While Martin Short’s time on “Saturday Night Live” was short (see what we did there?), the actor helped carry the show into a new era. Even though Short only starred in the 1984 to 1985 season, the actor helped the show’s plummeting ratings after the departure of some comedic heavyweights from the show.
He played a variety of highly awkward and neurotic characters which were instant hits for longstanding and new fans of the show. Short has since made numerous cameos on the show throughout the years. Short recently reunited with Steve Martin on the comedy-drama series “Only Murders in the Building.”
You know you have achieved the comedic trophy when Eric Idle boldly states that you are worthy of having been a Monty Python member. Such was the case when Idle met "Saturday Night Live" legend Dan Aykroyd.
Aykroyd was originally hired as a writer on the burgeoning show but quickly had his CV updated to include him as a performer. The actor contributed greatly to the foundation and future of "Saturday Night Live" in his four short seasons as a writer and actor. Aykroyd was also one of the first Saturday Night Members to create big-screen spinoffs of his sketches.
New York native Julia Louis-Dreyfus likened herself to Cinderella landing a spot as a featured member in 1982 on "Saturday Night Live." At the time, the actress held the enviable title of being the youngest female performer to be hired on the show and it came with some serious challenges.
Louis-Dreyfus had to cut her teeth keeping up alongside industry giants such as Eddie Murphy and Martin Short. Louis-Dreyfus more than proved herself and saw three highly acclaimed seasons through. Her comedic prowess caught the attention of a certain Larry Davis and the rest is “Seinfeld” history! She also led her own sitcom, "Veep."
Imagine being there when David Letterman said his first words as a host on “Late Night With David Letterman” and being there when Letterman said his very last words upon retiring his talk show host status. Bill Murray was the guest of honor as both the first and last guest on Letterman’s show.
With the departure of notorious Chevy Chase, Murray becomes a full-time cast member on the second season of "Saturday Night Live." The jester established his trademark deadpan delivery during three successful seasons and went on to become one of the most in-demand actors on the entire planet.
Kenan Thompson holds the champion’s belt for "Saturday Night Live" alumni. The iconic actor has starred in twenty seasons of the show! The only other actor who even comes close to Thompson’s achievement is Darrell Hammond, who managed to rack up an impressive fourteen seasons.
Thompson’s congenial nature and unparalleled work ethic are credited with helping keep cast members together as a team. Thompson has also weathered all sorts of "Saturday Night Live" upheavals, politics, and disasters. The comic actor is most recognized for his physical comedy and impressions which he has delivered flawlessly for over two decades. Of course, Thompson is also one half of the comedy duo Kenan and Kel.