It’s a big birthday for “Saturday Night Live,” which is celebrating four decades of laughter this weekend.
SNL has been a launching pad for funny men and women since the days of Dan Akroyd and Steve Martin through to Tina Fey and Will Ferrell. While much has been made about the sketch series’ side-splitting antics, you might not remember some of its more brilliant shoe moments.
FN has rounded up the times SNL stepped up its shoe-vocab for better or — often times — worse. Take a look and tell us which are your favorite skits @FootwearNews.
One of the show’s more well-known footwear skits, Manolo Blahniks — or Manual Blondicks — involves two former porn-star presenters wearing black-and-red body-con dresses butchering a luxury commercial, with a fine line from Tina Fey: “Did somebody say, ‘Shoe let the dogs out?'”
You’ll learn that “Other shoes are flat and for nurses,” and it then turns progressively worse (and NSFW) from there.
2. Melissa McCarthy’s monologue in Brian Atwood heels
The “Bridesmaids” star, who was roommates with Brian Atwood in college, opted to wear a towering pair of platforms from the designer’s collection when she opened the show in 2013. “That seemed like a lot shorter of a song” McCarthy said as she wobbled her way down the steps and past the band to give her monologue.”I should have tried these shoes on,” she said grasping a chair for balance.
3. New Balance commercial
Starring Zach Galifianikis of “The Hangover” fame, this spot pokes fun at the running shoe’s target demographic. “Worn by chubby white guys in their late 30s to early 40s.” Other details bound to make this a top running shoe? “New Balance has advanced cushioning in the forefront, because if you were running, you’d need that,” and this: “New Balance, because your feet literally won’t fit into any other shoes.”
4. Nikey Turkey
This “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”-style ditty features Chris Rock rapping about Thanksgiving dinner in a sketch that looks every bit of its 1990 air date.
“So if your holiday table isn’t looking pretty full, get a Nikey Turkey — it’s adjustable. Pump it up.”
5. The Wishing Boot
Earlier this year, country crooner Blake Shelton poked fun at his musical roots with a song dedicated to a Midwestern singer’s favorite footwear: the boot. But this boot’s special, as it can solve all your problems — naturally.
“Then one day, I heard a knock on the door, opened it up and saw a boot on the floor: It was the wishing boot!”