2. VH1 Storytellers: Neal Diamond
Neil Diamond, a performer known for being a bit of a square, reveals that the stories behind some of his greatest hits involve murder, drug use and xenophobia. John Goodman is great as Ferrell' shy guitarist. Not so great? The only version we could find online has Lorne Michaels talking for a few seconds right in the middle.
Why Only Ferrell Could Make it Golden: No one is better at selling the idea that his insane characters are completely oblivious to the fact that they're insane.
Highlight: Diamond screaming, "I will leave you in!"
1. Mr. Tarkanian, the Boss From Hell
Mr. Tarkanian' (Ferrell) attempts to woo a potential employee (Pierce Brosnan) are undermined by his repeated abuse of his employees. One of the most underrated Ferrell sketches, this one doesn't even make it onto reruns on E!, though we're guessing that the 33 times (we counted) he stabs one of his underlings with a trident has something to do with that.
Why Only Ferrell Could Make it Golden: It' unlikely that any other comedian would have kept stabbing once the audience stopped laughing around stab 17. Ferrell somehow knew it was going to get funny again, and he was right.
Highlight: The entrance of a trident-wielding Chris Parnell, although Ferrell telling a male coworker: "I am this close to raping you!" is right on its heels.