40 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Characters of All Time

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

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21. The Master Thespian
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21. The Master Thespian

Only Jon Lovitz could create this over-the-top ham, dedicated to the pursuit of "Acting!" A highlight of the late Eighties SNL, the Master Thespian earns most of his applause in his own mind, striking flamboyant poses in a smoking jacket and gushing about the actor's craft.

Best line: "The face of death is near — and so, I flail."

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