The breakout star of SNL's first season, he defined fake news for generations to come. He admits now that he regrets leaving the show after one year, but his bank account probably doesn't. For a while, Chevy was funny: Fletch, Vacation, European Vacation, Fletch Lives.
But then his comic talents mysteriously disappeared. One day he was Fletch, and the next he was hosting the most notoriously painful and unwatchable talk show ever created. Watch how uncomfortable he is even thinking about being funny on The Chevy Chase Show. Actually, that clip's almost 10 minutes, you'll never make it. See if you can last through all five minutes of this unbearable Goldie Hawn interview.
(Spoiler alert: you can't.)
Chevy's reportedly set to play a supporting role in an upcoming NBC sitcom starring Joel McHale--the dude who hosts Talk Soup on E! While McHale is actually funny, when you're playing second fiddle to a guy whose biggest gig is on a network with an exclamation point in its name, you are fully living the curse of the former fake news show host.
The Part Where I Bitterly Compare Our Stories
Actually, I don't think I have much in common with Chevy Chase. While I don't create fake news-based comedy for Cracked anymore, I still create comedy for myself. It's like drinking alone in your room, only somehow more depressing.
OK, so Chevy and I have something in common.
Honestly, I'd love to be funny for a living. If I could write jokes for, say, Jimmy Fallon's new version of Late Night as my job, I'd be pleased as Vicky (the aforementioned Santa Monica homeless woman). To that end, I've started a blog of my very own. It's called HireMeJimmyFallon.com. See, it's not too late for Fallon. He co-hosted Weekend Update with Tina Fey, and then quit to pursue a career in film. There are some Chevy similarities here: He made a couple movies that didn't do too well, but now he's scored the plum gig of late-night talk show host--and people actually watch his show. In his monologue each night, he gets to live the dream of former fake newscasters everywhere: He gets to make MORE jokes about the news, and receive a steady paycheck in exchange.
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking: "Lex, you're just using your old friends at Cracked to promote your pathetic and unlikely attempt at scoring a job writing for The Late Show." And that's where you're wrong. As I already mentioned, I don't have any friends left at Cracked. I'm using my old password.Check out more from Lex at HireMeJimmyFallon.com.