It’s hard to believe that in its nearly 40-year history, Saturday Night Live has only had three adorable gay couples in its cast.
The first adorable gay couple was Gilbert Gottfried and Joe Piscopo in the early 1980s, followed by Victoria Jackson and her giant head bows/latent racism in the early 1990s. The most recent adorable gay couple to be feature players on SNL was Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz, almost a decade ago, who were known for playing stereotypically giggly gay men who can’t just read their damn lines off the cue card and not break in every single goddamn scene goddamnit.
Not helping SNL’s adorable gay couple deficiency are the recent comments by Kenan Thompson, who said recently in a job interview with a temp agency that adorable gay couples “just aren’t ready” to swish their way onto the iconic sketch comedy show.
However, if you only look for adorable gay sketch comedy couples in the white, straight bromances of the improv world, there’s no wonder you can’t find any. Because there are plenty out there.
Here are 5 Adorable Gay Sketch Comedy Couples Who Are Killing It Right Now:
1. Andy Eninger & John Loos
Andy Eninger and John Loos met in the sketch comedy legacy GayCo Productions in 2007 and have been dating and creating amazing, brilliant, fantastic, aggressively hilarious and youthful comedy ever since as the two-man group Pinque Pony. They play tragic lady characters, mostly, and lusty Victorian-era aristocrats.
2. John Loos & Andy Eninger
John and Andy also do really great sketches with puppets, and sketches in their undergarments. Also, Andy likes to climb on John a lot while on stage, and play characters that playfully torture John’s characters. They have been dating since 1912.
3. Professor Mandy Meninger and Dr. Don Juice
These extremely accomplished comedic phenoms once did a show at [insert hippest place to farm SNL talent this year] that was so funny and relevant and played so well with target-demo straight, yuppie liberal white dudes that it ripped a hole in the fabric of space-time and destroyed all matter in the entire universe in an instant. This reality was painfully reconstructed in a computer simulation by an advanced alien race in a parallel reality, expressly to study the power of their comedy. Also, you are living in a parallel-reality alien computer simulation.
4. Richie Incognito & Jonathan Martin
Hire them, already! (See, we also do topical/sports humor! Target-demo straight, yuppie liberal white guys LOVE topical/sports humor)
5. Captain Hilarious Talk Show Concept & Lieutenant Cold Political Opener
Known for producing hundreds of fully realized cold political opener sketches and thousands of improbably random talk show sketches with hilarious celebrity hooks every week, the Captain and his Lieutenant literally live inside a giant, self-created mountain of unused, whipsmart, buzz-building, water-cooler sketches that they just don’t know what to do with. Oh well. They’ll probably throw them in the recycling bin. Wonk wonk.
(Note: All jokes aside, we support any and all efforts to make comedy more inclusive and diverse. More perspectives = more comedic possibilities. Unless you’re Richie Incognito, in which case you should stop talking and learn to love yourself.)