Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1991–1992

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The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live (SNL) characters and sketches introduced between September 28, 1991, and May 16, 1992, the seventeenth season of SNL.

Tales From The Barbecue[edit]

An old man (Tim Meadows) tells outlandish tales of acts of barbecue-related heroism he performed when he was younger (Chris Rock). Debuted September 28, 1991.

Zoraida the NBC Page[edit]

An Ellen Cleghorne sketch. Debuted September 28, 1991.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
17 September 28, 1991 Michael Jordan
17 November 16, 1991 Linda Hamilton
17 February 8, 1992 Susan Dey
17 May 16, 1992 Woody Harrelson
18 October 10, 1992 Joe Pesci
18 April 17, 1993 Kirstie Alley

The Chris Farley Show[edit]

A Chris Farley sketch. Debuted October 5, 1991.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
17 October 5, 1991 Jeff Daniels
17 November 16, 1991 Linda Hamilton guest: Martin Scorsese
18 February 13, 1993 Alec Baldwin guest: Paul McCartney

Queen Shenequa[edit]

Queen Shenequa, played by Ellen Cleghorne, was an Afrocentric social critic who dressed in African garb, observed Kwanzaa, and made commentaries on race. She had a somewhat disdainful persona, such as when she observed about Michael Jackson: "'Black or White'? If it doesn't matter, then why are you so white?", or when she commented that Kwanzaa "is a Swahili word which means 'Santa don't come to my house'". Debuted October 26, 1991.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
17 October 26, 1991 Christian Slater
17 December 7, 1991 M.C. Hammer
17 April 11, 1992 Sharon Stone
17 May 9, 1992 Tom Hanks
18 September 26, 1992 Nicolas Cage The Queen Shenequa Show
18 December 5, 1992 Tom Arnold
18 February 6, 1993 Luke Perry Dark Moments in Black History
19 October 30, 1993 Christian Slater

Mark Strobel[edit]

A Chris Farley sketch. Debuted November 2, 1991.

Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer[edit]

A Phil Hartman fill Hartman plays a caveman who was frozen in a glacier, revived in modern times, and went on to become a corrupt lawyer. Debuted November 23, 1991.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
17 November 23, 1991 Macaulay Culkin
17 March 14, 1992 John Goodman
18 January 16, 1993 Harvey Keitel
21 March 23, 1996 Phil Hartman

Dick Clark's Receptionist[edit]

A David Spade sketch in which various celebrities show up for a meeting with Dick Clark, and his receptionist doesn't recognize them ("And you are . . . ?"). Debuted December 7, 1991.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
17 December 7, 1991 M.C. Hammer
17 February 22, 1992 Roseanne Arnold, Tom Arnold
19 November 13, 1993 Rosie O'Donnell

Theatre Stories[edit]

Theatre Stories was an SNL skit parodying English actors. Debuted December 14, 1991. It is described by the announcer as produced by the "British-American Theatre Alliance", and centered around several English Shakespearean actors recounting acting experiences and anecdotes. However, one of the most memorable performances was Dana Carvey as embittered former American child star Mickey Rooney, complaining about how the film industry largely turned their back on him, and reminiscing on better times.

Mike Myers played the host, Kenneth Rhys-Evans (aka "Cucumber Jones"), an English actor who discovered one day that he could not control the volume of his voice (a joke Myers later used in the first Austin Powers movie). Other characters included Steve Martin as an elderly British actor nicknamed "Nobby", because his real name was incredibly long.

Quotes:

  • Kenneth: That reminds me of a story that's in no way related. I was working with John Gielgud in a production of Troilus and Cressida, when I discovered I had no control OVER THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE!
  • Mickey: I was the number one star... in the world, you hear me? Bang! <kissing noise> In the wooorld.
  • Nobby: What a fascinating story you ghastly American! <imitating Mickey> Bang!"
    Mickey: I'm just glad I like women.
    Nobby: What are you getting at?
    Kenneth: Yes, why don't you go off somewhere and have an American 'hot... dog'?
  • Nobby: I remember one time when we were doing a performance of Waiting for Godot during the war when we took a direct hit from a Nazi buzz bomb, and when I looked up and saw the proscenium crashing down on me I said "Ah" and I soiled myself.
    Kenneth: Well who can blame you? I would too if I were in that situation.
    Nobby: No, not then, I mean right now when I said "Ah"!
Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
17 December 14, 1991 Steve Martin
17 March 14, 1992 John Goodman
19 October 23, 1993 John Malkovich
19 May 7, 1994 John Goodman

Jan Brady[edit]

The middle sister from The Brady Bunch, she was portrayed by Melanie Hutsell. She would usually begin a commentary on a subject, which devolved into a comparison to something that happened on one of the Brady Bunch episodes and her frustration with her siblings who get more attention. Her catchphrase was "Marcia, Marcia, MARCIA!", referring to her older sister, as well as a catchphrase from the popular TV series. Debuted January 11, 1992.

