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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38. Herb Welch
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38. Herb Welch

Bill Hader gets to revel in his nasty streak as veteran TV newsman Herb Welch, a crank who's been on the air for six or seven decades, as his glasses get thicker and his fuse gets shorter. Herb is prone to temper tantrums, memory lapses, bigotry and smacking people in the face with his microphone. And sometimes dying.

Best line: "Hey, I got a question for ya. Do you think Lucille Ball is a pinko?"

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