Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 39 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
As much as SNL's debut season cast needed to mesh and support each other during the early years, they also needed to set precedents for seasons to come — such as abandoning the show for wider Hollywood success. Chevy Chase wasted no time setting such a precedent, leaving the show not long after his very first season; he was originally hired as a [...]
"'You’ve all been asking me to put Chevy [Chase] and Richard [Pryor] together,' I say. After all the bullshit I’ve been put through to get here, the fucking cross-examination Lorne [Michaels] subjects me to, I decide to do a job interview of my own. Chevy’s the boss, interviewing Richard for a janitor’s job."
-Paul Mooney in an excerpt from the new Richard Pryor biography, Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him in Salon, telling the story of the famous 1975 Chevy Chase/Richard Pryor racial slur job interview sketch from SNL.
A new Vacation movie scheduled to shoot this summer has been delayed indefinitely, and, to the surprise of everyone, noted difficult person Chevy Chase is not the root of the problem. THR reports that shooting on the film, which is set to star Ed Helms as grown-up Griswold spawn Rusty taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and kids on a road trip to Wally World, will be delayed at least a few months – possibly until late this year. The reason for the difficulties is creative differences caused by a split between those who want the movie to be R-rated like the original and those who want a broad PG-13 [...]
Justin Timberlake hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time this weekend, making him a member of the show's exclusive Five-Timers Club and warranting a big cameo-laden sketch. Some of the show's most frequent and beloved hosts like Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Paul Simon, Chevy Chase, and Candice Bergen dropped by, as well as lowly Five-Timers Club staff Dan Aykroyd and Martin Short, making this one of the most impressive reunions of important SNL veterans ever.
Hit the jump for the original sketch that inspired this one, from Tom Hanks's monologue from his fifth time hosting in 1990:
Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander will be playing an unknown role in an upcoming episode of Community. Alexander revealed his guest role via Twitter, writing "Filming a crazy episode of COMMUNITY this week. Can't say much about it but it's a fun one." Alexander's episode airs in late spring, and Community returns to NBC February 7th. That tweet is all the info we have on Alexander's guest spot, but blogs like Zap2It have begun speculating that he'll be replacing recently-departed Chevy Chase as a gag for one episode, which actually sounds pretty plausible for Community. Jason Alexander, like Chase, is a beloved comedy veteran so there are a lot of similarities there, [...]