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Saturday Night's Children: Patrick Weathers (1980-1981)

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.

Even among SNL's sixth season cast — cursed by coming in after the mass departure of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players — Patrick Weathers fared poorly; he spent seven episodes on the show and was credited as a featured player in only two. Between the backstage troubles with producer Jean Doumanian and onscreen dominance of Piscopo and Murphy, Weathers had [...]

Saturday Night's Children: George Coe (1975-1976)

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.

While he's often left off the list of original Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Broadway/film/voiceover actor George Coe spent several mostly uncredited episodes as an SNL cast member in its debut season. Though his list of onscreen appearances almost tops 130 titles, Coe — who ties with Michael McKean as SNL's oldest cast member at his time of hire — only made [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Gail Matthius (1980-1981)

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.

Among Jean Doumanian's mixed bag of early eighties SNL players lurked Gail Matthius, token hot girl and one third of the self-proclaimed "Three Musketeers" with the similarly bright-eyed star-hopefuls Denny Dillon and Charles Rocket. Matthius's screen time may have faded soon after leaving SNL, but she went on to voice a slew of cartoon characters most 90s kids know well, most famously as [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Ann Risley (1980-1981)

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.

Described by Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad as "an icy version of Mary Tyler Moore," Ann Risley spent the duration of SNL producer Jean Doumanian's 12-episode run stuck in the straight-man grind. Competing with the feisty energy of Denny Dillon and cooler demeanor of Gail Matthius for female roles proved to be too much of a challenge for Risley's subdued delivery and lack of [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Dean Edwards (2001-2003)

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 biggest mainstream success up to now is probably subbing for Eddie Murphy in a Shrek TV sequel, Dean Edwards racked up over 20 celebrity impersonations over two seasons as a featured SNL player. Despite his spot-on mimicry of stars like Denzel Washington, Chris Tucker, and Michael Jackson and years of stand-up experience, he spent his two-season stint as more of a glorified [...]

Saturday Night's Children: A. Whitney Brown (1986-1991)

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.

Occupying the peripheral space on SNL in the late eighties and early nineties was A. Whitney Brown, noted for his stuffy straight-man delivery as Weekend Update correspondent and preference for more cerebral political commentary rather than recurring character gags or impersonations. Brown — who identifies himself as a humorist rather than a comedian — served as more of a glorified writer than a [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Michael McKean (1994-1995)

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.

As the oldest person to be hired as a cast member in SNL history, it makes sense that Michael McKean once described his role on the show as "to be kind of the adult — to be David Spade's dad." It's a short order for such a multi-talented and collaborative comic ensemble performer like McKean, whose 40+ year career has spanned from [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Matthew Laurance (1980-1981)

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.

While it's difficult enough to track down the stories of oft-forgotten SNL cast members, early eighties bit player Matthew Laurance poses an added level of complication: He's an identical twin to slightly-older brother Mitchell Laurance, who not only worked alongside him as an SNL staffer in the late seventies but also appeared on HBO's Not Necessarily the News from 1983-1990. The sibling rivalry [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Jim Belushi (1983-1985)

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 he's recognizable for his raspy voice and portly Chicagoan frame, Jim Belushi will forever be stuck in the shadow of his legendary older brother. Jim's arrival at SNL was less than two years after John's death and at one of the worst times to join the cast, yet whether in spite of or because of his name, he came to SNL already armed [...]

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 [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Beth Cahill (1991-1992)

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.

The early nineties were not the most fruitful years for female SNL cast members. Among the players who lingered in the shadow of the Sandler-Farley brofest was Chicago native Beth Cahill, whose young blonde appeal and traditional improv roots couldn't stand a chance against the established tone and overcrowded cast. Cahill has gone mostly forgotten in the scope of SNL history, but a [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Peter Aykroyd (1979-1980)

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.

It's surprising that Peter Aykroyd (Dan's little brother) never benefitted from namesake recognition on SNL considering the modest sibling success of Brian Doyle-Murray and Jim Belushi. Barely appearing on the show at all, the younger Aykroyd was credited as a cast member for only six of the sixteen episodes he spent as both a writer and sparingly used featured extra. Dan Aykroyd-level fame [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Paul Brittain (2010-2012)

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.

When the news broke in January 2012 that Paul Brittain was leaving SNL "effective immediately," I had a somber moment of silence for Funky Boy and the Little Lord. Though he appeared infrequently during his year and a half stint as a featured player, Brittain's small frame, shy-flirty delivery, and ability to sway from joyful to creeptastic and back again in even [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Rich Hall (1984-1985)

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 Rich Hall's biggest claim to fame to younger Americans is being the inspiring force behind the grumpy bartender Moe Szyslak on The Simpsons, for those old enough to remember watching Fridays, Not Necessarily the News, and Dick Ebersol's era of Saturday Night Live, Hall was a prolific young street performer-turned-writer/performer who skyrocketed the term "sniglet" to fame throughout the eighties and starred [...]