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Recurring SNL "TV Funhouse" Skits

  • "The X-Presidents" features former US Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush as crime-fighting superheroes, imbued with superpowers by a "hurricane-powered dose of radiation" received at a celebrity golf tournament. Each of their wives is a member as well. Bill Clinton, despite his status as a living former president, is not a member since he did not receive the hurricane-powered dose of radiation, as he was in office during the initial incident. In one episode, Clinton is shown unsuccessfully attempting to establish himself with the cabal. "The X-Presidents" has been adapted to comic books by Random House Comics. Because of his death in 2004, Reagan himself is no longer a member of the X-Presidents but does appear as an Ex-X President. With Ford's death in late 2006, it is apparent that he too is now an Ex-X-President.
  • "The Ambiguously Gay Duo," the vaguely homosexual superheroes Ace and Gary (voiced by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell respectively, fight crime while their adversaries try to figure out their true sexuality. All the shorts were re-written from The Dana Carvey Show. Ironically, in the live-action version on the SNL episode hosted by Ed Helms, Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon play Ace and Gary while the Colbert and Carell played Dr. Brainio and Bighead)
  • "The All New Adventures of Mr. T," a parody of the Ruby-Spears animated series Mister T, depicting the former The A-Team star as desperate to find work, aggressively auditioning for unlikely parts such as classical theatre and tampon commercials. Whenever he encounters obstacles such as directors telling him auditions are already over, he simply responds with the phrase, "Ain't got time for jibber-jabber, I need work!"
  • "The Michael Jackson Show," a parody of typical Hanna-Barbera productions, highlighting the misadventures of Michael Jackson and his odd friends. Included in this rag-tag crew are an aged Emmanuel Lewis, an anthropomorphic llama, his chimp Bubbles, and the living skeleton of the Elephant Man.
  • "Anatominals," – a parody of a Yogi Bear–type Hanna-Barbera–style cartoon where the animal characters are anatomically correct. Both episodes that featured this short-lived cartoon series (the season 26 finale hosted by Christopher Walken and the season 27 episode hosted by Alec Baldwin) had animated scenes interspersed of Lorne Michaels deeply disappointed in the show. On the Walken episode, Michaels decides to quit Saturday Night Live because of this sketch (and returns when he grows bored of the Peace Corps). On the Baldwin episode, Michaels tries to keep this show hidden from Hillary Clinton, who is visiting the show).

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