Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1995–1996

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The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced between September 30, 1995, and May 18, 1996, the twenty-first season of SNL.

Get Off The Shed![edit]

A Will Ferrell and David Koechner and Nancy Walls sketch. Debuted September 30, 1995.

Leg Up[edit]

A Molly Shannon and Cheri Oteri sketch.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 September 30, 1995 Mariel Hemingway
21 November 11, 1995 Quentin Tarantino
21 December 16, 1995 Madeline Kahn
21 March 23, 1996 Phil Hartman

Nightline[edit]

A parody of Nightline, starring Darrell Hammond as Ted Koppel.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 September 30, 1995 Mariel Hemingway
21 December 2, 1995 Anthony Edwards
21 December 9, 1995 David Alan Grier
21 January 20, 1996 Alec Baldwin
21 April 13, 1996 Steve Forbes
21 May 18, 1996 Jim Carrey
22 February 15, 1997 Chevy Chase
22 April 12, 1997 Rob Lowe
22 May 17, 1997 Jeff Goldblum
23 November 22, 1997 Rudy Giuliani
25 February 19, 2000 Ben Affleck
29 February 7, 2004 Megan Mullally
29 March 6, 2004 Colin Firth

Spade in America[edit]

David Spade's Season 21 segment where he gives his thoughts, guest interviews, and Hollywood Minute jokes. Makes up fifteen of his nineteen sketch appearances in 95-96.

Episode Host Notes
September 30, 1995 Mariel Hemingway David Spade makes snide comments about the Unabomber and no-show musical guest, Prince.
October 7, 1995 Chevy Chase David Spade comments on the decline of popular music.
October 21, 1995 David Schwimmer Jennifer Aniston is nonplussed by David Spade's Hollywood Minute style jokes about "Friends."
October 28, 1995 Gabriel Byrne David Spade delivers a taped report from the World Series.
November 11, 1995 Quentin Tarantino David Spade introduces Robert Hegyes to Quentin Tarantino with the hopes of launching a film career for John Travolta's former sitcom.
November 18, 1995 Laura Leighton Sean Penn agrees to an interview with David Spade as long as he can give the "SNL" star a tattoo.
December 2, 1995 Anthony Edwards David Spade re-enacts a Thanksgiving barroom encounter with his father.
December 9, 1995 David Alan Grier David Spade gives a year-in-review Hollywood Minute.
December 16, 1995 Madeline Kahn David Spade unveils his wish list for 1996.
January 13, 1996 Christopher Walken Christopher Walken mans the desk so David Spade can deliver a live outdoor remote at the scene of the blizzard, but technical problems result in David Spade never realizing he's on the air as he makes fun of Christopher Walken and the cast of "Saturday Night Live."
February 10, 1996 Danny Aiello Special guest Newt Gingrich (Chris Farley) delivers a desperate plug for "Black Sheep."
March 23, 1996 Phil Hartman David Spade delivers a movie-oriented Hollywood Minute.
April 20, 1996 Teri Hatcher David Spade (Teri Hatcher) and Teri Hatcher (David Spade) insult one another's careers.
May 11, 1996 Christine Baranski David Spade's biggest fans, Lucien (David Koechner) and Fagin (Mark McKinney), spend the day with him.
May 18, 1996 Jim Carrey David Spade pokes fun at the new cast, then looks back on his favorite moments from the "Hollywood Minute."

Mickey The Dyke[edit]

A Cheri Oteri sketch. Debuted September 30, 1995.

Rita DelVecchio[edit]

Rita DelVecchio (Cheri Oteri) is a grouchy, sharp tongued, Italian-American, Brooklyn housewife. Rita hates it when the neighborhood kids's toys wind up landing in her front yard, so she claims the item saying that it's "hers now, I keep it!" and tells the kids to go away. Other times Rita tries to one-up any of her neighbors when it comes to things like the who has the best decorated front lawn on Christmas, or who has the better car, etc.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 October 21, 1995 David Schwimmer
21 January 13, 1996 Christopher Walken
21 April 13, 1996 Steve Forbes
22 October 26, 1996 Dana Carvey
22 December 14, 1996 Rosie O'Donnell
23 September 27, 1997 Sylvester Stallone
23 November 22, 1997 Rudy Giuliani

Mary Katherine Gallagher[edit]

