Father Sarducci hosted two SNL episodes during the 1983-1984 season and cameoed during two 1990s episodes, most notably on a Weekend Update segment where he reported on Pope John Paul II's missing wallet. All together, Father Sarducci appeared on SNL thirty-one times, the most of any of the recurring characters.
In 1981 Novello made newspaper headlines when he visited Vatican City wearing the Father Guido Sarducci costume to do a photo shoot for Attenzione magazine. After taking pictures in an area where photography was prohibited, he and his photographer, Paul Solomon, were arrested by the Swiss Guards and Novello was charged with “impersonating a priest.” Although the guards attempted to confiscate the film from the shoot, Solomon managed to hand them the wrong film. The charges were later dropped.
In the early 1980s, Novello was featured in ads promoting candidates for the priesthood. He listed one advantage of being a priest as getting first pick at the annual parish garage sale.
During the 1980s and 1990s Sarducci appeared on other television shows, including The Tonight Show, Letterman, Fridays, Married ...With Children, Unhappily Ever After, Not Necessarily the News, and It's Garry Shandling's Show. Novello also released two Grammy-nominated comedy albums as Sarducci: Breakfast in Heaven, and Live at St. Douglas Convent.
On March 19, 2005 Father Sarducci appeared on the MSNBC show Countdown with Keith Olbermann discussing The Da Vinci Code and his DaVinci Code Decoder Ring.

On The Last Supper: It was actually a brunch. The check (discovered by Sarducci himself!) reveals that one guy only had a soft-boiled egg and tea, while everyone else stuffed themselves. But when the bill was paid, it was divided equally. The moral: "In groups, always order the most expensive thing."
On The "Missing" Commandments: There were actually more than ten, but Moses was old and grumpy, and after he broke the tablets he could only remember the negative ones. "Don't do this. Don't do that." The truth is, most of them were more like advice. The Twelfth Commandment, for example, was "Whistle while you work." (People think its from Disney, but Disney stole it from God.)
On Masturbation: Life is a job. You get $14.50 a day, but after you die, you have to pay for your sins. Stealing a hub cap is around $100. Masturbation is 35 cents (it doesn't seem like much, but it adds up). If there's money left when you subtract what you owe from what you've earned, you can go to heaven. If not, you have to go back to work. (Sort of like reincarnation -- many nuns are Mafia guys working it off.)
Father Guido Sarducci is currently working on a brand new song for the Christmas Holiday Season called "Frosty the Snow." According to Father Sarducci, "it's about Frosty before he was a snowman."