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Title: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 23, 2015, 09:29:39 PM
“Live from the Rifftrax Forum, its Saturday Night’s Top 50 Cast Members!”

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I remember the début of the show well. I was a nite owl (still am) and Saturday night could get pretty boring when your like 14 and can't drive and nothing was open anyway except for Dennys and 7-11. I was channel surfing and happened to see the name of one of my favorite comedians, George Carlin. So I stopped to see what that was all about.

And it quickly became my regular Saturday night thing.

40 years later it’s still my regular Saturday Night thing. Sure it has had its share of ups and downs. Sometimes it could be down right sad (Seasons 6, 11 and 20). And whenever it suffered a downward spiral, you’d find plenty of critics ready to pronounce the show, “Saturday Night Dead”. But somehow, someway they keep plugging away and would discover some comedy giant, or giant’s, who could step in and usher in a new golden age. The forthcoming list, our list, highlights not only those giants who started it all, but also those who came after and kept the fires burning.

A few notes:
Aside from the digital shorts, NBCs pretty merciless about taking down Youtube postings, so for the most part I’m going to have to provide links rather than embed vids in the write-ups. (and I know they block many vids from countries outside the U.S. and I apologize for that)

I’m going to start off each night by posting a host from our supplemental lists. And follow that up with 6 to 7 cast member postings a day, for a total of 8 days.

Rounding out the Top 10 for those hosts was Justin Timberlake and Patrick Stewart with 1 vote each.

That’s it for the cold open; lets get to the lists…
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 23, 2015, 09:30:44 PM
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Tonight's Host: #8. Candice Bergen - 2 points
There have been several top-notch female hosts over the decades, such as seals… er, I mean, like Madeline Kahn, Emma Stone and Drew Barrymore. But only 1 lady was mentioned on a list, which happened to be my list (though C.Jones did name her as an honorable mention). Candice was cool, but not aloof. She had classy good looks, a deft comedic touch and was game to try anything. She also seemed to genuinely like the cast, and being on the show. She Hosted 2 first season highlights and then returned for another go in year two… which Bergen has said was an unhappy experience. The vibe had changed, things were more competitive and Belushi’s personality morphed into something unpleasant. It’s amazing that from such misery, sprung one of SNLs best and brightest episodes. Candice never returned to host with the original gang. But she did make her way back afterwards, and eventually joined the 5 timers club.

A clip of Candice losing it… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/extremely-stupid/n8642 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/extremely-stupid/n8642)

And now the cast…
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 23, 2015, 09:32:52 PM
#50-49. Harry Shearer
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Era: 1979-1980, 1984-1985
15 points on 1 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #11 (ScottD)
Most Memorable Characters: Ronald Reagan, Mike Wallace, FDR, Tom Brokaw, Tom Clay, “Big” Vic Ricker

From reading the book “Live From New York” it sounds like Harry didn’t like working for SNL and several writers and such didn't like him right back - Saying that he was not an easy guy to get along with. And that’s too bad because he’d have been great for SNL. They gave him 2 shots, neither worked out. He did stick through the entire 5th season, and was one of season 10s Ringers but quit (or was let go) mid season. Despite this, I love Harry and while he didn't mesh with the show or fellow cast members (aside from Guest), he did contribute several memorable bits in his brief time. With such short stays, one could argue whether he belongs on an SNL top 50? But I’ll give him points for being involved with one of the shows greatest skits, the Synchronized Swimming piece he did with Short and Guest. That alone makes him worthy of a spot on the list..

A clip of the swim... https://bolstablog.wordpress.com/tag/martin-short/ (https://bolstablog.wordpress.com/tag/martin-short/)

Rolling Stone ranked him #77 but didn’t have much of anything to say.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 23, 2015, 09:36:28 PM
#50-49. Taran Killam
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Era: 2010-present
15 points on 1 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #11 (George Harrison)
Most Memorable Characters: Jebidiah Atkinson, Jonathan Cavanaugh "san", Brad Pitt, Michael Cera, Mokiki

Though I’d never heard of him before SNL, Killam’s an old pro at this game. As Wiki points out, he’s the second Nickelodeon veteran (after Kenan Thompson) to join SNL and the second SNL cast member who was previously a cast member on the sketch show MADtv (after Jeff Richards).

I like Killam for the way he gets into in a role, whether it’s Jebidiah, Mokiki or Jonathan San (from a hilarious bit he does with Vanessa Bayer where the two act as hosts of "J-Pop America Fun Time Now" and spout and act out several stereotypical notions about Japanese culture.) Even if the jokes sink like a stone, it’s fun just to watch Taran perform, he really sells it.

Rolling Stone ranked him #41 and said…
His stock is still rising — the past few seasons would have been dreary without him. His 1860s newspaper critic Jebidiah Atkinson gives scathing reviews to everything from Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" ("Four snores and seven yawns ago") to A Charlie Brown Christmas: "No one wants to watch neurotic children trudging in the snow to smooth jazz." Amen. Not one of SNL's countless Jesus jokes can hang with Jebidiah's review of the Bible's nativity story. "Let's see — a guy travels across the country with his family to find out the hotel is closed? I liked it more when it was called National Lampoon's Vacation."

Mokiki does the sloppy swish... http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mokiki/n28754 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mokiki/n28754)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 23, 2015, 09:42:05 PM
#48. Chris Parnell
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Era: 1998-2006
15 points on 4 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #20 (ScottD)
Most Memorable Characters: Merv "The Perv" Watson, Wayne Bloder, Jeph of the boy band 7 Degrees Celsius, Alan "Sticks" McRae, Kevin Aquarius, Sean DeMarco

Chris Parnell has a unique Saturday Night Live record in that he is one of the longest-tenured cast members, and the only one to be fired twice. During his run from 1998-2006 he brought an excitable energy and emcee presence to SNL that helped the show transition into the new millennium, whether as the perfect game show host, hillbilly, rapper, pervert, or news anchor. – Saturday Night’s Children (http://splitsider.com/2011/09/saturday-nights-children-chris-parnell-1998-2006/)

Rolling Stone ranked him #35 and said…
Never a show pony, but a workhorse. Next time you watch the "more cowbell" sketch, keep your eye on Parnell. Without his deadpan ballast, it's just Christopher Walken reading cue cards at four giggly boys. Dude did a lot of that, which is why he went on to greatness on 30 Rock and Archer.

Parnel raps about Kirsten Dunst… https://screen.yahoo.com/weekend-parnell-raps-kirsten-dunst-000000898.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/weekend-parnell-raps-kirsten-dunst-000000898.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 23, 2015, 09:44:20 PM
#47-46. Victoria Jackson
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Era: 1986-1992
16 points on 1 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #10 (Pak-Man)
Most Memorable Characters: Roseanne, Jenny Baker, Brenda Clark

Victoria gets a lot of flack for her quirky voice and personality -and later for her political and religious views- So I’m surprised to see her here. I once caught her stand-up at Zanies in Nashville, it was a fun show, odd, but my ex and I enjoyed some laughs. And on SNL she had her highlights, she did a great Roseanne and was a regular in the Toonces skits.

Rolling Stone ranked her #138 and said…
America had six seasons to wonder how the one-joke, baby-talking ninny ate up so much time on SNL, and nobody ever did figure that out. The best thing VJ ever did was show up on the 25th-anniversary special as an audience member and ask, "I was just wondering — whatever happened to me?"

The writer at the website, “Saturday Night’s Children” found a few silver linings when she said… “Some of her best SNL performances were her segments on Weekend Update where she sings songs about not being a bimbo, plays home videos of her baby daughter Scarlet instead of reporting on her assignments, and performs her "Update Handstand" act on the Update desk. My favorite Jackson SNL moment is her performance in the commercial parody “Handi-Off,” where she plays a woman who has too many fingers.

