April Fool’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, but regrettably, Saturday Night Live isn’t airing a new episode. Instead, let’s celebrate the prank-loving day with this throwback gem from 2003 featuring Christopher Walken.
Walken is an SNL legend and has been part of many memorable sketches. His appearance in “Pranksters” is somewhat underrated, though, but it deserves a place in the pantheon for its dark, cutting, weird humor.
Seth Meyers and Chris Kattan play pranksters who play innocent jokes, like hiding a rubber rat in a jewelry box for a sister to find. But then Walken comes into the picture, who wants to prank the “Stiffy Stifferson” who keeps stealing his parking space at work. But instead of putting his stapler in jello or glueing his desk phone shut, Walken has a very different idea of what a “prank” is — and it involves beating his co-worker to death with a tire iron.
“You should’ve seen the look on his face! Classic!” Walken howls, as Meyers looks like he’s about to be sick.
“Whammy, wowee, zowee” is right.
SNL returns with host Louis C.K. and musical guest The Chainsmokers on April 8.
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