Delta Delta Delta[edit]

A Melanie Hutsell, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Beth Cahill sketch, parodying the sorority Delta Delta Delta. Sometimes the characters would be visited by fraternity members, played by male cast members or guests. The catchphrases were stating "Oh mah Gawd" or answering a phone with "Delta, Delta, Delta, can I help ya, help ya, help ya?" In one crossover, one of the Tri-Delts got poor customer service from the Gap Girls. Debuted January 11, 1992.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
17 January 11, 1992 Rob Morrow
17 February 22, 1992 Roseanne Arnold, Tom Arnold
17 March 21, 1992 Mary Stuart Masterson
17 May 16, 1992 Woody Harrelson

Cajun Man[edit]

Adam Sandler portrayed a man from Cajun country in Louisiana who dressed like Huckleberry Finn and spoke in a heavily exaggerated Cajun French dialect. When interviewed he would simply respond with one or two word answers, all rhyming with "cajun".[1] For example, when asked where his girlfriend is, he would answer "long vacation" and then being asked how he occupies his time, would answer "masturbation." The character is essentially a send-up of TV chef Justin Wilson who specialized in Cajun cuisine, and would frequently enunciate the second syllable in the word "onion". Debuted February 8, 1992.

Later, Sandler would tweak the character and give him a full-length movie in The Waterboy.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
17 February 8, 1992 Susan Dey
17 March 14, 1992 John Goodman
17 March 21, 1992 Mary Stuart Masterson
18 October 10, 1992 Joe Pesci

The Sensitive Naked Man[edit]

A Rob Schneider sketch, where Schneider plays a nudist who fails to see the stigma of public nudity. The sketch was shown twice, once with his wife tries to confront him about his nudity at home, another where he is at a ball game with his son. He is sensitive to people's problems, but denies any connection to complaints about his refusal to put some clothes on, not even to the point in the second sketch where he is arrested for indecent exposure. The sketch was discontinued, arguably because of risk of censorship violations. Rob Schneider was actually naked on set; despite being careful to obscure himself behind counters, et cetera, there were a couple of times that Schneider's naked rear end was in plain view of the audience. Debuted February 8, 1992. The second sketch was on May 16, 1992.

Buster Jenkins[edit]

A Chris Rock sketch. Debuted February 15, 1992.

Susan the Transsexual[edit]

A Phil Hartman sketch. Debuted February 15, 1992.

Opera Man[edit]

Opera Man was a Weekend Update character played in the early to middle 1990s by Adam Sandler. He would appear in a fancy shirt and black cape - often holding a white handkerchief as a parody of Pavarotti - and sing, opera style, jokes about current events and celebrities. Among Opera Man's sketches, regarding the L.A. Riots: "La Chiefa Policia, no dispatcha gendarme / morono, no respondo / no excusa, bagga doucha!" There was also the "Tom Hanks-o/ nominat-o/second time-o/You're a great-o/next year vacacion/go to France-o/give someone else/ a freaking chance-o!" sketch, during which, on the screen, a picture of Billy Madison came up. The sketches always ended with mock-bravos and roses being flung in Opera Man's direction. Debuted April 18, 1992.

The earlier appearances of Opera Man featured him singing a higher quantity of accurate Italian lyrics, though the subtitles showed the lyrics rather than an English translation. Jon Lovitz showed up in one episode to play his older brother just in from Italy.

Opera Man also once appeared in his own sketch where it was done up like a genuine opera (albeit a very short one), and titled "One Match Short of the Jackpot". Phil Hartman narrates, explaining to the audience that Opera Man has just filled up his car at a gas station and included a New Hampshire Lottery scratch ticket with his purchase. Opera Man gets more excited as every box he scratches off reveal a million dollar prize, until the last one mismatches and he dejectedly says he must continue his job as a security guard for Montgomery Ward. Sandler briefly reprised Opera Man on SNL's 40th Anniversary show in 2015.

Opera Man also performed at the 2001 Concert for New York City.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
17 April 18, 1992 Jerry Seinfeld
17 May 16, 1992 Woody Harrelson
18 September 26, 1992 Nicolas Cage
18 December 12, 1992 Glenn Close
18 February 6, 1993 Luke Perry
18 April 17, 1993 Kirstie Alley
19 October 2, 1993 Shannen Doherty Scratch Ticket
19 November 13, 1993 Rosie O'Donnell
19 April 16, 1994 Emilio Estevez
20 February 18, 1995 Deion Sanders
40 February 15, 2015 Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special. First time Sandler has reprised Opera Man in 20 years
44 May 4, 2019 Adam Sandler

References[edit]

Preceded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1990–1991
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed chronologically) Succeeded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1992–1993