratch crack and it’s a race to the bottom after that.
Hot Tub Lovers
Rachel Dratch and Will Ferrell were hell-bent on being the most cringe-inducing couple as Roger and Virginia, the Love-ahs. In this hot tub sketch, they try to lure Jimmy Fallon’s character, as well as a fully-clothed Barbara Hernandez (Drew Barrymore), into a four way. Fallon, who looks like he was not present at rehearsal and is hearing all of this weird stuff for the first time, breaks a little more than midway through the sketch. Then Barrymore goes.
Dratch and Ferrell lose it mid-way when they try to mutually nibble spiced meats. Fallon just can’t believe what he’s hearing and doesn’t even attempt to keep it together. Barrymore tries to hang in there. The next crash and burn happens two minutes from the end when Ferrell’s weird lilting voice and strange words make everyone bust. Dratch goes again at toward the end causing Ferrell to break and then it’s just on until the end of the sketch.