Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2014–2015

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The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced during the fortieth season of SNL, which began on September 27, 2014.

Close Personal Friends[edit]

Two musicians show up at their close friends' funeral to pay musical tribute to their loved one, although their style of music clashes with the somber tone of the funeral.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 May 2, 2015 Scarlett Johansson Johansson and Kenan Thompson play the close personal friends of the deceased who play European club music for the mourners.
44 November 16, 2019 Harry Styles Styles and Chris Redd play close personal friends of the deceased who play EDM music for the mourners.

Hollywood Game Night[edit]

A parody of the TV quiz show of the same name, with host Jane Lynch (played by Kate McKinnon) continually irritated by the cluelessness of the celebrity participants.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 October 11, 2014 Bill Hader Bill Hader as Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig as Kathie Lee Gifford, Beck Bennett as Nick Offerman, Cecily Strong as Sofía Vergara, Jay Pharoah as Morgan Freeman, Taran Killam as Christoph Waltz.
40 April 11, 2015 Taraji P. Henson Taraji P. Henson as Wanda Sykes, Beck Bennett as Nick Offerman, Aidy Bryant as Wynonna Judd, Taran Killam as Vin Diesel, Jay Pharoah as Common, Cecily Strong as Marion Cotillard

How 2 Dance With Janelle[edit]

Janelle's (Sasheer Zamata) YouTube dance show is interrupted by her parents, concerned about the sexual nature of the videos and the presence of her obviously aroused friend Teddy (Kyle Mooney).

Season Episode Host Notes
40 November 1, 2014 Chris Rock With Chris Rock as Janelle's father.
40 April 11, 2015 Taraji P. Henson With Taraji P. Henson as Janelle's mother.

High school theater show[edit]

A high school theater troupe attempts to open its audience's eyes and tackle big subjects during a very self-aggrandizing play.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 November 22, 2014 Cameron Diaz
40 May 9, 2015 Reese Witherspoon
41 November 14, 2015 Elizabeth Banks
41 May 21, 2016 Fred Armisen
42 December 3, 2016 Emma Stone

Cathy Anne[edit]

A chain-smoking and disheveled woman played by Cecily Strong who serves as friend and mentor to various fairy-tale characters. She transitioned to Weekend Update appearances at the beginning of season 42.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 December 6, 2014 James Franco Cathy Anne advises a bridge troll (James Franco) to ask for a kiss instead of riddles.
40 February 28, 2015 Dakota Johnson Cathy Anne chaperones Cinderella (Dakota Johnson) during the royal ball.
42 October 1, 2016 Margot Robbie
42 December 10, 2016 John Cena
42 May 13, 2017 Melissa McCarthy
SE August 24, 2017 n/a Cathy Anne talks about the rise of Neo-Nazi sentiment
43 December 9, 2017 James Franco Cathy Anne discusses sexual harassment allegations against "Al Franco" (Al Franken) and Roy Moore.[1]
44 January 26, 2019 James McAvoy

Right Side Of The Bed![edit]

A morning talk-show presented by husband and wife Cory and Gracelynn Chisholm (Taran Killam and Cecily Strong). Awkward moments abound when the camera regularly cuts to guests pressured to be entertaining.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 December 13, 2014 Martin Freeman The guests are local contractor Louie Dulux (Freeman), producer Emily Margine (Aidy Bryant), and singer Keith Urban (Kate McKinnon).
40 May 2, 2015 Scarlett Johansson The guests are caterer Daniela DeNotta DiPasquale (Johansson) and singer Hozier (Kate McKinnon).
41 November 21, 2015 Matthew McConaughey The guests are chef Buster Littles (McConaughey) and singer Ed Sheeran (Kate McKinnon).

Heather, a one-dimensional female character from a male-driven comedy[edit]

Cecily Strong embodies all the clichés of the female love interest during Weekend Update.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 December 13, 2014 Martin Freeman Heather talks about female roles in Hollywood films.[2]
40 January 31, 2015 J. K. Simmons Heather talks about Super Bowl XLIX.[3]
41 April 16, 2016 Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Treece Henderson and his band[edit]

Kenan Thompson (as vocalist Treece Henderson), Kyle Mooney (as keyboard player Brad Dates) and the episode's host (as a woodwind player) play a band who perform at various locations, with the host's character delving into the more serious parts of their life.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 December 13, 2014 Martin Freeman Freeman's character, Isaac Newberry, plays tenor sax. Beck Bennett and Vanessa Bayer play audience members. Also featuring Taran Killam.
43 September 30, 2017 Ryan Gosling Gosling's character, Larry Fontanelle, plays flute. Beck Bennett and Heidi Gardner play audience members. Also featuring Leslie Jones. Mooney's character is called Raj here.
44 October 13, 2018 Seth Meyers Meyers's character plays piccolo. Leslie Jones and Chris Redd play audience members.