Victoria reports on her child psychic powers… https://screen.yahoo.com/victoria-jackson-psychic-powers-000000404.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/victoria-jackson-psychic-powers-000000404.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 23, 2015, 09:45:40 PM
#47-46. Tim Kazurinsky
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Era: 1981-1984
16 points on 1 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #10 (George Harrison)
Most Memorable Characters: Dr. Jack Badofsky, Havnagootiim Vishnuuerheer, The Iguana, Mr. Landlord, Wayne Huevos, Worthington Clotman, Madge The Chimp’s Husband, Father Timothy Owens

I kind of hate how writers and critics act like Eddie Murphy (with a sideways nod to Piscopo) was the only thing worthwhile during the Ebersol years. Yes Eddie was the A #1 superstar, and yes there were a couple of bland white guys in the cast (Brad Hall, Tony Rosato), but there were also several rock solid players: Julia Louis Dreyfus and Gary Kroeger got stronger through the years, Mary Gross doing Alfalfa was a hoot, and the sadly underused Robin Duke was ever a pro (loved her Mrs. T), and above them all for me was the Kaz. I got a huge kick out of the guy. He was kind of the older uncle type, and was originally hired as a writer (Tim expressed surprised when he was later asked to perform in skits.)

Kazurinsky cracked me up with his nebbish characters, like the unassuming nerd who is secretly the deadly adventurer “The Iguana”, or the nervous, punning Dr. Badofsky (pictured above) in Weekend Update segments. I especially adored his Hindu Guru Havnagootiim Vishnuuerheer. Kaz was also seen as Eddie Murphy’s Landlord in “Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood” and was the lead in the oddball “I Married A Monkey” sketches.

Most folks know him as that guy in the Police Academy movies, but for me he was one of the bright lights from the Ebersol era.

Rolling Stone ranked him #32 and said…
One of the most under-appreciated players ever, from the much-scorned early-Eighties cast. The Kaz had a virtuoso collection of nervous twitches, especially as sweaty little Dr. Jack Badofsky, the absolute master of terrible puns. It was a treat to hear the audience boo and groan whenever Dr. Jack lectured on diseases like influenza — if you catch it from the Mississippi River, you've got "Huckleberry Finn-fluenza," if "you sneeze your head off, that's Anne Boleyn-fluenza," while "coal miners' daughters are susceptible to Loretta Lynn-fluenza." Or gonorrhea: "If the New York Post finds out you've got it, everyone in the city's gono-rrhead all about it!"

A clip of Kaz the Guru... https://screen.yahoo.com/unanswered-questions-000000558.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/unanswered-questions-000000558.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 23, 2015, 09:46:47 PM
#45. Jason Sudeikis
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Era: 2005-2013
17 points on 2 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #14 (anais.butterfly)
Most Memorable Characters: Joe Biden, Gil, Ed Mahoney, Officer Sikorsky/Matthews, Vance the dancer on “What Up With That”, Pete Twinkle, DJ Suopersoak, Jack Rizzoli, The Devil, Sensei Mark Hoffman, Marshall T. Boudreaux

Man that’s a huge list of characters! Jason’s one of SNLs glue guys. One of those folks who could do it all – he could play it nice, or be a dickweed, like Gil the news anchor, who got a big kick out of his field correspondent Michelle Dison's (Kristen Wiig) misfortunes. He was notable as Joe Biden, and the Devil, who –to quote wiki- “…comes on Weekend Update to point out religious and moral hypocrisy on Earth. On the Emma Stone/Coldplay episode, the Devil gets so upset over the Penn State University sex scandal that he quits his job as The Prince of Darkness and returns to his old job as a customer service representative for Time Warner Cable.”

He was also one hell of an enthusiastic dancer (see “What Up with That”, with Jason in a red and white Adidas tracksuit and sporting an 80s style perm.)

Rolling Stone ranked him #25 and said…
The only devil who could rival Lovitz, mostly because Sudeikis turned the devil into such a regular guy. Sudeikis was the cornfed sports dude who seemed affable on the surface, playing lots of husbands and dads. But it didn't take much to unlock his freaky side — the metalhead in Jon Bovi, Mr. A-Hole, the dancer in the red tracksuit or his unhinged Joe Biden.

Sudeikis’ 10 best sketches… http://www.ifc.com/fix/2014/04/jason-sudeikis-10-best-snl-sketches (http://www.ifc.com/fix/2014/04/jason-sudeikis-10-best-snl-sketches)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 23, 2015, 09:50:46 PM
And that’s it for now; I’ll be back around this same time tomorrow. But I leave you with the…

SNL Question of the night: Share a memory of your favorite musical performance?

Mine?
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It was October 14, 1978 when Saturday Night Live host, Fred Willard introduced an oddly named band called Devo. I watched these guys -garbed in yellow radiation suits, who moved robotically- tear in to a brilliant and electrifying version of “Satisfaction” -- and in that instant they altered the musical landscape for me.

In a world of Disco and bland radio friendly music (and with the NY punk stuff I loved, hard to find in this pre-Internet age) Devo was a breath of fresh ‘weird’ air - Dadaistic concept art with a social bent. They also had a lead singer (Mark) with this wonderful nerd voice that blistered the air to my great delight. The performance was incredible and I couldn’t wait for their second song. (Which with a lot of SNL musical acts hasn’t happened a lot)

The next day I took a bus downtown to Eli’s (the only record store open on Sunday back in the day) and picked up a copy of Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! I rushed home, breathlessly placed the needle on the groove and was swept away. To this day they are still one of my all-time favorite bands,

And it all started with Saturday Night Live.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Darth Geek on March 23, 2015, 10:50:37 PM
#45. Jason Sudeikis
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Rolling Stone ranked him #25 and said…
The only devil who could rival Lovitz,
Never heard of this guy before, but damn that is high praise. I didn't submit a list (because I didn't watch it all that often) but Lovitz would have been right up there near the top if I had.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: ScottotD on March 24, 2015, 12:53:25 AM
SNL Question of the night: Share a memory of your favorite musical performance?


Elvis Costello punking them with 'Radio Radio'
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 24, 2015, 12:56:23 AM
I was never a fan of the music, but now you just named two great ones: I am a big Devo fan so I'm sure they were great and I did love the moment when Elvis (who I like) made way for the Beasties (who I also like) EDIT: (Wait, that was the other way around.  It was still cool though).  But unfortunately, I can't name one for myself.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 24, 2015, 01:25:45 AM
Yeah that one with Elvis was memorable. The way he stopped the song they were doing, and then tore into the one he wanted to do in the first place.

And of course I should mention George Harrison's appearance - singing with Paul Simon, and trying to get the money that Lorne promised to pay if the Beatles reunited on SNL.  :)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Darth Geek on March 24, 2015, 06:49:18 AM
Yeah, the music on that show always annoyed me. They made such a big deal about it, as if that's why I watched the show. Um...NO! Even if I happened to like the band that episode, that's not why I'm tuning in to a COMEDY show. It's great when they use the band members in skits (which wasn't all the time), but then they're just guests. I watched it in the late 80s, early 90s, when MTV was at it's height. So music on TV was hardly a novelty at the time. And even as a kid, I was aware that these bands were not exactly cheap. So I would have much prefered they had put that significant part of their budget towards the actual show instead.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: anais.butterfly on March 24, 2015, 09:21:16 AM
SNL Question of the night: Share a memory of your favorite musical performance?


Elvis Costello punking them with 'Radio Radio'

I didn't watch the performance when it first aired, but on PJ20, Mike McCready (lead guitar) talks about how he realized he had a problem with alcohol the day after Pearl jam's 2nd SNL performance. Stone (Gossard, other guitarist) asked Mike what he thought of the sang they played the night before, and Mike couldn't remember performing (Blackout).

Other than that, I love Miley's performances.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Fred Garvin on March 24, 2015, 11:40:20 AM
Good start to the countdown. Parnell was on my list. I didn't have room for Killam although I think he's talented.

Music? Bowie had a noteworthy set. The one I'd spotlight would be the idiosyncratic Kate Bush. I have everything she's ever recorded and she did not disappoint that night. Overall great show, music and comedy. Eric Idle hosted.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: CJones on March 24, 2015, 06:41:38 PM
I usually change the channel during the musical guest segments. I do remember seeing the Spice Girls and thinking that there's no way they're not lip synching. And what was the name of that girl who was caught lip lynching her second song because they accidentally played the first song again, then she sort of did a jig and walked off stage. I didn't see it, but I heard about it.

