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Comments (17)

  • Allan1's picture

    Of course I remember the SNL spoof of Bob Ross. The voice, the attitude was perfect.

    I even remember seeing many, many of Bob Ross's shows ("The Joy of Painting"), as his hair shrunk , and was sorry to hear when he died (1995).

    Since I can't currently hear this video, I don't know how close he is to the original. He does have several of the mannerisms down.

    May 22, 2008
  • argantil's picture

    I've seen the SNL spoof of Bob Ross. Bob Ross is funny without the spoof.

    May 23, 2008
  • Andreas-Udd's picture

    I don't know who Bob Ross is. Clearly, I've been missing out.

    May 23, 2008
  • RLDavies's picture

    "The Joy of Painting" is shown on some satellite TV channel here. The on-screen listings always truncate it to "The Joy of Pain".

    May 23, 2008
  • Marcus's picture
    Marcus (not verified)

    I've been looking for the SNL skit for years now...does anyone know who played Bob Ross in that Skit?

    Nov 13, 2014
  • Vickie L Rugamer's picture
    Vickie L Rugamer (not verified)

    I always thought it was Richard Jeni, but I'm not positive about that.

    Oct 14, 2015
  • Debbie's picture
    Debbie (not verified)

    Wasn't it Will Ferrell?

    Feb 26, 2016
  • Dabitch's picture

    Hahaha, Richard Jeni .. I don't know. I recall this as being on SNL when I was a kid, which puts it in the John Belushi / Chase/ Gilda Radner era. Richard Jeni's "cooking with the Bill the belching gourmet" is quite funny though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymgcsi0mTDA

    For the same reason I don't think it's Will Ferrell.

    I do know that a Seattle comedy groupd has one a *new* version now, but that was not the one I meant when I wrote the bit to this post.

    I'm glad Allan1 recalls the spoof too, and since he's a teensy bit older than me, I believe, we're positive this was in the 1970/80s era.

    Mar 09, 2016
  • RobbieM's picture
    RobbieM (not verified)

    Richard Jeni - I remember him saying that his painting looked like a happy little jungle- then he says "You know, I was in the jungle once..." He continues to paint. So he paints a happy little villager "Asian yellow" then gets excited as de decides to splash on some Napalm Brown. Soon he's yelling "Die ! Die!" I'd live to find this clip.

    Jun 12, 2016
  • Dabitch's picture

    Yes I remember the colours. But I don't recall this skit being done by Richard Jeni - if we could only find the skit!

    Jun 12, 2016
  • Marc's picture
    Marc (not verified)

    I don't think this was a skit, I think it was a stand-up. Bill Hicks maybe??

    Oct 11, 2016
  • Cris's picture
    Cris (not verified)

    Actually, I am currently searching for that skit. That is how I arrived here. Initially, from YouTube searches, I was thinking it was Sam Kinison. Then, I saw many who believed it was from a SNL skit, but that just didn't seem correct to me. Now, I believe it might have been a Robin Williams skit. That perspective feels right to me......but I can not say with absolute certainty.

    It kinda looks like a jungle.......
    .......................................a jungle

    I was in a jungle once.

    Jan 06, 2017
  • Dabitch's picture

    At this point this skit grows ever more mythological. I can't even remember who it might be, but Robin Williams? No, his early standup would always have me howling and know it was him, because he is or rather was quite unmistakable. I would have loved to have seen him do a kit like this though. Actually, I can picture it in my head, he fluctuates between Mrs Doubtfire and Goood Morning Vietnam types.

    Jan 08, 2017
  • Britt Crowell's picture
    Britt Crowell (not verified)

    Yes I remember it too and would love to find it. Though it was SNL but wondered if it might have been "In Living Color". If someone finds it, please post a link.

    Sep 28, 2017
  • Bill F.'s picture
    Bill F. (not verified)

    It's definitely Richard Jeni's stand up routine from the early 90's or so... Ya know pre YouTube, so it's proving difficult to find.

    Oct 20, 2017
  • Matt C.'s picture
    Matt C. (not verified)

    I remember this clip as well from when I was a kid on the 80's, maybe a teen in the 90's. I just remember it was hilarious. Wound up here searching for it too. I thought it was a stand-up skit done by someone, not SNL. Would love to be able to find it.

    Feb 09, 2018
  • Dabitch's picture

    It's possible the idea "Bob Ross was a PTSD vietnam vet" hit more than one creative funny-mind, and there's several versions of this out there since so many commenters have brought this up saying that they remember it as a standup.

    Still haven't found the skit I remember.

    Feb 10, 2018