“Saturday Night Live’s” 25 Most-Repeated Characters

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“New York” magazine has just released a very comprehensive report on “Saturday Night Live”, in which they tracked the show’s Most-Repeated Characters.

It includes the full 36 seasons . . . and 7,798 sketches . . . from October of 1975 through this past May.  None of this fall’s episodes counted, which is understandable, since they say this thing took a whole year to do.

They did NOT include political impressions, because it skewed the results.  For example, they found that DARRELL HAMMOND played Bill Clinton in 77 episodes over the years.

Who was your favorite repeating character?  For me, it was Roseanne Roseannadanna, played by Gilda Radner.  However, she came in at number 12 on the list.

1.)  Emily Litella, played by Gilda Radner . . . 25 episodes, from 1975-1979.

2.)  Father Guido Sarducci, played by Don Novello . . . 24 episodes, from 1978-1981, 1985-1986, 1989, 1993, 1995.

3.)  Mr. Bill from “The Mr. Bill Show”, voiced by Walter Williams . . . 22 episodes, from 1976-1981.

4.)  Wayne Campbell, played by Mike Myers . . . 21 episodes, from 1989-1994, 2011.  (–Dana Carvey’s Garth appeared in 18 of those, but that character didn’t make the overall list.  Maybe they didn’t count him because he was the sidekick.  Either way, Dana managed to make the list twice with other characters.)

5.)  The Culps, played by Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer . . . 21 episodes, from 1996-2002.

6.)  The Church Lady from “Church Chat”, played by Dana Carvey . . . 20 episodes, from 1986-1990, 1996, 2000, 2011.

7.)  Hans and Franz from “Pumping Up”, played by Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon . . . 20 episodes, from 1987-1992, 1994, 1999.

8.)  Stuart Smalley from “Daily Affirmation”, played by Al Franken . . . 20 episodes, from 1991-1995, 2002.

9.)  Tommy Flanagan, a.k.a. the Pathological Liar, played by Jon Lovitz . . . 19 episodes, from 1985-1987, 1989, 1997.

10.)  Mary Katherine Gallagher, played by Molly Shannon . . . 19 episodes, from 1995-2000, 2009.

11.)  Pat Stevens from “The Pat Stevens Show”, played by Nora Dunn . . . 18 episodes, from 1985-1990.

12.)  Roseanne Roseannadanna, played by Gilda Radner . . . 17 episodes, from 1977-1980.

13.)  The Spartan Cheerleaders, played by Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri . . . 17 episodes, from 1995-1999.

14.)  Samurai Futaba, played by John Belushi . . . 16 episodes, from 1975-1979.

15.)  Margaret Jo McCullin and Terry Rialto from “The Delicious Dish”, played by Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon. . . 15 episodes, from 1996-2002, 2010.

16.)  Leon Phelps from “The Ladies’ Man”, played by Tim Meadows . . . 15 episodes, from 1997-2000.

17.)  Mango, played by Chris Kattan . . . 15 episodes, from 1997-2002.

18.)  Dieter from “Sprockets”, played by Mike Myers . . . 14 episodes, from 1989-1993, 1997.

19.)  Linda Richman from “Coffee Talk”, played by Mike Myers . . . 14 episodes, from 1991-1994, 1997.

20.)  Dr. Jack Badofsky, played by Tim Kazurinsky . . . 14 episodes, from 1982-1984.

21.)  Pat Riley from “It’s Pat!”, played by Julia Sweeney . . . 14 episodes, from 1990-1994.

22.)  Richard Laymer, played by Rob Schneider . . . 13 episodes, from 1991-1994.

23.)  The Nerds, played by Bill Murray and Gilda Radner . . . 13 episodes, from 1978-1980.

24.)  Frankenstein, played by Phil Hartman . . . 13 episodes, from 1987-1991, 1993, 1996.

25.)  The Killer Bees, played by John Belushi and everyone else . . . 13 episodes, from 1975-1976, 1979.  (–Note:  They were the first “SNL” characters to recur.)

(–For more information, hit up NYMag.com.  The story has a slideshow at the top, which includes pictures and descriptions of each character . . . along with their signature quotes and catchphrases.)

(–The purpose of the study was to determine which “SNL” seasons relied on repeating existing characters . . . and which ones had more original content.)

(–So they put together an “Originality” chart, which compares the seasons, and lists the most-repeated characters from different “eras.”  Here’s the .PDF.)

 

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