Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2008–2009

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The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced between September 13, 2008, and May 16, 2009, the thirty-fourth season of SNL.

Googie Rene[edit]

Kenan Thompson sells discounted garments with mysterious stains.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
34 September 27, 2008 Anna Faris Googie Rene's Slightly Stained Wedding Dress Basement;[1] this sketch was previously included in the dress rehearsal for the September 13 episode, but was cut from that episode's live broadcast
36 October 23, 2010 Emma Stone Googie Rene's Partially Damaged Halloween Costume Discount Basement[2]
36 May 7, 2011 Tina Fey Googie Rene's Slightly Damaged Prom Wear Barn[3]

A sketch featuring "Googie Rene's Partially Damaged Christmas Decorations" was included in the dress rehearsal for the December 10, 2011, episode, hosted by Katy Perry, but was cut for the live broadcast.

The Lawrence Welk Show[edit]

A parody of the original "mildly-entertaining" Lawrence Welk Show, this PBS rerun, hosted by Fred Armisen as Welk, features the singing act The Maharelle Sisters, from the Finger Lakes. Each performance begins by featuring each of three attractive, flirtatious women, before introducing the fourth sister, Dooneese (Kristen Wiig), (sometimes spelled "Judice"; spellings differ in SNL sources[4][5]) whose deformities include an extremely tall forehead, tiny hands the size of an infant's, and an odd canine tooth. As each of the women sings in turn, Dooneese's contribution at the end is inevitably a weird or disturbing rant, such as describing eating roadkill or having worms in her hair. She often makes inappropriate sexual advances toward any men co-starring in the performance.

The three normal sisters have been played by both guests and cast members, including Jenny Slate, Abby Elliott, Michaela Watkins, Casey Wilson, Nasim Pedrad, Vanessa Bayer, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, Cecily Strong and Anne Hathaway.

Season Episode Host Notes
34 October 4, 2008 Anne Hathaway Hathaway plays Maharelle sister Janice.[6][7]
34 May 16, 2009 Will Ferrell Ferrell plays Lawrence Welk Show performer Ted Nathers.[8][9]
35 December 19, 2009 James Franco Franco plays Lawrence Welk Show performer Rico Garlando.[10]
35 May 8, 2010 Betty White White plays the singing sisters' mother.[11] Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, and Molly Shannon make cameo appearances in the beginning of the sketch. Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Ana Gasteyer make special appearances as Maharelle sisters Janet, Peggy, and Clara.
36 April 2, 2011 Elton John John plays Lawrence Welk Show performer Frances Lynn Mulge.[12]
37 October 1, 2011 Melissa McCarthy McCarthy plays long lost sister Gert, who has her own deformities, including superhuman strength.[13]
37 May 19, 2012 Mick Jagger Jagger did not appear in the sketch (which served as this episode's cold open). Jon Hamm appeared in cameo as Lawrence Welk Show performer Johnny Prosciutto.[14]
38 May 11, 2013 Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig comes back as Dooneese.[15]
39 December 7, 2013 Paul Rudd Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen come back and reprise their roles as Dooneese and Lawrence Welk in a parody of The Sound of Music.

Jeff Montgomery[edit]

A Will Forte character.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
34 October 25, 2008 Jon Hamm 43-year-old Jeff Montgomery comes trick-or-treating at the home of Bob Peterson (Hamm). Montgomery indicates he's costumed as a sex offender for Halloween, but is evasive as to whether he is also a sex offender the rest of the year.[16]
34 November 22, 2008 Tim McGraw Montgomery appears at a large Thanksgiving gathering, where it's eventually realized that none of the hosts or guests know who he is. He eventually mentions that he's an escapee from a mental institution.[17]

A sketch featuring Jeff Montgomery and his father (played by special guest Dan Aykroyd} terrorizing their neighbors was included in the dress rehearsal for the February 14, 2009 episode (hosted Alec Baldwin), but was cut for the live broadcast.

A sketch featuring Jeff Montgomery trick-or-treating was included in the dress rehearsal for the October 17, 2009, episode (hosted by Gerard Butler), but was cut for the live broadcast.

Stefon[edit]

