SNL App Emoji Explained

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To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the show, Saturday Night Live has a brand  App.  You can get clips from all 40 years, bonus footage, other goodies and most of all, SNL emoji! (Download here.)  We consulted a team of 25 “SNLHeads” to decipher the new emoji.  Here is what, we, think, is the meaning of each SNL emoji.

 Lincoln 1. Abe Lincoln – Recurring backstage character
Ace & Gary 2. and 3. Ace and Gary
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 brauer 4.Bennet Brauer
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 Braskey 5. Tales of BILL BRASKEY!
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 chee 6. The Olympia Restaurant (Cheezborger)
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 broccolli 7. Derek Stevens’ Comeback: Choppin’ Broccoli
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 Clock 8. Alarm Clocks and More
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 coffee  9. Coffee Talk
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 fellow  10. Brian Fellow’s Safari Planet
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 buckwheat 11. Buckwheat
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 keyrock  12. KeyRock the Unfrozen Cave Man Lawyer
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 farley-chip  13. Chippendales Audition
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 cone  14. The ConeheadsWatch HERE
 cupcake 15. Lazy Sunday Watch HERE
 dish  16. NPR’s The Delicious Dish
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 dick-box  17. D*** in a Box
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 boat  18. I’m on a Boat
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 champagna  19. The Continental
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 DaBears  20. Bill Swerski’s Super Fans
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 downer  21. Debbie Downer
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 doonese  22. Doooneese of The Maharelle Sisters

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 Drunk  23. Drunk Uncle
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 bees  24. The Killer Bees
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 llam  25. Llama- Recurring backstage character
 snlr  26. Saturday night
 spartan  27. Spartan Cheerleaders
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 LaserCat  28. Laser Cats
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 Gillie  29. Gilly
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 hans  30. Pumping Up with Hans and Franz
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 LadiesMan  31. The Ladies’ Man
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 Landshark 32. Land Shark: Jaws II
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 cowbell  33. More Cowbell
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 wheelchar 34. Jeffrey’s
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 liqourville  35. Bring It On Down to Liquorville
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 Lorne  36. Lorne Michaels (creator of SNL)
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 Mcgurber 37. MacGruber
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 Gallagner  38. Mary Katherine Gallagher
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 MattFoley  39. Matt Foley
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 NotSure  40. sloppy swish skit with taran killem and Anne Hathaway
Peepers  41. Mr. Peepers
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 Roxbury
42. A Night at the Roxbury
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 Sudakis  43. What’s Up With That?
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Super Bass-O-Matic  44. Bass-O-Matic
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 next  45. Judge Judy?
 jeopadry  46. Celebrity Jeopardy!
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 Really  47. Weekend Update: Really!?!
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 SN  48. Logo
 sally-o 49. Sally O’Malley
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 danceing  50. Showgirls – Recurring backstage character
 stephan  51. Stefon
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 sue  52. Sue
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 TOONCES  53. Toonces the Driving Cat
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 Patrito  54. USA Day in the Office
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 Samuri 55. Samurai Hitman
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 Bed 56. (Do It on My) Twin Bed
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 phone 57. Astronaut Jones’ telephone
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MORE INFO: Kevin McCauley is the amazing artist behind these and some other well known emoji. (He also designed the Seinfeld Emoji, which, if you haven’t seen, do yourself a favor and check it out.)  Kevin was kind enough to give me a little more info about the SNL emoji.  Here is what he had to say.

ME: How does one become the official emoji artist of SNL?

KEVIN:  “My first project with the Emoji was Seinfeld Emoji, which was a huge viral thing last year and kind of put me on the map for this sort of thing. That’s how SNL found me. Working with Saturday Night Live was pretty much a dream come true. I’ve always been a fan. After the app was released and I watched the 40th anniversary show, it really put it in perspective how special it was to be a small part of that. ”

ME: How did the subjects get picked, some are very obscure while some major characters and themes are omitted?
KEVIN:  SNL picked the subjects. They approached me, asked me for some suggestions, and they considered those and came back to me with a list. I made all 60 of the items on the list — none were cut, and none were left un-created. I have to say, they really ‘got it’, they picked good objects and characters and gave me a lot of freedom. They understood that ‘X rendered as Emoji’ is the joke, there doesn’t have to be a joke within the joke or something heavy-handed to make them funnier. They were really great to work with.
ME: Which is your favorite emoji in the bunch?
My favorite is probably chopping’ Broccoli, because I’ve always loved Dana Carvey and I was thrilled that I got to depict one of his iconic comedy bits. When you see it, you know exactly what it is. My favorite character is Stefon, I liked how it turned out, and it think the Emoji is somehow very expressive, because you immediately think of Bill Hader’s incredibly and hilarious performance as the character, so the Emoji really benefits from that.  Also it was cool to see personalities and some of the cast reference the emoji on Twitter!
ME: What program or programs do you use to make emoji?
I use Illustrator to create the Emoji characters. I frequently reference the standard iOS Emoji and always try to stay true to that aesthetic, while still making them personalized and unique to what I’m trying to depict.

 

 

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