13 Entertainment Icons Who Wrote Jokes For SNL

SNL is the show that launched a thousand stars -- and not all from the 30 Rock stage.  Here are 13 comedy giants who got their start scribbling sketches on legal pads late Tuesday nights. 

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STEPHEN COLBERT BROKE UP A NORM MACDONALD FIGHT 1997 CRACKED ATE-NIGHT SOCCER GAMES WOULD BREAK OUT IN THE SNL HALLS. GUEST WRITER COLBERT WOULD JUMP IN, INCLUDING A GAME WHERE MACDONALD GOT INTO A HUGE FIGHT WITH INTERN WYATT CENAC. COLIN QUINN HELPED COLBERT PULL THE TWO COMICS APART.

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JOHN MULANEY ROCKED 'LOBSTER' 2010 CRAGKEDCOM SNL HOST MULANEY PERFORMED IN A DINER LOBSTER MUSICAL, A REJECTED SKETCH HE'D WRITTEN WITH COLIN JOST YEARS EARLIER. WHAT'S HIS WRITING SECRET? WE WROTE IT BY LISTENING TO THE LES MIS SOUNDTRACK AND WE CHANGED THE WORDS OF THE SONGS AND MADE IT

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DAVE ATTELL PUT IN A FEW DAYS OF HARD WORK 1993 CRACKED.COM I WOULD SAY I WAS ON [SNL] FOR A YEAR AND I WROTE FOR MAYBE TWO WEEKS, ATTELL TOLD HOWARD STERN. I WAS ALWAYS LEAVING EARLY. WHEN YOU'RE A COMIC AND YOU HAVE TO GIVE YOUR GOOD JOKES

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PAULTHOMAS ANDERSON DIRECTED BEN AFFLECK 2000 ST-BOOGIE NIGHTS, SNL FAN PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON WROTE A FEW SKETCHES FOR THE SHOW. HE ALSO DIRECTED 'FANATIC,' WITH AFFLECK STARRING AS ANNA NICOLE SMITH'S BIGGEST, BRACES-WEARING FAN. RUMOR HAS IT HE MET WIFE MAYA RUDOLPH DURING HIS SNL TENURE.

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BOBODENKIRK WAS NOT A LORNE MICHAELS FAN 1990 I BASICALLY HAD A HUGE CHIP ON MY SHOULDER, REMEMBERS ODENKIRK. MIX THAT IN WITH LORNE'S TRADITIONAL INTIMIDATION AND IT'S NOT GOOD. I DIDN'T RESPOND TO THE WAY HE LIKES TO APPROACH YOUNG PERFORMERS AND SET HIMSELF UP AS SOME KIND

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HANNIBAL BURESS ALMOST GOT ON WEEKEND UPDATE 2010 CRACKED.COR I WASN'T GETTING ANY SKETCHES ON THE AIR... SO I PITCHED SOMETHING TO SETH MEYERS. IMAGINE GOING TO YOUR BOSS AND SAYING, 'HEY, I KNOW I HAVEN'T BEEN DOING MY JOB VERY WELL BUT HOW ABOUT I DO THIS OTHER JOB.'

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JB SMOOVE HAD SOME GREAT SKETCH PITCHES 2006 CRACKED.COM BUT UNFORTUNATELY, MOST NEVER MADE THE AIR. LIKE THE FACE-LIF WIG THAT HIDES YOUR HANDS AS THEY PULL BACK YOUR WRINKLES. OR A SKETCH WHERE TOM BRADY WOULD PLAY A 1950S QUARTERBACKI FAMOUS FOR BEING THE FIRST NFL PLAYER TO SMACK

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GREG DANIELS WAS CONAN'S COLLEGE ROOMMATE 1988 DANIELS AND O'BRIEN BOTH WROTE FOR THE HARVARD LAMPOON, 'NOT NECESSARILY THE NEWS,' 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' AND 'THE SIMPSONS.' THEN GREG BROKE OFF ON HIS OWN AND CREATED A COUPLE LITTLE SHOWS CALLED PARKS AND RECREATION' AND 'THE OFFICE.'

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ADAM MCKAY WAS ON HIS WAY TO THE MOVIES 2004 CRACKED.COM THERE'S NO ONE SMARTER THAN FORMER HEAD WRITER ADAM MCKAY, ACCORDING TO HORATIO SANZ. HIS TRADEMARK MARRIAGE OF THE FUNNY AND STRANGE EVOLVED IN HIS FILM PARTNERSHIP WITH WILL FERRELL (ANCHORMAN, TALLADEGA NIGHTS, STEP BROTHERS).

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