When Jan Hooks — SNL cast member from 1986-1991 — died at the age of 57 last month, the show truly lost one of its stealthy greats. Like frequent sketch costar Phil Hartman, Hooks's incredible talent didn't need to call attention to itself, so it's only now, in hindsight and reruns, that the full measure of her brilliance is beginning to be calculated. Since SNL debuted in 1975, over 140 players have been in the cast, and nine have passed away from illness, drugs, or violence. Whether they leave us as beloved superstars with promising careers ahead of them or underappreciated and semi-forgotten talents with few recent onscreen [...]
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.
SNL's first party monster legend was a Chicago boy born to Albanian immigrants — a short, squat, blue-collar popular kid whose fierce presence dominated everything from the high school football field to the improv theater stage and, during his final years, the silver screen. Many of the late John Belushi's friends and former collaborators have attempted to describe the man behind the SNL [...]
With only a few names left in this series, this week we're highlighting four former cast members instead of one who, for different reasons, have been grouped together for a special edition of lesser known SNL players. Whether they quit the show before their first episode, left no trace of their history after leaving the show, or flew under the radar despite being co-head writer, these four players are both a mix of famous and unknown writers and performers whose connection to SNL often goes forgotten. Here they are, in no particular order:
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 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.
While there are plenty of SNL cast members whose stints didn't last many episodes — see Laurie Metcalf, Dan Vitale, and Ben Stiller — British sketch and voice actress Morwenna Banks holds the record of the shortest repertory player tenure with a mere four episodes under her belt at the end of the show's twentieth season in 1995. Four episodes [...]
Considering SNL has been home to nearly 140 cast members across a 40-year span, it's natural that there are some interesting, strange, inspiring stories and lesser-known facts in some of their biographies. Whether it's super strict religious convictions, an unjust stay at a maximum security prison, a rough childhood, or falling flat with US audiences only to find widespread fame abroad, famous and forgotten SNL players alike have faced some unusual challenges and circumstances you may not know about, but should. In the spirit of whatever changes might come to the show this fall, here's a look at eight former cast members whose lesser known life stories might make [...]