20. NPR's Delicious Dish: Schweddy Balls
Original Airdate: December 12th, 1998
Ana Gasteyer, who wrote and starred in this legendarily naughty sketch, went on the actual NPR in 2012 to dish on the origins of this public radio send-up: "It was sort of a combination between [NPR's] "The Splendid Table" and a show that was aptly named, a show called "Good Food," on KCRW… You don't need to go to a commercial," she said about the secret to public radio's studiously understated intonation. "You don't need to leave, you just need to take your time and explore a subject to the point that people want to weep with boredom." Alec Baldwin, of course, was Pete Schweddy, a man who was producing a holiday treat – balls, branded with his name and sold in sacks. Those who didn't get the joke on first utterance would get multiple chances. So iconic was this simple bit of wordplay that Ben & Jerry's produced an ice cream in honor of the skit in 2011. "My parents tried it, which I thought was the funniest thing in the world," Gasteyer said. "My mom called. She said, 'Dad laid in a supply of Schweddy Balls.' OK, and then she goes, 'Zowee, is it rich.'"