!Showbiz Grande Explosion!

The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced between October 4, 2003, and May 15, 2004, the twenty-ninth season of SNL.

The Barry Gibb Talk Show[]

A Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake sketch. Debuted October 11, 2003.


Featured only in episodes where Justin Timberlake has hosted, Timberlake takes to the sidewalk as a costumed street advertiser (ex: man dressed as chicken to promote fried chicken chain) to upstage an existing street vendor in a competing business. Naturally, Timberlake outstages the previous person by parodying current contemporary hits (with his boombox), followed immediately by the signature slogan "Bring it on down to ______ville". Debuted October 11, 2003.

Season Episode Host Notes
29 October 11, 2003 Justin Timberlake "Omeletteville" (breakfast restaurant, dressed as an omelette) opposed by Chris Parnell, dressed as bacon and eggs.
32 December 16, 2006 Justin Timberlake "Homelessville" (homeless mission, dressed as a cup of soup) opposed by Will Forte working for Salvation Army, dressed as Santa Claus.
34 November 15, 2008 Paul Rudd "Turkeyville" In the episode in which Justin Timberlake doesn't host, he appears on Weekend Update and says he would have done this for Thanksgiving.
34 May 9, 2009 Justin Timberlake "Plasticville" (plastic surgery practice, dressed as silicone breast implant) opposed by Will Forte working for a gym, dressed as a dumbbell.
36 May 21, 2011 Justin Timberlake "Liquorville" (Liquor store, dressed up as beer bottle, accompanied by Lady Gaga dressed as a bottle of wine, against a tea shop promoted by a character played by Kristen Wiig).
38 March 9, 2013 Justin Timberlake "Veganville" (Vegan restaurant, dressed as a block of tofu) opposed by Bobby Moynihan as an Italian butcher promoting sausage.
39 December 21, 2013 Jimmy Fallon "Wrappingville" (Gift wrapping store dressed as a roll of wrapping paper, accompanied by Jimmy Fallon dressed as a gift bag) opposed by Aidy Bryant as a competing gift-wrapping kiosk.

Billy Smith[]

Billy Smith (played by Fred Armisen) is a Native American comedian who has performed stand-up on three Weekend Update episodes and made a small appearance in Liam Neeson's monologue in 2004. His jokes usually begin as fairly average stand-up jokes (why did the chicken cross the road?), but his punchlines suddenly veer into obscure references to Native American culture. This of course results only in confusion and nervous titters from the audience, at which point Billy Smith patiently explains the cultural reference so that the audience can understand the joke. Debuted October 18, 2003.

Starkishka & Appreciante[]

A Finesse Mitchell and Maya Rudolph sketch. Debuted October 18, 2003.

Spy Glass[]

This sketch is a UK-based version of Access Hollywood where Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler play reporters who gossip about celebrities inside and outside their hometown. Meyers' character would make repeated bad puns about celebrity current events, while Poehler's character would make thinly-veiled confessions to stalking celebrities. American reporters Pat O'Brien (Jimmy Fallon) and Gene Shalit (Horatio Sanz) would make guest appearances.


A sketch on the May 1, 2004 dress rehearsal featured Lindsay Lohan as a teen beat correspondent, but was cut before broadcast.

Terrell and his wife[]

A J. B. Smoove and Paula Pell sketch. Debuted November 1, 2003.

Dave "Zinger" Clinger[]

A Seth Meyers sketch. Debuted November 15, 2003.

Abe Scheinwald[]

A Rachel Dratch sketch. Debuted November 15, 2003. Abe Scheinwald (Rachel Dratch) is the elderly and perhaps somewhat senile head of Scheinwald Studios, a producer of low-budget exploitation films. His credo is "Double D's (makes a hand gesture indicating large women's breasts) -- Double 'deze' (holds up a wad of cash)", indicating that he's only interested in making poor quality movies populated with busty actresses. Abe is shown eating a big container of cole slaw.

His grandson, Brad Scheinwald (Seth Meyers), is desperately and futilely attempting to turn his grandfather's studio into a respectable producer of quality films. Through the course of the sketches, we learn that Abe Scheinwald has passed on numerous blockbusters that Brad had attempted to encourage him to back, including Titanic, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Matrix trilogy, and many others, allowing other studios to successfully back them, much to the ever-increasing frustration of Brad.


