This Is the "SNL" Sketch Will Ferrell Regrets Most
While the comedian said he had "many sketches that died," this one "got zero laughs."
Will Ferrell brought us many iconic Saturday Night Live sketches in his seven years on the show, but he knows they weren't all winners. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, fans called in and asked Ferrell some pretty tough questions. While it was too hard for the comedian to pick his favorite SNL sketch of all time, he didn't miss a beat when he was asked about his least favorite one. To see which sketch Ferrell regrets, read on, and for more cringeworthy on-air moments, check out The Worst"Late Night" Guest Conan O'Brien Ever Had.
The process of getting an SNL sketch on air is not a simple one. About 30 to 40 ideas are presented at the read-through, and ultimately, only a handful make it onto the final show, so most never actually air. "I had many sketches that died, which I kind of perversely loved," Ferrell told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens in 2017. But, he added, "my least favorite was one where I dressed up as Gabe Kaplan from Welcome Back, Kotter and I worked in an insurance agency, and he was a client, and I dressed like him because I was his biggest fan," Ferrell started.
The sketch took place on a day when the real Kaplan came into the office, but no one told Ferrell's character. While sitting in the break room, Ferrell's character, in full Kaplan garb, overhears a conversation his co-workers are having. "He was so nice," one says, to which Ferrell's character asks, "Oh, who are you guys talking about?"
"Oh, Gabe Kaplan was here," they replied. Naturally, Ferrell's fanatic character is incensed. "You guys! I cultivate my look to like like him. Why didn't you [tell me]?" he asked.
Ferrell says the sketch "got zero laughs," so he wasn't too surprised when it didn't make it to the final episode.
Although that sketch was a flop, Ferrell has created plenty of beloved SNL characters. Here are some of his most memorable sketches, and if you're curious about another regrettable TV moment, check out Oprah Says This Was the Worst Guest She Ever Had.
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The Spartan cheerleaders
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