I just happened to be watching when Sinead O'Connor tore apart a picture of the Pope. I don't think that was ever reaired. Can't remember the song at all.

EDIT: To answer my own question: Ashley Simpson
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 24, 2015, 08:56:13 PM
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Tonight's Host: #7. Richard Pryor  3 points
The comic is the only member of this list never to make a return appearance. But Pryor's stint on the show's seventh episode helped define the host's role and displayed its potential impact. His monologue, about an acid trip, set the wild tone. He deftly turned samurai to bolster John Belushi's sword-wielding early running character, and played a priest in a spoof of "The Exorcist." But it was Pryor's daring racially charged job interview-word association sketch with Chevy Chase that firmly established "SNL" not just as a comic voice of the post-1960s counterculture but as TV's dysfunctional home of cutting edge, socially aware humor. – Jere Hester (nbcbayrea.com)

Note: On our Top 10, I believe Patrick Stewart only appeared once as well.

Pryor also does a bit where he pretends to be white, something Eddie Murphy will do as well in a later show.

The N word sketch… https://screen.yahoo.com/word-association-000000441.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/word-association-000000441.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 24, 2015, 08:56:56 PM
#44. Kevin Nealon
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Era: 1986-1995
18 pts on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #11 (C.Jones)
Most Memorable Characters: Franz, Tarzan, Mr. Subliminal, Mr. No Depth Perception, Bob Waltman, Frank Gannon, P.I,

While I disliked his mush mouthed delivery as anchor on Weekend Update, in sketch work he was always good for a laugh. Kevin is best known for his part in the Hans and Franz bits, but typically didn’t go that broad with his characters, preferring the deadpan approach. I'm very curious about the inspiration for Mr. Subliminal, as Joe Piscipo did a similar character (once) years before.

Rolling Stone Rank him #59 and said…
He got in way over his head when he took over "Weekend Update" ("I'm Kevin Nealon, and that's news to me"), but otherwise he remained a dependable support player — especially as Tarzan to Lovitz's Tonto and Hartman's Frankenstein on "Succinctly Speaking."

Uproxx 6 favorite Nealon moments… http://uproxx.com/tv/2014/11/kevin-nealons-most-memorable-snl-moments/ (http://uproxx.com/tv/2014/11/kevin-nealons-most-memorable-snl-moments/)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 24, 2015, 08:57:41 PM
#43. Christopher Guest
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Era: 1984-1985
19 pts on 1 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #7 (ScottD)
Most Memorable Characters: Update Anchor, Frankie, Herb Minkman, Rajeev Vindaloo, Señor Cosa

Guest is one of my favorite people in the world, and I dug his laid-back style (a nice contrast to the crazies around him). I especially got a kick out of his Señor Cosa (“Cotha!”) He was one of Ebersol’s All-Stars and while that might have not been SNL in it’s purest form, it was a damn funny season.

Saturday Night’s Children summed up his highlights… "During his time on SNL, Guest's most popular recurring characters were duos with cast mate Billy Crystal like Frankie and Willie, two talky blue-collar New Yorkers who work odd jobs as security guards, messengers, and construction workers and have rambling conversations about their masochistic proclivities: "Don't ya hate it when…" Another Crystal/Guest duo were the Minkman brothers, two owners of an allegedly high-quality prank toy company who warn against purchasing pirated Minkman replica products: "If you buy an inferior non-Minkman dribble glass and you put it to your lips, and because of uneven glazing, suddenly find yourself on the way to the emergency room, with 15 stitches, this does no longer amaze and delight your friends. This is a lawsuit." Guest also played picky wine expert Rajeev Vindaloo and Señor Cosa, a ventriloquist who he developed during his time on The National Lampoon Radio Hour based on Señor Wences. He also impersonated Alan Arkin, Red Skelton, Bert Convy, and James Mason and acted as anchor of Saturday Night News from December until the end of the season in April 1985."

Rolling Stone Rank him with Short and Crystal at #29-31 and said…
SNL took the Steinbrenner approach of bringing in these three free agents as hired guns — they walked in and took over the team for a year. Crystal finally became a superstar with his Fernando bit and his "I hate when that happens" routine with Guest. Short reprised some of his broader SCTV bits. It wasn't a career peak for any of them, but it kept a weak franchise ticking for one last season, before Michaels ended his five-year absence.
 
“I hate when that happens…” https://screen.yahoo.com/know-hate-night-watchmen-000000299.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/know-hate-night-watchmen-000000299.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 24, 2015, 08:58:16 PM
#42. Seth Meyers
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Era: 2001-2014
19 pts on 2 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #14 (C.Jones)
Most Memorable Characters: Update anchor, John Kerry

Though primarily known for his work on Update, he also got big laughs as the guy on the receiving end of several Jack Black spit takes in a winery sketch.

Paste Magazine ranked him #35 and said..,
Meyers’ 13-year run on SNL is second only to Darrell Hammond when it comes to the longest tenures on the show, and his 154 shows as Weekend Update anchor mean he’s sat behind that desk longer than anyone. And yet somehow, he still feels underrated. That’s partly because so many of his contributions to the show happened behind-the-scenes: he served as a head writer from 2006-2014 and didn’t appear in many sketches outside of Update during that time. But whether he was playing it straight next to memorable characters like Stefon or penning some of the era’s best political humor (those Sarah Palin “I can see Russia from my house” sketches from ‘08, which he co-wrote with Tina Fey), Meyers quietly delivered one of the most impressive runs on Saturday Night Live. —Bonnie Stiernberg

Rolling Stone Rank him #28 and said...
The longest-serving "Update" host — and the most tactful at walking a fine line between wiseass and well-mannered. His trademark niceness was never a drawback — it served him well in terms of schmoozing with guest commentators, which Meyers did better than any "Update" guy ever. He unleashed his bitchy side in the "Really?!?" segments with Poehler, whether he was ranting about birth-control laws or the Keebler elves' drug habit.

Seth's farewell... http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/weekend-update-seths-farewell/n45832 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/weekend-update-seths-farewell/n45832)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 24, 2015, 08:58:51 PM
#41. Fred Armisen
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/fredsnl_zps4jux0rka.jpg?t=1427097299)
Era: 2002-2013
19 pts on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #15 (Cole Stratton)
Most Memorable Characters: Fericito, Garth, Liberace, President Obama, Nicholas Fen, Stewart, Prince, David Peterson

Hey, I thought his (controversial) David Peterson was hilarious!

Paste Magazine ranked him #29 and said…
Portlandia co-creator Fred Armisen took a weird route to SNL. He was a drummer in the punk band Trenchmouth throughout the first half of the ‘90s, and the first time he made waves as a comedian was when he hosted a satirical video about South by Southwest in 1998. That led to appearances on Late Night With Conan O’Brien and work on Adult Swim, which eventually opened up an opportunity at SNL. His musical background was a big part of his identity on the show, where he impersonated a variety of musicians and played such characters as Mackey the drummer, one half of the Garth and Kat songwriting team and the “What Up With That” saxophonist. He even popped up on the show again in the most recent episode, playing drums in a monologue based on the movie Whiplash. Armisen created a number of recurring characters during his eleven seasons on the show (the fourth longest tenure ever), but his best bit of musical comedy was a one-off sketch with Bryan Cranston that can be seen here (https://screen.yahoo.com/bjelland-brothers-000000844.html).
 
Rolling Stone Rank him #23 and said...
Should you dock Armisen points for being even more brilliant on Portlandia? Nah. Only Armisen could thrive so long on SNL in so many different kinds of roles while retaining his own punk-drummer weirdness. Who else could play both Lou Reed and Liberace?

Fred’s 11 Best sketches… http://www.ifc.com/fix/2014/05/freds-best-snl-sketches (http://www.ifc.com/fix/2014/05/freds-best-snl-sketches)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 24, 2015, 08:59:33 PM
#40. Don Novello
(http://cdn.splitsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Don-Novello-as-Father-Guido-Sarducci.jpg)
Era: 1978-1980; 1985-1986
20 pts on 2 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #15 (George Harrison)
Most Memorable Characters: Father Guido Sarducci, Abdul Asad

Novello was hired as a writer - he’s the one who penned the Olympia Restaurant sketch, with its almost musical cadence, “Cheezborger, Cheezborger!” He also appeared in that bit as Mike, and showed up in other skits here and there (he broke his leg in a Hockey scene). Later on he played Abdul Asad in The Bel Airabs, a Beverly Hillbillies spoof. But it was his Father Guido Sarducci that rocketed him into our hearts.

