Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2004–2005
This series of very short films by longtime SNL writer T. Sean Shannon was about a town abandoned by humans after a meteor strike but then quickly repopulated by bears, who had rapidly evolved due to some strange chemical property of the meteor. City life continued as normal, only with bears in the place of humans. The introduction to each film, explaining the origins of Bear City, used a pre-recorded narration by Fred Willard.
|30||October 23, 2004||Jude Law||Bear drivers in an automobile collision.|
|30||December 18, 2004||Robert De Niro||Christian bears accidentally sing Christmas carols to a Jewish family. This short was cut from the December 11, 2004, episode, after dress rehearsal.|
|30||February 5, 2005||Paris Hilton||"Buying a Pack of Smokes." A bear buys cigarettes at a gas station, after arguing with the panda bear employee about the brand. This short was cut after dress rehearsal from the episodes that aired October 30, 2004; November 13, 2004; November 20, 2004; and December 11, 2004.|
|30||March 12, 2005||David Spade||A physically able bear uses the handicapped restroom, but is confronted by a bear in a wheelchair. This short was cut after dress rehearsal from the episodes that aired December 11, 2004; January 15, 2005; January 22, 2005; February 12, 2005; and February 19, 2005.|
|30||May 7, 2005||Johnny Knoxville||"Barstool Blues." A bear's wife calls her husband at a bar and demands he come home.|
|30||May 21, 2005||Lindsay Lohan||"Mom's Going Shopping." When a mother bear realizes she's forgotten her shopping list and returns home, she's startled to find her teenage son watching bear pornography.|
A short about a bear working in a video rental store was cut from episodes that aired November 13, 2004, and April 16, 2005. A short where a teenage boy bear's friends embarrass him in front of a girl bear was cut from the November 20, 2004, episode. A short about a bear putting up Christmas lights was cut from the December 11, 2004, episode. A short about a bear hailing a taxi cab was cut from episodes that aired March 19, 2005, and May 7, 2005. A short about a group of bears chasing the Easter Bunny was cut from the March 19, 2005, episode. A short about a bear going shopping was cut from the April 9, 2005, episode. A short about bears riding in an elevator was cut from the May 14, 2005, episode.
Horatio Sanz plays a loud, gluttonous, vulgar, and generally obnoxious woman. Following the character's first appearance in a sketch about a key party, each successive sketch features Carol winning the attentions of a handsome and cultured gentleman played by that week's host. The sketch ends with Carol and the gentleman adjourning to some very unsavory location (such as a port-o-let or dumpster) to have sex.
In each installment of the sketch, except the first ("Key Party"), Carol attempts to order a fast-food chain's signature beverage while not at that chain, (for example, in one sketch she attempts to order a "Shamrock Shake" when she's not at a McDonald's nor is it near St. Patrick's Day). Being informed the establishment can't provide that beverage, she orders an obscure high-alcohol cocktail instead, which the establishment is able to provide.
Theme song: "And then there's Carol! And then there's Carol! Sassy, slutty, sexy, skanky, right on Carol!"
|30||December 11, 2004||Colin Farrell||Carol and her husband Owen (Farrell) attend a key party hosted by Kathy (Amy Poehler) and Ted (Seth Meyers). Owen is reluctant to share Carol with others, but she's so eager that she turns the party into an orgy.|
|31||October 29, 2005||Lance Armstrong||Amanda (Poehler) and Jim (Jason Sudeikis) set up their friend Dylan (Armstrong) with their friend Carol at Amanda and Jim's home. This sketch appeared in the dress rehearsal for the October 1, 2005, episode, but was cut from the final show.|
|31||December 10, 2005||Alec Baldwin||Amanda and Jim set up their friend Doug (Baldwin) on a blind date with Carol at a bowling alley. This sketch appeared in the dress rehearsal for the December 3, 2005, episode, but was cut from the final show.|
|31||January 21, 2006||Peter Sarsgaard||Amanda and Jim bring Carol to the opening of Efrem's (Sarsgaard) new art gallery.|
|31||May 20, 2006||Kevin Spacey||Amanda and Jim are having dinner with Jim's divorced father Jerry (Spacey) when they run into Carol.|
Phoebe and her Giant Pets
|30||November 13, 2004||Liam Neeson||Phoebe introduces Ronnie (Neeson) to her African parrot, Jasper.|
|30||January 22, 2005||Paul Giamatti||Phoebe introduces her date (Giamatti) to her giant cat, Franklin.|
A sketch in which Phoebe and her parrot, Jasper, invite her date and his giant pigeon (played by Maya Rudolph) over for lunch appeared in the dress rehearsals for the April 16, 2005, episode hosted by Tom Brady, and the May 7, 2005, episode hosted by Johnny Knoxville, but was cut before the final show both times.
