Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2005–2006

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The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced between October 1, 2005, and May 20, 2006, the thirty-first season of SNL.

Voice Recording Woman[edit]

Rachel Dratch plays Julie, a woman who provides the voice for automated speech recognition systems used by "companies such as United Airlines, Blue Cross and Amtrak." She interacts with other people in the same fashion as the automated system; for example, after she prompts her date to "please say your age" and he responds that he's 29, she says, "I think you said 19. Did I get that right?"

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
31 October 8, 2005 Jon Heder Julie meets Gary (Heder) on a blind date. At the end, she "mishears" his invitation to go to a movie: "Let me see if I have this correct: I think you said you wanted to go... back to my place. Did I get that right?" Gary's happy to go along with it.
31 April 8, 2006 Antonio Banderas Julie meets Alberto (Banderas) at a party. While they are talking, Alberto struggles with his English, prompting Julie to ask if he'd like to continue the conversation in Spanish with her counterpart, Juan (Fred Armisen).

Deep House Dish[edit]

DJ Dynasty Handbag (Kenan Thompson) and co-host Tiara Zee (Rachel Dratch), replaced in December 2006 by T'Shane (Andy Samberg), host a showcase for house music acts. Both Tiara and T'Shane appear to have mental difficulties, perhaps from heavy drug use, and are berated constantly by DJ Dynasty Handbag.

Each sketch features that week's SNL host, along with various cast members, as musical performers.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
31 November 19, 2005 Eva Longoria Longoria plays Ms. Drama Martinez. Amy Poehler plays Tres Latraj. Bill Hader and Fred Armisen play DJ Frontal Assault and DJ Dimitrios.
31 January 14, 2006 Scarlett Johansson Johansson plays Mrs. Donna Smalls English. Poehler plays Kayleesha Kang. Chris Parnell plays DJ Intro.
31 April 15, 2006 Lindsay Lohan Hader and Armisen play DJ Frontal Assault and DJ Dimitrios.
32 December 2, 2006 Matthew Fox The first appearance of new co-host T'Shane (Samberg).
32 January 13, 2007 Jake Gyllenhaal
32 March 17, 2007 Julia Louis-Dreyfus
32 May 19, 2007 Zach Braff
34 September 27, 2008 Anna Faris
35 October 3, 2009 Ryan Reynolds Reynolds plays Danny McCooz. Musical guest Lady Gaga appears as herself with Madonna, and the two women get into a catfight. Kristen Wiig plays Miss Ice Tia.

Vincent Price's Holiday Special[edit]

Bill Hader plays a caricature of horror actor Vincent Price, hosting a cheesy holiday special.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
31 November 19, 2005 Eva Longoria "Vincent Price's Thanksgiving Special." Longoria plays Lucille Ball. Kristen Wiig plays Judy Garland. Horatio Sanz plays Alfred Hitchcock. Fred Armisen plays Ricky Ricardo. Amy Poehler plays a Chesterfield girl in a commercial.
31 March 11, 2006 Matt Dillon "Vincent Price's St. Patrick's Day Special." Dillon plays Rod Serling. Wiig plays Katharine Hepburn. Darrell Hammond plays Don Knotts (as Barney Fife).
34 October 25, 2008 Jon Hamm "Vincent Price's Halloween Special." Hamm plays James Mason. Wiig plays Gloria Swanson. Armisen plays Liberace.
34 February 14, 2009 Alec Baldwin "Vincent Price's Valentine's Day Special." Baldwin plays Richard Burton. Wiig plays Carol Channing. Casey Wilson plays Elizabeth Taylor. Armisen plays Liberace.
35 December 19, 2009 James Franco "Vincent Price's 1954 Christmas Special." Franco plays James Dean. Wiig plays Katharine Hepburn. Sanz plays Alfred Hitchcock. Armisen plays Liberace. Abby Elliott plays Marilyn Monroe in a commercial for asbestos.
36 October 30, 2010 Jon Hamm "Vincent Price's 1960 Halloween Special." Hamm plays John F. Kennedy. Wiig plays Judy Garland. Armisen plays Liberace.