Though the character didn’t originate with SNL and has shown up in other TV series and specials, SNL is where he hit big. Myself, my friends and my (Catholic born) family were freaks for Father Guido. We loved him, even my dad. And when he’d pop up on Update, we’d cheer along with the TV audience, and then spend the week quoting his quips. When his comedy album was released, I bought it and had a listening party. Ah, such sweet memories.

Novello’s other writing credits include “Gilda Live”, a year at SCTV in 1982, and he also co-wrote the screenplay Noble Rot with John Belushi (the film was never made due to John’s death.) 

Rolling Stone ranked him #42 and said…
Although primarily a writer, he knocked it out of the park as Father Guido Sarducci — the rock critic for the Vatican newspaper, chain-smoking through homilies about the Last Brunch. The ultimate hip priest, Father Guido might have been the inspiration for Pope Francis.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 24, 2015, 09:00:07 PM
#39. Al Franken
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/frakenssnl_zpsijsr9g0n.jpg?t=1427097209)
Era: 1975-1980; 1985-1995
20 points on 2 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #9 (George Harrison)
Most Memorable Characters: Stuart Smalley, Pat Robertson, Paul Tsongas

Legend has it that the comedy/writing team of Franken and Davis were nearly fired from SNL… and then they penned a weird Richard Nixon sketch, written in cloud of pot smoke (and maybe other narcotics) and saved their jobs.  They were also responsible for scripting the "Little Chocolate Donuts" commercial and Aykroyd’s classic Julia Child bit (his partner, Tom Davis was working the blood pump under the desk for that one.) Franken was Lorne’s pick to replace him when he left in 1980, and when that didn’t happen, Al left too. The comic returned for a second stint, and found even greater acclaim with his self-help guru, Stuart Smalley, which he originally wrote for Mike Meyers. Al left the show a second time after failing to get the Update gig (which went to MacDonald)

Oh and another bit I remember was Al’s complaint that Frankenberry looked like him.

Rolling Stone ranked him #20 and said…
What a country — the punk who wrote the "Roman Vomitorium" sketch is now a senator from Minnesota. (Alas, not alongside the late, great Sen. John Blutarsky.) Franken had two totally distinct runs on SNL. In the Seventies, he and partner Tom Davis were the gangly goofballs who resembled the kids in the audience, the ones Belushi dismissed as "the angel-dust crowd." Then he surprised everyone by coming back in the Nineties as self-help guru Stuart Smalley, one of SNL's most beloved and original recurring characters, at a time when 12-step-speak was still very much in the closet.

Greatest hit: Stuart Smalley meets Michael Jordan (he calls him Michael J., to protect his anonymity) and tells him, "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt." Here’s a clip… https://screen.yahoo.com/daily-affirmation-michael-jordan-000000862.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/daily-affirmation-michael-jordan-000000862.html)
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Post by: MightyJack on March 24, 2015, 09:01:02 PM
And that’s it for now; I’ll be back around this same time tomorrow. But I leave you with the…

SNL Question of the night: Share a memory of a favorite catch phrase?
Mine…

“Jane, you ignorant slut!” – Dan Aykroyd
Now remember this was the 70s: I was in my mid teens when Dan Aykroyd first uttered that line and I just about fell out of my chair from both laughter and delighted shock… “You can’t say that on TV!” I thought through my tears. Things like that felt so subversive and dangerous to my young mind (and to my siblings and friends). And that’s what we loved about the show.

There have been many great and memorable catch phrases over the years, but that one always comes to mind because it was such a “Holy crap!” moment.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: The Lurker on March 24, 2015, 09:10:31 PM
#40. Don Novello
(http://cdn.splitsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Don-Novello-as-Father-Guido-Sarducci.jpg)
Era: 1978-1980; 1985-1986
20 pts on 2 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #15 (George Harrison)
Most Memorable Characters: Father Guido Sarducci, Abdul Asad

Novello was hired as a writer - he’s the one who penned the Olympia Restaurant sketch, with its almost musical cadence, “Cheezborger, Cheezborger!” He also appeared in that bit as Mike, and showed up in other skits here and there (he broke his leg in a Hockey scene). Later on he played Abdul Asad in The Bel Airabs, a Beverly Hillbillies spoof. But it was his Father Guido Sarducci that rocketed him into our hearts.

Though the character didn’t originate with SNL and has shown up in other TV series and specials, SNL is where he hit big. Myself, my friends and my (Catholic born) family were freaks for Father Guido. We loved him, even my dad. And when he’d pop up on Update, we’d cheer along with the TV audience, and then spend the week quoting his quips. When his comedy album was released, I bought it and had a listening party. Ah, such sweet memories.

Novello’s other writing credits include “Gilda Live”, a year at SCTV in 1982, and he also co-wrote the screenplay Noble Rot with John Belushi (the film was never made due to John’s death.) 

Rolling Stone ranked him #42 and said…
Although primarily a writer, he knocked it out of the park as Father Guido Sarducci — the rock critic for the Vatican newspaper, chain-smoking through homilies about the Last Brunch. The ultimate hip priest, Father Guido might have been the inspiration for Pope Francis.

I first saw his character thanks to the 90s Casper movie.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 25, 2015, 12:59:38 AM
Yeah, while there have been many a character brought over from a cast members days with the Groundlings, National Lampoon or their stand-up acts, etc. How many have continued into other non-SNL related movies and TV shows after the end of their SNL stints?
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: anais.butterfly on March 25, 2015, 10:16:20 AM
Does "More Cowbell" (or the actual "I have a fever, and the only prescription...is more cowbell") count as catchphrases?

If they don't, then my most memorable is "Live in a VAN down by the RIVER"

Also "I'll take The Rapists"
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Fred Garvin on March 25, 2015, 02:31:40 PM
"ACTING!" - from Lovitz, said with flourish!


And I remember that Father Guido album. Funny, funny material.

(http://rymimg.com/lk/f/a/d02273d987c88ab62cfe85d362711aaa/1632549.jpg)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: CJones on March 25, 2015, 02:50:20 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/RmwqnqL3Hbg
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Darth Geek on March 25, 2015, 06:35:21 PM
"ACTING!" - from Lovitz, said with flourish!

I love those bits with him and Lithgow!

And I think that is what they are referring to in MST3K: The Movie right before the Mutant jabs Exeter in the side.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 25, 2015, 09:20:15 PM
Ha, I love those quips. One and all brought a smile to my lips.

I remember the first time I saw Church Lady, I got a huge laugh out of the way he built up to the name "SATAN!" but everyone else glommed onto "Well isn't that special", which was funny too. But I liked Satan even more.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 25, 2015, 09:21:08 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/6abe2714-23af-406a-9ca9-90cea6a0af79_zpsa6imiqzj.png)
Tonight's Host: #6. John Goodman - 4 points
Gregarious John Goodman has hosted "Saturday Night Live" a total of 13 times and popped up in bits on several other occasions. Especially during the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal when he would do his hysterical Linda Tripp impression. I also remember him in a funny Toonces piece, and as one of the Chicago Superfans, Irwin Mainway (a relative of Aykroyd’s classic character) and doing Marlon Brando in one of the early Jeopardy bits.

