Anyone who knows me knows that I love Saturday Night Live. They also know that I claim to have started Scientology (but that’s a story for a different day). Anywho, one of the great moments in any SNL season is when a cast member genuinely breaks in a sketch. For those of you who don’t know the term “break”, it means to break character, but more simply put, it means you laugh. Lorne Michaels (creator and producer of SNL) is known for not enjoying breaking as he thinks it’s a cheap way to get laughs and cast members know this, so when they break, it usually is pretty organic and genuine.
With that said, some fan has put together a great couple of video compilations of SNL cast members breaking. It is a good mix of old and more recent sketches. Full disclosure, if you haven’t seen the sketches, these breaks may not be as funny out of context, but for big fans of the show (I think there is about 6 of us left), you will really enjoy them. So please do partake in these great videos before NBC shuts them down.
For an insider’s look at “breaking” on SNL, check out the third video below titled “That’s When You Break” which was a digital short by The Lonely Island (featuring Adam Sandler) from SNL’s 40th anniversary. Enjoy!