The 10 Best Saturday Night Live Characters, Ranked | Pretty Reel

Saturday Night Live has been a television mainstay since 1975 and continues to be a pop culture icon and even shape American politics as we know it. This comedy sketch series really changed the game when it came to television comedy, and the show’s live-action premise introduced a whole new concept when it debuted. The idea of ​​a different celebrity host each week was also a new addition to television, although some hosts were funnier than others. As with any show that has aired for over forty years, SNL has had its ups and downs in popularity, with many saying the best seasons of SNL are the ones that aired when you were in college.

One of the strengths of the series is the use of recurring characters played by cast members or various guest hosts. This concept allows audiences to experience a character they love in a variety of situations, which is the only true “linear” aspect of SNL. But which SNL character reigns supreme? We’ll take a look.

10/10 Opera Man

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Opera Man was introduced in 1992 and became a recurring character in the show’s Weekend Update segment, essentially SNL news. Played by then-unknown actor Adam Sandler, Opera Man became a fan favorite with his delightful new operatic singing. The character would appear sporadically throughout Sandler’s run on the show in the early 90s and also made a special appearance at SNL’s 40th anniversary in 2015.

9/10 drunk uncle

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Another Weekend Update fan favorite is Drunk Uncle, played by Bobby Moynihan. Drunk Uncle was played as a parody of the stereotypical older family member who is out of touch with the situation in the world. Weaving his way through his disdain for young people, technology, and a whole long list of other topics, Moynihan delivers one of the funniest and most iconic SNL characters.

8/10 Hans and Franz

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Some of the best characters featured on SNL are when a specific celebrity, musician, or athlete is parodied. That’s basically what Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey did with their characters Hans and Franz, two European coachbuilders in the manner of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The cast members’ commitment to the bit and the over-the-top padded muscles and tracksuits make the duo one of the best in SNL history.

7/10 Keyrock/Unfrozen Caveman’s Advocate

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The late, great Phil Hartman had his share of classic SNL characters, but perhaps none were more popular than Keyrock, The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. The premise being that this previously frozen caveman is now a lawyer trying to live and work in the modern world without fully understanding it. Hartman’s delivery and commitment to the bit helped ground the outrageous premise and create a classically funny SNL character.

6/10 Prince & Beyoncé

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Long before their successes elsewhere, Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph had long, hilarious runs on Saturday Night Live. Perhaps some of their funniest work comes from their portrayal of the unlikely duo of Prince and Beyoncé on the fictional talk show “Prince Show.” With Rudolph’s explosive take on the pop star and the shy nature and shyness that Armisen imparts to Prince, the two deliver some of the funniest sketches in SNL history.

5/10 Beating the Bronx

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Two of the funniest women in SNL history are teaming up for next big characters Betty Caruso and Jodi Deitz, hosts of a Bronx Beat talk show. The skit’s premise revolved around Amy Poehler’s Caruso and Maya Rudolph’s Deitz, playing over-the-top Bronx hosts from the talk show, flattering the male guest they had. The chemistry between Poehler and Rudolph has always been strong on the show, but never as strong as their teams for Bronx Beat.

4/10 The Culps

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Will Ferrell’s hilarity cannot be underestimated. He is known worldwide today for his comedy and his appearances in some of the best comedy films of the past two decades. But it was his time on SNL that produced some of the best and funniest characters he’s ever played. Along with fellow cast member Ana Gasteyer, the two played the married couple of Marty Culp and Bob Mohan-Culp. Initially working as music teachers at the fictional Altadena Middle School, they were the personification of uncool, scrubbed, “correct” versions of rap and r&b songs.

3/10 The Lady of the Church

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Some SNL cast members on the show are defined by a specific character they may have played. In the case of Dana Carvey, her tenure could be remembered for several, one of them being The Church Lady. Playing the character of Enid Strict, The Church Lady was the host of a Christianity-based talk show featuring celebrities with whom she usually passed judgment and condemnation for past deeds. Carvey, who is the man of a thousand characters, fell into the role so easily, making The Church Lady one of the best SNL characters of all time. Isn’t it special?

2/10 Stefan

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Stefon was a character brought to life by two of the funniest people working in Hollywood today. Long before his standout role on HBO’s Barry, Bill Hader was an SNL actor. While Hader played the character on screen, it was his friend and writer John Mulaney who provided the outrageous dialogue that would come out of Stefon’s mouth. Watching Hader struggle to deliver the lines while shyly covering his face, Stefon had more than one way to make the audience laugh. Always ready to share the hottest new spots in New York, Hader and Mulaney helped bring a memorable SNL character to life for the ages.

1/10 Wayne and Garth

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Many feature films have been made about the characters on SNL with varying degrees of success. One of the best films, however, is based on the characters of Wayne and Garth, played by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in the 90s series Best Friends and hosts of Wayne’s World, a late night TV show, the duo shared their love of rock and roll. When two cast members share a skit, chemistry is everything and Carvey and Myers have worked so well together during their time on the show and in the movies. They are iconically associated with Saturday Night Live and the greatest character(s) in the show’s history.

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