Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1998–1999

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The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced between September 26, 1998, and May 15, 1999, the twenty-fourth season of SNL.

Jingleheimer Junction[edit]

A Will Ferrell, Horatio Sanz, Ana Gasteyer, Cameron Diaz and Tim Meadows sketch. Debuted September 26, 1998.

Meadows played the host of a children's show called Jingleheimer Junction. Diaz, Gasteyer and Sanz played the characters Katie Kindness, Carla Caring and Umberto Unity. When they stand in the right place, the white letters on their shirts spell "UCK." They also introduce a new friend named Fred Friendship, who, unfortunately, has the letter F on his shirt. Though he usually stands on the opposite end of the line from Umberto, the others encourage him to stand next to Umberto, not knowing what their shirts will spell if he does. He does usually go to that side of the line, but the show is cut out while the host tries to get Fred to the appropriate side of the line. This happens numerous times during the sketch.

Hello Dolly[edit]

An Ana Gasteyer sketch. Debuted October 3, 1998.

The How Do You Say? Ah, Yes, Show[edit]

This sketch was furnished as a talk show featuring Chris Kattan as Antonio Banderas, the show's host. Kattan portrayed Banderas as a naïve chauvinist whose only interest was to attempt to charm any female guest into sleeping with him, using his well-documented sex appeal and shaky-at-best mastery of the English language (as evidenced in the show's title). In the show, Banderas was always backed up by his three-man mariachi band, who aside from performing the musical duties on the show, constantly begged Banderas not to unbutton or remove his shirt, for it would be "too sexy". A female guest who was put off by his advances once asked him, "Aren't you married to Melanie Griffith?" His response was "I am betrothed to her. She is, eh, how do you say? Ah yes, old and not here." Drew Barrymore appeared in a sketch as Melanie Griffith. Debuted October 17, 1998.

Nick Burns, Your Company's Computer Guy[edit]

A Jimmy Fallon sketch. Debuted November 20, 1999. Nick Burns (Fallon) looked like an archetypal nerd (dirty unkempt hair, pagers, pocket protector, etc.) and was an IT Support guy at a large company. He would nastily mock anyone who asked for his assistance in fixing a problem with their computer. His catchphrase was a sarcastic, "YOU'RE WELCOME" along with a loud, obnoxious, "MOVE!!", commanding the person asking for his help to get out of their desk chair so he could sit in it to fix the problem with their computer.

  • Season 26, Episode 5 (November 11, 2000) Calista Flockhart. Flockhart played a new IT Support employee who was essentially a female version of Nick Burns. By the end of the sketch, she and Nick had taken strong romantic interest in each other.
  • Season 27, Episode 6 (November 17, 2001) Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton played Nick Burns' father, essentially an older version of him.

Dog Show[edit]

Dog Show was an aptly titled parody of an Animal Planet show featuring people who are more than enamored with their dogs. It was hosted by Miss Colleen (Molly Shannon) and Mr. David Larry (Will Ferrell), a bizarre couple who were supposed to be married even though he was a homosexual ("Separate bedrooms, separate baths"). The two admit that they "don't like most people" but are extremely fond of dogs.

The sketch would open with David Larry banging on a snare drum, followed by the two hosts shouting "DOG SHOW!" The hosts would then introduce their dogs, "Mr. Rocky Balboa" and "Mr. Bojangles", (who was actually a female, but was given the title "Mr.", because as David Larry would point out, he is "playing a trick on her"), a pair of miniature dogs who were displayed dressed in costumes. Each sketch would introduce a guest to the "show", and often the hosts would have their dogs participate in things such as seances and weddings. Debuted December 5, 1998.

Pimp Chat[edit]

Done only twice, this sketch featured Tracy Morgan as Bishop Don "Mack" Donald, a pastiche/parody/homage to Bishop Don "Magic" Juan. Both sketches featured Tim Meadows as "Pimpin' Kyle", Bishop Donald's sidekick, and took place in the back of a limo with pink faux fur upholstery, "from the back of a Rolls-Royce limousine parked outside Club Sugar Shack, at Nelson Ave. and Harlem." The first sketch featured Vince Vaughn (12/05/98) as "White Chocolate", and the second featured Ray Romano (3/13/99). As these were produced during the Clinton era, they invariably had content regarding said presidential scandals, with the occasional political questions thrown in. During these sketches, Bishop Donald would always call for the limo to slow down, at which point he would yell (to his one of his whores, presumably), "Bitch, where's my money?" Debuted December 5, 1998.

Skeeter[edit]

Skeeter is a redneck character portrayed by Darrell Hammond.

Skeeter only appeared on Saturday Night Live four times: 1. January 9, 1999 (Extreme Hunting) 2. May 3, 2003 (Politics Today) 3. January 15, 2005 (Trucker Talk) 4. March 12, 2005 (Dirtball and Burnout Convention)

Skeeter uses his catchphrase "What's up, sons of bitches?" to start a conversation. He has a mullet hairstyle. His attire consists of a white undershirt, a blue button down shirt and an orange vest jacket. He sometimes wears a dirty purple and yellow hat.