But here, see them for yourself… http://splitsider.com/2013/12/john-goodmans-8-best-snl-sketches/ (http://splitsider.com/2013/12/john-goodmans-8-best-snl-sketches/)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 25, 2015, 09:21:38 PM
#38. Cheri Oteri
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/db/01/78/db0178db154196be5df6344cee12c3ef.jpg)
Era: 1995-2000
23 points on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #13 (Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Collette Reardon, Barbara Walters, Arianna the Spartans cheerleader, Cass Van Rye, Joy Lipton, Rita DelVecchio, Nadeen, Judge Judy

Cheri Oteri was never one to let her drive and snappy on-screen confidence be underestimated, and as such she's left us with five seasons of kooky, clueless, and sometimes bossy characters who helped pave the way for the best time to be an SNL lady. Whether with Will Ferrell as zippity cheerleaders or morning talk show cohosts, with Chris Kattan as a couple stuck in PDA overdrive, with Molly Shannon as Ann Miller and Debbie Reynolds, or flying solo as deranged prescription addict Collette Reardon, Cheri Oteri was SNL's quintessential tiny theater geek firecracker. – Saturday Night’s Children (http://splitsider.com/2012/03/saturday-nights-children-cheri-oteri-1995-2000/)

Rolling Stone ranked Oteri with Kattan at #95-95 and said…
These two go together somehow, since they made a perfect couple as the Zimmermans. The ultimate theater kids, always trying so goddamn hard. They get full marks for originality — they were fearless in their pursuit of quirky characters. But they sure did repeat themselves (that Mango! those cheerleaders!), and they were incapable of dialing it down a notch, so once you got sick of them, you never went back to being un-sick.

A clip of her Spartan spirit… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/spartan-cheerleaders-at-a-chess-tournament/n10803 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/spartan-cheerleaders-at-a-chess-tournament/n10803)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 25, 2015, 09:22:37 PM
#37. Robert Downey Jr.
(http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lewhfs5jX71qfv33yo1_400.jpg)
Era: 1985-1986
25 points on 1 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #1 (ScottD)
Most Memorable Characters: Jimmy Chance, Rudy Randolph III

I guess this was inevitable (Speak of the devil and he will appear.) But hey, at least this gives me the opportunity to talk about season 11s mad experiment. So in the previous year there was Ebersol’s All-Stars, the ringers who were signed to one-year contracts (Crystal, Short, Guest and Shearer). The next season Dick Ebersol and his all-stars were gone and Lorne Michaels was brought back as producer. And I dunno, maybe he thought he’d do what Ebersol did, but with actors. There was Joan Cusak, Anthony Michael Hall, Randy Quaid and RDJ. Unfortunately SNLs frustrated writers didn’t know how to write for them.

On RDJ, the website Saturday Night’s Children (http://splitsider.com/2012/02/saturday-nights-children-robert-downey-jr-1985-1986/) noted… “While on SNL, Downey had two recurring characters who each appeared three times — the name-dropping New York actor Jimmy Chance from "Actors on Film" and redneck commercial salesman Rudy Randolph III. He also impersonated celebrities including George Michael, John Cougar Mellencamp, Elvis, Paul Simon, Sean Penn, and Julian Lynch in the sketch "Models Against the Wilderness."

Watching the videos posted on that website, I’m not sure what Downey was doing – giving a book reviews by making fart noises / sitting on stage in a suitcase (with only his head showing) and yelling at a cast mate (Joan Cusack) – was this bad performance art?

In the end, the experiment failed and season 11 is looked on as one of SNLs very worst. Lorne’s first year back on the show was almost his last. But he managed to talk the network in giving him another chance, and didn’t squander the opportunity. He fired his “actors”, found and brought in Carvey, Hooks and Hartman (keeping Lovitz and later, Dennis Miller and Dunn). All of whom helped usher in an SNL Renaissance.

Rolling Stone ranked him #141 and said…
Robert Downey Jr. is a comic genius. Making him unfunny stands as SNL's most towering achievement in terms of sucking. How do you f*** up a sure thing like Downey? He's funny in anything. I mean, dude was funny in Weird Science. He was funny in Johnny Be Good. He was funny in Iron Man. But he met his Kryptonite, and it was SNL, where he spent the 1985-1986 season sucking up a storm. His greatest hit? A fart-noise debate with Anthony Michael Hall. In a perverse way, the Downey Fail sums up everything that makes SNL great. There are no sure things. No rules. No do-overs. No safety net — when you flop on SNL, you flop big. And that's the way it should be. The cameras roll at 11:30, ready or not. Live from New York — it's Saturday Night.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 25, 2015, 09:23:47 PM
#36. Kenan Thompson
(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/530002232377618432/Njc0D-_9_400x400.jpeg)
Era: 2003-present
25 points on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #14 (Pak-Man)
Most Memorable Characters: DeAndre Cole, Jean K. Jean, Lorenzo McIntosh, Reggie Hudson, and his role as Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Cosby, Steve Harvey, Al Sharpton, Jimmy McMillan

Paste Magazine ranked him #23 and said…
When Kenan Thompson first got hired at SNL—which, by the way, was all the way back in 2003—a lot of people people thought, “Really? The kid from All That and Kenan & Kel on Nickelodeon?” But Thompson’s long since proven that his years as a child comedian were nothing but an asset to him, and he’s gone on to be one of the show’s longest running cast members. And, most importantly, he’s maintained a devotion to weird bits like ”What Up With That?” or his French Def Jam comic, Jean K. Jean, through it all.—BS

Rolling Stone ranked him #46 and said…
Twelve seasons and counting. True, he often might have seemed more at home on Nickelodeon, where he originated, but he killed as the "Alex Tre-Black" host of "Black Jeopardy!," with his verdict on Justin Bieber ("He ain't grow") and Robin Thicke ("Had that been me? I'd still be hittin' that").

Kenan as Steve Harvey…  http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/halloween-on-the-steve-harvey-show/n42347 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/halloween-on-the-steve-harvey-show/n42347)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 25, 2015, 09:24:30 PM
 
#35. Kate McKinnon
(https://36.media.tumblr.com/6a91abe596146df9b559df3a05f7b7d9/tumblr_mifvzsm2Tk1r9a32bo1_500.jpg)
Era: 2012 - Present
26 points on 2 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #8 (George Harrison)
Most Memorable Characters: Penelope Cruz, Angela Merkel, Olya Povlatsky, Justin Bieber, Cecilia Gimenez, Hilary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Suffering the loss of head writer Seth Meyers, and some top-notch talent in recent years, SNL has gone pretty flat in its 40th season… with one shining exception. Kate the great: the best thing going on the show right now. With her wide-eyed characters and spot-on impressions, McKinnon’s the primary reason I’ve stuck with it this year. I love her timing, the disarming little touches she’ll bring to a scene. Such as the quick, choked, “Ew” during the Casablanca sketch. And when she goes big, as with her “NO, NO, NOOO’s” (in that same bit) it put me in stitches.

Here’s a list of... Comedy Bang Bangs 11 Funniest Kate McKinnon videos (http://www.ifc.com/shows/comedy-bang-bang/blog/2014/06/kate-mckinnon-funniest-videos)

And here’s the Casablanca sketch with J.K. Simmons... http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/casablanca/2844002 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/casablanca/2844002)

Kate has been nominated for an Emmy, but lost to Tarran Killam’s wife! (Colbie Smulders)

Rolling Stone ranked her #37 and said…
The brightest light in recent years. Her cop show with Aidy Bryant, Dyke and Fats, needs a spinoff movie. (and) It takes a sick enthusiasm to bring off her vicious portrayal of starving Russian peasant Olya Povlatsky: "Our only exports are homophobia and snow."
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 25, 2015, 09:25:06 PM
#34. Billy Crystal
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/SNL-Fernando_zpsiodouuy6.jpg?t=1427177454)
Era: 1984-1985
32 points on 2 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #4 (Compound)
Most Memorable Characters: Willy, Fernando Lamas, Tony Minetti, Lew Goldman, Buddy Young Jr, Sammy David Jr, Al Minkman, Joe Franklin

In making my lists I wanted to use only one spot on season 10s ringers. And while I like Short and Guest a little more in total, when I think of this year the first thing that pops into mind is Crystal. He just stood out among a talent cast and left a lot of catch phrases in his wake. Fernando’s Hideaway was the bit that everyone remembers, I always like the line, “It’s better to look good than to feel good.”

Paste Magazine ranked him #31 and said…
It still feels weird to think that Billy Crystal was only on SNL for one year. I was just old enough in 1984 and 1985 to be familiar with his impression of Fernando Lamas, his catchphrase “you look mahvelous” permeating pop culture as thoroughly as any other bit in SNL history, and I just assumed that’s what the show had always been. There was no SNL without Fernando to second grade me. Crystal is one of the biggest stars to ever be a cast member on the show, and is one of the few to become a regular after already establishing himself in the public eye. He had already had his own primetime variety show, starred on Soap for years, and even hosted SNL multiple times before joining the cast. The show certainly helped his career, but he easily could’ve become the huge box office draw he became without that one year on SNL. Not all of the proven veterans Dick Ebersol brought into the show for the 1984-1985 season made a huge mark, but Crystal remains a huge, if short-lived, part of the show’s history.

