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Saturday Night's Children: Damon Wayans (1985-1986)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 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.

Mistakes on live television are inevitable even for the most experienced SNL cast members, but where character breaking and even accidental F-bombs have garnered Lorne Michaels’s forgiveness, Damon Wayans’s firing remains the show’s most infamous case of intentional sketch sabotage. Frustrated with his lack of traction during SNL’s struggling eleventh season, Wayans committed a live TV no-no after he switched a straight-man cop [...]

The Richard Pryor Biopic’s 17 Years in Development Hell

Regarded by his peers as the greatest stand-up comedian of all-time, Richard Pryor also lived a fascinating life to match his larger-than-life reputation as a comic. Pryor’s tumultuous personal experiences are what fed his comedy, and it’s no wonder that Hollywood executives, filmmakers, Pryor’s family, and Pryor himself have tried many times to make a biopic about his life. There’s enough stuff in Richard Pryor’s life to fill two or three movies (he grew up in a brothel, rose to the top of his field by breaking boundaries and fighting numerous censorship battles, had some run-ins with the mob, lit himself on fire while freebasing cocaine, and was diagnosed [...]

Happy Endings Recap: "Get Your Own Damn Daddy"

Finally, a Brad-heavy episode! Since it's never to early for a celebrity cameo, Damon Wayans stops as Brad's fictional/actual father, a strict military man who has never actually expressed any emotions toward his son. Spurred on by Jane, Brad tells his father Francis that he loves him, which sends the man into a panic attack when he assumes his son is trying to break some terrible medical news. After Fran calms down, his new-found lease on life has him head-over-heels about everything…except for his off-spring. "I love…this track suit," he declares, marveling at it's luxurious ball room. When Brad musters his courage to tell his dad he loves him [...]