Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Country Roses: A Lesser-Known SNL Sketch You Should Probably Watch

Here is the latest in an ongoing series of bygone Saturday Night Live sketches that haven’t gotten their due. “Country Roses” comes from a 2004 episode hosted by Jennifer Aniston, and it’s a faux commercial for a compilation of old country songs performed by female artists. It’s amazing, and one of the better all-female sketches in the show’s history. Tragically, it’s hard to find online. There are still chunks of SNL’s recent past that just do not exist online in glossy, hi-def format, so I had to yank this couple from a Russian YouTube wannabe that seemed darkened back alley-level sketchy.

But because I love you — yes, you — I’ve made it just a little more accessible. Enjoy.

Despite being relatively forgotten, this episode has introduced a lot of key phrases to my vocabulary, including “Ain’t nothing cuter than a fat country baby eatin’ peaches off a hardwood floor,” “When I told my husband to take out the trash, I sure as hell didn’t mean you,” and “Mama, why are there snowflakes?”

I hope Dana Jean Harley makes as lasting an impression on you.

Fun fact, BTW: Since I originally saw this sketch, I found out that the first performer featured in it, Lynn Anderson, used to be friends with my parents. I actually own the record single of her singing “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden,” though that’s not the most spectacular piece of Lynn Anderson history that I own. That, of course, would be this.

And you have to admit, it’s a glorious thing.

Weird SNL sketches, previously:


  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I've waited forever to see this one again!

  2. I love you for posting this.

  3. Anonymous7:45 PM

    I googled "ain't nothing cuter than a fat country baby" and I found your page. Believe me, I never forgot this skit and thought the "country baby" line was hysterical.

  4. I sing that fat country baby song all the time, and nobody knows wth I'm talking about, thank you for finding this hahaha

  5. I have been trying to find this forever!!! Thank you.

  6. This skit was SO memorable, my sister and I still repeat it to family and friends often ... out particular favorite was the “Here We Go Again (A-B-O-R-T-I-O-N) number, followed closely by the “ain’t nothing cuter than a fat country baby eatin’ peaches off a hardwood floor” one.

  7. Anonymous11:31 PM

    Thank you so much for this �� I think about this sketch so much