Unfortunately I can’t embed this, but it’s worth watching. If you haven’t seen the “Merryville Brothers” skits on Saturday Night Live, Screencrush.com describes them pretty well in their story about Tom Hanks making a surprise cameo on SNL last Saturday (their Halloween episode):
The sketch begins with the welcome return of the creepy/hilarious animatronic figures known as the “Merryville Brothers” and initially follows the format of their previous appearance in almost every way. A couple finds themselves stranded in an amusement park haunted house, right next to the those creepy robots who grow increasingly threatening every time they’re activated. Even without its big celebrity cameo, the entire scene is still fantastic — we could watch the terrible/amazing pantomiming of the Merryville Brothers all day.
Yes! I agree. I cracked up the first time I saw them (could have sworn this was the third time they appeared, not the second) when Jim Carrey hosted, he was funny but Bill Hader‘s face was what made my husband and I started laughing so hard we almost had tears rolling down our faces. For the Bruno Mars-hosted Halloween episode, he (my husband, not Bruno Mars) fell asleep between the opening and the first sketch, and he sleeps like a log. However, I was howling with laughter so loud it actually woke him up. He squinted at the screen, said, “Oh yeah, those ride guys again,” and fell back to sleep (he says he doesn’t remember).
So, in the holiday spirit (and for a good laugh), click here to watch the Halloween Merryville Brothers sketch on Hulu!
You don’t need to be a member, just watch– though if you’re on your iPhone, it might not be compatible, but it’s you can still watch it online. Not a good idea to throw popcorn at them if you get bored. “Why did you do that? They’re gonna get mad!” I like the “Grim Grinning Ghosts“-type vocals (‘GGG’ is the theme song they play towards the end of the Haunted Mansion Ride at Disneyland, when you’re going through the graveyard and seeing the swinging wake with the singing busts, the terrified caretaker, etc.)* Wanna hear it for comparison? Watch THIS more up-tempo “classic” version below! It makes me want to grab my suitcase and freakin’ RUN to hop on the nearest plane to Disneyland.
Plus, when I was trying to find the name of the brothers, I found this really funny Facebook page someone put up for them. Nice! Let’s hope they show up again this season.
*I’d purchase that song if I saw it on iTunes, DAMN I love The Haunted Mansion! The version I posted isn’t even the most elaborate and awesome, either. There’s a ton of ones that light you up even more. Saving those for a later post!
- SNL’s Bruno Mars Episode: 5 Best Scenes (theatlantic.com)
- Outdoor Halloween Decorations (kidsarefrompluto.com)
- Video: Scary animatronic brothers attack couple at amusement park in ‘SNL’ skit (examiner.com)
- Louis CK hosting ‘SNL’; his weeklong NYC run starts tonight (brooklynvegan.com)
- How Cool is THIS? Copy of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion for sale – The Orange County Register (horrorboom.com)