Regardless of the cast, the guest host, musical act or the writing, Saturday Night Live has produced some truly memorable moments since it debuted in 1975. Moments that are permanently etched in the pop culture consciousness. Some of the best moments were mistakes. The fact that show airs live means that there is no safety net or ability to fix things with editing. If a line gets flubbed or someone starts laughing, then that’s how viewers see it. And whether a moment is intentional or not, the show has provided many great memories over the decades. Here are the 10 best SNL moments ever.
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10. Steve Martin’s King Tut Skit (1978)
Comedian Steve Martin has been on SNL so often that most people assume he was part of the original cast. He wasn’t. Steve Martin has always been a guest host on the show. But he has still been part of many great SNL moments – none better than the “King Tut” skit he performed in 1978. The skit that features Steve Martin as a dancing singing King Tut is so memorable, it has been seen countless times by just about everyone. In fact, even people who have never seen the skit all the way through are familiar with it. What makes the skit truly memorable is the fact that Steve Martin pulls off the song perfectly. He doesn’t miss a beat, a note, or a word in it. And his Egyptian dancing is pretty cool too. A classic from the 1970s SNL.