Saturday Night Live, or SNL as it is commonly known, is a sketch comedy show that has been running on NBC since 1975. The show was created by Lorne Michaels and has been produced by him ever since. It is currently the longest-running American sketch comedy series. The show features a cast of comedians who perform sketches, usually satirical in nature, on current events, pop culture, and politics. The sketches are often topical and may be topical references to real people or characters from popular culture. SNL also features musical guests each week who perform live on the show. The show has been nominated for over 150 Emmy Awards and has won 34 of them. It is also one of the most popular shows on NBC's lineup, routinely ranking in the top 10 in the ratings.

In the early days of SNL, a sketch cut because the show was too long meant it was probably lost forever. These days, cut-for-time sketches are nearly as likely to go viral as the bits that make it to air. Here are 13 examples of axed comedy that became Internet-famous.

CUT FOR TIME TROUBLE DEALING WITH WHITE PEOPLE? CALL ON INNER WHITE GIRL REESE WITHERSPOON CRACKED.COM IT'S AN UNLIKELY COMEDY DUO, BUT LESLIE JONES AND REESE WITHERSPOON ARE PRETTY DAMN FUNNY NAVIGATING THE RACIALLY CHARGED WATERS OF A LOCAL BANK. SOMETIMES IT TAKES A TEAM TO GET YOUR FEES WAIVED

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CUT FOR TIME CHRIS BEARSTICK IS PRINCE SANTA JAMES FRANCO CRACKED.COM THE HOLIDAYS ARE OUR SUPER BOWL AT THE HALLMARK CHANNEL, WHERE EVERY DECEMBER NIGHT BRINGS A NEW COOKIE-CUTTE MOVIE. WHETHER SHE'S THAT GIRL FROM 'PARTY OF FIVE' OR HE'S THAT GUY FROM 'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, YOU'LL BE ASKING 'WAIT, HOW DO I KNOW THAT ACTOR?

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