Behind-The-Scenes Beginnings Of 14 Iconic SNL Characters

Daddy, where do comedy ideas come from?  Here are the backstories behind fourteen of SNL’s most popular characters. 

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THE LADIES MAN TIM MEADOWS CRACKEDCON Meadows worked in a liquor store during high school. Would-be womanizers swaggered in, hoping to boost their rom

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CHURCH LADY DANA CARVEY Carvey developed the Church Lady as a way to deal with demonic hecklers during his 1980s stand-up comic days. He'd shut them d

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A STEFON BILL HADER One inspiration for writer John Mulaney was an email from a club promoter. Part of the pitch? Rooms full of broken glass. Hader

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MORE COWBELL WILL FERRELL Classic rock fan Chris Parnell wrote the sketch, which bombed in dress rehearsal. Before air, Ferrell asked wardrobe for a s

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GILLY KRISTEN WIIG One inspiration for Wiig's Gilly was a childhood perm she got for a wedding, accidentally tinted red by a bottle of Sun-In. Another

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WAYNE CAMPBELL MIKE MYERS CRACKEDCON Myers based Wayne on friends he grew up with in the suburbs of Toronto, believing there was a certain homogenous

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GARTH ALGAR DANA CARVEY Carvey based Wayne's pal Garth on his nerdy genius brother Brad. Both Brad and Garth share a love for videos, drums, and red l

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DRUNK UNCLE BOBBY MOYNIHAN CRACKED Moynihan spent hours on a sure-fire sketch about a suit salesman, the best character in SNL history. Colin Jost a

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IDA BEARS ROB SMIGEL CRAGKED Smigel cooked up the Super Fans from two tasty ingredients: The Sportswriters on TV, a Chicago-based roundtable discussio

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CANTEEN BOY ADAM SANDLER Sandler specialized in characters that were losers. Canteen Boy's having a rough day today. I feel like people will respond

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CALIFORNIANS FRED ARMISEN CRACKED COM Whenever he returned from the west coast, Armisen would discuss L.A. directions with castmates Bill Hader and Ke

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DEBBIE DOWNER RACHEL DRATCH I was on vacation in Costa Rica, and when I told someone that I was from New York, they asked, 'Were you there for 9/11?'

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