We suppose we can forgive Bobby Moynihan for leaving Saturday Night Live. After all, he was on the sketch comedy for nearly a decade, making him the fifth-longest ‘Not Ready For Prime Time Player’ in the history of the show. That’s a long time to be committed to anything, if you ask us.
Plus, Moynihan is also the star of a brand new comedy, Me, Myself and I (Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV), which seems like a slightly less stressful gig than having to conceptualize and act out live sketches every week. Especially now that he has an infant daughter at home.
So we understand, but that doesn’t mean we won’t miss seeing the comedian on the new season of SNL. We’ll miss him a lot. So much so, that we started ranking our favourite characters in our heads. There was just one small problem.
With so many epic characters to choose from, it was extremely difficult to narrow down the best of the best; so we decided to stick to recurring characters only. We mean sure, we loved his Gandalf in The Hobbit Office, and he was a pretty memorable sidekick during the David S. Pumpkin sketch. And who could forget the time he portrayed the late Toronto mayor Rob Ford, or George Lucas during those Star Wars auditions?
Not us; but sadly, none of those qualified. But these picks certainly did.
10. Chris Christie
Why it was epic: Not only did Moynihan somehow nail Christie’s physical traits, but he also managed to capture the weirdly inept nature of the New Jersey politician.
Why we’ll miss it: With the beach closures and Trump’s henchmen continuing to make news, sometimes you just need a good dose of Christie to remind you of the absurdity of it all.
Why it was epic: Anytime we get to make fun of Michael Che on Weekend Update is a good time by us. As Che’s childhood friend Riblet, Moynihan taught us more about Che’s saltier side than we ever thought possible.
Why we’ll miss it: That crazy hair and the red sweater, obviously.
8. Guy Fieri
Why it was epic: When you stop to think about it, it is kind of ridiculous that a cook with frosted-tips who won a game show all of those years ago has become synonymous with food culture. Moynihan was there to remind us just how ridiculous it is.
Why we’ll miss it: Now that Fieri is hosting a bazillion things, we could totally use a good parody once in a while.
Why it was epic: At the height of Jersey Shore‘s popularity, Moynihan’s Snooki impression was the thing to look forward to on the sketch show. Sadly it became less relevant over the years, but we always hoped Snooki would do something to get herself back in the news so that Moynihan’s impression could return.
Why we’ll miss it: Snooki’s visits with The Church Lady. Weren’t they special?
6. Kirby J. Buttercream
Why it was epic: We’re pretty sure that without Kirby and his “lil’ kitty cat” there would have been no way for Key and Peele’s Keanu to get green-lit. Sure, bringing a cat to space was ridiculous, but we still laughed… and wanted more.
Why we’ll miss it: That stupid-cute cat, of course. Sadly we only got to see this character twice in nine years.
5. George RR Martin
Why it was epic: Um hello, anything involving Game of Thrones is always an epic time. Plus, it’s always fun to take a dig at Martin, who is apparently too busy enjoying his current fame to actually write any more of those novels.
Why we’ll miss it: With the eighth and final season of the show about to unroll next year (or… gulp… the year after), it seems like the perfect time for Martin to stop by the show once more.
4. Janet Peckinpaugh
Why it was epic: The “flesh cube” inventor and nymph was at her best when she was seducing the likes of Tom Brady and Adam Levine.
Why we’ll miss it: Sadly, the sketch in which Andrew Garfield was supposed to take her back to his apartment following the Spider-Man 2 premiere was cut for time. Sure, it showed up later online, but man. We wanted more!
Why it was epic: Getting purposely fired and going out with an epic bang is a bucket list item for anyone forced to work at a job you hate. Niff and Dana (Cecily Strong) made it an art at places like Best Buy, McDonalds and Barnes and Noble.
Why we’ll miss it: There are so many more jobs out there to make fun of. Sadly, Dana will have to find a new partner in crime if they want to resurrect this one.
2. Anthony Crispino
Why it was epic: This second-hand news reporter didn’t just frequent many iterations of Weekend Update, we’re preeeeeetty sure he made any and all episodes of the show he appeared in even better with his ridiculous misinformation.
Why we’ll miss it: We actually liked getting that catchphrase stuck in our heads for at least a week following any given appearance.
1. Drunk Uncle
Why it was epic: As if there was any doubt as to who would take the top spot; let’s be honest — we all have a drunk uncle or know a drunk uncle exactly like this recurring Weekend Update correspondent. That made his inappropriate comments and lewd behaviours just universally relatable.
Why we’ll miss it: With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, who will help us to find the humour in our own familial situations? Who?!?