In the seven years Will Ferrell was on "Saturday Night Live," he created more memorable characters than just about any other cast member, so choosing the five best Will Ferrell skits is not an easy task. In fact some of his characters are so good they have outlived his "SNL" tenure and get revived when he comes back to host the show.
- "More cowbell!" The "VH1 Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult" sketch might be not just the best Will Ferrell "SNL" skit, but one of the funniest "SNL" bits ever. It features Christopher Walken as the Bruce Dickinson, producer of the band's hit "Don't Fear the Reaper," and Ferrell as the cowbell player with a belly peaking out from below a too tight shirt. In Dickinson's words, "I got a fever, and the only prescription… is more cowbell!"
- George W. Bush. Will Ferrell did his George W. Bush impersonation for the first time during the Bush/Gore debates in 2000 when he coined the word "Strategery." Lucky for Ferrell, Bush won the election and stuck around for eight years making for some of the best Will Ferrell "SNL" skits. Perhaps the pinnacle of that period happened after Ferrell was no longer a cast member, but came back for a show opener to display his support for John McCain (Darrell Hammond) and Sarah Palin (Tina Fey).
- "Celebrity Jeopardy." Will Ferrell has portrayed Alex Trebek thirteen times and hopefully will make future appearances, because it is clearly one of the best Will Ferrell "SNL" skits of all time. From the early occurrences with Darrell Hammond and Norm MacDonald as Sean Connery and Burt Reynolds respectively, to the more recent version with Tom Hanks playing himself, Ferrell's imitation of Trebek is hilarious!
- "Inside the Actors Studio." Yet another of the best Will Ferrell "SNL" skits is his spot as James Lipton, host of "Inside the Actors Studio." While playing Lipton, Ferrell has interviewed everyone from Drew Barrymore playing Kate Hudson to Tobey Maguire as Dustin Diamond, more commonly known as Screech from "Saved by the Bell." But the best interview by far was with Alec Baldwin as Charles Nelson Reilly. It was "scrumptulescent."
- U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. In a recurring sketch that rounds out the best Will Ferrell "SNL" skits, he played former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, usually on the fictitious show "Janet Reno's Dance Party." His over the top, butch Reno, often accompanied by Darrell Hammond's Bill Clinton, welcomed guests like New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and even Reno herself.
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