50 Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of All TimeFrom Bass-O-Matic to Buckwheat, Garth Algar to Garth & Kat, the best of SNL's (almost) 40 years
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49. Willie and Frankie
Original Airdate: October 20th, 1984
In the pre-Fallon era, cast members breaking character and laughing were rare occasions. And to catch a pro like Billy Crystal losing it at the end of this sketch, to the point that he can barely utter his last line, or even walk in the right direction offstage, is almost shocking. But then, it was Christopher Guest's incredible poker face that broke him down. Even before the sketch takes the dark turn that becomes its hook, Guest makes the most of a throwaway line like "a stallion needs to run," staring ahead intensely, leaning into the audience's laughter, "and run free."