50 Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of All Time

From Bass-O-Matic to Buckwheat, Garth Algar to Garth & Kat, the best of SNL's (almost) 40 years

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40. Brian Fellow's Safari Planet: Monkey and Box Turtle

Original Airdate: May 15th, 1999

Animal talk show host Brian Fellow was inspired by someone that Tracy Morgan's ex-wife knew in high school – Morgan built a character around her descriptions. "I said he was this weird gay dude who imagined stuff in his head and thought he knew everything. My man [SNL writer] Tim Herlihy picked right up on that shit," Morgan said in his autobiography, adding that Herlihy came up with the animal element. "A delusional gay guy interviewing animals? What the fuck is that, Tim?" Tracy Jordan's tenure on SNL, sorely underappreciated at the time, spawned a host of running characters who were hysterically strange but never quite took off, from Astronaut Jones to Dominican Lou. But few were stranger than Fellow, a dense young man who hosted a show about animals despite seeming to lack even the most basic understanding of the animals or their surroundings ("The rainforest, that sounds wet!"). Few SNL cast members have had a greater knack for delivering a sublimely stupid line, and Jordan gave it all with signoffs like "Join us next week, when our guests will be a dog, and a baby dog."

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