A Molly Shannon sketch. Debuted October 28, 1995.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 October 28, 1995 Gabriel Byrne
21 December 2, 1995 Anthony Edwards
21 January 13, 1996 Christopher Walken
21 February 24, 1996 Elle Macpherson
21 April 20, 1996 Teri Hatcher
22 October 5, 1996 Lisa Kudrow
22 November 16, 1996 Robert Downey Jr.
22 December 14, 1996 Rosie O'Donnell
22 February 22, 1997 Alec Baldwin
22 March 22, 1997 Mike Myers
22 May 17, 1997 Jeff Goldblum
23 October 25, 1997 Chris Farley
23 November 22, 1997 Rudy Giuliani
23 March 7, 1998 Scott Wolf
24 November 21, 1998 Jennifer Love Hewitt
24 February 6, 1999 Gwyneth Paltrow
25 October 2, 1999 Jerry Seinfeld
26 February 17, 2001 Sean Hayes
32 May 12, 2007 Molly Shannon

The Spartan Cheerleaders[edit]

A Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri sketch. Debuted November 11, 1995.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 November 11, 1995 Quentin Tarantino Football Game
21 December 16, 1995 Madeline Kahn Basketball Game
21 January 20, 1996 Alec Baldwin Chess Tournament
21 February 24, 1996 Elle Macpherson Swim Meet
21 April 20, 1996 Teri Hatcher Math Competition
21 May 18, 1996 Jim Carrey Wrestling Tournament
22 September 28, 1996 Tom Hanks Ping-Pong Tournament
22 November 16, 1996 Robert Downey Jr. Bowling Tournament
22 December 14, 1996 Rosie O'Donnell Hickory Farms
22 February 8, 1997 Neve Campbell Sidney's Party
22 April 19, 1997 Pamela Anderson Baywatch
23 October 4, 1997 Matthew Perry Practice
23 December 6, 1997 Nathan Lane Spartans Dream
23 March 7, 1998 Scott Wolf East Lake Cinema
23 May 9, 1998 David Duchovny Cheerleading Camp
24 November 21, 1998 Jennifer Love Hewitt Maternity Ward
25 December 4, 1999 Christina Ricci Holiday Parade

Stan Hooper[edit]

A Norm Macdonald sketch. Debuted November 11, 1995.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 November 11, 1995 Quentin Tarantino
21 November 18, 1995 Laura Leighton
21 February 24, 1996 Elle Macpherson
21 April 13, 1996 Steve Forbes

The British Fops[edit]

The British Fops, or Lucien Callow (Mark McKinney) and Fagan (David Koechner) appeared in several episodes during SNL's 1995-1996 season. The characters first appeared on "Weekend Update" as the presidents of the Norm Macdonald fanclub, but later appeared in several other sketches, namely monologues. The Fops would appear in late restoration period clothing, and used a silly take on the period's language, mannerisms, and culture, not sparing the subsequent perversion also known for the time. Debuted November 11, 1995.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 November 11, 1995 Quentin Tarantino
21 November 18, 1995 Laura Leighton
21 December 16, 1995 Madeline Kahn
21 January 20, 1996 Alec Baldwin
21 February 24, 1996 Elle Macpherson
21 May 11, 1996 Christine Baranski

Joe Blow[edit]

Joe Blow was played by Colin Quinn. A blue collar worker by trade, Blow came onto Weekend Update as a New York public service to deliver local news from Brooklyn, New York. Most of his "news" included family problems and neighborhood gossip. Joe Blow regularly concluded his commentary by asking anchor Norm Macdonald if he would join him for "a beer", which Macdonald (who clearly did not want to socialize with him) would avoid by making up an excuse, or putting it off until a later date. Debuted November 18, 1995.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 November 18, 1995 Laura Leighton
21 January 20, 1996 Alec Baldwin
21 February 17, 1996 Tom Arnold
21 April 20, 1996 Teri Hatcher The Local News
22 October 26, 1996 Dana Carvey
22 December 14, 1996 Rosie O'Donnell The Local News
23 November 15, 1997 Claire Danes

Gary Macdonald[edit]

Gary Macdonald was the fictitious younger brother of anchor Norm Macdonald. Played by David Koechner, he was supposed to be the funnier of the two Macdonald brothers, but would be overcome by fear and freeze on camera and end nearly everything he said with "no". Because of this, his commentary consisted of choppy, nervously delivered lines such as, "Hey, Janet Reno. Hey, how does that song go, '(Dude) Looks Like A Lady,' no." Debuted December 2, 1995.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 December 2, 1995 Anthony Edwards
21 February 10, 1996 Danny Aiello
21 March 16, 1996 John Goodman Meeting Sketch
21 May 11, 1996 Christine Baranski

The Joe Pesci Show[edit]

This sketch starred Jim Breuer as Pesci, the host of his own late-night talk show. The heard-but-not-seen cameraman was meant to be Pesci's brother. The sketch would usually begin with Italian accordion music and Breuer cheerfully saying "Hey. I am Joe Pesci. I got my own show, my cameraman, and all my friends." Debuted December 2, 1995.

