Highlight: When Ferrell, channeling a petulant child, brings the cowbell just inches from Chris Parnell' face and plays it slowly.
5. Harry Caray - Space: The Infinite Frontier
For some reason, Harry Caray has a science talk show, and for some reason he is interviewing a legitimate scientist about whether he would eat the moon if it were made of ribs. Ferrell makes the concept of acting seem ridiculous by completely disappearing into what is quite possibly the most absurd character ever created.
Why Only Ferrell Could Make it Golden: His complete commitment to character. The intensity with which he channels Harry Caray makes De Niro in Taxi Driver look like a freshman in a school play.
Highlight:"What's your favorite planet? Mine's the sun."
4. Robert Goulet Coconut Banger's Ball
Picking perhaps the only celebrity as mind-bogglingly random as Harry Caray, Ferrell dons a smooth turtleneck, a rad set of shades and a bitchin' mustache in what has become a favorite sketch for stoned people everywhere. Insanely, Goulet tries to sell his new "rap" CD by crooning songs like "The Thong Song," and even dropping the N-bomb twice.
Why Only Ferrell Could Make it Golden: It had to have been next to impossible to avoid laughing during this sketch, especially while trying to feed cereal to a stuffed ram. A lesser man (read: Jimmy Fallon) wouldn't have been so committed to something so absurd.
Highlight: Goulet repeatedly yelling out his own name for no reason whatsoever.
3. Family Portrait
A family tries to have a normal dinner conversation as tension slowly builds. Ferrell and his wife exchange quiet insults like "I wish you weren't a liar" in between loud shouting matches. Ferrell, one of the best screamers around, somehow turns a declaration of the car he drives into one of the funniest moments in his time on the show.
Why Only Ferrell Could Make it Golden: In addition to the shouting, he' probably the only person who could have infused statements like, "Could you let me finish the story?" with such repressed anger.
Highlight: "I drive"I drive"I drive a Dodge Stratus!"
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.
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