The dress rehearsal for the May 20, 2006, episode, hosted by Kevin Spacey, included a Memorial Day version of this sketch that featured Spacey as Jack Lemmon, Wiig as Carol Channing, and Sanz as Alfred Hitchcock in a commercial for Psycho, but the sketch was cut for the live episode. The dress rehearsal for the October 28, 2006, episode, hosted by Hugh Laurie, featured a Halloween 1960 version of the sketch, but was also cut for the live episode.

Target Lady[edit]

Kristen Wiig plays a nerdy, dowdy, rather dim middle-aged woman, who is extremely proud to be a Target cashier. She has an awestruck reverence for her employer, although she struggles to comprehend some basic facts, such as understanding that its logo (referred to as "the Target circles") represents a stylized bullseye. She speaks with a strange, unidentifiable accent, pronouncing long vowel sounds with an extra "r"; for example, "Target" becomes "Terget." (When Justin Timberlake complains that his lips are chapped and swollen, she remarks that it makes him look like "Erngerlerner Jerlerr".)

As she rings up each customer, she becomes enamored with one of the items they're purchasing and rushes off into the store to find one herself, while the puzzled customer waits. She particularly loves candles ("kerndels"), and any customer with a candle among their purchases will send her into a giddy, babbling flutter.

The character was inspired by a brief conversation between Wiig and a clerk at a Los Angeles Target store, although Wiig said she was influenced by "just the accent, nothing [the clerk] actually said."[1] Wiig originated the character while at The Groundlings, and performed it as part of her audition for SNL in 2005. "When I first did the Target lady at Groundlings, it was just a black box and me," she said in an interview. "And then the first time I showed up on set and there was a Target set with a cash register, I teared up a little bit."[2]

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
31 December 3, 2005 Dane Cook Cook plays a creepy Target trainee.
31 January 21, 2006 Peter Sarsgaard Sarsgaard plays a manager who can't help customers while the Target Lady disappears from the cash register, because he's enjoying a flavored coffee while "having one of the best breaks of [his] career."
32 December 16, 2006 Justin Timberlake Timberlake plays a stock boy with very chapped lips, who draws the Target Lady's romantic interest.
32 February 3, 2007 Drew Barrymore Barrymore plays a trainee very similar to the Target Lady.
33 March 15, 2008 Jonah Hill Hill plays a Target employee, whom the Target Lady offers some romantic advice.
34 November 1, 2008 Ben Affleck Affleck plays a UPS delivery driver with a crush on the Target Lady.
34 May 9, 2009 Justin Timberlake Timberlake plays the Target Lady's elderly female friend, Peg; as Peg describes the series of misadventures (beginning with "I was pushin’ a wash machine up a hill when my fashion sandal got caught on a decorative yard prick") that led to her wearing a cervical collar, the women laugh and agree that each new misstep is "classic Peg!"
37 January 14, 2012 Daniel Radcliffe Radcliffe plays a stock boy trying to win the Target Lady's romantic attention.
38 May 11, 2013 Kristen Wiig

The dress rehearsal for the April 14, 2007, episode, hosted by Shia LaBeouf, included a sketch in which LaBeouf played a Target cafe clerk who scared customers with ghost stories, but the sketch was cut for the live episode.

Two A-Holes[edit]

Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig portray two nameless "assholes," a preppy self-absorbed couple who love chewing gum, pop culture references, and completely ignoring the people around them. The male a-hole is a fast-talking, Bluetooth-wearing guy who does most of the talking, showering questions at his companion, whom he addresses as "babe." The female a-hole stares at her phone while absentmindedly playing with her hair, occasionally whining and performing a celebrity "impression" that is impressive only to her other half.

