15 Hilarious 'Saturday Night Live' Talk Shows

The original 'SNL' idea was to skewer TV itself – and talk shows were the top target

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'Wayne's World' (1989-1994, 2011)

The theme song said it all: "Wayne's World! Wayne's World! Party time! Excellent!" No one ever had more fun making television than misfit metalheads Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey), whose public-access show was broadcast from Wayne's parents' wood-paneled basement. Their enthusiasm for music, babes ("schwing!") and the video camera's zoom function ("EXTREME CLOSE-UP!") was contagious. So were their catch phrases; you could hardly say a sentence in the early '90s without throwing a "not!" or "way!" onto the end. Wayne's World aired 18 times in its heyday, and inspired a 1992 feature film that was actually funnier than what we saw on TV. How many SNL sketches can make that claim? (Answer: only Wayne's World and The Blues Brothers.)

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