Nuni and Nuni Schoener, Art Dealers
Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph play a pair of married European art dealers whose bizarre interior decorating schemes (such as a chair made entirely out of toast) result in bewilderment for their American guest. Each sketch featured massive confusion over the very subtle difference in pronunciation of their identical-sounding names (in one sketch, the female "Nuni" explains that while pronouncing her name, and not while pronouncing her husband's, "you have to squeeze your butt cheeks") and the Schoeners' inability to pronounce simple American names such as Pam or Jeff.
|30||January 15, 2005||Topher Grace||Brian (Grace) and Pam (Rachel Dratch) visit the Schoeners.|
|30||March 12, 2005||David Spade||A couple (Spade and Dratch) visit the Schoeners. Chris Parnell appears as the Schoeners' servant, Tato.|
|30||May 14, 2005||Will Ferrell||The Schoeners' downstairs neighbors Greg (Seth Meyers) and Susan (Dratch) come upstairs to investigate a leak and meet the Schoeners, including their son Nuni (Ferrell) and Tato.|
|31||March 4, 2006||Natalie Portman||The Schoeners' daughter Nuni (Portman) brings her college boyfriend Jeff (Sudeikis) home to meet her parents and Tato.|
|32||February 24, 2007||Rainn Wilson||Architectural Digest writers Rob (Wilson) and Kay (Kristen Wiig) come over to do a piece about the Schoeners' home; Little Joe (Andy Samberg) appears and offers everyone cotton candy.|
A sketch featuring the Schoeners appeared in the dress rehearsal for the December 9, 2006, episode hosted by Annette Bening, but was cut from the final show.
The Lundford Twins Feel Good Variety Hour
This sketch featured regular cast member Fred Armisen as Henry Quincy Lundford, along with that week's SNL host, as the hosts of a 70s-era, Smothers Brothers-esque variety show. It featured Amy Poehler as Dorothy Winckler, an actress who herself was playing a character named Granny, whose catchphrase was "Aw, nuts!", accompanied by a zoom to her face; Maya Rudolph as a female-empowerment singer who sang about being pregnant and not needing a man; Kenan Thompson as a Barry White-esque, "King of the Sob Songs" singer, whose song was "Amanda"; and a skit set to 1920s-style upright piano music that featured two flappers, Charlie Chaplin, and a man cranking an old Model-T Ford.
|30||January 22, 2005||Paul Giamatti|
|31||October 1, 2005||Steve Carell|
An installment of this sketch appeared in the dress rehearsal for the May 14, 2005, episode, hosted by Will Ferrell, but was cut before the final show.
Gays in Space
A TV show about a fabulous gay spaceship crew: Thad (Chris Parnell), Billiam (Fred Armisen), and Givindy (Kenan Thompson), led by their fearless captain (portrayed by that week's host). They occasionally meet up with another ship captained by the butch Loretta (Rachel Dratch) and crewed by Tina Fey and Paula Pell.
In the sketch's first two appearances, Maya Rudolph introduces the show and sings the closing theme song, while dressed in a silver go-go outfit; in the third appearance, this is done by Will Forte in a silver two-piece suit and turtleneck, as Rudolph was on maternity leave at the time. Gays in Space is originally shown to be a program on the Trio network; while later, the broadcasting network is shown to be Logo.
In 2008, Logo's entertainment website AfterElton.com (now known as TheBacklot.com) criticized Gays in Space, among other SNL sketches, for consistently perpetuating stereotypical characterizations of the LGBT community, describing the portrayal as "a limp-wristed gay space crew, wearing silver uniforms and short-shorts, mak[ing] lewd sexual references and catty comments while sipping cocktails."
|30||February 12, 2005||Jason Bateman||Bateman plays Captain Reggie. Loretta proposes that the two crews join together to procreate in order to save the dwindling human population.|
|30||March 19, 2005||Ashton Kutcher||Kutcher plays Captain Timothy. The spacemen crash land on a strange planet, where they're met by the native species, Alpha Hunktori (Seth Meyers and Rob Riggle), who resemble burly construction workers.|
|31||January 21, 2006||Peter Sarsgaard||Sarsgaard plays Captain Trip Bunchkin. The crew visits a space bar, where they have an altercation with Loretta and her crew before running into Trip's ex-boyfriend (Finesse Mitchell).|
- "The Ambivalently Gay Viewer: "Saturday Night Live"'s Mixed Record on Gay Humor". TheBacklot.com. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2014.