‘SNL’ Shared Will Ferrell’s 1995 Audition Tape And It Is Absolutely Hysterical


Picking out a favorite Will Ferrell sketch is like choosing a favorite puppy at that store in the mall. You wish you could take all of them home with you, but instead you’ll probably just head to Sbarro and scarf down a few slices.

This Saturday night, SNL will bring back its most famous cast member to host for the fourth time, bringing in musical guest and Grammy nominee Chris Stapleton.

In anticipation for Ferrell’s return, SNL shared the comedian’s audition tape from 1995–containing impersonations from Chicago sportscaster Harry Caray, Senator Ted Kennedy, an Angry Dad at a BBQ, and his best cat impression.

Without further ado:

SNL cast members were also asked what their favorite Ferrell sketch was in his seven year tenure at the show.

Melissa Villaseñor: Bad Doctor Skit

Colin Jost: Dissing Your Dog

Chris Redd: Will Ferrell’s SNL Audition

See above.

Pete Davidson: Celebrity Jeopardy

Michael Che: Robert Goulet

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Kenan Thompson: Angry Dad At BBQ

Beck Bennett: Dysfunctional Family Dinner

Alex Moffat: Devil Can’t Write No Love Song

Mikey Day: James Lipton

Leslie Jones: Spartan Cheerleaders

Luke Null, Kyle Mooney: Gus Chiggins Old Prospector


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