A last-minute suggestion from Kristen Wiig’s agent may have made all the difference to the world of comedy. Wiig, finding success with improv acting, had applied for a spot on “Saturday Night Live’s” competition “MadTV.”
Her agent, realizing her potential, urged Wiig to apply for a spot on Saturday Night Live and she was so successful, even as a newcomer, that she was kept on even after some serious rebudgeting. “Saturday Night Live” opened all the doors for Wiig and she is now a truly formidable force as a writer, actor, and director on both the small and big screen.
The name of Chris Farley is synonymous with "Saturday Night Live." Farley helped usher in an entirely new generation of steadfast and iconic "Saturday Night Live" stars, affectionately nicknamed the “Bad Boys of SNL.” As bad as it can get with Rob Schneider in your ranks, we guess.
Farley hit the mark with each and every sketch and used his larger-than-life, over-the-top exaggerations and antics to deliver immortal "Saturday Night Live" characters. Farley broke out into acting roles, being the lead in movies such as "Tommy Boy." But he heartbreakingly passed away at the age of thirty-three after a long battle with substance abuse.
Dana Carvey is the undisputed king of impersonations. You would have to do a double-take when watching or listening to his sketches to make sure it was not the actual person being parodied! Carvey picked up the reins from Martin Short’s time on the show and was instrumental in keeping it from plummeting into a primetime black hole.
Carvey spared no political or famous figure in his nine-season run with the show. Carvey was one of the few "Saturday Night Live" alumni to receive an Emmy award. And nowadays, Carvey can be found hosting his podcast “Fly On The Wall.”
"Saturday Night Live" producer can spot gold a mile away...most times, that is. Luckily, he hit the payload when hiring Tina Fey as a writer on the show in 1997. Fey, who admitted to having a spot on "Saturday Night Live" as a life goal, sent in a few scripts for consideration.
Her writing skills were undeniable and she was hired in the blink of an eye. It took three years before Fey would come out from behind the camera and in front of it. Fey continued to write and perform for the show until 2006 when she abandoned ship to create “30 Rock.”
All we need to say are the words “Straight to jail.” The master of comedy Fred Armisen was one of the single most versatile "Saturday Night Live" performers in the history of the show and one of the hardest working. Armisen helped carry eleven ground-breaking seasons of the show throughout the 2000s.
Armisen was one of the few performers who could lend his musical talents to his sketches. Armisen parted ways with the show on his own terms in 2013 to focus on his career beyond the live-action format. Armisen has a knack of showing up in bit-part roles in just about every funny show of the last 20+ years.