40 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Characters of All Time

Legends, obscurities, opera men: a look back at the funniest concoctions to grace Studio 8H

19. The Continental
34
Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty18/34

19. The Continental

The skeeviest of lotharios, played by Christopher Walken, leering into the camera to address the viewer. Or undress the viewer: "Forgive me if my hungry eyes feast on the banquet of your sumptuous decolletage." Based loosely on a Fifties TV series, the Continental was a highlight whenever Walken hosted, offering a glass of "champagne-a" like a nightmare version of a Bryan Ferry song come to life. Possibly the creepiest dude Walken ever played.

Best line: "The champagne-a you have thrown in my face stings my eyes. You are a fiery vixen."

Back to Top