Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1992–1993
David Spade takes potshots at celebrities. The segment consisted of a series of sarcastic one-liners making fun of celebrities, whose pictures were usually shown in one of the upper corners of the screen. Debuted October 3, 1992.
Originally a section of "Weekend Update" Spade received a regular segment, Spade in America. Spade used a hand-puppet of himself to reprise this role when he returned to Saturday Night Live as a guest host, stating that he didn't feel like putting down celebrities anymore, but that didn't mean that a puppet couldn't.
In one notable instance, a picture of former Saturday Night Live cast member Eddie Murphy appeared onscreen and Spade exclaimed, "Look children, a falling star... quick, make a wish!" referring to Murphy's lack of box office success at the time. This apparently caused significant animosity between SNL and Murphy, and Spade and Murphy in particular. In another segment, he began to make fun of Steve Martin, but then Martin appeared behind and began squeezing his shoulder. Upon turning around and seeing Martin was there, Spade got up and ran off. Martin then sat in Spade's chair and proceeded to make fun of Spade.
Hank Fielding was a commentator played by Robert Smigel who provided the "Moron's Perspective". He appeared to be an average commentator, but his speech was indicative that he was extremely slow, and that he clearly had a difficulty discerning fantasy from reality. In one appearance, he commented on President Bill Clinton's State of the Union Address, complaining that his overly long speech pre-empted other shows like Jake and the Fat Man, making actor William Conrad wait nervously backstage as the President "rambled on". His appearance was supplemented by an extremely slow scrawling of his signature across the screen. Debuted November 14, 1992.
An Adam Sandler sketch. Debuted December 12, 1992.
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Sassy's Sassiest Boys
Phil Hartman played Russell Clark, editor of Sassy Magazine, who interviewed young, male celebrities of the day, and incessantly repeated the term "Sassy!", or variations of it ("The French have a word for it: Sassé!" or "Looks like someone stepped in a big pile of Sassy!") after each guest's response. Guests included Joey Lawrence (played by Mike Myers) whose sole response to everything was the expression, "Whoa!" (his character's catchphrase on the sitcom, Blossom). Adam Sandler made an appearance as "Marky" Mark Walberg and Jay Mohr appeared as Andrew McCarthy, still lamenting his breakup with Molly Ringwald (continuously repeating "I love her, man.") Debuted February 6, 1993.
An Adam Sandler sketch. Debuted March 13, 1993.
Hub's Gyros ("You like-a the juice?")
A Rob Schneider and Robert Smigel and Chris Farley and Adam Sandler sketch. Debuted April 10, 1993.
Bennett Brauer was played by Chris Farley. Debuted April 10, 1993. In each appearance, Brauer would be brought on to provide commentary for Kevin Nealon's Weekend Update. However, instead of providing commentary, he would launch into a tirade about how surprised he is that the network has let him back on the air before vividly describing his poor hygiene, lack of social grace, and resentment towards the viewers for preferring other, more photogenic commentators to him. Brauer would make regular use of air quotes to emphasize every point he made. For example:
Maybe I'm not "the norm". I'm not "camera friendly". I don't "wear clothes that fit me". I'm not a "heartbreaker". I haven't "had sex with a woman"; I don't know "how that works". I guess I don't "fall in line". I'm not "hygenic". I don't "wipe properly". I lack "style". I have no "charisma" or "self esteem". I don't "own a toothbrush" or "let my scabs heal". I can't "reach all the parts of my body". When I sleep, I "sweat profusely".
In one instance, Brauer was made to fly (via cables), although a technical glitch delayed the ascent, thereby creating one of SNL's most famous bloopers. As Kevin Nealon tries to get the cables untangled, Brauer exclaims, "I have a weight problem! Can't they lift me?" Brauer is then lifted high above a cheering audience in a manner akin to Peter Pan. Kevin Nealon then continues the Weekend Update and the closing music is playing when a loud crash is heard. The cable has broken and a disheveled Bennett emerges from the counter; which has been damaged by his fall.
A Chris Farley sketch. Debuted May 8, 1993.