We all love Amy Schumer, everyone knows how brilliant Key & Peele are, and you’ve watched Will Ferrell’s classic SNL sketches countless of times. But in this weekly column Sketchy MVPs, The Laugh Button shines a light on comedians from our favorites shows and troupes who don’t often get rightful credit for their contributions to sketch comedy.
Last week, The Tonight Show had Will Forte revisit one of his beloved characters from Saturday Night Live, Tim Calhoun. Hearing the whispery political candidate explain how he plans to “Make America Grate Cheese Again” and declare that “The Supreme Court needs a China person” reminded us of something: we REALLY miss Will Forte on SNL.
After all, there’s a reason Forte is so beloved by his former cast mates, critics and fans alike. From 2002 to 2010, Forte was reliable for his fearlessness and dedication to making the truly bizarre succeed on SNL. Seriously, there wasn’t a character or scenario too weird for Forte to grab his hands around. And frankly, they were the kind of sketches that only Forte could truly pull off.
While MacGruber didn’t make as great of a movie premise as it did a minute long sketch, Forte did gain acclaim in indie films like Nebraska. Forte’s also been getting lots of love on TV with FOX’s The Last Man On Earth. But take a look at a few of our favorite moments from Forte’s time on SNL below (we’ll spare you from watching Tim Calhoun again… though if you understandably want to, go here).
Ah MacGruber… the MacGyver parody no one ever thought they’d fall so in love after all these years. Granted, MacGruber’s attempts to cross over onto the big screen in 2010 didn’t pan out too well (at best, it’s gained a cult following), but watching MacGruber struggle with his son’s sexuality in the above clip makes us understand why Lorne Michaels might’ve thought a MacGruber movie was a good investment.
“ESPN Classic: 1988 Lady Stars Of Darts Championship”
In addition to bringing back Tim Calhoun, Forte also proved on The Tonight Show last week that he and Jason Sudekis truly love working together. And you could tell that they had a blast together as Pete Twinkle and Greg Stink, two late 80’s ESPN anchors providing color commentary on the biggest female athetic games.
“The Closet Organizer”
This physical bit, where Will Forte plays a human closet organizer whose sole purpose is to keep your closet clean 24/7, is actually made even better when the “Closet Organizer” gets recognized in a bar… poor guy just wants a quiet night out.
“Locker Room Motivation”
It’s not hard to understand why Forte himself would declare this one of his favorite sketchs. It’s such a simple yet silly premise that wouldn’t be even half as funny without Forte’s physical dedication to rallying up morale…through the art of dance.
“Hamilton Proposes To Gabourey Sidibe”
Hamilton Whiteman is so creepy, so politically incorrect (or more specifically: racist), and just straight up cringe worthy that he’s one of Seth Meyers’ favorite characters. In fact, Meyers loves the character so much, that Forte surprised him at his own wedding rehearsal dinner with a moving toast from Hamilton [Andy Samberg supposedly demanded that Hamilton toast him at his own wedding a few weeks after Meyers’].
“Potato Chip Chief”
Uproxx recently did a great, in-depth profile on how this bizarre 10-to-1 sketch even came to be, and how it’s a testament to how passionate Forte was about his work… even when it required him to yell at the top of his lungs while accusing someone of stealing his chips.
“Ancient Rome Emperor Loves Grapes”
This often forgotten sketch has a lot of things going for it: 1) a simple, yet ridiculous premise, 2) a truly silly voice from Forte, and 3) Ashton Kutcher attempting not to break character after hearing Forte proclaim that all he desires are “grapes fed to me by the slender fingers of a teenage, horse-penised boy.”