Celebrate Saturday Night Live 's 35th Season With 35 Great SNL News Spoofs

Long before The Daily Show, long before The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live was making fun of the news in a way that no one had ever seen before. Suddenly, establishment journalists like Barbara Walters were fair game. Jane Curtin and Dan Aykroyd riffed on the seething hostility between co-anchors. Heck, they even took on the 70s trend of sign language interpreters popping up in newscasts.

Oprah, Dateline, Geraldo Rivera... SNL's had distinctive takes on almost every major media presence over the years. And SNL's news spoofs aren't just entertainment: it's arguable that more Americans made up their minds about Sarah Palin based on SNL's Katie Couric/Sarah Palin interview than on the original interview itself. Stephen Colbert and John Stewart have done a lot in the news satire biz, but they still have some catching up to do.

In honor of the premiere of season 35 of SNL, we've pulled together 35 of SNL's choicest news anchor spoofs and Weekend Updates, spanning all seasons.

We're seriously counting on a good Glenn Beck skit...

Baba Wawa
Barbara Walters
into Elmer Fudd may have been one of the most dastardly stunts that SNL ever pulled off, but it was a game-changer for the show and for Walters. At one point, Walters personally confronted
Gilda Radner
and made her do the impression to her face. Presumably, the meeting involved wevewations, wapport, and wepartee.

Gerald Ford was Eaten by Wolves
Tom Brokaw
wants to vacation in Barbados for the winter, so he's got to prerecord every possible way
Gerald Ford
could die, including gunshot, wolf attack, convenience store mountain lions, and Zimbabwean invasion. It's funny cause it's true?

A Day in the Life of Brian Williams
In this
Digital Short,
himself shows what a good sport he is by taking us on a tour through the life of a nightly newsman, which involves hallucinating encouraging words from
. He's so confident, he doesn't even mind if you call him
Stone Philips
by mistake!

This was originally posted on Mediaite.com and written by Robert Quigley. You can find the full Top 35 list here.