Top 50 Saturday Night Live Recurring Characters (50 – 26)

August 14, 2012

I’m a Big Saturday Night Live fan, been that way for as long as I can remember so I figured why not do a post for some of the characters that kept me laughing throughout the years This time I’m doing Reoccurring characters … the characters that came on multiple times and entertained me.

My Criteria:
Had to make me laugh
I actually watched them on TV
They had to appear at least 3 different times
No digital shorts they had to appear on the show*

Maybe I’ll eventually do
Top Weekend Update Anchors
Top SNL Guest Hosts
Top obscure characters
… who knows, but for NOW this is the the bottom 25 of the Top 50 Recurring SNL Characters so …

50. Season’s Greetings From Saturday Night Live

(Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan)

I’m going to cheat and go with two versions here: The crew with I wish it was Christmas Today and Tarzan, Tonto, and Frankenstein lol

49. Delicious Dish – ’96

(Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Rachel Dratch, Alec Baldwin)

The Delicious Dish, on National Public Radio.
Margaret Jo McCullen and Teri Rialto most famous for the Schweddy Balls episode. Pretty funny skits, I believe there were 3 or 4 of them

48. Lothar of the Hill People –’ 89

(Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz)

I’m probably the only one that enjoyed Lothar … since it’s my list I put it this high; mostly for the theme song lol

47. Derek Stevens – ’86

(Dana Carvey)

The Hit songs “The Lady I know” and “My Baby” has nothing on “Choppin Broccoli” … that is STILL funny to me

46. The Sweeney Sisters – ’86

(Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Marc Shaiman)

Candy and Liz Sweeney
Lounge singers who always have a medley on standby
“Clang-clang-clang went the trolley! Ding-ding-ding went the bells!”

45. Mango – ’97

(Chris Kattan)

Mango is a stripper … or exotic dancer with magical irresistible powers (in his ass lol)
Most people aren’t a fan of Mango but there’s some funny moments and even though most of the time his admirers are men Mango says that he is “not the homo-gay”

44. The Richmeister (Copy Room Guy) – ’91

(Rob Schneider)

After the Rich skit he made every coworker or asshole friend you had more assholier lol
… Douche chills for everyone, but confined to the actual skit, it was pretty funny because we all knew one of those people

Ran-dyyy! The Rand-man! Randatollah!
Randy: Hi, Richard. Just making some copies.
… Alright! The Rand Old Opry, makin’ copies!

43. The Vogelchecks – ’08

(Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg)

Mr. and Mrs. Vogelcheck and Ronnie … and Great Grandfather Vogelcheck
“Well I guess one good thing to come out of this is that you’ll get to meet the whole family but I should probably tell you my family is pretty close.”
Hilarious and gross … the family is incredible close and they all kiss and slob each other down as a show of appreciation

42. Lyle the Effeminate Heterosexual – ’89

(Dana Carvey)

Lyle is the gayest acting and sounding hetero man ever lol
“He’d like us to say,
He’s straight, and not gay.
He’s Lyle the Effeminate Heterosexual!”

41. Two A-Holes – ’05

(Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis)

The Two A Holes are hilarious … neither have a name unless you count “babe”
Sudeikis and Wiig play the part perfectly … and something always looks like a rabbit

40. Gilly – ’09

(Kristen Wiig)

Gilly a school girl that always got other people in trouble, or rather hurt them (Stab with pencils, set people on fire, etc) … the good thing is though she always admits to doing the devious action

39. Leon Phelps, The Ladies Man – ’97

(Tim Meadows)

Leon Phelps with Courvoisier cognac and scented candles in the studio perfect for answering love calls lol
Caller: Hello, Ladies Man? Yeah, uh, I’ve been with my girlfriend for a few years now, and we like to have sex and all, but.. It gets kind of boring, so is there any way we can, uh, spice up our love life?
Leon Phelps: Well, yes. There are a number of possibilities that you can pursue. Uh.. May I suggest you consider the butt?

38. MacGruber – ’07

(Will Forte)

Making life-saving inventions out of household materials … Getting in and out of ultra-sticky situations! … He’s 15 years sober! MACGRUBER-RRR!!!!!
Who else with 10 seconds to live would make a perfect bloody Mary?

37. The Stand-Ups – ’85

(Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Damon Wayans, Dennis Miller)

Skit that a lot of people don’t remember basically it was Hanks, Lovitz’, and Wayans doing a spoof of Seinfeld’s observations lol

I just flew in from the coast! And I was thinking, hey, “I left L.A. at 12 o’clock! The flight takes five hours! But when I land, it’s 8PM!” I mean, hey, “Where did those 3 hours go!” I don’t know about you, but I gotta wonder!
I hate to interrupt, but look at this… 99% fat-free milk! Where’s the other one percent!? I mean, hey… back to your story!
So, what I’m wondering is… if I lost three hours, why did I go!!
Hey! Maybe you should just fly back!?
What if I can’t fly West!? I mean, hey, what if I flew West for the next six months!? By the time I landed, I’d be a little kid!

