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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16. Velvet Jones
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16. Velvet Jones

America learned the word "ho" from this man. We owe him a lot. Velvet Jones was one of Eddie Murphy's original star-making characters, the founder of the Velvet Jones School of Technology, offering career courses on how to be a pimp or touting his book I Wanna Be a Ho. ("You get to meet new people, travel, wear nice clothes, make money, and have lots and lots of sex.") He also sponsors his own line of Velvet Jones romance novels: "When she touched her lips to the glass, LaWanda's heart beat inside her. I knew from that very first moment the three dollars I had spent on wine would not go to waste."

Best line: "If you order now, I'll throw in absolutely free this pamphlet called 12 Easy Ways to Stomp a Ho."

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