Splitsider

Posts tagged as gary kroeger

What It's Like Getting Hired – and Fired – by 'SNL'

It was late summer, 1982, and I was driving down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I turned to her and said, “This must be what winning the lottery feels like.” We had just been asked to join the cast of Saturday Night Live along with Brad Hall (and Paul Barrosse, who would become a writer) and were on our way to our last performance of “The Golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee.”

The show was a collection of our best Practical Theatre sketches over a three-year period and it was a local hit that caught the attention of Tim Kazurinsky. Tim brought in Dick Ebersol and Bob Tischler who [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Gary Kroeger (1982-1985)

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 each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

While his time on SNL is often overshadowed by cast mates like Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, and Billy Crystal, a closer look at Gary Kroeger's sketches reveals an engaged supporting player of charm and versatility who buzzed steadily — though very quietly — until the end of his three-season stint. While he's since faded from steady onscreen work to focus on a career in [...]