“Saturday Night Live” is celebrating its milestone 40th anniversary this season and as a huge fan of the show I wanted to celebrate it with a list of what I consider to be the show’s 40 most memorable moments. Trying to condense a show like “Saturday Night Live” into 40 memorable moments for its 40 years on television is a fool’s errand. One-hundred moments wouldn’t be enough. So there are going to be moments throughout this list that cause controversy because they are included when others aren’t, but that’s what happens when you have such a legendary show and it’s the debate caused by those moments chosen and those left out that truly makes a list fun and worthwhile.
18. Bill Brasky Buddies (Jan. 20, 1996 – December 12, 1998 & Dec. 7, 2013)
Bill Brasky is a son of a b****. He’s a larger than life man who makes the Most Interesting Man in the World from those Dos Equis commercials look like a little boy and his buddies, who like to get absolutely hammered and talk of Brasky’s epic feats at the bar are among the funniest characters to ever appear in the grand 40 year history of “Saturday Night Live.”
The Brasky buddies were always led by the hilarious Will Ferrell in the mid-to-late ‘90s typically with cast members of that era David Koechner and Mark McKinney by his side and one of the week’s hosts (usually Alec Baldwin or John Goodman). They would be drinking together at a bar or occasionally another venue, like their son’s little league baseball game, and get to bragging about their experiences will their shared friend Bill Brasky.
The group’s descriptions of Brasky always started out fairly normal with things like “I know Bill Brasky. He’s a big fella, goes about 6’4’’, 280. He loves his Scotch.” But, the descriptions of Brasky get more and more Paul Bunyan-esque as the sketch goes on and the drunk buddies try to one-up each other until the sketches reach absolute hilarity. By the end of the sketch Brasky would go from 6’4”, 280 to “a ten-foot-tall, two-ton son of a b**** who could eat a hammer and take a shotgun blast standing!”
The sketches would always end with the shadowy figure of Bill Brasky showing up at the bar and offering to buy a round for the buddies.
The sketches appeared five times from 1996 through 1998 and then in late 2013 after 15 years a miracle happened – in an episode hosted by actor Paul Rudd the Brasky Buddies returned. Rudd was appearing in support of the movie “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which co-starred former Brasky buddies Ferrell and Koechner. The three were joined by current ‘SNL’ cast member Taran Killam to recreate the sketch, which would probably become the funniest sketch of that season on the show.
Some of the very best Brasky-isms:
“I once saw him scissor-kick Angela Lansbury.”
“Bill Brasky once gave me a videotape of him having sex with my wife, and it was the most beautiful damn thing I ever saw!”
“Brasky got his wife pregnant and she gave birth to a delicious 16-ounce steak. The afterbirth was sauteed mushrooms.”
“I remember one time Brasky took his family to Sea World. They were watching Shamu the whale when Brasky got splashed. So Brasky yells, ‘I’m Bill Brasky and no one gets me wet!’ So he climbs into the tank, grabs Shamu, and throws the whale into the audience, splashes him and yells, ‘How do you like it?’ And then damn if Brasky didn’t step in there and finish the show.”
“Brasky once hosted the Grammy’s, and gave every award to Corey Hart!”
“If you drop a phonograph needle on Brasky’s nipple, it plays the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds”.”
19. Samurai Futaba
20. Wayne’s World