The cast of Saturday Night Live has produced an uncountable number of legendary characters, from Roseanne Rosannadanna to Wayne and Garth. But despite 40 years of sketch comedy history, there were still opportunities for cast members to find themselves creating new bits on the set of Comedy Bang! Bang!. These are some of the best characters to come out of 30 Rockefeller Center.
8. Kate McKinnon, professional upstairs neighbor
The best sketch characters are relatable, and unfortunately for anyone living in an apartment building, Kate McKinnon‘s passive-aggressive Effie Villalopolus is very relatable. Despite an on-set earthquake during her Comedy Bang! Bang! episode, she still perfectly summed up her feelings towards her neighbors in finely crafted notes. Effie’s trip to CB!B! was such a success that she changed her name and soon found herself at the Weekend Update desk.
7. Will Forte wants your vote for U.S. Senate
Will Forte is a member of the Comedy Bang! Bang! two-timers club. After his first appearance on the pilot episode as a pilot (right?!), he returned for his second time to rock the vote as an overly honest politician. Drugs, strange fetishes, and a patsy for lobbyists; he would probably fit right in this election season. He taught everyone how extremely valuable it is to vote, so that candidates like him will never get elected.
6. Andy Samberg plays himself
Before Andy Samberg joined Comedy Bang! Bang! twice with The Lonely Island, he made the journey on his own. While on set, Andy learned he got a huge part in the Battletoads movie from psychic Tan Fu (Jordan Peele). Andy also danced, answered Scott Aukerman’s hard-hitting questions, and enjoyed every minute as a couch guest. It was a performance nobody is soon to forget.
5. Paul Brittain and Taran Killam are the Calvins Twins
The Calvins Twins stormed into the CB!B! universe when Paul Brittain and Taran Killam were guests on the podcast, quickly becoming fan favorites. Their first foray into TV went just as expected, with tales of horse fighting, overly detailed directions to their farm, and important life lessons about not taking anything too seriously. Their now famous catchphrase (“You gotta laugh!”) even applied to the episode’s guest, Jenna Fischer, who could not keep a straight face.
4. Maya Rudolph represents for the ladies
Maya Rudolph is a good friend of IFC. You probably saw her in Portlandia fronting a band or in The Spoils Before Dying as a ghostly singer, and she’ll soon be starring on a music-centric episode of Documentary Now!. On Comedy Bang! Bang! however, there was no band and there were no ghosts. Just Maya and a whole lot of love. The most important lesson she learned while on the show is that that “the show must go on” and not that “the show must goon.”
3. Fred Armisen in the Late Night wars
The stars of IFC are usually all one big happy family, but when Fred Armisen joined CB!B! as a couch guest, tensions ran high. Both Fred and Scott were fighting for the same job in late night television — even though we think they both have the best jobs now. Despite Fred’s patented guitar-driven humor, Scott was less than welcoming to him. Though we’re sure he’d love to come back and do the show anytime.
2. Horatio Sanz is Aaron Neville, famous musician
Horatio Sanz has been a guest on the CB!B! podcast numerous times and he’s a TV show four-timer. It’s always a treat to see where Sanz will take a bit, since it’s anyone’s guess if he even knows most of the time where he’s going until he gets there. With his portrayal of soulful singer Aaron Neville, Sanz provided the audience with a bonus musical element. Even better than that, he stopped by with new causes to support, which may or may not do more harm than good.
1. Bobby Moynihan is cute (and stabby) orphan boy Fourvel
Bobby Moynihan, the Drunk Uncle himself, knows how to run with a recurring character. Little orphan Fourvel is one of the few Comedy Bang! Bang! characters to return to the show more than once. It’s surprising security keeps allowing Fourvel on set with his foul mouth and penchant for cutlery, but the little scamp has grown into a fan favorite. For being such a small boy, he brings a big energy to the show.