In the Politics Today sketch, we learn that Skeeter is a high school drop out and has poor knowledge of politics and current events. In the Dirtball and Burnout Convention commercial, it is revealed that Skeeter is a "four time arrestee from TV's Cops."

Brian Fellow's Safari Planet[edit]

Brian Fellow's Safari Planet was a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live, featuring Tracy Morgan. The character premiered on May 15, 1999 and appeared ten times, with its last appearance on March 14, 2009.

The sketch consists of Brian Fellow (Morgan), a man with a sixth grade education, who is not a licensed zoologist, interviewing representatives from zoos, animal sanctuaries, or other wildlife centers who bring animals to his show.

Following a somewhat predictable pattern, Fellow asks bizarre, nonsensical questions of his guests, soon becomes angry with them (he seems to know nothing about animals and is extremely defensive when this is brought to light), and ends with him insulting them and/or asking them to leave. He often conceives an antipathy towards the animal that the guest brought, for no logical reason (when a parrot that had been taught to say "I'm Brian Fellow" as a tribute was brought onto the show, Brian angrily became convinced that the bird was trying to mock him and impersonate him.) Typically, while interviewing the next guest, Fellow has delusions that non-present or even imaginary characters (usually the animal that the first guest brought, and took when he or she left) are speaking to him in a vulgar manner; while the second guest is talking about his or her animal, Fellow will respond out loud to the imaginary conversation in his head, blurting out things like "I don't want to see your wiener!", "That bird better pray he don't mess up my credit!", or "No you won't punch my mom!" The current guest, of course, is completely confused. Often, after his usual incompetent inquiries, Brian will ask a legitimate, intelligent question about the animal, catching the guest off-guard. He typically follows that with his catch-phrase, "I'm Brian Fellow!" He also wears shiny clear lip gloss on the show, and acts effeminate. His usual response to anything a guest says is "That's crazy!" or, quite simply, "I'm Brian Fellow!"

Facts About Brian Fellow[edit]

  • Brian Fellow was once bit by a snapping turtle. Ever since then, he seems to have an irrational fear of any kind of turtle.
  • Brian Fellow was once attacked by a pigeon.
  • Brian Fellow has a friend named Jessie, who fixes cars.
  • Brian Fellow has a friend named Angel, who likes to name birds.
  • Brian Fellow has a strange fear and hatred of goats.
  • Brian Fellow has a clean mouth. There is no talk of the birds and the bees on his show, except when there are birds or bees, and sometimes, not even then.
  • Brian Fellow has an Uncle Kool-Aid who often wears a big belt buckle.
  • Brian Fellow does not like porcupines.
  • Brian Fellow has a brother named Ryan Fellow.
  • There is a cat named Brian Fellow from La Brea California

Episodes Featuring Brian Fellow[edit]

Brian Fellow's remarks on animals[edit]

  • On a boa constrictor: "That's one big worm!" or "Does the snake still work for the Devil?"
  • On a Sphynx: "What'd you do to that cat? He bald-headed!"
  • On a tarantula: "That's one fuzzy bug! ...If I had a bug like that, I'd make a coat out of him!"
  • On a parrot after the bird mimics his catch phrase "I'm Brian Fellow": "That bird is a liar!"
  • On a bat: "I understand bats live in caves", to which the trainer acknowledges yes, "Does he know where Osama bin Laden is?" (This episode aired after the September 11 attacks.)
  • On a pig: "Why does that pig hate Jewish people?" (a reference to kashrut, a Jewish diet that forbids consumption of pork)
  • On a Miniature horse: "That's the biggest dog I've ever seen!"
  • On a goat: "I didn't like that goat, he had devil eyes!"
  • On a turtle: "If that turtle bites me, I'm gonna kill it!"
  • On a rabbit: "That rabbit just winked at me!"
  • On a porcupine: "That rat needs a hair cut" and "All I'm saying is he needs a haircut. Looking all homeless and stuff."
  • On a donkey: "Our next guest has big ears too because he likes to carry coffee beans and rocks. Please welcome a donkey."
  • On a calf: "That cow has a big head. I bet he's all stuck up 'cuz of that big head."

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7 Degrees Celsius[edit]

A parody of late-1990s "Boy Bands", specifically 98 Degrees. The members were Jeph (Chris Parnell), Samm (Chris Kattan), Sweet T (Horatio Sanz), and Wade (Jimmy Fallon); the host or musical guest would appear as the fifth member (similar to Gemini's Twin). Jeph described their sound as "gangsta rap meets hip-hop meets You Can't Do That On Television." Sweet T has a 15 year old son named Ribeye, though adds that this doesn't make him an old dude, since he had him when he was 9. Their manager was a man with a thinly-veiled criminal past named Peter Tanner, played by Will Ferrell. They were often seen bouncing around on large inflatable playground balls while singing, a reference to the Backstreet Boys' trademark "folding chair dance". Debuted January 16, 1999.

Chet Harper[edit]

A Ray Romano sketch. Debuted March 13, 1999.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1997–1998
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed chronologically) Succeeded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1999–2000