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Diving Into John Belushi's Lost Last Comedy, 'Noble Rot'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

John Belushi spent five years as a movie star at the end of his life, and during that time, he never starred in a movie that he wrote. At the time of his death in 1982, however, he had been writing a movie script for himself to star in with longtime SNL writer Don Novello, best known as Father Guido Sarducci, serving as his co-writer. Called Noble Rot, it was a throwback to screwball comedies that, in the wake of [...]

Saturday Night’s Children: Don Novello (1979-1980; 1985-1986)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 35 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

There’s always been a blurry line between writers and cast members on Saturday Night Live, and one of the first SNL writers to cross over was Don Novello, known best for his alter-ego Father Guido Sarducci, the chain-smoking Italian-Catholic priest he created long before SNL and would continue to showcase years after.