Pesci's personality on the show does not so much resemble the real Joe Pesci as it does Tommy DeVito or Nicky Santoro, his characters from Goodfellas and Casino respectively. While interviewing his guests, each guest would invariably, inadvertently say something that Pesci took as an insult. He would then produce a baseball bat, and proceed to beat the guest senseless.

There were a few guests who were notable exceptions to this fate. The first sketch featured Anthony Edwards as Macaulay Culkin, Pesci's co-star in Home Alone. Pesci hit him on the head with a paint can as he was angered by the fact people laughed at Macaulay Culkin doing it to Pesci. On one episode hosted by Jim Carrey, Carrey played legendary actor James Stewart, while regular cast member Mark McKinney played Carrey. Pesci and Stewart teamed up to beat up Carrey, with Stewart going on to beat up Pesci himself. One episode featuring then Mayor Rudy Giuliani was about to get beaten when his security detail grabs Pesci, then Giuliani grabs a stickball stick and proceeded to beat Pesci. Pesci also spares actors who, like him, are of Italian ancestry and who came to prominence in films about the Sicilian mafia. However, while Italian-Americans were often spared physical assault, Pesci made disparaging remarks, such as when he had his My Cousin Vinny costar Marisa Tomei, Pesci mentions her Academy Award and comments that it must have been quid pro quo ("Whose Joe did you DiMaggio to win that?"), prompting an angry Tomei to state she won it fairly and storm off the set. Kevin Spacey appeared as Al Pacino in one episode, in which the two of them teamed up against Rodney Dangerfield (portrayed by Darrell Hammond). Alec Baldwin, John Goodman and Colin Quinn made appearances as Robert De Niro, though he is reduced to monosyllabic responses to Pesci's prompts: his lines are usually "I heard some things" (a line from Oscar winner Raging Bull, the first movie to star both De Niro and Pesci), and "Li'l bit" (a shortened version of a line from Goodfellas (where De Niro accuses another mobster of being a "little bit out of line" for insulting Pesci's character), another film starring the two actors). The real Pesci and De Niro appeared on one episode, criticizing Breuer for playing caricatures of their film characters. Quinn suddenly says he is not De Niro, but "Colin Quinn from Remote Control." Breuer's and Quinn's weak defense of themselves insults Pesci, who asks De Niro if they were just insulted, to which De Niro responds, "I heard things." The two of them then proceed to beat up Breuer and Quinn.

A cel-shaded rendering of an episode of The Joe Pesci Show appears in a scene of the movie Waking Life where the television is scanning through several channels.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 December 2, 1995 Anthony Edwards
21 January 20, 1996 Alec Baldwin
21 March 16, 1996 John Goodman
21 May 18, 1996 Jim Carrey
22 November 23, 1996 Phil Hartman
22 January 11, 1997 Kevin Spacey
22 April 12, 1997 Rob Lowe
23 November 22, 1997 Rudy Giuliani

G-Dog[edit]

A 1990s sitcom about a bald-headed, foul mouthed gangsta rapper played by Tim Meadows who usually appeared wearing only a Speedo or leather pants. He first appeared in a sketch with Teri Hatcher about a sitcom called "The Princess and the Homeboy". Debuted December 2, 1995.

Lenny the Lion[edit]

Visiting from the Bronx Zoo, Lenny the Lion (Colin Quinn in a lion suit) would come onto Weekend Update to talk about his life problems. His accent and set of problems (including a violent father, a chaotic family situation and an addiction to tranquilizer darts) are meant to suggest an ethnic working-class man in the Bronx. Lenny would always end his rant with the line "fur is murder". Debuted December 9, 1995.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 December 9, 1995 David Alan Grier
22 December 14, 1996 Rosie O'Donnell
22 May 17, 1997 Jeff Goldblum

The Rocky Roads[edit]

A Will Ferrell, Tim Meadows and David Alan Grier sketch. Debuted December 9, 1995.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 December 9, 1995 David Alan Grier
22 January 18, 1997 David Alan Grier

Gerald "T-Bones" Tibbons[edit]

A David Koechner sketch. Debuted January 13, 1996.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 January 13, 1996 Christopher Walken
21 February 17, 1996 Tom Arnold
21 February 24, 1996 Elle Macpherson
21 April 13, 1996 Steve Forbes

Bill Brasky[edit]

A Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Mark McKinney and Tim Meadows sketch. Debuted January 20, 1996.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 January 20, 1996 Alec Baldwin
21 March 16, 1996 John Goodman
22 February 22, 1997 Alec Baldwin
22 May 10, 1997 John Goodman
24 December 12, 1998 Alec Baldwin
39 December 7, 2013 Paul Rudd

Kevin Franklin[edit]

A Tim Meadows sketch. Debuted February 10, 1996.

