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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11. Linda Richman
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11. Linda Richman

Mike Myers based this chatty yenta on his real-life mother-in-law, who eventually wrote her own self-help book, because the Nineties. Linda Richman was all America's Jewish mother, hosting Coffee Talk to discuss Barbra Streisand or anything else that makes her verklempt. No big whoop. The episode where Linda's on the couch with Madonna and Rosanne Barr — and then Barbra herself shows up? SNL's all-time best "sneaker upper" gag.

Best line: "She has legs to die for. They're like buttah. The left one is salted and the right one is courtesy of Land O' Lakes."

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