• Top five SNL Digital Shorts of the decade
  • Top five SNL Digital Shorts of the decade
    Written by battye
    Wed Dec 23, 2009 6:12 am

    The good thing about Saturday Night Live's recurring "Digital Short" segment is that there's something for everyone.

    Here are my favourites:

    #1 - Dear Sister (April 14, 2007)
    A spoof of a season finale of The OC, Dear Sister featured Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen and Shia LeBeouf dramatically shooting and re-shooting each other. The satirical aspect of this video made it hilarious and spawned hundreds more spoofs on YouTube. No matter how many times I watch it I still laugh, making it my favourite SNL Digital Short. Watch at: http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/18964/

    #2 Laser Cats (multiple airings)
    The Laser Cat stories are so pathetic they are funny, but the fact that it is so amateurish is where the charm lies. Bill Hader and Andy Samberg star as the superheroes with laser shooting cats as their only weapons, trying to convince Lorne Michaels that it would be a great movie concept. The best part? The cats eating cat food in order to refuel. Watch at http://www.hilarious.net/snls-laser-cat ... ollection/ (US only)

    #3 Japanese Office (May 17, 2008)
    I only discovered this recently, as a relative newcomer to The Office and having never seen Steve Carell's early 2008 hosting of SNL. But Japanese Office (watch at http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/ ... ce/252558/) is simply brilliant. From Ricky Gervais one-liners ("it's funny... 'cause it's racist") to the remarkable impressions (Bill Hader as "Dwight", Jason Sudekis as "Jim", Kenan Thompson as "Stanley the Manley") this Digital Short has to be one of the all time classics.

    #4 People Getting Punched Right Before Eating (October 13, 2007)
    From the zombie dance to the murder to running through Paris, this sketch is quite unpredictable. Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bLTQ14TEyY

    #5 Dick in a Box (December 16, 2006)
    This short won an emmy, and really it is a video you have to see to believe. View it on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhwbxEfy7fg - it has a lazy 19 million views. It was recently featured on SNL Presents a Gilly Christmas, and cements Justin Timberlake as one of SNL's best hosts in recent years.

    Which are your favourites SNL Digital Shorts?

    Thanks to John George Peppers at http://www.saturday-night-live.com for his assistance. His site http://snl.onomatopoeia.biz/ will be online soon.
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