Main article: Stefon

Bill Hader plays Stefon, a club kid and city correspondent for Weekend Update. He is asked by Seth Meyers to offer tips on family friendly things to do in New York city, but instead offers tips on the hottest (or more accurately, most bizarre) New York nightlife. May 18, 2013 marked the final appearance of Stefon as a recurring character, as Hader concluded his final season as SNL cast member.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
34 November 1, 2008 Ben Affleck Stefon is introduced in a sketch where he and Affleck are the Zolesky Brothers, making a pitch for a coming-of-age film interspersed with gay sex scenes.[18]
35 April 24, 2010 Gabourey Sidibe Stefon's first Weekend Update appearance, discussing family vacation spots.[19]
35 May 15, 2010 Alec Baldwin [20]
36 October 23, 2010 Emma Stone [21]
36 December 11, 2010 Paul Rudd [22]
36 December 18, 2010 Jeff Bridges As one of Seth Meyers' favorite trio of commentators, Stefon is joined by New York governor David Paterson (Fred Armisen) and Snooki (Bobby Moynihan) in singing a Christmas song.
36 February 12, 2011 Russell Brand [23]
36 May 7, 2011 Tina Fey [3][24]
36 May 21, 2011 Justin Timberlake [25]
37 October 8, 2011 Ben Stiller [26]
37 December 10, 2011 Katy Perry [27]
37 March 11, 2012 Jonah Hill [28]
37 May 19, 2012 Mick Jagger [14][29]
38 October 20, 2012 Bruno Mars [30]
38 March 9, 2013 Justin Timberlake [31]
38 May 18, 2013 Ben Affleck After Stefon's usual comment on "New York's hottest club", Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers again criticized his recommendations, making Stefon flee out of NBC Studios to get married. Seeing the error of his ways, Seth goes after him to the wedding at the New York Garden Church in Fifth Avenue only to find out that Stefon is getting married to Anderson Cooper. Seth goes in after Stefon and takes him away from the wedding back to Studio 8H and pronouncing their love for each other. Many of the wedding guests included Black George Washington as the minister, a puppet in disguise (ALF in a trenchcoat), human traffic cones and a human fire hydrant, HoboCops (homeless RoboCops), Jewpids, infamous gay running back Blowjay Simpson, a group of guys with afros and graduation caps, grown men in wedding dresses, jacked homeless guys in period bathing suits, Gizblow the coked-up Gremlin, Furkel, evil chef Wario Batali, Germfs (German Smurfs), Sidney Applebaum the Jewish Dracula, a screaming geisha, Hanukkah cartoon character Menorah the Explorer and DJ Baby Bok Choy. Ben Affleck makes a cameo appearance reprising his role as Stefon's brother, David Zolefsky. Stefon's appearance in this episode marked his last as a recurring character[18]
39 February 1, 2014 Melissa McCarthy Stefon makes a guest appearance on Seth's last Weekend Update episode along with Amy Poehler.

Grady Wilson[edit]

Kenan Thompson plays the Sanford and Son character Grady Wilson as the host of a series of instructional sex films.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
34 November 1, 2008 Ben Affleck "Grady Wilson's Put the Fire Back in your Marriage Techniques"[32]
35 September 26, 2009 Megan Fox "Grady Wilson's Burning Up the Bedsheets"[33]
35 January 16, 2010 Sigourney Weaver "Grady Wilson's Fifty and Freaky"; Weaver appears as a Dutch woman.[34]
35 May 15, 2010 Alec Baldwin "Grady Wilson's Intimate & International"; Baldwin appears as a Greek man, Kostos.[20]
36 January 8, 2011 Jim Carrey "Grady Wilson's Tantric and Tasty"; Carrey appears as the erotic shaman Leelicious.[35]

The Vogelchecks[edit]

Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star in this sketch about a family that expresses affection, at the slightest provocation, with slobbery French kissing and other disturbingly intimate acts. In the sketch, another member of the family (usually played by the episode's host) brings home a new girlfriend/boyfriend to meet his parents (Armisen and Wiig) and brother Dwayne (Hader). The girlfriend is initially put off by the family's eager physical affection, but is won over by a heartfelt speech from Armisen.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
34 November 15, 2008 Paul Rudd
35 December 19, 2009 James Franco [10] This sketch originally appeared in the dress rehearsal for the December 12, 2009, episode hosted by Taylor Lautner, but was cut for the live broadcast.
35 March 6, 2010 Zach Galifianakis Ronny Vogelcheck (Bobby Moynihan) brings his girlfriend Shelley (Jenny Slate) home for a funeral, where she meets his family. Galifianakis appears as the priest, Father Yankovic.
36 December 11, 2010 Paul Rudd The Vogelchecks greet their Romanian relatives (Nasim Pedrad and Paul Brittain) for Christmas.[22]
37 November 19, 2011 Jason Segel Paul Rudd made an appearance in the sketch.
39 May 17, 2014 Andy Samberg Andy Samberg brings his boyfriend (Taran Killam) to watch the football draft. Paul Rudd reprises his role and Maya Rudolph is a nurse.