Appalachian Emergency Room[]

Appalachian Emergency Room is a recurring sketch that debuted on January 10, 2004 (an episode hosted by Jennifer Aniston) and draws on redneck stereotypes.[1]

Recurring characters[]

Episodes featuring Appalachian Emergency Room[]

The Prince Show[]

The Prince Show is a sketch parodying the memorable performance of Prince and Beyoncé at the 46th Grammy Awards. The sketch features Fred Armisen as the host, playing Prince, and with Maya Rudolph as his co-host, Beyoncé. The opening theme song of the show features Prince playing his famous purple guitar with his famed symbol. After the song is over, the two head to a purple couch, which coincides with much of the rest of the set, which is also purple. Prince rarely says much on the show, usually whispering into Beyoncé's ear what he wants to say. Prince usually has two guests. Prince soon gets tired of his first guest, and whispers into Beyoncé's ear. Beyoncé tells the guest that Prince wants him/her to do something outrageous and the guest usually complies. During most of the sketches, Prince vanishes during an important conversation. The guest asks Beyoncé, "Hey, where did Prince go?" Beyoncé tells the guest that Prince is nearby doing unrelated activities such as sculpting or painting. After Prince brings out his second guest, the first one tells Prince he or she was enjoying doing whatever ridiculous activity that Prince made him/her do. Debuted February 14, 2004.

An installment of this sketch appeared on the season 31 episode hosted by Steve Martin with the real Prince as musical guest. The genuine article did not appear in the sketch.


¡Show Biz Grande Explosion![]

¡Show Biz Grande Explosion! is a recurring sketch featuring Fred Armisen as Fericito and Horatio Sanz as Manuel Pantalones, who are Latin-American entertainers and comedians.

¡Show Biz Grande Explosion! was launched as a vehicle for Armisen's Fericito character, a nightclub comedian from Venezuela, which had appeared three times on Saturday Night Live already and was quite popular. The sketch is presented as being a Spanglish show airing on the Univisión network, and is a parody of Latin American variety shows such as Sabado Gigante. This is the only sketch Fericito has appeared in, although he has also been in monologues and on Weekend Update.[2]

Manuel introduces Fericito and the bit. Fericito plays his timbales and asks the audience, "Did you feel it?" Fericito then goes into a monologue with jokes. At the end of each joke, he says "¡Ay Dios Mio!" and makes an exaggerated sad face. If someone becomes offended by a joke he makes, Fericito says, "I’m jus' kidding!" while shrugging. Often Manuel or the guest of the night is the butt of these jokes.

After his monologue, Fericito interviews a special guest. Often the guest is an outsider to Latin Culture who does not understand the nature or format of Fericito's jokes, or the guest him- or herself will try to crack a joke, which Fericito and Manuel do not find funny.


Debbie Downer[]

A Rachel Dratch sketch. Debuted May 1, 2004.

Kaitlin & Rick[]

Amy Poehler plays a hyperactive little girl in the care of her beleaguered stepfather (Horatio Sanz). Debuted May 1, 2004. The theme of these sketches was how extremely opposite the personalities of the two main characters were. Pre-teen Kaitlin was extremely hyper, constantly chattering, rapidly running around, jumping on and over furniture, etc. By contrast her stepfather, Rick was completely laid back and calm. He was utterly indifferent to Kaitlin's hyper antics and extremely patient with her. In fact, he was portrayed as an extraordinarily patient and good stepfather. When he did apply discipline, it was in his super calm, laid back style.

It appeared that Amy Poehler would often deviate from the script and make Kaitlin even more out of control and hyper than originally scripted or rehearsed, in an attempt to make Horatio Sanz break. For example, in one sketch, Poehler pressed her face hard against Sanz' face, such that her forehead was on his temple, and her nose on his cheek, and in a croaking, frog-like voice, rapidly said, "rickrickrickrickrickrickrickrick...." until Sanz broke character and started laughing.

Kaitlin's catch phrase and schtick was to rapidly run in circles around Rick yelling his name, "Rick! Rick! Rick! Rick! Rick! Rick!"

If the episode's host was female, she played a friend of Kaitlin's. If male, he played a friend of Rick's. In either case the character played by the host was peppered with absurd, rapid fire questions by Kaitlin.

In the final installment of this sketch, Rick didn't appear, and host Molly Shannon played her mother (whom had never appeared before). Completely unlike Rick, her mother was every bit as hyper as Kaitlin, resulting in utterly out of control hyperness in this last sketch.


Jorge Rodriguez[]

An alleged expert on world events, Jorge Rodriguez is an aloof halfwit (played by Horatio Sanz) that constantly falls for the various hare-brained schemes of his friend Pepe. His catchphrase is "I'm looking for Pepe." Debuted May 1, 2004.

Pat 'N Patti Silviac[]

Horatio Sanz and Maya Rudolph play Pat and Patti Silviac, owners of a small retail store. Debuted May 15, 2004. The object of these sketches appeared to be to challenge the writers to come up with dialog with the most occurrences of the sound "ack" in as few words as possible.

Pat and Patti would present an advertisement for their business in which the sound "ack" would appear incredibly frequently in the dialog, several times per sentence, on average. Example: "Pat 'n Patti's Backpack Shack is in Hackensack, next to the dog track".

All of their employees would have surnames that ended in the sound "ack" (as, of course, "Silviac" also did). The commercials would conclude with an invitation to visit their website, which had the fictional domain suffix ".ack".



Preceded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2002–03
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed chronologically) Succeeded by
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2004–05