Ladies' 'Night'! The 20 Funniest Female Characters on 'SNL'

In celebration of Kristen Wiig's birthday on Aug. 22, see the Saturday Night Live characters that have made us laugh through the years (21 Photos)

Donna Kaufman on Aug 22, 2011 at 10:31AM

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Ladies' 'Night'! The 20 Funniest Female Characters on 'SNL'

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Gilda Radner as Emily Litella

A frequent commentator on Weekend Update, Gilda Radner's Emily Litella is a bit hard of hearing -- which may be why she’s so worked up about issues like "violins (violence) on television," "youth in Asia (euthanasia)," and "the Eagle (Equal) Rights Amendment." The job of correcting Emily often went to anchor Jane Curtin, although sometimes the burden fell on co-anchor Chevy Chase (whom she called "Cheddar Cheese.") She would always sweetly take back her previous statements by saying simply, "Never mind."

Memorable quote: "What is all this fuss I hear about the Supreme Court decision on a 'deaf' penalty? It's terrible! Deaf people have enough problems as it is!"


Emily Litella on Puerto Rico 

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