Dateline[edit]

Bill Hader plays Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison hosting "Real-Life Crimes and Stories of Real People in Bad Situations", a series of short interviews with victims of pain and suffering. The sketch revolves around Morrison's sinister persona: during the interviews, Hader utters trite remarks, makes creepy faces and sounds, expresses disgust at awful things not happening, and admits he gets a creepy delight out of other people's suffering.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
34 November 22, 2008 Tim McGraw Morrison interviews a woman (Kristen Wiig) whose boyfriend was found dead in a car trunk; a couple (Jason Sudeikis and Casey Wilson) attacked by sharks; and a man (McGraw) whose wife murdered their neighbors.[36]
34 March 14, 2009 Tracy Morgan Morrison interviews a man (Andy Samberg) who walked in on a convenience store robbery; a couple (Abby Elliott and Kenan Thompson) who had the roof cave in on their wedding; and a convicted murderer and cannibal (Morgan).
37 December 3, 2011 Steve Buscemi

Hader reprised his Keith Morrison impression in the September 24, 2009, episode of Weekend Update Thursday, where he interviewed President Obama (Fred Armisen) about the "death panel" issue.

Shana[edit]

Kristen Wiig plays an outwardly sexy woman (strongly resembling Marilyn Monroe) who nonetheless does everything in the least sexy way possible. In each sketch she enters a room where several male coworkers were present, all of whom are initially attracted by her curvy figure, her sweet childlike voice, and her shy and demure demeanor. However, her behavior is quickly punctuated with belches, farts, accidental urination or defecation, loud braying laughs and fits of spastic, uncoordinated movement. By the end of the sketch, all of the men except one (usually played by the episode's host) are completely repulsed by her; the holdout is even more smitten than when she first arrived.

In an interview with Alec Baldwin, in which he complimented Wiig on her ability to switch between sexy and unsexy characters, Wiig replied:

I have to say, one of the greatest gifts that I've gotten from SNL is getting out of my comfort zone. I realized, and I think Lorne [Michaels] realized, probably the first handful of years that I was there, most of my characters were ladies in their forties with short hair and weird sweaters, that no one wanted at their dinner party. The good thing about being at SNL, for me creatively, is to think, "Okay, I'm comfortable enough. I really want to try something that's not something that I normally do." That's when I actually first came up with the character Shana, the one that’s sexy but says gross things."[37]

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
34 December 6, 2008 John Malkovich
35 January 9, 2010 Charles Barkley
36 October 2, 2010 Bryan Cranston
37 October 8, 2011 Ben Stiller [26]

Gilly[edit]

A mischievous schoolgirl played by Kristen Wiig.[38] In the standard Gilly sketch, Mr. Dillon (Will Forte) is attempting to teach his class of young students, but the class is repeatedly interrupted by pranks. After each prank, Mr. Dillon asks first Liam (Bobby Moynihan), then Sam (Kenan Thompson), if they are responsible, and the boys deny it (especially easy for Sam as his arms are both in casts). A female student then says that Gilly did it, and Gilly offers an insincere "sorry." The cycle repeats with the pranks becoming more dangerous and violent.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
34 January 17, 2009 Rosario Dawson [39]
34 April 11, 2009 Zac Efron Science Fair Finals[40][41]
35 October 20, 2009 Drew Barrymore Gilly is joined by her Italian cousin, Gigli (Barrymore).[42][43][44]
35 December 17, 2009 Christmas special Gilly hosts the SNL Christmas special.
36 October 9, 2010 Jane Lynch As Sue Sylvester, Lynch introduces new student Gilly to the Glee Club.[45]
37 April 7, 2012 Sofia Vergara Gilly disrupts Mrs. Roberts' (Vergara) sex education class, and we see a flashforward to Gilly's death.
38 May 11, 2013 Kristen Wiig Appeared during Wiig's monologue performance alongside Lorne Michaels.[15]

Angie Tempura[edit]

Michaela Watkins appears on Weekend Update as a snarky blogger for gossip website bitchpleeze.com.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
34 February 14, 2009 Alec Baldwin
34 April 11, 2009 Zac Efron [40]

Hamilton[edit]

Hamilton, played by Will Forte, is a creepy man with a blonde bob cut and large round sunglasses, who commandeers the microphone at various events. For some reason, women find him irresistibly alluring.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
34 May 16, 2009 Will Ferrell At a funeral, Hamilton speaks about the recent deaths of his cousin and mother before excoriating the policies of President Obama. (Hamilton was not named in this episode.)[9]
35 October 10, 2009 Drew Barrymore At a book reading by Debbie Turner (Barrymore), who has written a memoir ("Living With The Devil") of her incredibly unhealthy yet passionate relationship with Hamilton, he appears and convinces her (by singing the Usher song "Love in This Club") to give him another chance.[44]
35 April 24, 2010 Gabourey Sidibe At a public event featuring Sidibe (playing herself), her former lover Hamilton shows up to ask for her hand in marriage.[19]
37 May 12, 2012 Will Ferrell Hamilton offers a toast at a dinner for a 25th wedding anniversary.

The dress rehearsal for the March 6, 2010, episode featured a sketch in which Hamilton interrupted a lesbian wedding to beg one of the brides for a second chance; the sketch was cut from the live episode.

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Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2007–2008
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Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2009–2010