Comedy The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters  

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List Rules Vote 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Bill Hader

First appearance: April 24, 2010

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Bennett Brauer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Bennett Brauer Chris Farley

First appearance: April 10, 1993

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Roseanne Roseannadanna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Gilda Radner

First appearance: January 21, 1978

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Opera Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Adam Sandler

First appearance: April 18, 1992

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Father Guido Sarducci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Don Novello

First appearance: May 13, 1978

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Drunk Uncle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Bobby Moynihan

First appearance: December 3, 2011

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Tommy Flanagan, the Pathologic... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar Jon Lovitz

First appearance: November 16, 1985

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The Girl You Wish You Never St... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
The Girl You Wish You Never Started a Conversation With Cecily Strong

First appearance: September 27, 2012 

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Mr. Subliminal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Mr. Subliminal Kevin Nealon

First appearance: October 11, 1986

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A Grumpy Old Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
A Grumpy Old Man Dana Carvey

First appearance: February 11, 1989

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Emily Litella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Gilda Radner

First appearance: November 15, 1975

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Cajun Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Cajun Man Adam Sandler

First appearance: February 8, 1992

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Aunt Linda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Aunt Linda Kristen Wiig

First appearance: December 2, 2006

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Chico Escuela is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Garrett Morris

First appearance: November 11, 1978

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Jacob Silj is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Will Ferrell

First appearance: December 4, 1999

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Garth and Kat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Garth and Kat Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig

First appearance: December 19, 2009

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Nathan Thurm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Nathan Thurm Martin Short

First appearance: November 17, 1984

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Gay Hitler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Gay Hitler Chris Kattan

First appearance: October 13, 2001

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Two Gay Guys from Jersey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Two Gay Guys from Jersey Fred Armisen and Bill Hader

First appearance: October 28, 2006

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One-Dimensional Female Charact... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
One-Dimensional Female Character In a Male-Driven Comedy Cecily Strong

First appearance: December 13, 2014

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Jon Bovi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Jon Bovi Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis

First appearance: October 7, 2006

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Judy Grimes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Judy Grimes Kristen Wiig

First appearance: April 12, 2008

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Lew Goldman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Lew Goldman Billy Crystal

First appearance: October 13, 1984

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Jan Brady is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Melanie Hutsell

First appearance: January 11, 1992

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Annoying Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Weekend Update Characters
Annoying Man Jon Lovitz

First appearance: November 11, 1989