The Contestant - SNL

  • Published: 20 July 2019
  • Ed Grimley (Martin Short) auditions to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. [Season 10, 1984]


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Comments • 237

  • DesertScorpionKSA
    DesertScorpionKSA  2 days back

    The best part was when Christopher Guest hits the boom microphone with his head.

    • snakechrmr
      snakechrmr  2 weeks back

      From back in the days when SNL had writers that actually wrote comedy. Back when SNL was trying to be funny and more than just a political platform for the extreme left.

      • argel bargel
        argel bargel  2 weeks back

        After I first saw this, I couldn't keep a straight face even looking at Sajak. Pretty decent guy.

        • Steve Burstein
          Steve Burstein  3 weeks back

          I can hardly believe Pat Sajak and Vanna White are still doing WHEEL OF FORTUNE!

          • Steve Burstein
            Steve Burstein  3 weeks back

            People would tell me I reminded them of Grimley!

            • Johannes Swarts
              Johannes Swarts  4 weeks back

              so sweet!

              • LowerTheBoom
                LowerTheBoom  4 weeks back

                See? Now this was a good SNL skit. This is the SNL I remember and love. Just funny, quirky comedy. Nothing political about it. No disgusting subversive social commentary. No thoroughly unfunny relentless leftist bullshit/propaganda like the current scumbag incarnation of SNL. 👌🏻

                • robarin
                  robarin  4 weeks back

                  I videotaped this episode (on Beta!) and watched this skit many, many times. Ed Grimley even made my parents laugh, which was nice since we didn't agree on much in those days.

                  • TheEternalNow
                    TheEternalNow  1 months back


                    • TheEternalNow
                      TheEternalNow  1 months back

                      guy in elevator - John Candy

                      • Basil Marasco
                        Basil Marasco  1 months back

                        ... ever that has been?

                        • Minhaj Hassan
                          Minhaj Hassan  1 months back

                          This season (1984-85) was by far the best. Too bad most most of the cast members left at the end of the year

                          • JustForSneaks Ent.
                            JustForSneaks Ent.  4 weeks back

                            Lorne Michaels returned the next season to replace Dick Ebersol after 5 years producing Saturday Night Live and the show was completely revamped, which ended up being one of the worst seasons in SNL History.

                        • Basil Marasco
                          Basil Marasco  1 months back

                          This world needs more Ed Grimleys.

                          • Jim Challstrom
                            Jim Challstrom  1 months back

                            He was best when he played his triangle while running around his room.

                            • bec 0909
                              bec 0909  1 months back

                              Martin, Robin and Jerry are the best!!!

                              • steven mandl
                                steven mandl  2 months back

                                SNL loves it when new cast members would be on the show and come with baggage already,ready to work with.such people as billy crystal  and seen here martin short

                                • Jennifer Brown
                                  Jennifer Brown  2 months back


                                  • Ronnie DiMaio
                                    Ronnie DiMaio  2 months back

                                    😆😆😆 I need some Ed Grimley pants

                                    • Alex Hauptmann
                                      Alex Hauptmann  2 months back

                                      Okay so like...I'm autistic, and honestly, I relate to Ed Grimley so much. I mean, his passion is Wheel of Fortune and mine is music production and vocal synthesis, but GOD he mirrors my internal monologue really well whenever I get to do any sort of work with someone I admire. I get overcome by this like...manic energy, my mind races through all the possibilities in the future, I fantasize about things like befriending my inspirations, working on long-term collaborations...

                                      I'm not gonna lie, autistic characters played for laughs tend to suck REALLY bad (see: Sheldon Cooper), but Ed...doesn't? Like yes, he's an overeager socially awkward obsessive nerd, can't help but relate to him. He's just so clearly a well-meaning guy who's passionate about Wheel of Fortune and makes the effort to get to where he is. I'm almost entirely certain that many Jeopardy contestants are a similar type.

                                      Also, the awkward body motions. God, that is TOTALLY a thing. I've been in this very excitable state myself and then had to go "oh crap, what the hell are my arms doing?"

                                      And that elevator bit, OOF. Yeah, we autistics call that an "infodump". I've...done that more times than I'd like to admit. And...this comment is four paragraphs long already so CASE IN POINT...

                                      • Simon Parducci
                                        Simon Parducci  2 months back

                                        SPIN! SPIN WHEEL SPIN!!!!!

