14. Super Bass-O-Matic '76
Original Airdate: April 17th, 1976
"To those on the 17th floor, the 'Bass-O-Matic' was so exhilaratingly strange that many remember sitting and listening, open-mouthed, when Danny [Aykroyd] presented it at the Monday writers' meeting," wrote Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad in A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live. "Nobody felt jealous of it because they couldn't imagine writing anything remotely like it." According to producers and cast members, Dan Aykroyd was SNL's sharpest writer and performer at the time. At 23, he was also their youngest, a not ready for prime time Orson Welles. But he didn't come into his own until he parodied late-night pitchman Ron Popeil with this mutant of his Veg-O-Matic and the Pocket Fisherman. The sketch only lasts 90 seconds but it's enough time to blend a fresh bass into a bubbly pink smoothie. From then on, the gross-out sketch became a regular feature on SNL, stretching from the projectile vomiting Rookie Cops to the Kissing Family's on-air make-out sessions.