Nothing, and I say this without an ounce of hyperbole, makes me laugh harder than watching other people laugh. Especially when they desperately do not want to. Someone losing their mind, all while fruitlessly fighting to keep it together, is the funniest thing in the world. Which is why an unintentional and poorly timed break on live television might be the best of all. The stakes are so much higher, and the laughter so much more honest.
Which is what this super-cut of SNL actors breaking on the show is all about (and no, it is not just five minutes of Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz intentionally breaking character, which is the opposite of the funniest thing in the world).
Put together by the YouTube channel KateMcKinnonTV, this is actually the second such montage they’ve made, and this edition has even more Stefon—the only character the show ever had where they were trying to get the actor to break (many of the jokes Bill Hader was reading off the cue cards were ones he had never seen and were designed to make him laugh). You can watch the first installment below:
Now I just want to start watching all of the best sketches in which cast members broke.
…Oh, wait, this is the internet. We can totally do that!
And we have to include the original “Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker,” where Phil Hartman and Julia Sweeney didn’t break one bit (how!), but David Spade and Christina Applegate almost died from trying to keep it together.