Saturday Night Live’s Lost Performers: 15 Comedians Who Failed To Break Out As SNL Cast Members

  • Just Sayin’

    I know this is just a blog but does StyleBlazer not have an editor or someone to proofread posts for typos, poor grammar and sophomoric writing? Good idea for a post but the bad writing is sort of distracting and confusing. Do better please

  • EricWolfsbane

    The greatest mystery of the universe.

    How did John Belushi dying make Jim Belushi funny or talented?

  • Beth

    The Ben Stiller Show was aired on FOX not MTV.

    • Look it up

      The Ben Stiller Show started on MTV and then moved to FOX in 1992.

  • Tboner

    Julia Louis, not Louise–yeesh!

  • Bob

    No Conan O’Brien mention? Who researched this?

    • Anth

      O’Brien was a writer, not a cast member.

      Also, Lovitz and Miller weren’t the only people kept from ’85-86…Nora Dunn was too.

      • Anth

        Oh yeah, and I think it goes without saying that there are no “lost” episodes of SNL from after ’84-85. I have no idea where they got that idea.

    • Jason Benesh

      No Norm MacDonald?

  • Kevin Bowman

    “Package” Ebersol??

    • Nora Heath

      Best part of the whole article.

  • Cachiva

    “Laurie Metcalf was hired by package Ebersol to be apart of the new cast”

    What the helll is “package Ebersol”, and doesn’t the “writer” know that “apart” means “separate from”?

  • Gman51

    garafalo, morris and gotfreid were not funny. Period.

  • Zach Kaplan

    I’m going to add my voice to the choir of those critiquing the sophomoric writing… what’s not gramatically or factually incorrect is just plain badly written. I have written for websites that can’t pay their writers and yet have more rigorous editing processes than Styleblazer clearly has. How can I trust any of this when it’s even partially inaccurate?

  • gordon_wagner

    Fifteen full page redraws? HELLO WEB 1.0 TECHNOLOGY.

  • Hurshey Bar

    What about when you can tell the actors are just reading off of cue cards… and they make it so obvious

  • birdmantd

    Some others I was thinking- Siobhan Fallon, David Koechner, Brian Doyle Murray, Casey Wilson. None are huge stars but all have found steady work in movies/TV since they’re less than memorable tenures.

  • Frank Childs

    are you serious? It’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, that’s Lousk, not Louise. Why not throw all your credibility out the window? Craptacular reporting!

  • Redowl

    Christopher Guest? Larry David??

  • Jazzboy1

    What a truly banal premise for a headline that shrieks something else. I am quitting your lists that entice but fail to deliver (like The World headlines). With the exception of Gottfried, Metcalf and Hall — the rest became BIG stars in movies, TV, etc. What English class did this blogger miss along the way? Pathetic…

    • Quid Malmborg

      You said it. IIRC, Anthony Michael Hall was famous BEFORE he joined SNL- that’s how he got the job. His star has waxed and waned solely because he’s bulked-up since the mid-late ’80s (e.g. “Edward Scissorhands”) in an attempt to shed his uber-geek image.

  • Quid Malmborg

    If the author of this article isn’t freelancing and is an actual employee of this website, they should lose their job for such a gross display of journalistic ignorance. This article should never have been written. More of an op-ed piece bordering on defamation. Author should go back to bagging groceries.

    • Quid Malmborg

      …and fire the so-called “editor.”

  • Susan Barwick

    A catchy title for getting click through for ads. SO wrong on this list.

  • sharksandcreatures

    That’s because except for Ben Stiller and Damon Wayans, none of them were/are comedians, or should I say funny.

    • Steve

      sharksandcreatures is so wrong! John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Chevy Chase, and many others (mostly from the first cast, but a few others – Tina Fey for one) is/was very creative comedians

  • rickcain2320

    Garrett Morris was an icon. He was way underused in the show and every time he appeared he was amazing. The writers admitted they simply didn’t know where to put him in the scripts, but it was their fault not his for being uncreative. I was happy to see him in the coneheads movie.

  • Bill Merritt

    This article is absolutely absurd. ABSURD. Each of these members did well on the show and with a few exceptions (Garrett Morris) afterwards.

  • Bobby Bailey

    Public School . . . NO DOUBT!!

  • Mike Bee

    Chico ESCUELA. Do some research.

  • Badger1969

    There are a lot of successful people in comedy that are listed as “Comedians Who Failed to Break Out” – Julie Louise Dreyfus, Daymon Williams, Ben Stiller, and more. This is more of a list of successful comedians fired by SNL.

  • SNLaddict

    I don’t get it. It it supposed to be about SNL cast who didn’t become main stream stars, or stars who weren’t big as SNL players? they go back and forth, back and forth.

  • Holy Bullies

    Two Oscar nominations. I don’t know. I think Joan Cusack did rather well.

  • Rhonda Fomby

    Jim Belushi has had a very popular show on network TV, and starred in numerous movies and they think he failed to break out of SNL?! Think I’m done reading this article as it is obvious whoever wrote it watches nothing but SNL!

  • blind_leading_blind

    It’s D – I – C – K Ebersol. Auto-censoring the comments is one thing, but auto-censoring the actual article is stupid.

  • Oldemily

    i’ve seen some stupid lists, but this is by far the worst. it makes no sense!!!! is that the point, or is the person who wrote it 12?

  • Erik Baran

    a…part of! a….part of! JFC, how ignorant can you be??

  • Leftist_Matyr

    Didn’t The Ben Stiller Show air on Fox on Sunday nights with Married with Children?

  • scumby

    the fact is Chris was hired as a performer and refused to write for free.

  • scumby

    Robert Downey is not a comedian

  • Agree, but missing the point

    I understand what you guys are saying about the people making it after SNL. However, this article is about those ‘stars’ that didn’t make it big on SNL itself. Agree wholeheartedly with the grammar/spelling/writing crap. Very hard to read when you have to rewrite the sentences in your head to give them fluency.

  • sardoodledom

    This is the most poorly written article I’ve ever read.

  • Heitmyer

    The proofreading is the real joke b/c an “alternate history” AKA fictitious account posted on the web of what might have been had three more shows aired in the summer of 1985 is printed as fact under the James Belushi entry. Boy, that’s bad. No such shows existed. When the writers strike scuttled three episodes in 1985, NBC simply re-allocated the funds, they didn’t make Ebersol produce them. Just plain dumb.

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