Saturday Night Live

Episode 16

The Best of Christopher Walken

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Sep 07, 2004 on NBC
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The Best of Christopher Walken
A small handful of actors and musicians have managed to become an important part of the history of Saturday Night Live without ever having been cast members. With his numerous stints as a host, Christopher Walken has become one of those personalities. In this special, sketches include "The Continental," "Ed Glosser Trivial Psychic," "Rita Snowed In," "Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult," "Leon Loves Mango," "Patio Lovers," "Centaur Job Interview," "Hardball," "Pranksters," "Raft Captain," and "Colonel Angus." The bonus features in the DVD version of this special includes two rejected dress rehearsal sketches and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "The Continental" sketch.moreless

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  • 80 people can't be wrong

    A Review by the Former "Heystu," Amateur Critic and League Leader in Balks

    I'm not going to trim the meat here, Christopher Walken is, simply put, "da man." In his six hosting appearances from 1990 to 2003, the star of "The Deer Hunter," "True Romance," etc. proved himself that for a heralded thespian he was fair game, portraying everything from a slimy though well-off skirtchaser to a Confederate General with an unfortunate name. Both of those characters are portrayed in this top-notch clip job from May 2004, and this greatest hits sampler of sorts also includes a "Mango" sketch from Season 26, "Census Taker" from Season 25, and the undeservedly forgotten "Boulevard of Broken Balls" from Season 18.

    If I have one nitpick, it's that the special was not long enough to feature all of his greatest moments. His first appearance back in January 1990 is completely omitted, though his most memorable moments in that episode consisted entirely of a so-so James Bond spoof and the rough-draft debut appearance of the aforementioned Continental, whose later encounters were utterly sublime. Another memorable sketch that didn't make the cut was "Jenny Jones" from Season 25, which featured CW in a hilarious supporting role as a slang-spewing audience member.

    For anyone who wants to read transcripts of past Walken episodes, I would suggest the SNL Transcripts ( Even though it's free, it's worth the price of admission.

    Have a great summer and see y'all in October!

    Contact me at sma17kc@netscape.netmoreless
  • I gotta have more cowbell!

    That's all I can think of whenever I hear the names Christopher Walken and and Saturday Night Live together. It was so great watching the rest of the cast crack up as Christopher kept his complete calm. It made it all the more hilarious to watch. He was probably one of the best actors for a sketch comedy show like Saturday Night Live, master at keeping his composure.
  • Best Guest Host... Ever!

    "I gotta have more cowbell" Comedy skits do not get any better than that. Christopher Walken and Will Ferrel were hilarious in the classic look at the making of Blue Oyster Cults "Don't Fear The Reaper". Absolutely no one else on the set could keep a straight face. Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan, no one. Yet Walken played it straight face and to perfection. Overall he is very entertaining. From his dancing and singing to his falling in love with Mango. There are so many memorable moments that it was only appropriate that there be an entire episode (and of course DVD) dedicated to his best skits.moreless
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Lexie Drago

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Don Pardo

Don Pardo


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Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken


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Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks


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    • In Latin America, this episode first aired on October 1, 2007 on CANAL SONY.

    • Dress rehearsal sketches included on DVD: a fake ad for a movie about Fonzie from "Happy Days" in which Walken plays the title character (Fonzie), David Caruso (Will Ferrell) plays Potsie, and Al Pacino (Chris Kattan) plays Ralph Malph; Walken as an unusual angel trying to comfort a hospital patient (Ana Gasteyer); and an alternate version of "Dirty Centaur Job Interview."

    • The DVD releases features additional sketches not included on the broadcast version (The Centaur sketch, The Crazy Sea Captain, etc.). Extras include dress rehearsal sketches and a "Making of the Continental" segment.

    • Walken is the second frequent-hoster to have a 90-minute SNL special devoted to him. Steve Martin, on November 28, 1998, was the first.