The sketches are written by Wiig and Sudeikis, with occasional help from John Lutz.[3] Sudeikis described the characters' origin:

One night, we were just sort of writing late ... I said, "Hey, we should write a scene about a couple trying to buy a tree." And then, popped in the gum to just sort of stay awake. Kristen says that she sort of played that character because she didn't want to be there. I then played a variation of a guy I know exists in the world, you know, he loves her deeply, but is a jerk to other people.[3]

One of Wiig's lines in the sketch's first appearance, "He looked like a rabbit," became a recurring joke in later sketches. According to Sudeikis, Wiig wrote the original line, which Sudeikis didn't understand and "was not that into," but he agreed to keep it after Lutz advocated for it.[3]

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
31 December 17, 2005 Jack Black "Two A-Holes Buying a Christmas Tree." Black plays a tree salesman. After the salesman leaves, Wiig comments that "he looked like a rabbit"; Sudeikis later tells a concessions employee (Finesse Mitchell), "You look like a rabbit."
31 March 11, 2006 Matt Dillon "Two A-Holes at a Travel Agency." Dillon plays a travel agent. After he leaves, Wiig and Sudeikis agree that "he looked like a rabbit."
31 May 20, 2006 Kevin Spacey "Two A-Holes at a Crime Scene." Spacey plays a detective, interviewing the Two A-Holes about the car theft they witnessed. Describing the perp, Wiig says first that "he looked like Jesus" and later that "he looked like a rabbit."
32 October 21, 2006 John C. Reilly "Two A-Holes Work Out with a Trainer." Reilly plays Matt, a personal trainer. Wiig imitates Astro, the dog from The Jetsons; in Astro's voice, she says "Roo rook rike a rabbit."
32 December 9, 2006 Annette Bening "Two A-Holes in a Live Nativity Scene." Bening plays the director of a nativity scene featuring the Two A-Holes as Mary and Joseph. Wiig tells the director, "You look like Mrs. Brady."
32 January 20, 2007 Jeremy Piven "Two A-Holes at an Adoption Agency." Piven plays an adoption agency employee. Wiig impersonates Borat and says, of the painting of a rabbit behind the employee's desk, "That painting looks like a rabbit."
33 May 17, 2008 Steve Carell "Two A-Holes Do Karaoke." Carell plays karaoke host Peter Pops. Wiig and Sudeikis insist on telling jokes instead of singing; Wiig imitates "a cow eating grass" and "Yoda eating grass", and tells Pops, "You look like Eddie Rabbitt."
34 October 25, 2008 Jon Hamm "Two A-Holes At An Ad Agency in the 1960s." A parody of Mad Men, featuring cameos by Elisabeth Moss and John Slattery. The Two A-Holes are unimpressed by Don Draper's pitch to promote their invention, a hula hoop attached to suspenders. Wiig imitates Marilyn Monroe and tells Roger Sterling (Slattery), "Your pocket square looks like a rabbit."

Mike and Lexie[edit]

Mike (Fred Armisen) and his daughter Lexie (Scarlett Johansson) star in a crudely produced commercial for Mike's boutique store specializing in some gaudy item, claiming that if you display an item from their store in your home, "people will think you're a millionaire or somethin'." Each iteration features a new version of the catchphrase, "Ya gotta get a chand-a-lee-eh!"

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
31 January 14, 2006 Scarlett Johansson "Mike & Toni's Chandelier Galaxy." Rachel Dratch appears in this episode only as Mike's wife, Toni.
32 April 21, 2007 Scarlett Johansson "Mike's Marbleopolis" (selling marble columns).
35 October 3, 2009 Ryan Reynolds "Mike's Fountainry" (selling porcelain fountains). Cameo appearance by Johansson, who was married to Reynolds at the time. Reynolds played Mike's son-in-law, Nick.
36 November 13, 2010 Scarlett Johansson "Mike's Busteria" (selling ceramic busts).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dominus, Susan (28 April 2011). "Can Kristen Wiig Turn On the Charm?". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan (30 March 2009). "Kristen Wiig". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Nord, Billy (7 December 2007). "Jason Sudeikis: The Ultimate Interview Part 5 - What Lies Behind Us and What Lies Before Us". The Apiary. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
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Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2004–2005
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed chronologically) Succeeded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2006–2007