Fernando interviews Hulk Hogan… https://screen.yahoo.com/fernando-hulk-hogan-mr-t-000000193.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/fernando-hulk-hogan-mr-t-000000193.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 25, 2015, 09:25:52 PM
#33. Martin Short
(https://cdn1.lockerdome.com/uploads/f047011f098a8f889a31ecc2b9cceb0c62b4b148eec721943b56ac0e6b50a3bb_small)
Era: 1984-1985
32 points on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #11 (Fred Garvin)
Most Memorable Characters: Ed Grimley, Nathan Thurm, Jackie Rogers Jr. Katherine Hepburn

I loved Short from his SCTV days, so he was a welcome sight on SNL. Even though it was strange to see his regulars interacting with different people. Short is one of sketch comedy’s greats, his timing and delivery, the facial expression and body language are a scream. Look at the way Ed Grimly moves for example. And in that Synchronized Swimming bit, Martin earns big laughs by just looking funny.

Paste Magazine ranked him #26 and said
Of all the ringers from the 1984 season, Short had both the most memorable characters and most closely fit the mold of an SNL player. That’s no slight to Crystal, who did great work the same season, but who was already well-established in America before joining the show, and thus always seemed a bit bigger than SNL itself. It was both Short’s lower profile in the States and his experience doing sketch comedy on SCTV that helped him slide seamlessly over to SNL, establishing himself as the show’s premier talent that year without completely dwarfing the show itself. And although he definitely made full use of such preexisting characters as Ed Grimley and Jackie Rogers Jr, he still created new characters, most notably the slimy lawyer Nathan Thurm. It’s telling that Short, of all the stars of the Dick Ebersol era, is the most welcomed back and celebrated by Lorne Michaels.

One of Martin’s funniest impressions: "Kate and Ali" (with Crystal)… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/kate-and-ali/n9289 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/kate-and-ali/n9289)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 25, 2015, 09:26:48 PM
And that’s it for now; I’ll be back around this same time tomorrow. But I leave you with the…

SNL Question of the night: Favorite Faux Commercial?
There are so many good ones: Bass-O-Matic Colon Blow, Old Glory Robot Insurance, Oops I crapped My Pants and most recently, Jim Carey’s hilarious riff on Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ads.

But my #1 would have to be “Happy Fun Ball”, I remember the first time I saw that. It started off nice enough, and then just built and built on one terrible side effect after another. By the end, I was doubled over with laughter.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/65/Happy_fun_ball.jpg)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 25, 2015, 10:06:09 PM
Happy Fun Ball is by far the best one.  In close second aren't actual commercials but the "Brought to you by" parts of Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer.

"Big Bean.  Why eat a bunch of little beans when you can have one big one?"
"A square foot of worms.  What you do with them is up to you."

Oh, also Action Cats (which would be great actual toys if it wasn't also a form of animal cruelty) and Philadelphia action figures.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Tripe on March 26, 2015, 06:22:30 AM
#38. Cheri Oteri
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/db/01/78/db0178db154196be5df6344cee12c3ef.jpg)
Era: 1995-2000
23 points on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #13 (Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Collette Reardon, Barbara Walters, Arianna the Spartans cheerleader, Cass Van Rye, Joy Lipton, Rita DelVecchio, Nadeen, Judge Judy
Lovely, funny and so very sexy.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Fred Garvin on March 26, 2015, 10:22:18 AM
I got a hold of some bad shrooms didn't I? That's the only way I can explain seeing Robert Downey Jr on this list?  :o

SNL Question of the night: Favorite Faux Commercial?

 'Shimmer'- It's a floor wax. It's a dessert topping!" Still one of the best, with Chase, Radner and Aykroyd.

Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Fred Garvin on March 26, 2015, 10:30:40 AM
In close second aren't actual commercials but the "Brought to you by" parts of Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer.

"Big Bean.  Why eat a bunch of little beans when you can have one big one?"
"A square foot of worms.  What you do with them is up to you."

They used to do that with Weekend Update in the 70s as well. My favorite "Brought to you by" was "Chairman Meow, the Chinese food for cats." And they show an image of a cat with chopsticks.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Pak-Man on March 26, 2015, 12:52:58 PM
Crystal Gravy!
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 26, 2015, 09:11:34 PM
I got a hold of some bad shrooms didn't I? That's the only way I can explain seeing Robert Downey Jr on this list?  :o

Yeah your hallucinating, it actually says "the Muppet's". There, now isn't that better?

for those not familiar, these are not the good Muppet's that came later in their own show, these were bad, bad, baaad Muppet's that scarred season 1


* Also: I didn't write a whole lot of personal reflections tonight. It's not that I don't like who you selected, it's just that my brain was tired.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 26, 2015, 09:12:21 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/buckhenrysnl_zpsku67rgii.jpg)
Tonight's Host: #5. Buck Henry  7 points
Buck was this likeable, good guy Uncle type… except when he was working with the stunt baby (LMAO) or playing Uncle Roy (these antics were an example of the taboo subject matter the show would tackle in its early years.) I had no idea who this older, square looking dude was back in the day (later I discovered that he co-created Get Smart, and was a screenwriter on classic films like The Graduate). But Buck quickly became a welcome presence, and was the go-to season closer. You always got a great show with Henry.

He was also involved in one infamous accident when John Belushi clipped him with his sword in a Samurai sketch. In the scene you can see a look of shock - and it (briefly) appears as if he might rabbit off stage, before deciding that the show must go on, and he completes the bit… and does his bleeding off camera. Buck’s a trooper and finished the episode with a thick bandage on his head. Which resulted in one of SNLs most spontaneous and funny acts of solidarity. As one by one, cast members showed up in sketches wearing their own bandages (there’s even one seen on Belushi’s Teddy Bear.) Buck hosted 10 times in the shows first 5 years (and acted as co-host for the “Anyone can host” episode), When Lorne and the original cast left, so did Henry. He never made a return to SNLs center stage.

Buck in “Samurai Delicatessen”… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/samurai-delicatessen/n8627 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/samurai-delicatessen/n8627)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 26, 2015, 09:12:51 PM
#32. Rachel Dratch
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/90ebc90b-15fb-49ae-87a4-2b3ded89db95_zpsf8q0dip9.png)
Era: 1999-2006
34 points on 2 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #9 (Cole Stratton, Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Debbie Downer, Denise, Sheldon, Virginia Klarvin, Angelia Jolie’s mutant child, Harry Potter

Rolling Stone ranked her #16 and said…
If you tuned in to SNL on May 1st, 2004, you saw Dratch as Harry Potter, quaking under the spell of Lindsay Lohan's cleavage — then, a few minutes later, as Debbie Downer at Disney World. One of the best nights any SNL player has ever had. Dratch had no ego — just the will to try anything. Her Sheldon on "Wake Up Wakefield!" was an agonizing portrayal of adolescent overtrying, and only Dratch could make it so soulfully funny.

Rachel as Harry Potter… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/harry-potter/n11824 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/harry-potter/n11824)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 26, 2015, 09:13:29 PM
#31. Tim Meadows
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Era: 1991-2000
38 points on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #8 (Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Leon Phelps, O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Captain Jim

Paste Magazine ranked him #39 and said…
Tim Meadows was a late bloomer. He was just a guy his first several years on the show, and was even fired after the 1993-1994 season, only to be rehired shortly before the next season started. He was a calming veteran presence as that turbulent 1994-1995 season rolled over to an almost entirely new cast, and was tasked with playing almost every newsworthy black personality of the 1990s. He finally established a memorable character late in his run with The Ladies’ Man, a sexual revolution relic and talk show host who gave frank and foolish advice to callers. Meadows is the kind of competent, reliable role player that keeps a show like this running, and he was so good at it that he lasted for an entire decade.

