Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1981–1982

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The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced between October 3, 1981, and May 22, 1982, the seventh season of SNL.

Tyrone Green, Prose and Cons[edit]

An Eddie Murphy sketch. Debuted October 3, 1981.

A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney[edit]

A Joe Piscopo sketch. Debuted October 3, 1981.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
7 October 3, 1981 none
7 October 17, 1981 George Kennedy
7 January 23, 1982 Robert Conrad
8 February 5, 1983 Sid Caeser

Buckwheat[edit]

The Our Gang character of Buckwheat, portrayed as an adult by Eddie Murphy, sang current hits in garbled speech. His first appearance, on October 10, 1981, was in a commercial parody for an album titled, Buh-Weet Sings. Right before each song, subtitles on the screen would list the name, spelled phonetically exactly as Buckwheat would say it (example: Looking for Love became Wookin' Pa Nub and Three Times a Lady became Fee Tines a Mady). One song, Bette Davis Eyes is so poorly pronounced that the superimposed title is "???". Those who wanted to purchase the album were instructed to send money to "Bah Firty Fee, New Nork, New Nork".

The character was also the central focus of a series of sketches called "Who Shot Buckwheat?", which parodied the then-recent TV coverage of assassinations and attempted assassinations of public figures, such as the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan and the murder of John Lennon, as well as the "Who Shot J.R.?" storyline on the television series "Dallas."

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
7 October 10, 1981 Susan Saint James Buh-Weet Sings
7 December 5, 1981 Tim Curry
7 January 30, 1982 John Madden
7 March 20, 1982 Robert Urich
8 November 13, 1982 Robert Blake
8 March 12, 1983 Bruce Dern Who Shot Buckwheat?
8 March 19, 1983 Robert Guillaume
8 April 9, 1983 Joan Rivers
9 October 22, 1983 John Candy
9 January 14, 1984 Father Guido Sarducci
10 December 15, 1984 Eddie Murphy

Paulette Clooney[edit]

A Robin Duke sketch. Debuted October 10, 1981.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
7 October 10, 1981 Susan Saint James
7 January 23, 1982 Robert Conrad
7 May 22, 1982 Olivia Newton-John

Velvet Jones[edit]

Eddie Murphy is an entrepreneurial pimp. Debuted October 17, 1981.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
7 October 17, 1981 George Kennedy
7 November 7, 1981 Lauren Hutton
7 January 23, 1982 Robert Conrad
8 October 9, 1982 Ron Howard
8 April 16, 1983 Susan Saint James

Vic Salukin[edit]

A Tony Rosato sketch. Debuted October 31, 1981.

Pudge & Solomon[edit]

In this 1980s sketch, two grizzled barflies were played by Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy. Piscopo's character played the piano. Debuted January 30, 1982.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
7 January 30, 1982 John Madden
7 May 15, 1982 Danny DeVito
8 December 4, 1982 The Smothers Brothers
8 January 22, 1983 Lily Tomlin
8 March 19, 1983 Robert Guillaume
9 December 10, 1983 Flip Wilson

Dr. Jack Badofsky[edit]

Dr. Jack Badofsky was played by Tim Kazurinsky in a series of appearances on SNL Newsbreak or Saturday Night News (the monikers for Weekend Update during the Ebersol years). The doctor would inform the audience about different strains of diseases like influenza or rabies, and each strain would be a rhyming pun (i.e. "Should you be bitten by an ownerless dog, that’s Straybies, and a foaming French poodle can give you Qu'est-ce Que-C'estbies"). Badofsky stuttered in a timid, wavering tone, suggesting the sort of "ultra uptight" and extremely introverted character he was supposed to be, when thrust into the spotlight. There is, indeed, a real Jack Badofsky. He collaborated with Kazurinsky in writing the sketches and—as a nod to Badofsky—Kazurinsky named the character after him. At the time, Badofsky headed up Smith, Badofsky & Raffel, a Chicago ad agency known for Badofsky's humorous radio commercials. Badofsky also has written many essays and humor for newspapers and magazines as well a material performed on the stage and TV.

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
7 February 27, 1982 Elizabeth Ashley
7 March 20, 1982 Robert Urich
7 April 17, 1982 Johnny Cash
7 May 15, 1982 Danny DeVito
8 October 2, 1982 Louis Gossett Jr.
8 November 13, 1982 Robert Blake
8 December 11, 1982 Eddie Murphy
8 February 5, 1983 Sid Caesar
8 March 12, 1983 Bruce Dern
8 May 7, 1983 Stevie Wonder
9 October 22, 1983 John Candy
9 December 3, 1983 The Smothers Brothers
9 January 21, 1984 Michael Palin
9 May 12, 1984 Ed Koch, Betty Thomas, Father Guido Sarducci, Edwin Newman, Billy Crystal

Gumby[edit]

Eddie Murphy impersonates the green clay character Gumby. Debuted March 27, 1982. This was the origin of the catch-phrase "I'm Gumby, dammit!", which has been called one of the show's "best catchphrases".[1][2]

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
7 March 27, 1982 Blythe Danner
8 September 25, 1982 Chevy Chase
8 December 11, 1982 Eddie Murphy Merry Christmas, Dammit!
8 March 12, 1983 Bruce Dern
8 May 14, 1983 Ed Koch
9 October 8, 1983 Brandon Tartikoff
9 November 5, 1983 Betty Thomas
10 December 15, 1984 Eddie Murphy

The Whiners[edit]

Joe Piscopo, playing Doug Whiner, and Robin Duke, playing Wendy Whiner, speak all their lines in a whining, nasal tone, hence, a double meaning of their name. They both claim to suffer from diverticulitis, and neither eats anything but macaroni and cheese.

In 1998, writer Stanley Ribbles, in a Turner-Allan magazine article, said this of "The Whiners":

Appearances
Season Episode Host Notes
7 April 10, 1982 Daniel J. Travanti "Whiners Anniversary"
7 May 15, 1982 Danny DeVito "The Whiners on a Plane"
8 October 9, 1982 Ron Howard "The Whiners at the Doctor"
8 November 20, 1982 Drew Barrymore "Whiners Adoption"
8 January 29, 1983 Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas "The Whiners Taken Hostage"
8 February 5, 1983 Sid Caesar "The Whiners in the Hospital"
8 April 9, 1983 Joan Rivers "The Whiners at SNL"
8 May 14, 1983 Ed Koch "Whiner in the War"
9 October 8, 1983 Brandon Tartikoff "Whiner Show Ideas"
9 May 5, 1984 Barry Bostwick "2 On The Town"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SNL's best catchphrases". USA Today. February 12, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Zmuda, Bob (2000). Andy Kaufman Revealed!: Best Friend Tells All. Little, Brown, and Company. p. 181. 
Preceded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1980–1981
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed chronologically) Succeeded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1982–1983