This inspired us to review our favorite sketches and recurring characters from the last 35 years and choose the ideas that must have been pitched at some point to producer Lorne Michaels. If they weren't, they should have been, and Michaels should have listened -- because they would have been better than 'It's Pat' or 'The Ladies Man.' 'MacGruber,' a film based on Will Forte's recurring 'Saturday Night Live' character, is opening this weekend, and so far the reviews are positive. No one could have predicted a parody on a TV show that has been canceled since 1992 would become so popular, let alone become a movie. Especially since the main character is constantly blowing himself up within 30 seconds.
This inspired us to review our favorite sketches and recurring characters from the last 35 years and choose the ideas that must have been pitched at some point to producer Lorne Michaels. If they weren't, they should have been, and Michaels should have listened -- because they would have been better than 'It's Pat' or 'The Ladies Man.'
Click here to enjoy our movie concepts inspired by 'SNL,' and please write your own in the comments below.
1. 'Delicious Dish'
The Pitch: NPR's loneliest hosts Margaret-Jo McCullen (Ana Gasteyer) and Teri Rialto (Molly Shannon) become Internet superstars when people realize the unintentional hilarity of their show. Drunk on fame, they become cockier than Howard Stern and develop bigger pill addictions than Rush Limbaugh. Along for the ride are Pete Schweddy (Alec Baldwin) and Florence Dusty (Betty White), whose Schweddy Balls and Dusty Muffins have also become ironically popular.
2. 'Synchronized Swimmers'
The Pitch: A perfect follow-up to 'This is Spinal Tap,' the mockumentary follows two eccentric brothers (Harry Shearer and Martin Short) and their insane choreographer (Christopher Guest) who dream big and crash the synchronized swimming competition at 1988's Summer Olympics. Incredibly, they win, but at what cost?
3. 'Bassomatic '
The Pitch: After the unfathomable success of his product the Super-Bassomatic '76, a TV pitchman (Dan Aykroyd) finds himself rich and famous. He begins partying with Rick James, blending various fish with various drugs. However, after his Super-Lobsteromatic fails, he finds himself living under Pier 66.
4. 'Jeanie Darcy'
The Pitch: Awful comedian Jeanie Darcy (Molly Shannon) finally gets her big break when a producer for 'Star Search' mistakes her for a popular male comedian. When she begins bombing onstage, she takes Ed McMahon hostage at gunpoint in tribute to 'The King of Comedy.'
5. 'The Unlikely Chippendale'
The Pitch: The movie begins immediately after Barney (Chris Farley) loses the dance-off to Adrian (Patrick Swayze). A flashback shows how a fat man became a dancer. He grew up in a strip club with his mother. Swallowing his pride, he becomes Adrian's choreographer and finally a Chippendale's dancer himself.
6. 'Brian Fellow/Astronaut Jones '
The Pitch: Since Tracy Morgan plays all his characters so similarly crazy, why not combine two of his most beloved? Brian Fellow is the worst animal expert in the world, until he decides to change his name and graduates to the worst astronaut in the universe, Astronaut Jones.
7. 'Celebrity Jeopardy'
The Pitch: Ken Jennings steals all of 'Jeopardy's' cash prizes, and it is up to Alec Trebeck (Will Ferrell) and Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond) to solve the crime. It's the most far-fetched buddy cop film since 'Rush Hour 3.'
8. 'The Ambiguously Gay Duo'
The Pitch: Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell reunite to voice Gary and Ace's animated feature-length film. The two battle Pete the Same-Sex-Marriage Protester, Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Danny and Perez Hilton. The latter confuses everyone all over again.
9. 'More Cowbell'
The Pitch: After the success of '(Don't Fear) The Reaper,' Gene Frenkle (Will Ferrell) leaves Blue Öyster Cult to become the biggest cowbell rock star in the world with the help of rock legend Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken).
10. 'The Nerdover'
The Pitch: The morning after prom, Lisa (Gilda Radner) and Todd (Bill Murray) awake remembering nothing and find themselves married in Atlantic City. The two nerds play 'Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boy' by investigating clues to figure out which jock roofied their grape sodas as a joke.