The Creepy Merryville Brothers (on SNL) Wish You a Happy Halloween–Again!

Here’s a re-blog of one of our favorite pieces. As we sat earlier, watching the lackluster Halloween episode of Saturday Night Live, I remembered how, a year ago, one of the funniest sketches of the last few years aired. Naturally, at the time I had to put it up. Damn, The Maryville Brothers hold up to repeated viewings! Having a shitty day? Not quite into the Halloween spirit yet? This’ll turn things around for you! Do yourself a favor and check it out–it’s worth the extra mouse click.

Oh, and Thursday night, NBC is running a prime-time Halloween special that includes the sketch –we’ll be there!

HORROR BOOM

Unfortunately I can’t embed this, but it’s worth watching. If you haven’t seen the “Merryville Brothers” skits on Saturday Night LiveScreencrush.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)…

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Kristin Wiig Hosts SNL – Don’t Miss This Awesome Grudge Parody, “Aw, Nuts! Mom’s A Ghost!” – Wiig Does Kayako

Speaking of Mother’s Day, here’s one last themed treat. Someone on staff in the SNL writer’s room is a Grudge/Ju-On fan like we are! Yeah, we know Kayako isn’t a Korean water ghost*, doesn’t vomit up black goo and that it’s Sadako in The Ring that crawls out of the TV. We’d be pretty shitty J-Horror/K-Horror geeks if we didn’t get that right.

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MOM! we were trying to watch that!

So what happens when the Disney Channel does a new show about two kids whose mom gets drowned by a jealous man when she’s visiting Korea? Hilarity ensues. Plus Kristen Wiig nails it!

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Hey, watch it, mister.

Click the big red link below to watch the whole sketch (and see some very familiar moments). I couldn’t embed anything because, well, it’s Saturday Night Live which airs on NBC, and this isn’t going to pop up on You Tube any time soon.

Click here to watch “Aw Nuts, Mom’s a Ghost!” the J-Horror parody sketch on the Kristin Wiig – hosted May 11th episode of Saturday Night Live!

I don’t know about you, but if it existed, we’d watch the hell out of that show!

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Mooo-oom!

*Kayako Saeki is an Onryõ, the cultural Japanese term for a female ghost returning for vengeance! We know our stuff.

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Watch Host Kevin Hart Take On The Walking Dead On Saturday Night Live (March 2nd Episode)

“Uh, so Maggie died, should we… talk about that, or… guys?”

They should have opened with this sketch on SNL, nope, instead it gets bumped back to after Weekend Update. This was pretty funny (though not as funny as the Creepy Merryville Brothers Halloween sketch* from the show Bruno Mars hosted last October, which you can see here) , especially since the writing on SNL for the past few months has seemed weaker than usual to us. But we love Kevin Hart, zombies, and The Walking Dead (think he did some writing for the show he hosted, since it was above par) and this sketch didn’t disappoint. Best, funniest SNL since Bruno Mars hosted.

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*then again,  haven’t seen anything that funny on SNL since;  after a Christmas party last year we watched ‘The Merryville Brothers Halloween’ sketch again  (we were both pretty hammered at the time) and were doubled over howling with laughter as soon as they started singing. It’s just as funny sober, though!

 

 

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Kevin hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ on March 2, bringing the most laughs with a parody of ‘The Walking Dead.’ See how Kevin makes turning into a zombie look funny!

When Kevin Hart‘s new friends suspect that he is transforming into a zombie during a parody of the AMC hit series The Walking Dead on Saturday Night Live on March 2, he blames them for being racist.

In the sketch, Kevin comes across Rick (Taran Killam) and other characters from the series including Carl, Maggie and Daryl. When they turn their backs to decide if they should let Kevin into the group, he’s bitten by a walker (another term for zombie). Unaware of the fresh bite, the group lets Kevin become “one of them.”

“What do you mean by ‘one of them?’ When someone comes from a different cultural background, they’re automatically a zombie,” Kevin says, prompting the group…

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The Creepy Merryville Brothers (on SNL) Wish You a Happy Halloween!

Unfortunately I can’t embed this, but it’s worth watching. If you haven’t seen the “Merryville Brothers” skits on Saturday Night LiveScreencrush.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.

Ting!

*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!