Rolling Stone ranked him #48 and said…
Whenever a former cast member came back to host, they'd make a joke about how Meadows was still around. Because he always was — he hung around for 10 seasons. Give the man credit: He waited out some lean years, took every crummy part in every crummy sketch he could get, and finally found his niche as the Ladies' Man: "I got my Courvoisier right here."

The Ladies Man on Valentine’s Day… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-ladies-man-valentines-day/n11083 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-ladies-man-valentines-day/n11083)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 26, 2015, 09:14:25 PM
#30. Darrell Hammond
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Era: 1995-2009
38 points on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #1 (C.Jones)
Most Memorable Characters: Sean Connery, Al Gore, Donald Trump, John McCain, Regis Philbin, Dick Cheney, Chris Matthews, Phil Donahue, Phil McGraw, Ted Koppel, Bill Clinton

Paste Magazine ranked him #24 and said…
Darrell Hammond is the best mimic in the show’s history. That’s the main reason he was on SNL and why they kept him around for 14 seasons, the longest stint in the show’s history. His Bill Clinton is one of the two or three finest political impressions ever seen on SNL, and he had another 106 celebrity impressions up his sleeves over the rest of his long run. His evisceration of Sean Connery made up one half of Celebrity Jeopardy, one of the best recurring sketches the show’s ever had. He was an invaluable tool for the show during his decade and a half, and now that he’s taken Don Pardo’s role as announcer he’ll probably be working on SNL for the rest of his life.

Rolling Stone ranked him #49 and said…
The longest-running cast member (14 seasons!), entirely because of his workmanlike facility with celeb impersonations. He did a pretty good Bill Clinton – but who didn't? Hammond's best (and most original) bit was his Sean Connery, whose pomposity might have helped inspire Ron Burgundy. ("Damn you and your daily doubles, you brigand!") He's back this season to replace Pardo.

Though MacDonald kills in this one as Burt Reynolds, Hammond gets his shots in this Jeopardy sketch… http://www.hulu.com/watch/12203 (http://www.hulu.com/watch/12203)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 26, 2015, 09:14:56 PM
29. Jimmy Fallon
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Era: 1998-2004
38 pts on 6 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #13 (Pak-Man)
Most Memorable Characters: Weekend Update Anchor, Pat “Sully” Sullivan, Barry Gibb, Jerry Seinfeld, Jerret, Kip Bloater, Joey Mack

Paste Magazine ranked him #34 and said…
You wouldn’t know it now based on how well he’s doing hosting The Tonight Show, but Jimmy Fallon was pretty divisive during his time on SNL. People either loved or hated the fact that he’d frequently break during sketches, but the “is laughing during skits endearing or unprofessional?” debate (for which, for the record, we stand firmly on Team Endearing) tends to diminish or overlook the fact that Fallon was an excellent cast member who did so much more than laugh during his time on the show. The impact of his time behind the Update desk with Tina Fey can’t be overstated—he and Fey brought back the two-anchor format and absolutely slayed at it, with Fallon serving as a charmingly goofy foil to Fey. And we don’t even have enough room here to talk about his arsenal of impressions, which included everyone from Barry Gibb to Jerry Seinfeld.—BS

Rolling Stone ranked him #36 and said…
The Tonight Show is where Fallon was always meant to be — sketch comedy was never his métier, especially since he never shed his rookie habit of snickering on camera. But he killed with his lovingly detailed rock-star impersonations, from "The Barry Gibb Talk Show" to his Guinness-swilling Van Morrison.

Jimmy does Barry Gibb… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-barry-gibb-talk-show/n11739 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-barry-gibb-talk-show/n11739)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 26, 2015, 09:15:33 PM
#28. Laraine Newman
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Era: 1975-1980
39 points on 4 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #11 (Cole Stratton)
Most Memorable Characters: Connie Conehead, Sherry Norwalk, Lina Wertmüller, Shirley Temple, Weekend Update Correspondent, Squeaky Fromme, Dr. Schiffman Child Psychiatrist, Christy Christina

Most of the audition tapes I’ve seen for the originals were pretty weak and didn’t say a whole lot about the performer. But in Laraine’s we see her whipping out Sherry -the Valley girl with the bitchin’ bod- who would became one of her signature characters on the show. Newman was best known as the Conehead’s daughter, Connie, and the various little kids she played, from a Shirley Temple type to her wonderful performance as Dr. Schiffman or the little girl who met Christopher Lee’s “Mr. Death (pictured above) in a classic sketch. I also dug her new wave Lina Wertmüller, Though maybe only myself and Newman liked that one as the comedian was quoted as saying " ...my favorite character that I created at Saturday Night Live, which, I think, only pleased me and no one else, was Lina Wertmüller." She also did a spot on Katherine Hepburn (to Bill Murray’s Cary Grant)

Always a rock steady pro, you rarely ever saw her break character… though I did see her crack a smile and almost lose it when Gilda, playing Howdy Doody’s glassy eyed wife Debbie, kept slamming into her, and got her tangled up in puppet strings during an interview segment. (A season later she would play Debbie’s sister, Dottie Doody)

Rolling Stone ranked her #24 and said…
The most underrated member of the original cast. As the California girl of the bunch, not to mention the second-youngest (after Aykroyd), she now seems ahead of her time — from her pioneering Valley Girl (probably the first time "bitchin' bod" was uttered on national TV) to her oft-disturbing vampire-chick goth characters. Her most brilliant moment: playing Manson girl Squeaky Fromme in an ad for potholders made of human hair — Newman stares a hole in the camera as she commands, "You better buy them, you little piggies. I'm not kidding." It was terrifying, and not in a cute way.

The Coneheads on Family Feud… https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/coneheads-family-feud/n8657 (https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/coneheads-family-feud/n8657)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 26, 2015, 09:16:13 PM
#27. Kristen Wiig
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Era: 2005-2012
39 points on 4 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #5 (anais.butterfly)
Most Memorable Characters: Shanna, Dooneese Maharelle, Mindy Grayson, Cheryl Bryant, Judy Grimes, Penelope, Sue, Target Lady, Gilly, Bjork, Kathie Lee Gifford, Suze Orman

Personable Wiig created these strange mutant quirks of nature, social oddballs that were a wild and breathless. I liked her a lot -- but by the end her characters were soooo overused. It’s like Lorne was Bruce Dickinson and Kristen his cowbell. But when she hit on a character, and while they were still fresh as a Daisy, they were mad fun. I was especially freaked out and delighted by the Lynchian Dooneese, the singer with the high forehead and baby doll hands. An added plus was Wiig’s bright and likable personality that wafted off the screen.

Wiig was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live (2009,2010, 2011, 2012) and again for guest hosting on the show in 2013.

Rolling Stone ranked her #14 and said…
One of a kind. You could argue she ran too many characters into the ground — Gilly again? — but she had a knack for high-strung basket cases, from her flirting expert Rebecca Larue ("I'm just really hearing you") to "Cougar Den" host Toni Ward. When Lana Del Rey showed up, she seemed like a real-life Kristen Wiig character. Wiig got the most sentimental send-off of any cast member ever, complete with Mick Jagger singing "She's a Rainbow," and she earned it.

Dooneese… http://www.hulu.com/watch/37752 (http://www.hulu.com/watch/37752)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 26, 2015, 09:20:45 PM
The Ladies Man is an OK character, but I find that Meadows can do a LOT with a little, in his straight man or utility players roles.  Meadows is proving himself to be a stronger player in the last decade, as a recurring character on the Colbert Report (PK Winsom is a great character) as well as appearances on both the Comedy Bang Bang podcast and TV show (as a narrating janitor).
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Post by: MightyJack on March 26, 2015, 09:24:12 PM
And that’s it for now; I’ll be back around this same time tomorrow. But I leave you with the…

SNL Question of the night: Favorite Break or Screw Up?
Anything can happen when you’re live. Props fail, or someone messes up a line, or can’t help themselves and break up laughing in the middle of a sketch. There have been some memorable ones over the decades, but the one that I loved best happened after Mr. Ed died.

