Bill Hader Calls This Unaired SNL Sketch Starring Justin Beiber The "Greatest Trainwreck"

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Bill Hader Calls This Unaired SNL Sketch Starring Justin Beiber The "Greatest Trainwreck"

By Joanna Robinson | Videos | June 25, 2013 | Comments ()


When introducing this unaired sketch from the last season of "SNL," Bill Hader and his fellow writers call it "the greatest trainwreck." They're not wrong. It's really impressively bad. Come for the wall that almost falls on Bieber, stay to find out who that is prancing across the stage in a giraffe costume. Hader and his co-writers swear this sketch killed in the writers' room. You tell me how exactly that's possible.

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  • AudioSuede

    Okay, as ridiculous and horrible as that sketch is, the premise is really, really funny to me. Basically a parody of the absurdly long stories singers tell while bands are tuning up, while also making a folk-country band play the most ridiculous instruments in history. By the time Bobby Moynihan is mugging with the Dr. Seuss horn, this sketch had me actually laughing really hard.

    But yeah, the bad timing of the noises, the audience's silence, the sheer weirdness of it made that one of the most uncomfortable viewing experiences of my life.

  • denesteak

    this was way funnier watching it with commentary. maybe all of SNL should have commentary with their skits...

  • alwaysanswerb

    This seems like one of those sketches that was going to live and die by audience reaction. Laughter is contagious, so probably if the crowd had dug it, we'd have been laughing too and saying how it was interesting absurdist commentary and all that. Something like Maine Justice could have just as easily fallen flat with the studio audience, I think, because it's so out there, but something about that one was just more successful for reasons that I can't explain because I'm not some kind of comedy savant.

  • I don't know y'all, I giggled like a fiend. Tears are streaming down my face. I've been going through some shit recently though, maybe that's why. Comedy of the absurd is my favorite.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    OK, I know I am 100% alone here, but I loved this. That it was such a mess is actually what made it work for me. Also, last night my sister and I were watching clips of Eurovision on Youtube and so I might just be in the right mental space for a Dr. Seuss horn and a giraffe puppet. But come on, the bits about "This was a protest song, but you might know it from ABC's private practice" and "My Dad looked over at a tree trunk and said 'who dat?'" just killed me.

  • Three_nineteen

    I did laugh at the audience reveal, and I enjoyed listening to the commentary. People should really just skip to around the 8:00 mark so they don't have to suffer through the sketch twice.

  • emmalita

    It strikes me as Steve Martin-esque, but maybe that was the pharaoh hat.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I couldn't make it past the 2:40 mark. I actually felt bad for Bieber, that's how terrible this sketch was.

  • Cherith Quewstorrie

    you should skip to the part with their's great

  • trixiestreats

    Yep. I lasted two minutes myself.

  • PDamian

    Oh, dear. Dear, dear me ...

    (seemed more polite than screeching, "Dafuq did I just watch?")

  • i am guessing it was the keyboard/kazoo part that killed

  • AudioSuede

    Or the milk drums. Or the Dr. Seuss horn. Or the fact that the song was supposed to be called "Hey Jude." Or the giraffe. Or Steve Harvey. But all together? That's a true WTF clip.

  • ferryman

    " Hader and his co-writers swear this sketch killed in the writers room. You tell me how exactly that’s possible."

    I'm guessing Carbon Monoxide leak in the writer's room?

  • BWeaves

    They were high. Everything's funny when you're high. Not so much when you are no longer high.

  • Kevin Rayfield

    What if I laughed? What then?

  • [A]

    Why would anyone watch this..?

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