Kids Today! 'SNL' Star Bobby Moynihan on Drunk Uncle's Origin

The funnyman also sheds light on the creation of Anthony Crispino, plus his Chris Christie and Guy Fieri impressions

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Drunk Uncle

"When I was at Upright Citizens Brigade, I would pretend to be a sad, drunk rapper," says Moynihan, who moved from the renowned sketch comedy troupe to SNL's Studio 8H in 2008. "I'd do this drunk voice just to make my buddy [the comedian] Chris Getherd laugh. Then one day at SNL – this is many years later – I said that I had the best character in SNL history and wrote a sketch for 17 straight hours. I was a suit salesman. When I finally finished at seven or eight in the morning, Colin Jost – one of the head writers  now – said, 'I need to write a Weekend Update thing. You got anything?' So I said, 'I don't know, man, maybe a Drunk Uncle-type thing? I can do this drunk voice. . .' And we wrote it in 15 minutes. Still, I thought, 'That will never get in. I'm going to work on this suit salesman thing.' Well, suit salesman bombed, Drunk Uncle got on the show and I've done it 10 times now. But he's changed. At first Drunk Uncle was very calm and quiet – very sedate. Now its about trying to go as crazy as possible."

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