Mrs Loopner is a character which is frequently featured on a recurring Saturday Night Live sketch. To learn a bit about “The Nerds”, simply continue reading.
The Nerds SNL Sketch:
“The Nerds” is an ongoing sketch series which was shown on Saturday Night Live in the past. “The Nerds” skits featured a young couple, Lisa Loopner and Todd DiLaMuca and featured a character named Mrs Loopner, who was Lisa’s mother. “The Nerds” basically revolved around the everyday interactions between Lisa, Todd and Mrs Loopner.
Lisa Looper was played by Gilda Radner, who was one of the original members of Saturday Night Live and passed away at 42 in 1989. While the character of Todd DiLaMuca was played by Bill Murray. Bill Murray joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in season 2 and was a regular cast member from 1977 to 1980.
If the name Billy Murray rings a bell, you should recognize Murray from his roles in hit movies such as “Ghostbusters”, “Lost in Translation”, “Caddyshack” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.
Mrs Looper was played by popular actress Jane Curtin, who is best known for playing Dr. Mary Albright on the hit 90s family comedy, “3rd Rock From The Sun”.
Mrs Looper’s character was a widow who would wear the same housecoat on a daily basis and would regularly talk to her daughter Lisa about the wifely duties which she would have to perform when her dear old husband was still alive. Mrs Loopner was also known for telling Lisa to warm up the Gremlin, which was her nickname for Lisa’s car.
The Nerds Guest Stars:
As “The Nerds” is a Saturday Night Live sketch and Saturday Night Live is known for its celebrity guests, “The Nerds” featured a few guest celebrities, over the course of its run.
As a popular example, British actor Michael Palin guest starred on “The Nerds” as Mr Brighton.Mr Brighton was Lisa’s piano teacher who had an insatiable libido and whose sketchy advances Lisa had to avoid.
Another example of a famous guest star who guest starred on “The Nerds” include Steve Martin, who played Todd’s rival and frenemy Chas the Spaz. Martin is an A-list actor who has starred in hit movies such as “Father Of The Bride” and “Cheaper By The Dozen”.
A third example, of a guest star who starred on “The Nerds” is Buck Henry who happened to write the screenplay for the Oscar-winning film “The Graduate”. In the skits in which Henry appeared, he played Todd’s father. Who had hilarious interactions with Mrs Loopner herself, who she didn’t see eye to eye with.
Special Christmas skit:
Due to “The Nerds” popularity and popular reviews, a special Christmas skit was filmed in 1979 which was titled “Nerds Nativity”. Which of course featured the ever funny, meddling Mrs. Loopner.
Unfortunately “Nerds Nativity” received a backlash of negative comments as many viewers featured that it was inappropriate and in bad taste to create a parody nativity inspired skit.
So if you like the sound of “The Nerds”, it’s well worth rewatching some of the old “The Nerds” skits. Especially if you want to laugh at the hilarity of Mrs Loopner!