With Saturday Night Live star Will Forte’s MacGruber arriving in theaters this weekend, Rolling Stone asked Best Week Ever comic Paul Scheer to break down the five best SNL sketch-to-screen adaptations. Scheer, who will take the stage at Bonnaroo next month and has a role in a campy remake of Piranha 3-D on the way, ran down five classics and only cheated once:
Blues Brothers: Jake and Elwood Blues were on a mission from God. To do what? I honestly don’t know, but the movie is awesome. Car chases, R&B music, Nazis, hillbillies, Steven Spielberg acting, and a gun-toting Carrie Fisher. This movie has everything you could possibly want in a film and most of it blows up or gets destroyed.
Wayne’s World: Mike Myers and Dana Carvey brought potentially one-dimensional characters to the big screen and the results were hilarious. Not only did it introduce me to Queen and the comedic stylings of Rob Lowe, but I was forever changed by the “selling out” bit which has to be one of the most memorable movie scenes of all time. Plus it has a Scooby Doo ending! I haven’t seen that since the end of Hurt Locker.
Superstar: Molly Shannon destroys as Mary Katherine Gallagher in this big-screen adaptation of one of her funniest characters. Partnered with Will Ferrell these two could take on the cast of Glee any day of the week. I’m still mad Shannon lost the Blockbuster Video Award for best Actress to Heather Graham. Can you say, “RIGGED!?”
A Night at the Roxbury: Steve and Doug Butabi, (the original Pauly D and the Situation) were given the chance to expand their almost wordless sketch into a major motion picture. Most people, including myself, had no interest in seeing this movie. But then late one night I finally saw it, airing on one of those late night Comedy Central marathons and I realized what I was missing. Roxbury is amazingly absurd and stupid in the best possible way.
Bob Roberts: What the? Yes, Bob Roberts is technically an SNL movie considering Tim Robbins originally debuted this character on SNL as a short film in 1986. (All right, maybe I’m cheating) If you only need one reason to see this mockumentary about an archconservative folk singer turned politician, let me just tell you this: author Gore Vidal not only acts in this move but also improvises all of his dialogue. BOO-YA! What up book readers?! Come and get it!