Saturday Night Live/Recurring Sketches
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A list of recurring sketches and characters who had three or more appearances on Saturday Night Live.
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- Al Sharpton
- Pentecostal minister, activist and Democratic party primary presidential candidate Al Sharpton, as portrayed by Jerry Minor, Tracy Morgan and Kenan Thompson.
- American Idol
- Recurring parody of the FOX show American Idol, featuring Amy Poehler as Paula Abdul; Chris Parnell and Jason Sudeikis as Simon Cowell; Dean Edwards and Kenan Thompson as Randy Jackson; and Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers as Ryan Seacrest.
- Anderson Cooper 360
- A recurring parody of the CNN show Anderson Cooper 360, featuring Seth Meyers as host Anderson Cooper.
- Appalachian Emergency Room
- The waiting room for the ER of a backwoods hospital, where nurse Nerod (Seth Meyers) admits patients with a variety of injuries and illnesses.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Austrian bodybuilder turned American movie star turned Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, as played by Jim Belushi and Darrell Hammond.
- Art Dealers
- Nuni and Nüni Schoener, played by Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, are a bizarre Eurotrash couple who seem to work as eccentric art dealers.
- Aunt Linda
- Amy Poehler's aunt (Kristen Wiig), who comments on movies but hates most of the ones critics like and loves many of the ones they loathe, often because she misses the point.
- Barack Obama
- Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, as portrayed by Fred Armisen. Also includes Vice President Joe Biden (Sudeikis), general election opponents and key Cabinet members.
- The Barry Gibb Talk Show
- A political talk show hosted by Barry Gibb, the volatile member of the Bee Gees, as portrayed by Jimmy Fallon.
- Bear City
- A series of pretaped shorts about a city in Texas where bears have replaced humans in day to day life. Typically, they're shown doing mundane errands like buying cigarettes or catching a taxi.
- The Bees
- Not so much recurring characters as recurring costumes, and not so much a sketch as an inside joke. At some point or another in the first season, every member of the cast, a handful of hosts and quite a few members of the writing staff and the band dressed up in bee costumes.
- Bill Clinton
- Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, as portrayed by Phil Hartman, Michael McKean and Darrell Hammond. Also includes First Lady Hillary Clinton (Jan Hooks, Janeane Garofalo, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler & Drew Barrymore), Vice President Al Gore (Kevin Nealon, Mark McKinney, Will Ferrell & Darrell Hammond), general election opponents and key Cabinet members.
- Boston Teens
- Teenaged Pat Sullivan (Jimmy Fallon), his girlfriend Denise McDenna (Rachel Dratch) and their hard-drinking friends.
- Brian Fellow's Safari Planet
- A man (Tracy Morgan) claiming to be an experienced zoologist is frequently exposed for the shame that he actually is during his talk show about animals.
- Bronx Beat
- Bronx housewives Betty (Amy Poehler) and Jodi (Maya Rudolph) host a daytime talk show, but they spend more time complaining about their families and flirting than they do talking to their guests.
- A seemingly disgusting woman portrayed by Horatio Sanz who nonetheless attracts numerous men.
- Celebrity Jeopardy
- Will Ferrell portrays game show host Alex Trebek in a game of Jeopardy with dim-witted celebrities, often featuring Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery, Trebek's nemesis.
- Club Traxx
- A music video count down show broadcast on European music channel Eurovision and hosted by Beertje van Beers (Maya Rudolph) and Leonard (Fred Armisen).
- The Culps
- Marty Culp (Will Ferrell) and Bobbi Mohan-Culp (Ana Gasteyer), are two music teachers who attempt to connect with their students and anyone else who they hold as a captive audience using medleys of popular songs, often with the lyrics slightly changed.
- Dan Rather
- Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather, as portrayed by Joe Piscopo, Jeff Daniels and Darrell Hammond.
- Debbie Downer
- Rachel Dratch is a depressing woman named Debbie Downer who spouts facts about subjects like feline AIDS in social situations, killing the atmosphere and momentum of a party.
- Deep House Dish
- A house music talk show, starring Kenan Thompson as host DJ Dynasty Handbag and Rachel Dratch as his dimwitted, abused sidekick Tiara Zee.