Willie[edit]

An overtly optimistic homeless man who appears on Weekend Update and is played by Kenan Thompson

Season Episode Host Notes
40 December 20, 2014 Amy Adams
40 March 28, 2015 Dwayne Johnson
40 May 9, 2015 Reese Witherspoon
41 October 17, 2015 Tracy Morgan
41 January 23, 2016 Ronda Rousey
41 May 21, 2016 Fred Armisen
42 November 19, 2016 Kristen Wiig
43 February 3, 2018 Natalie Portman

Frida Santini[edit]

Weekend update character played by Kate McKinnon. She is a middle age woman who lives in Colin Jost's building and writes passive-aggressive notes to her neighbors.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 January 17, 2015 Kevin Hart
41 October 10, 2015 Amy Schumer

The Bachelor parodies[edit]

A parody of the reality TV show The Bachelor, in which a single man must find true love with a contestant of his choosing.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 January 24, 2015 Blake Shelton Farm Hunk (Shelton plays a parody of Season 19's bachelor Chris Soules)
41 January 23, 2016 Ronda Rousey Bland Man (Taran Killam plays a parody of Season 20's bachelor Ben Higgins)
42 January 13, 2017 Felicity Jones Beard Hunk (Beck Bennett plays a parody of Season 21's bachelor Nick Viall)
43 January 20, 2018 Jessica Chastain Car Hunk (Alex Moffat—and, briefly, Luke Null—play a parody of Season 22's bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr.)
44 January 26, 2019 James McAvoy Virgin Hunk (McAvoy plays a parody of Season 23's bachelor Colton Underwood)

Riblet[edit]

Michael Che's high school friend, played by Bobby Moynihan. He likes to interrupt Che during Weekend Update and make fun of how easy reading cue cards is.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 January 24, 2015 Blake Shelton
40 February 28, 2015 Dakota Johnson
40 May 16, 2015 Louis C.K.
41 March 12, 2016 Ariana Grande

Totino's lady[edit]

An unnamed spokeswoman for Totino's (Vanessa Bayer) would do anything for her "hungry guys". But while her "hungry guys" are watching the Super Bowl, she is doing things of her own.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 January 31, 2015 J. K. Simmons The Totino's lady keeps herself entertained by a box of toys.
41 February 6, 2016 Larry David In a parody of The X Files, the "hungry guys" become possessed.
42 February 4, 2017 Kristen Stewart In a parody of Blue is the Warmest Colour, the Totino's lady begins a lesbian relationship with a woman named Sabine (Stewart).

Brother 2 Brother[edit]

A Disney Channel sitcom based around two twin students played by Taran Killam and Chris Hemsworth. When Marky switches places in class with his much more muscular brother Matty, no one falls for it...

Season Episode Host Notes
40 March 7, 2015 Chris Hemsworth Math class
41 December 12, 2015 Chris Hemsworth Wrestling meet

The House[edit]

A parody of The Real World and other reality TV shows starring Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney and the episode's host as castmembers/houseguests.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 March 7, 2015 Chris Hemsworth Also starring Taran Killam.
42 May 6, 2017 Chris Pine Also starring Pete Davidson.
43 January 27, 2018 Will Ferrell Also starring Tracy Morgan and Heidi Gardner.

Gerard, a former acting coach on The Jeffersons[edit]

Gerard, a movie director (Kenan Thompson), is convinced that the drama he is shooting will be more powerful and moving if his actors act like they're in a broad 70's sitcom.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 March 7, 2015 Chris Hemsworth Shooting of the movie Love at first scene.
41 December 19, 2015 Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Shooting of the movie Sarah's desire.
43 January 20, 2018 Jessica Chastain Shooting of the movie Justice for Ann.

Gemma[edit]

Gene and his wife (Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer) bump into a former acquaintance of Gene's, accompanied by his girlfriend, aspiring British singer Gemma (Cecily Strong). The boyfriend makes the couple uncomfortable by making relentlessly inappropriate comments about Gemma's attractiveness, while Gene is too scared to ask them to leave.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 March 28, 2015 Dwayne Johnson Dinner date. Gemma shares an extract from her single Banana.
40 May 16, 2015 Louis C.K. Couples retreat. Gemma briefly sings a part of her single Vacay.
42 November 5, 2016 Benedict Cumberbatch Bobby Flay's Steakhouse In Atlantic City. Gemma's song is called Magic.
42 May 20, 2017 Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Jurassic Park River Rapids. Gemma's latest single is called Dynamite
44 December 8, 2018 Jason Momoa Sleigh Ride. Gene is with his new girlfriend (Leslie Jones)

The Janet Johnson-Luna Civil Trial[edit]

32-year-old Janet Johnson-Luna (Cecily Strong) is prosecuted for having sex with 16-year-old student Gavin Daly (Pete Davidson). His mother (Kate McKinnon) is suing Luna on behalf of Gavin for emotional damage, but Gavin's testimony only proves how nontraumatic the experience was for him. Also featured in the sketch are Kenan Thompson as the judge, Bobby Moynihan as Gavin's father, and Beck Bennett and Aidy Bryant as reporters Bill Arnold and Paula Abbott.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 April 11, 2015 Taraji P. Henson Henson plays the prosecutor.
41 January 23, 2016 Ronda Rousey Teacher Kara Torkelson (Rousey) is tried alongside Janet Johnson-Luna. Taran Killam plays the prosecutor.

Kinky Elves[edit]

Elves (Kenan Thompson, Vanessa Bayer, and, in the final two skits, the episode's host) purposefully botch their jobs and gleefully wait for their master to give them the punishment they deserve and desire.

Season Episode Host Notes
40 May 16, 2015 Louis C.K. Elves work for a shoemaker (Louis C.K.)
41 December 5, 2015 Ryan Gosling They work for Santa (Bobby Moynihan)
42 December 17, 2016 Casey Affleck They work for Mrs. Claus (Aidy Bryant)

References[edit]


Preceded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2013–2014
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed chronologically) Succeeded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2015–2016