                                        • Kimmy Lee
                                          Kimmy Lee  2 months back

                                          I miss Ed Grimley, I must say

                                          • em23
                                            em23  2 months back

                                            christopher guest, julia loise-dreyfus and martin short in one sketch

                                            • Howard Koor
                                              Howard Koor  2 months back


                                              • Marcia Morris
                                                Marcia Morris  2 months back

                                                Ed Grimly is the best character ever on SNL for me .

                                                • chris whitten
                                                  chris whitten  2 months back

                                                  what a treasure martin short is! gotta love ed grimley,,,,i must say!

                                                  • David Weingast
                                                    David Weingast  2 months back


                                                    • spiraeth
                                                      spiraeth  2 months back

                                                      Filthy Frank is kicking in at 2:32

                                                      • Calvin Hobbes
                                                        Calvin Hobbes  2 months back

                                                        I went to a country Halloween party as Ed Grimley, and everyone freaked. They didn’t know I was ‘in character’ !

                                                        • THE Q
                                                          THE Q  3 months back

                                                          I MUST SAY!

                                                          • TheLadsBand4ever
                                                            TheLadsBand4ever  3 months back

                                                            Chris Guest barely holding it together. Also, SNL never knew what to do with Julia Louis Dreyfus. That said, and most importantly, high ceilings truly can be effective.

                                                            • Cecilio
                                                              Cecilio  3 months back

                                                              So the cartoons were based on this TV series?! 🤔

                                                            • Lee Churchill
                                                              Lee Churchill  3 months back

                                                              Nigel Tufnel looks different here.

                                                              • Luca Valentini
                                                                Luca Valentini  3 months back


                                                                • Mr. No Name
                                                                  Mr. No Name  3 months back

                                                                  This was THE funniest thing when I saw this as a 14 year old
                                                                  I think SNL wishes they had talent like this again

                                                                  • Juan Elorriaga
                                                                    Juan Elorriaga  3 months back

                                                                    Is that Christopher Guest?

                                                                    • Linny Crocus
                                                                      Linny Crocus  3 months back

                                                                      I don't know why but this just made me feel sad. It's a weird feeling being suicidal and seeing someone who finds happiness in the dumbest feel sorry for them in a way. It didn't really make me laugh. I'm trying to get into more Martin Short stuff because Bill Hader idolizes him, this didn't do it for me though :/

                                                                      • JustForSneaks Ent.
                                                                        JustForSneaks Ent.  4 weeks back

                                                                        This sketch wouldn't be made at all today. It was a different time for comedy back in the mid-80s.

                                                                    • onorg1
                                                                      onorg1  3 months back

                                                                      why are People laughing ???

                                                                      • only257
                                                                        only257  3 months back

                                                                        Hiliarous Martin short is funny😊

                                                                        • J A M
                                                                          J A M  4 months back

                                                                          Who is Mental Marvin then?

                                                                          • Wildcock23
                                                                            Wildcock23  4 months back

                                                                            This was the very first SNL skit I ever saw - came out in the fall of 1984, the same year I was born...

                                                                            I believe this was also the Thanksgiving episode

                                                                            • Vinson
                                                                              Vinson  4 months back

                                                                              Good 'ol mental Edward.
                                                                              Want to see Jackie Rogers Jr. on 'Name that Tune'.

                                                                              • seb seb
                                                                                seb seb  4 months back

                                                                                Am I the only one who thought that it was Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in the thumbnail

                                                                                • Jackaloopt
                                                                                  Jackaloopt  4 months back

                                                                                  That was pretty decent I must say!

                                                                                  • *Lady Voldemort*
                                                                                    *Lady Voldemort*  4 months back

                                                                                    This is a heartwarming sketch...I love it! There are mixed emotions, I laughed and feeling concerned at the same time...glad the dude changed his mind on his "way down". I love how old casts didn't rely on cue cards too much like the recent ones. And I love Martin Short character's sincerity. 👍😊❤

                                                                                    • Roi R. Czechvala
                                                                                      Roi R. Czechvala  1 months back

                                                                                      The quality of SNL has plummeted as well as the comedic talents.

                                                                                  • Lisa Page
                                                                                    Lisa Page  4 months back

                                                                                    Ed Grimley reminds me of Mr. Rogers with his huge grin.

                                                                                    • Andy Price
                                                                                      Andy Price  4 months back

                                                                                      Is that Donald Trump in the elevator?!

                                                                                      • Ahmar Saeed
                                                                                        Ahmar Saeed  4 months back

                                                                                        This was great I must say!

                                                                                        • J Double C
                                                                                          J Double C  4 months back

                                                                                          Grown Up Alfalfa?