13 Stars Who Were Saturday Night Live Regulars

13 Stars Who Were Saturday Night Live Regulars

Saturday Night Live is one of the most fascinating institutions in comedy. Perpetually under harsh comedic attack with nearly every cast being cast being derided as a decline from the ‘legends’ they replaced, it remains one of the most simultaneously loved and criticized shows ever. Beyond that, it's not only got an incredibly unique format, it has also obviously served as the platform and launch pad for massive comedic talent. In fact, Saturday Night Live has played a pivotal role in the careers of so many talented people, there's plenty of them who get lost in the shuffle.

The fact is, SNL has been running for over 40 years, and they've had a ton of people in the cast in that time ... some of whom went on to become major stars, and their SNL tenure got totally forgotten.

Want to learn about some famous celebrities you probably didn't even realize were on SNL? Scroll down for more!


COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM DAMON WAYANS WAS ON SNL FROM '85 TO '86, AND IT DID NOT WORK OUT FOR HIM. They had me in scenes where I would just hold a spear. I'm like, 'I'm not doing that. My mother's going to watch this show.' No lines! Just holding the spear in a thong. I'm like, 'I can't do this, he recounted.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL WAS AN SNL CAST MEMBER IN THE MID-'80S. It didn't really work out for him, and he later said: I think the people that found the most success came from a stand-up background where they had their own material and they had that competitive nature.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM IRON MAN HIMSELF, AKA RDJ, WAS A SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE CAST MEMBER. Не joined in 1985 - he had two recurring characters, and did a bunch of celeb impressions. That was pretty much it since, in the next season, he got fired by Lorne Michaels along with a bunch of his castmates.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM BEN STILLER JOINED THE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE CAST IN 1989. Не did a bunch of celebrity impersonations, including Mandy Patinkin and Bruce Springsteen, but left pretty quickly - he didn't make it until the end of the year.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM BETWEEN 1985 AND 1986, RANDY QUAID WAS A REGULAR ON SNL. Не had two recurring characters - flashy salesman Rudy Randolph Jr. and the Floating Head, which he played in The Limits of The Imagination sketches - plus a bunch of celebrity impersonations.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM MICHAEL MCKEAN DID A STINT ON SNL BETWEEN 1994 AND 1995. Amid the crabbiness, I had fun with everybody. I was pretty crabby myself sometimes. But I think it was kind of just wandering: It didn't know where it was going, is how he described the experience.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM BILLY CRYSTAL WAS A REGULAR CAST MEMBER FOR A YEAR IN THE MID-1980S. This is how he thought about it: I think when I came to the show I was sort of a pinata of ideas and thoughts and characters, and all kinds of things happened.



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