Suel Forrester[edit]

A Chris Kattan sketch. Debuted March 16, 1996. In each appearance by Suel Forrester he has a different occupation in which good, articulate clarity of speech is very important (a teacher, a trial attorney, an air traffic controller), yet he speaks almost entirely in unintelligible gibberish.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 March 16, 1996 John Goodman Suel is a substitute teacher.
21 April 13, 1996 Steve Forbes Suel is an army drill sergeant.
22 October 5, 1996 Lisa Kudrow Suel is an air traffic controller talking a flight attendant (Kudrow) through landing a disabled plane.
22 February 8, 1997 Neve Campbell Suel is the host of a quiz style game show and the contestants can not understand any of the questions.
22 May 10, 1997 John Goodman Suel is a talk show host.
24 November 14, 1998 Joan Allen Suel is a trial attorney.
24 March 13, 1999 Ray Romano Suel is an NCAA coach.
26 March 17, 2001 Julia Stiles Suel is a movie director.

The Roxbury Guys[edit]

The Roxbury Guys was a recurring sketch that debuted March 23, 1996. It followed the exploits of brothers Doug and Steve Butabi (portrayed by Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell respectively), habitual clubbers dressed in rayon suits, as they attempt to pick up women on their outings. Their trademark was bobbing their heads in unison to the song "What Is Love" by Haddaway, which always played throughout the duration of each sketch. The brothers were extremely unfortunate with the women at the clubs, often gyrating against them in an attempt to get them to dance, but always causing a negative reaction. They were frequently joined by a third person, often the host, who would dress and act in a similar fashion (notably Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey, Sylvester Stallone, Martin Short, and Alec Baldwin); this character was usually credited as "Barhop". Skits starring Pamela Anderson and Cameron Diaz were also featured. The sketch spawned a film titled, A Night at the Roxbury.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 March 23, 1996 Phil Hartman
21 May 18, 1996 Jim Carrey
22 September 28, 1996 Tom Hanks
22 December 7, 1996 Martin Short
22 February 22, 1997 Alec Baldwin
22 April 19, 1997 Pamela Anderson
23 September 27, 1997 Sylvester Stallone
23 December 13, 1997 Helen Hunt Jack Nicholson makes an appearance as the therapist's boyfriend.
24 September 26, 1998 Cameron Diaz The final run of the sketch featured another team of two club-hopping brothers: Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd, reprising their early-SNL roles as "Two Wild and Crazy Guys".

Bobby Coldsman[edit]

A Phil Hartman sketch about an overbearing, self-obsessed acting class teacher. Debuted March 23, 1996.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 March 23, 1996 Phil Hartman
22 November 23, 1996 Phil Hartman

Goat Boy[edit]

Goat Boy was a half-human half-goat hybrid SNL character who hosted the fake MTV show, "Hey, Remember the 80s?" He was played by Jim Breuer. At the outset, Goat Boy was a typical veejay-talk show host who would introduce 80s video clips and guests from the era. During the sketches, he would start braying and kicking and would be subdued by scientists standing by with electric prods. Debuted May 11, 1996.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 May 11, 1996 Christine Baranski
22 September 28, 1996 Tom Hanks Hey, Remember the 80s?
22 October 26, 1996 Dana Carvey Hey, Remember the 80s?
22 December 14, 1996 Rosie O'Donnell
22 February 15, 1997 Chevy Chase
22 April 19, 1997 Pamela Anderson Hey, Remember the 80s?
23 October 4, 1997 Matthew Perry
23 February 28, 1998 Garth Brooks Hey, Remember the 80s?
23 April 4, 1998 Steve Buscemi
23 May 9, 1998 David Duchovny

Rolf[edit]

A Colin Quinn sketch. Debuted May 11, 1996.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
21 May 11, 1996 Christine Baranski
22 February 8, 1997 Neve Campbell
22 March 15, 1997 Sting

References[edit]

Preceded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1994–1995
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed chronologically) Succeeded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1996–1997