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Saturday Night's Children: Bill Hader (2005-2013)

Few SNL cast members have matched the supreme mimicry talents of Bill Hader, whose repertoire of dead-on impersonations clocks in at over eighty. When he joined the cast in 2005, Hader instantly transformed from an unknown film and TV production assistant to late night's newest sketch comedy chameleon and force behind the Manhattan club-hopper Stefon, and he made such an impression that he earned two Emmy nominations for his work on SNL in 2012 and 2013, making him the first male cast member to receive the double Emmy honor in the show's history.

Saturday Night's Children: Eddie Murphy (1980-1984)

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.

When Eddie Murphy arrived at SNL in 1980, all odds were stacked against him: The magic of the original cast, writers, and producer was gone, public opinion of the show dwindled, and at only 19 years old, he was the youngest performer to join the cast. But thanks to a combination of undeniable talent, persistence, luck, and a streak of Hollywood blockbusters, Murphy [...]

Saturday Night’s Children: Abby Elliott (2008-2012)

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.

Alongside Michaela Watkins, 21-year-old Abby Elliott was hired as a featured player when Amy Poehler went on maternity leave a month into season 34. Elliott's impersonation skills and beamy delivery proved invaluable during her run, from her election season Rachel Maddow sketches to her cooing sex-kitten take on host Anna Faris. Elliott’s announcement of her SNL departure in August 2012 came as [...]

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: 2013 In Review

This year turned out to be another round of 1980s domination for Saturday Night’s Children. While it’s been a low-key year for the column as far as SNL superstars go, we reached feature #100 with Eddie Murphy a few weeks ago and passed the 70% mark on cast members covered overall – 101 out of 137 and counting. In the continued spirit of underdogs and lower-key SNL names, my favorite two cast members to learn about this year were Gary Kroeger and Danitra Vance, two underappreciated 80s players whose stories are both enlightening and inspiring in vastly different ways. So with that, here’s a rundown of the Saturday Night’s [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Norm Macdonald (1993-1998)

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.

Watching today’s chipper incarnation of Weekend Update, it’s easy to forget that the segment was once helmed by the smarmy cynicism of Dennis Miller, the absurdity of Kevin Nealon, and Norm Macdonald, whose delivery both on Update and in all his sketches came tinged with his trademark dry sarcasm. Macdonald’s scathing coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial in 1994 made Update wildly popular [...]

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: Robert Smigel (1991-1993)

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.

Though he’s best known as the voice behind the raunchy puppet and former Conan regular Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Robert Smigel is responsible for many of SNL’s best sketches and pretaped shorts during his impressive run as writer from 1985-2008. Between the Chicagoan Bill Swerski’s Superfans, TV Funhouse segments like The Ambiguously Gay Duo, and commercial parodies like “Schmitt’s Gay,” [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]