Though the quality of Saturday Night Live is slightly more erratic than a cocaine binge weekend, one thing that can usually be counted on are their commercial parodies. Short and to the point, the canvas they give the "not ready for prime time performers" is structured and finite, taking away the challenge of how to end them (an achilles heel for many of the skits).
So I decided to take a closer look at them, and rank the top 13 commercial parodies from over the years Some you'll recognize, others you might scratch your head at...
13. Whopper virgins
I enjoy the slight "Gods Must Be Crazy" vibe this ad strikes. Perhaps a touch overacted, it still presents the introduction of a whopper into a cultural who has never seen it better than Burger King ever could.
12. Pony Express
This is one of those "10 of 1" clips that polarize an audience. I happen to think it's brilliant.
11. Black Eyed Peas
I'm pretty sure this is probably not just a parody, but a glimpse into the future of the Black Eyed Peas.
The Bassomatic isn't funny because it's clever or anything; the Bassomatic is funny because Dan Akroyd puts a fish in a blender.
9. Uncle Jemima's Mash Liquor
I never thought SNL truly captured the essence of what made Tracy Morgan Tracy Morgan. This commercial for mash liquor comes close though. Parodying both Aunt Jemima AND Uncle Remus, the ad definitely plays to Morgan's strengths.
8. First Citywide - Change
Subtle in its delivery, First Citywide nails the bank commercials of the early 90s. I mean seriously, how could anyone think making change was funny? It's all about the execution on this one.
Sure it's an old joke, but when you can get a master thespian of Baldwin's caliber delivering perfectly-timed responses, it's bliss.
6. Colon Blow
You know it's coming, you just don't know when it's coming.
5. Dissing your Dog
I know it's chic to hate Will Ferrell, but I just can't do it. Mostly for videos like this one. Who hasn't ever been passive aggressive with their dog? Oh. Um, me neither.
4. Wade Blasingame Dog Attorney
It's tough to make something funnier than Chris Parnell squatting in a yard wearing nothing but (possibly) spandexed underwear.
3. Little Chocolate Donuts
Quite possibly the one that started them all (for me at least), in that it was filmed and definitively spoofed an actual product.
2. Happy Fun Ball
DO NOT TAUNT HAPPY FUN BALL!
1. Bad Idea Jeans
Still in my lexicon, still in many people's lexicon. The only thing bad about this is the fact that the jeans are just horrible looking. No one in their right mind would wear something like that. I mean seriously, what a bad idea...wait a minute...
So, I'm sure I've missed your favorites, so why not tell me about it in the comments?