- Deep Thoughts
- Short blackout sketches featuring one liners set to nature scenes and soft music, written and narrated by Jack Handy.
- Delicious Dish
- A National Public Radio cooking talk show hosted by Margaret Jo McCullin (Ana Gasteyer) and Terry Rialto (Molly Shannon).
- The DeMarco Brothers
- Kyle (Chris Parnell) and Sean (Chris Kattan), who will not falter in their dream to be dancers in a video, despite their obvious lack of talent.
- Donald Trump
- Billionaire business man Donald Trump, frequently lampooned on the show, first by Phil Hartman, then Darrell Hammond.
- Donatella Versace
- Affluent Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace, portrayed by Maya Rudolph, drinks, smokes and generally berates anyone she can while scantly clad male models dance behind her.
- Elton John
- English pop star Elton John, as portrayed by Phil Hartman, Will Ferrell and Horatio Sanz.
- Emily Litella
- Gilda Radner as a confused commentator who often argues against important current issues she has misheard.
- The Falconer
- Former businessman Ken Mortimer (Will Forte) one day left his old life behind to live as a hermit known as "The Falconer" with his pet falcon Donald.
- George W. Bush
- George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, as portrayed by Will Ferrell, Chris Parnell, Darrell Hammond, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis. Also includes Vice President Dick Cheney (Hammond), general election opponents and key Cabinet members.
- Geraldo Rivera
- News personality Geraldo Rivera, as portrayed by Joe Piscopo, Chris Kattan and Darrell Hammond.
- H&L Brock
- Commercials for a shady tax accounting firm, featuring John Belushi as H&L Brock spokesman Lowell Brock.
- Recurring parody of the MSNBC series Hardball with Chris Matthews, featuring Darrell Hammond as host Chris Matthews.
- The Hippies
- Jason (Dan Aykroyd) and Chloe (Laraine Newman), two drug-consuming, swinging, slang-talking hippies.
- Home Movies
- Viewer-submitted short films, which became one of SNL's longest-running segments as they ran through the 1970s and into the early 1980s. They are perhaps most significant for having introduced Mr. Bill, one of the most popular characters of the 1970s.
- Inside the Actors Studio
- Parody of the Bravo talk show, featuring Will Ferrell as host James Lipton.
- The Introverts
- Boring office workers Neil (Will Forte) and Jean (Kristen Wiig), who prove to be depraved when they have a few drinks in them.
- Jane Pauley
- TV news reporter Jane Pauley, as portrayed by Jan Hooks, Julia Sweeney and Kristen Wiig.
- Jarret's Room
- Two stoner college students named Jarret and Gobi (Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz) host a webcast program that is a sort of updated version of Wayne's World.
- Jesse Jackson
- Baptist minister, activist and Democratic party primary presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, as portrayed by Joe Piscopo, Eddie Murphy, Carl Weathers and Darrell Hammond.
- Jim Lehrer
- PBS news correspondent and presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer, as portrayed by Jim Breuer and Chris Parnell.
- Jimmy Carter
- Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, as portrayed by Dan Aykroyd, Joe Piscopo, Dana Carvey, Michael McKean and Darrell Hammond. Also includes First Lady Rosalynn Carter (Laraine Newman and Ann Risley), Vice President Walter Mondale (Bill Murray, Brad Hall, Gary Kroeger and Dana Carvey), general election opponents and key Cabinet members.
- Amy Poehler portrays a hyperactive preteen named Kaitlin, who bounces off the walls and generally annoys her step-father Rick, played by Horatio Sanz.
- The Ladies' Man
- Leon Phelps (Tim Meadows), who is sexually irresistible and teaches other men to be the same.
- Land Shark
- A clever shark who walks on land and attacks women in their homes, voiced by Chevy Chase.
- Larry King
- CNN talk show host and quirky journalist, as portrayed by Kevin Nealon, Will Ferrell, Norm MacDonald, Jimmy Fallon and Fred Armisen.
- An incompetent parody of MacGyver played by Will Forte, who routinely fails to disarm bombs.
