Saturday Night Live is really hit or miss this days, mostly miss, but sometimes, when they get a guy in there who knows sketch comedy, like Ben Stiller, they can hit a few home runs. That was case the other night when Ben revived his classic impression of Bruce Springsteen from his cult hit “The Ben Stiller Show.” The bit was a clever, almost throwback comedy parody that reminded me of the golden age of sketch comedy found in the 90s. In the sketch, Ben is Bruce selling you nothing but the stories he tells in between songs, and it’s pretty damned funny. It was nothing revolutionary, but it really evoked that spirit of classic grunge era sketch comedy. The next clip is a collection of all the Ben as Bruce bits from the “Ben Stiller Show.” You get to see Bruce teaching kids how to count, delivering a baby, fighting in a bar, and warding off aliens. You even get to see Bruce travel through time and help out old Abe Lincoln, (awesomely played by Stiller Show alum Bob Odenkirk.) Speaking of Bob, if you catch a hint of Mr. Show whilst watching the Springsteen compilation, you’re not smellings things because both Bob and David were head writers there, and went on to make their own masterpiece of sketch comedy shortly following the Stiller Show’s brief run. So get ready to laugh in UHN, TWO, HEE, HOOR!
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