36. Cooking with the Anal Retentive Chef – ’89

(Phil Hartman)

The Anal Retentive Chef was funny to me because it’s damn close to how I am in the kitchen … you got to do things right, exact and clean lol

35. Debbie Downer – ’04

(Rachel Dratch)

Probably Dratch’s best character … hard for anyone in the scenes to keep a straight face
“You’re enjoying your day. Everything’s going your way. Then along comes Debbie Downer. Always there to tell you ’bout a new disease. A car accident or killer bees. You’ll beg her to spare you, “Debbie, please!” But you can’t stop Debbie Downer!”

34. Garth and Kat – ’09

(Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig)

Never prepared, always funny … another reoccurring skit that always breaks character

33. The Ambiguously Gay Duo – ’96*

(a cartoon by Robert Smigel)

Technically this could go against the criteria but there WAS a live action skit, and it’s my list so eff off! lol
Ace and Gary is exactly how I saw Batman and Robin lol
The situations they get in are hilarious in their battles vs. Big Head … and how all the henchmen constantly argue if they are gay or not
I really don’t see it..
I thought they were just Super Pals?
Look, I don’t have a problem with it! That’s not what this is about!

32. The Roxbury Guys – ’96

(Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell)

Doug and Steve Butabi the greatest wingmen ever
Hey, hey! You wanna dance with us? You wanna dance with me, huh? No? Right…

31. I’m Chillin’ – ’91

(Chris Rock, Chris Farley)

Onski and B-Fats!

Another slept on skit Chris Rock didnt have the best run on SNL and most of his work on there was <<< but I enjoyed he and Farley on I’m Chillin

“I’m your host Onski, to the highest degree, to the T.O.P., it’s all about mu-ee! And sittin’ by my side is my main man, my Toucan Sam, my can of Spam, his name ain’t Pam, he goes by the name of B-Fats! Yo, B, tell ’em how you feel!
Yo, I’m chillin’ like Bob Dylan, and I’m killin’ like penicillin!”

30. Coffee Talk with Linda Richman – ’91

(Mike Myers)

Linda Richman and Shelia pretty funny skit, I learned so many Jewish words watching that show

29. Pumping Up with Hans & Franz – ’87

(Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon)

Hans and Franz was huge back in the day … people quickly got tired of them but when you look back you can still see the humor
“Here my now and believe me later”

28. The Barry Gibb Talk Show – ’03

(Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake)

The dancing and the theme song is pretty much it for this skit, but for some reason it’s always funny

27. A Grumpy Old Man – ’89

(Dana Carvey)

I don’t have to say anything about The Grumpy Old man just …

In my day, we didn’t have these cash machines that would give you money when you needed it. There was only one bank in each state — it was open only one hour a year. And you’d get in line, seventeen miles long, and the line became an angry mob of people — fornicators and thieves, mutant children and circus freaks — and you waited for years and by the time you got to the teller, you were senile and arthritic and you couldn’t remember your own name. You were born, got in line, and ya died! And that’s the way it was and we liked it!

Life was simpler then. There wasn’t all this concern about hy-giene! It my days, we didn’t have Kleenex. When you turned seventeen, you were given the family handkerchief. … It hadn’t been washed in generations and it stood on its own … filled with diseases and swarmin’ with flies. … If you tried to blow your nose, you’d get an infection and your head would swell up and turn green and children would burst into tears at the sight o’ ya! And that’s the way it was and we liked it!

26. Stefon – ’10

(Bill Hader)

Stefon always makes me laugh, always. The best part is he always laughs too lol
Shoutouts to:

Gizblow the coked-up gremlin
Human fire extinguishers
Human bath mats
Jewpids (Jewish cupids)

That’s the bottom half … maybe you’ll wait for the Top 25 before you rip it to shreds … maybe you wont lol

Till then –>> Comments

The Top 25 SNL Recurring Characters here!

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  • Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner)

    this is SUCH A GREAT list. I cant wait for the Top 25. (send me them now.) I really cannot wait.

  • HowardtheDeck

    Great list – this must have taken a ton of research and thought. Can’t wait for top 25!

  • Lamar The Revenger

    Love this list, E! It’s your list so I will live with the fact that Gilly is on it. (boo by the way. Can’t stand that character or skit)

    • Classick Material

      Shame on you, Gilly is funny.

  • Classick Material

    Wow… you even watched the years where I checked out of SNL for being too corny and pulled out some gems.

    I can’t wait to see where Toonces ranks. He was funny as hell to me.

  • Greg Williams

    No way! I can’t believe you didn’t love Celebrity Jeopardy! Darrell Hammond’s version of Sean Connery always cracked me up. “What is a Saber Alec.” “What!?? It’s an S-word!”

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