- A male stripper played by Chris Kattan who becomes the object of obsession for male celebrities.
- Mary Katherine Gallagher
- A Catholic schoolgirl who struggles to find acceptance despite her constant monologuing and smelling of her own armpits, played by Molly Shannon.
- Meet the Press
- A recurring parody of NBC's long-running Sunday morning talk show Meet the Press, featuring Darrell Hammond as host Tim Russert.
- Merv the Perv
- A middle aged man named Mervin (Chris Parnell) makes obtuse sexual remarks in hopes of sleeping with whatever woman is closest.
- Morning Latte
- Two incompetent morning talk show hosts attempt to share amusing banter, but only wind up coming off as obnoxious and ignorant. The show is hosted by Will Ferrell as Tom Wilkins and Cheri Oteri as Cass Van Rye.
- The Mr. Bill Show
- Not-terribly-animated segments featuring the Play-Doh character Mr. Bill who is subjected to all manner of torture, torment and abuse at the hands of his nemesis Mr. Sluggo and his master Mr. Hand.
- Mr. Short-Term Memory
- Jeff Morrow (Tom Hanks), a man who can't remember what happened merely moments ago.
- Nancy Grace
- A recurring parody of Nancy Grace, a political and legal pundit known for obsessively following non-events to the point of absurdity. The sketch features Amy Poehler as the show's namesake, Nancy Grace.
- The Needlers
- Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler as Dan and Sally Needler, a married couple that "should be divorced." They spend most sketches fighting in front of their friends until the end of the sketch, where they have sex off screen.
- Nick Burns, Your Company's Computer Guy
- Jimmy Fallon as an IT worker who was constantly annoyed when he had to help his computer-unsavvy coworkers solve their computer issues.
- The O'Reilly Factor
- A parody of the conservative editorial news program The O'Reilly Factor, hosted by Darrell Hammond as host Bill O'Reilly.
- A recurring parody of the daytime talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, featuring Jan Hooks, Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph as host Oprah Winfrey.
- Pat Buchanan
- Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, as portrayed by Phil Hartman, Mark McKinney, David Koechner and Chris Parnell.
- A round of the popular video game "Pong" is seen on-screen while off-screen, the two players (Tom Davis and Al Franken) are heard talking.
- Pretty Living
- A women's daytime talk show hosted by Gayle Gleason (Ana Gasteyer), whose most frequent guest was "joyologist" Helen Madden (Molly Shannon).
- Prince Show
- The eccentric R&B/funk singer Prince (Fred Armisen) hosts his own unusual talk show with co-hostess Beyonce Knowles (Maya Rudolph).
- Saddam Hussein
- Iraqi Prime Minister Saddam Hussein, as portrayed by Kevin Nealon, Phil Hartman, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Horatio Sanz, Alec Baldwin and Dane Cook.
- Sally O'Malley
- Molly Shannon as a 50-year-old woman who applies for positions that are completely inappropriate for her.
- Samurai Futaba
- John Belushi as a Japanese businessman who uses his katana and pretends not to speak English.
- Adventures from a Midwestern Target with an incompetent staff, featuring Kristen Wiig as the talkative, unhelpful cashier.
- Tom Brokaw
- The NBC Nightly News anchor, portrayed by Harry Shearer, Darrell Hammond, Dana Carvey and Chris Parnell.
- Tom Snyder
- Broadcast personality Tom Snyder, former host of the NBC late-late night talk show Tomorrow, among others, as portrayed by Dan Aykroyd, Joe Piscopo and Harry Shearer.
- Two A-Holes
- Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig as two self-absorbed New York yuppies who annoy everyone they meet.
- Wake Up Wakefield!
- A recurring sketch taking place on a middle school's intraschool news program, hosted by A/V club students Megan and Sheldon (respectively played by Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch). Also features Jimmy Fallon as Randy Goldman and Horatio Sanz as Mr. Banglian.
- Wayne's World
- Dedicated rockers Wayne and Garth (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey) host a public access television show from Wayne's basement in Illinois.
- Weekend Update
- SNL's long-running parody of local news broadcasts.