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Top Ten Funniest SNL Musical Sketches Of All Time

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

SNL doesn't always hit the mark, but when it does it's quite hilarious. Musical sketches are holding out strong as some of the most highly laughable moments on the show in its forty-five-year history. Here are the top ten funniest SNL musical sketches in history.


Kyle Mooney is known for playing nerdy characters on SNL and he always nails it. In this 90s themed skit, Kyle plays Scotty a dorky teen who is afraid to show his big-shot dad (Woody Harrelson) his failed math test. Scotty expresses his need for affection and attention from his father through a well-versed rap. There is an equally funny sequel to this skit about Scotty's jealously for his younger brother, Jason who is played by Harry Styles.

Unity Song

In this musical sketch, the cast belts out a list of things that unite the United States, such as the word "moist", child actors who speak like adults, the kid who studies abroad and comes back with an accent, and of course wet jeans. It's true, Republicans and Democrats both hate the sound the chip reader makes.

Don't Stop Me Now Cold Open

In this parody take on the classic Queen song, Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) and his staffers sing about all of the outrageous things they are doing that can't be stopped by the Democrats. Kanye (Chris Redd) makes an appearance showing his support for the man he would ironically run against in 2020 and Rudy Guiliani (Kate McKinnon) serenades the audience with a guitar solo and a verse on the rising price of produce due to tariffs.

Weekend Update: The Village People on Donald Trump Using Their Music

This skit is one of the best Weekend Update bits of season 46. Keenan Thompson and the other male cast members act as the band, The Village People, and express their disapproval of Trump's use of the song, YMCA, to hype up his followers during his 2020 campaign rallies. Mikey Day really shines even as a background character in this sketch. He plays the cowboy and his dance moves steal the show even though he lacks solo lines.

Airport Sushi

John Mulaney's musical sketches are always funny, even if they're a little odd. With parodies of classic broadway songs from the Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Annie, Wicked, and Little Shop of Horrors, this sketch pokes fun at LaGuardia Airport's many flaws. It's easy to tell they put a lot of time into writing and producing the sketch plus there's even a surprise guest appearance from Jack Gyllenhaal.

Sump'n Claus

There's something about Kenan Thompson's mannerisms as Sump'n Claus that are simply hysterical. In this musical holiday sketch, Sump'n Claus describes how he gifts cash to even people who have made some mistakes like-you know-casually slashing someone's tires or throwing a little tantrum in the office.

Civil War Soldiers

Jimmy Fallon and Beck Bennet are fantastic in this sketch that explains how the first great hook was written although Fallon almost breaks a few times. Harry Styles makes a guest appearance as a confederate prisoner-of-war and sings Party at my Parents' House with his union adversaries.

Neurotology Music Video

This sketch makes fun of the Scientology cult and where many of its former members are today. It's dark humor, but there's a lot of truth in the jokes they make in this video. The 90s clothing and Colin Jost's subtle acting throughout the video make this video special.

How a Bill Does Not Become a Law

In this spoof on Schoolhouse Rock's famous, How a Bill Becomes a Law segment, SNL explains what an executive order is- something that just kind of happens and can create national parks, new holidays, or grant legal status to 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Diner Lobster

This skit made Pete Davidson break hard and it makes sense it's completely ridiculous but also kind of genius. Pete's character order a lobster from a diner, which everybody knows is a bad idea, then the lobster and diner employees protest through song and dance parodies of the hit musical, Les Miserables. In the end, Clausette's emotional performance moves the customer (Davidson) to order veal instead.