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SNL’s Widette Family – It was a “crack-up!”

Written by Rebeka Knott


The writers of the long running Saturday Night Live (SNL) show and the actors that portrayed the characters, have been delighting us for years with their over the top, sometimes politically incorrect skits. The Widettes were among many of the characters we laughed uncontrollably at. Like many of the SNL characters, they were everyday people with some sort of a silly twist. The Widettes, in particular, had the unfortunate condition of being bottom heavy, although from the waist up, they seem to be of average size.

While the Widettes were unusually shaped, they were perfectly comfortable in their own skin. They also had a small circle of friends come over from time to time that suffered the same condition. The skits always included the characters purposefully bending over in order to showcase their “best side.” Often, in the process, they would accidentally knock something over with their girth.

Seemingly simple and stupid things like that often don’t have the same humorous qualities hearing them second hand, but trust me… it was a scream! You had to be there!