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The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters

Updated January 28, 2021 9.7k votes 826 voters 10.3k views57 items

List RulesVote up your all-time favorite non-host characters who appeared on Weekend Update.

When most people think of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, their first thoughts likely go toward their favorite anchors. Whether you stan for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler or love what Colin Jost and Michael Che have brought to the desk, there have been plenty of great Weekend Update hosts over the years. However, there has been an equal number of fantastic non-host characters who have made appearances. There have been dozens of SNL Weekend Update characters who created classic bits since the time the show first went on the air. Sometimes they are so good, they make the anchors bust up laughing. Which ones are your favorite?

Adam Sandler had numerous classic characters during his tenure on SNL. But none were as classic as Opera Man. This was a character who would go onto Weekend Update and provide insight into the news while singing in an operatic-style tone. A more modern example of a classic character is Stefon, played by Bill Hader. He was always up for providing insight into the hottest tips, provided he could get out the lines through his breaking character. Let us know who you think the best Weekend Update characters are by voting your favorites to the top of the list.

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    Stefon

    Bill Hader

    First appearance: April 24, 2010

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  • Roseanne Roseannadanna2
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    First appearance: January 21, 1978

  • Bennett Brauer3
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    Bennett Brauer

    Chris Farley

    First appearance: April 10, 1993

  • Father Guido Sarducci4
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    First appearance: May 13, 1978

  • Drunk Uncle5
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    Drunk Uncle

    Bobby Moynihan

    First appearance: December 3, 2011

  • Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar6
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    Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar

    Jon Lovitz

    First appearance: November 16, 1985

  • Opera Man7
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    Opera Man

    Adam Sandler

    First appearance: April 18, 1992

  • The Girl You Wish You Never Started a Conversation With8
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    The Girl You Wish You Never Started a Conversation With

    Cecily Strong

    First appearance: September 27, 2012 

  • Mr. Subliminal9
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    Mr. Subliminal

    Kevin Nealon

    First appearance: October 11, 1986

  • A Grumpy Old Man10
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    A Grumpy Old Man

    Dana Carvey

    First appearance: February 11, 1989

  • Garth and Kat11
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    Garth and Kat

    Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig

    First appearance: December 19, 2009

  • Emily Litella12
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    Emily Litella

    Gilda Radner

    First appearance: November 15, 1975

  • Aunt Linda13
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    Aunt Linda

    Kristen Wiig

    First appearance: December 2, 2006

  • Cajun Man14
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    Cajun Man

    Adam Sandler

    First appearance: February 8, 1992

  • Jacob Silj15
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    Jacob Silj

    Will Ferrell

    First appearance: December 4, 1999

  • Judy Grimes16
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    Judy Grimes

    Kristen Wiig

    First appearance: April 12, 2008

  • Chico Escuela17
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    Chico Escuela

    Garrett Morris

    First appearance: November 11, 1978

  • Two Gay Guys from Jersey18
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    Two Gay Guys from Jersey

    Bill Hader, Fred Armisen

    First appearance: October 28, 2006

  • One-Dimensional Female Character In a Male-Driven Comedy19
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    One-Dimensional Female Character In a Male-Driven Comedy

    Cecily Strong

    First appearance: December 13, 2014

  • Queen Shenequa20
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    Queen Shenequa

    Ellen Cleghorne

    First appearance: October 26, 1991

  • Gay Hitler21
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    Gay Hitler

    Chris Kattan

    First appearance: October 13, 2001

  • Anthony Crispino22
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    Anthony Crispino

    Bobby Moynihan

    First appearance: October 2, 2010

  • Jan Brady23
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    Jan Brady

    Melanie Hutsell

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    First appearance: January 11, 1992

  • Tim Calhoun24
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    Tim Calhoun

    Will Forte

    First appearance: October 19, 2002

  • Jon Bovi25
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    Jon Bovi

    Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte

    First appearance: October 7, 2006