SNL Jeopardy Parody – 40th Anniversary Edition

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Darrell Hammond's Sean Connery always exasperates Will Ferrell's Alex Trebek

Darrell Hammond’s Sean Connery always exasperates Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek

The 2018-19 season (#44) of Saturday Night Live is still several weeks away but we’re gonna give a little love to the long-running sketch comedy series. It’s easy – and way overdone – to mock the show with the “Saturday Night Dead” insult that was clever for about half a second.

One of the series’ hallmarks is developing recurring sketches that became water cooler fodder over the years and now get shared on social media and blogs. We all have our favorites: Dana Carvey’s Church Lady; Mr. Bill; Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman as the Coneheads; Martin Short’s Ed Grimley; Mike Myers’ Wayne’s World; and Gilda Radner’s Roseanne Rosannadana, to name just a few.

SNL‘s Celebrity Jeopardy sketch made its debut on December 7, 1996 with Will Ferrell playing Alex Trebek, the real life host of the popular syndicated series, since 1984. The sketch ran roughly twice a year through the 2001-02 season. Celebrities were portrayed by SNL cast members and guest hosts: Norm Macdonald does a great gum-chewing Burt Reynolds, for instance, and Ben Stiller has famously impersonated Tom Cruise.

In honor of Reynolds, who died September 6, 2018 at 82, watch this 1999 edition of the sketch

[Trebek revealed on July 30, 2018, that he is considering retiring from his role in two years when his current contract expires. He turned 80 on July 22, 2020.]

The most memorable celebrity guest has been Sean Connery by SNL‘s Darrell Hammond who takes great pleasure in tormenting Ferrell’s Trebek by misreading categories and subbing in sexual references (“Famous Titles” becomes “Famous Titties”).

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Darrell Hammond’s Sean Connery somehow skewers this category

After a nearly six-year absence, Celebrity Jeopardy returned for the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special in February 2015. And, of course, Connery mistakes the category “Who Reads” as “Whore Ads.”

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The series scored big ratings last season thanks in part to the U.S. Presidential race and President Trump’s first months in office. Kate McKinnon seamlessly transitioned from portraying Hillary Clinton to adviser Kellyanne Conway; Alec Baldwin has earned praise from the left and disdain from the right for his recurring role as Donald Trump. (McKinnon earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the 2015-16 television season.)

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