Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2008–2009
Kenan Thompson sells discounted garments with mysterious stains.
|34||September 27, 2008||Anna Faris||Googie Rene's Slightly Stained Wedding Dress Basement; 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|
|36||May 7, 2011||Tina Fey||Googie Rene's Slightly Damaged Prom Wear Barn|
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
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) 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.
|34||October 4, 2008||Anne Hathaway||Hathaway plays Maharelle sister Janice.|
|34||May 16, 2009||Will Ferrell||Ferrell plays Lawrence Welk Show performer Ted Nathers.|
|35||December 19, 2009||James Franco||Franco plays Lawrence Welk Show performer Rico Garlando.|
|35||May 8, 2010||Betty White||White plays the singing sisters' mother. 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.|
|37||October 1, 2011||Melissa McCarthy||McCarthy plays long lost sister Gert, who has her own deformities, including superhuman strength.|
|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.|
|38||May 11, 2013||Kristen Wiig||Kristen Wiig comes back as Dooneese.|
|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.|
A Will Forte character.
|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.|
|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.|
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.
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.
|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.|
|35||April 24, 2010||Gabourey Sidibe||Stefon's first Weekend Update appearance, discussing family vacation spots.|
|May 15, 2010||Alec Baldwin|||
|36||October 23, 2010||Emma Stone|||
|December 11, 2010||Paul Rudd|||
|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.|
|February 12, 2011||Russell Brand|||
|May 7, 2011||Tina Fey|||
|May 21, 2011||Justin Timberlake||Only appearance where Hader did not break character; his appearance lasted roughly 30 seconds.|
|37||October 8, 2011||Ben Stiller||Stefon and Derek Zoolander (Stiller) promote a charity to help fat kids.|
|December 10, 2011||Katy Perry||Also appears in promos for this episode.|
|February 18, 2012||Maya Rudolph||Appeared in the opening monologue.|
|March 11, 2012||Jonah Hill||Kisses Seth Meyers for the first time in this episode.|
|May 19, 2012||Mick Jagger|||
|38||October 20, 2012||Bruno Mars|||
|March 9, 2013||Justin Timberlake|||
|May 18, 2013||Ben Affleck||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.|
|39||February 1, 2014||Melissa McCarthy||Stefon makes his first guest appearance along with Amy Poehler on Seth Meyers' final Weekend Update.|
|40||October 11, 2014||Bill Hader||Second guest appearance and Hader's first as SNL host. Stefon reveals he is pregnant.|
|February 15, 2015||SNL 40th Anniversary Special||Appeared alongside Edward Norton, who was dressed as Stefon and doing an impression of him, as well as Seth Meyers mentioning their unnamed children.|
|34||November 1, 2008||Ben Affleck||"Grady Wilson's Put the Fire Back in your Marriage Techniques"|
|35||September 26, 2009||Megan Fox||"Grady Wilson's Burning Up the Bedsheets"|
|35||January 16, 2010||Sigourney Weaver||"Grady Wilson's Fifty and Freaky"; Weaver appears as a Dutch woman.|
|35||May 15, 2010||Alec Baldwin||"Grady Wilson's Intimate & International"; Baldwin appears as a Greek man, Kostos.|
|36||January 8, 2011||Jim Carrey||"Grady Wilson's Tantric and Tasty"; Carrey appears as the erotic shaman Leelicious.|
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.
|34||November 15, 2008||Paul Rudd|
|35||December 19, 2009||James Franco|| 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.|
|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.|
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.
|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.|
|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|
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."
|34||December 6, 2008||John Malkovich|
|35||January 9, 2010||Charles Barkley|
|36||October 2, 2010||Bryan Cranston|
|37||October 8, 2011||Ben Stiller|||
A mischievous schoolgirl played by Kristen Wiig. 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.
|34||January 17, 2009||Rosario Dawson|||
|34||April 11, 2009||Zac Efron||Science Fair Finals|
|35||October 20, 2009||Drew Barrymore||Gilly is joined by her Italian cousin, Gigli (Barrymore).|
|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.|
|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.|
|34||February 14, 2009||Alec Baldwin|
|34||April 11, 2009||Zac Efron|||
Game Time with Randy And Greg
Kenan Thompson and Bill Hader star in these sketches, in which sports presenter Randy Dukes desperately tries to convince the audience that his co-host, Greg, is not an alien, despite everything in Greg's behavior proving otherwise.
|34||March 7, 2009||Dwayne Johnson||"Game Time with Dave and Greg" : Greg's first co-presenter is Dave Delmani, played by Dwayne Johnson. Randy Dukes is a guest in the end of the sketch.|
|35||October 17, 2009||Gerard Butler||Randy's first appearance as a presenter|
|35||January 30, 2010||Jon Hamm|
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.
|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.)|
|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.|
|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.|
|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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