John Belushi would have been 66 years old today, and to celebrate, let’s looking back at some of the best moments from one of the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players. In his five seasons on Saturday Night Live, Belushi gave us countless brilliant moments, which is why even though he died at the tragic age of 33, he still left an immense legacy.
Little Chocolate Donuts
A spot-on parody of Wheaties-type commercials where an athlete explains how one given food product gave them all they needed to achieve athletic glory. A gloriously chubby Belushi explains that Little Chocolate Donuts were what led to him becoming the world’s fastest man. Hey, is it any less plausible than any other athlete endorsement?
His Weekend Update Commentary On March
THERE ARE NINE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES WHERE MARCH COMES IN LIKE A FROG AND GOES OUT LIKE A GOLDEN RETRIEVER! BUT THAT’S NOT THE WEIRD PART! Pretty much all of Belushi’s Update commentaries (which inevitably ended with him falling out of his chair) were hilarious, but this one is the best, if only for all the different ways March can go in and out. It was clear the writers had a great time coming up with those.
Honestly, all of the Samurai sketches are great. If you’re prefer Samurai Optometrist, more power to you. This one cracks me up the most, however. Partly because of Buck Henry awkwardly trying to make small talk about the Super Bowl, but also because of Belushi’s surprisingly strong samurai skills. Did you see him slice that tomato in half?