As I mentioned in Laraine’s write-up, the originals didn’t break very often. But things do go wrong on occasion - as they did in a Weekend Update bit. In this piece, Bill Murray was supposed to interview Mr. Ed’s Widow. But the horse, a real horse, wouldn’t cooperate. It wanders all over the place and its trainer can barely keep her steady. At one point Gilda –who was providing the voice- improvises, “Where am I going?” and the audience loses it, as did my siblings and I at home. Murray’s a quick wit too and gets in a nice reply to that. The whole thing is falling apart but it’s even funnier that way. Finally the skit ends and the camera cuts to Jane, who can hardly contain herself, and finally she starts cracking up.

It was one of the funniest moments on SNL. Gilda was the one cast member who rarely flubbed a line, and here she proved that not even an unhappy horse could flummox her. So I gained even more respect for her -and Bill- that night. And seeing the usually cool Curtain break, was the icing on the cake.

Writer, Alan Zweibel explains the sketch (though his memory is a bit faulty)…

https://www.youtube.com/v/ytFUfAzj370
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 26, 2015, 09:27:05 PM
The Ladies Man is an OK character, but I find that Meadows can do a LOT with a little, in his straight man or utility players roles.  Meadows is proving himself to be a stronger player in the last decade, as a recurring character on the Colbert Report (PK Winsom is a great character) as well as appearances on both the Comedy Bang Bang podcast and TV show (as a narrating janitor).

I actually wasn't that wild about him on SNL, he was okay, but I've liked him more in other things in TV, moves (Mean Girls) etc.
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Post by: Compound on March 26, 2015, 10:36:40 PM

Question of the night: Favorite Break or Screw Up?


A quick trio:
Eddie Murphy, while doing a sketch about George Washington Carver, messed up a line and then coming very, very close to cracking up and only managing to calm himself after telling the laughing audience to "Shut up before y'all make me smile."

The first Matt Foley sketch where, while Chris Farley is giving his in character speech, both guest Christina Applegate and especially David Spade are trying very, very hard to keep from laughing.

The one, and I'm pretty sure only time, that Don Rickles hosted. Rickles basically ignored Loren Michaels' whole "stay in character" edict and instead just riffed the sketches and cast throughout the show. I recall watching Rickles follow Joe Piscopo backstage during one sketch, continuing to toss zingers all the while.

Oh, and commercials? Adobe! The little car that's made out of clay!
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Tripe on March 27, 2015, 05:37:02 AM
#32. Rachel Dratch
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Era: 1999-2006
34 points on 2 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #9 (Cole Stratton, Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Debbie Downer, Denise, Sheldon, Virginia Klarvin, Angelia Jolie’s mutant child, Harry Potter
Just great, and a lovely lady, she comes into Detroit for Improv Fest every year.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Tripe on March 27, 2015, 05:39:10 AM
#31. Tim Meadows
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Era: 1991-2000
38 points on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #8 (Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Leon Phelps, O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Captain Jim
There's a great play called Tigers Be Still (http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=4312) that I'd love to see Meadows in, though he might be getting a little to old now.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 27, 2015, 05:50:39 AM

SNL Question of the night: Favorite Break or Screw Up?

Phil Hartman as Frankenstein can't keep it together when he has to say "FIRE BAD" and crash through a wall.  Amazing moment.
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Post by: Pak-Man on March 27, 2015, 07:02:06 AM
The aforementioned Debbie Downer in Disney World skit is awesome. Nobody can keep it together.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Darth Geek on March 27, 2015, 08:08:49 AM

SNL Question of the night: Favorite Break or Screw Up?

Phil Hartman as Frankenstein can't keep it together when he has to say "FIRE BAD" and crash through a wall.  Amazing moment.
Yeah, that's what I thought of first, too. Hartman was so hard to break, as I recall.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 27, 2015, 08:11:55 AM
Hard to break guys always break funniest.  I remember a sensational bit with Jon Stewart (who breaks pretty easy) and Stephen Colbert (who is pretty good about not breaking) in a Daily Show sketch where Colbert suggestively eats a banana.  One starts laughing and both end up in complete tears, with Colbert trying his best to finish through his laughter.
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Post by: Fred Garvin on March 27, 2015, 11:07:31 AM
The Gus Chiggins sketch that was on the Best of Will Ferrell DVD but never aired. Why, I don't know. It's funny as hell. And while Will is keeping it together, everyone else is cracking up.

It's best when someone who doesn't break, loses it. With someone like Fallon, who did it all the time, it got tiresome. It's like he thought he was on the Carol Burnett show.

I liked that Mr. Ed sketch as well. Radner was a pro, nothing ever threw her. Whether its Milton Berle doing an unscripted spit take, or Candice Bergen messing up her line, Gilda goes with the flow and stays on point. I remember a nerd sketch where Todd is trying to seduce Lisa by getting her drunk. He's pouring the drink in her mouth and over does it. She starts choking, and starts laughing. But she doesn't break character, she makes it part of the piece.
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Post by: Fred Garvin on March 27, 2015, 11:16:59 AM
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Tonight's Host: #5. Buck Henry  7 points

Yes, Buck! Those were good shows, always liked him the samurai sketches. You see the one following the incident when he was cut? In his next show he stays far, far away from that sword. Every time John swings it, Buck backs away.

#28. Laraine Newman
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Yes, Laraine!  Our first Not Ready For Prime Time Player. She always did well playing kids. In addition to those mentioned, she was a gas in the Exorcist II sketch with Richard Pryor.
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Post by: ColeStratton on March 27, 2015, 04:28:05 PM
And that’s it for now; I’ll be back around this same time tomorrow. But I leave you with the…

SNL Question of the night: Favorite Faux Commercial?
There are so many good ones: Bass-O-Matic Colon Blow, Old Glory Robot Insurance, Oops I crapped My Pants and most recently, Jim Carey’s hilarious riff on Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ads.

But my #1 would have to be “Happy Fun Ball”, I remember the first time I saw that. It started off nice enough, and then just built and built on one terrible side effect after another. By the end, I was doubled over with laughter.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/65/Happy_fun_ball.jpg)


I have a box of my favorite...

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Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: ColeStratton on March 27, 2015, 04:45:12 PM
#32. Rachel Dratch
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Era: 1999-2006
34 points on 2 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #9 (Cole Stratton, Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Debbie Downer, Denise, Sheldon, Virginia Klarvin, Angelia Jolie’s mutant child, Harry Potter
Just great, and a lovely lady, she comes into Detroit for Improv Fest every year.

Yay Rachel! I've been lucky to improvise with her a few times a year for the last couple of years at SF Sketchfest (and Bentzen Ball in DC). Just the most generous, hilarious lady onstage and off. The Debbie Downer sketch is ALWAYS funny.

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Post by: Darth Geek on March 27, 2015, 05:25:51 PM
GAH! Who is the scary lady at the bottom left?!
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Darth Geek on March 27, 2015, 07:01:31 PM
With all this talk of the various eras of SNL, I'm actually tempted to try to watch it from beginning to end. Not sure if that's even really possible, though.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 27, 2015, 07:11:36 PM
It's certainly not advisable.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Pak-Man on March 27, 2015, 07:21:05 PM
Netflix had massive collections of the show seperated out by decade, but I'm not sure if it's still there.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 27, 2015, 09:16:55 PM
There were seasons in the Netflix collection that were severely edited, you'd get shows with only 20 minutes left in it. Damndible rights issues!
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 27, 2015, 09:19:13 PM
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Tonight's Host: #4. Tom Hanks - 9 points
A great comic performer as well as dramatic force: Tom was affable and able to take a teasing. He looked like he was having the time of his life on the show. In addition to coming up with the idea for the 5-Timers club, Hank’s also built up a stable of recurring characters: There was the “Girl Watchers” with Jon Lovitz, his character in “The Stand-Ups,” the obnoxious Uri as well as Mr. Short Term memory. Tom hosted 8 times and has shown up several times in bits here and there.

Mr. Short Term Memory… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mr-short-term-memory/n9873 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mr-short-term-memory/n9873)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 27, 2015, 09:19:40 PM
#26. Maya Rudolph
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Era: 2000-2007
40 points on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #2 (Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Beyoncé, Donatella Versace, Britannica, Paris Hilton, Tina Turner, Beertje Van Beers

Maya arrived around the same time as Dratch, Fey and Poehler, which ushered in a great era for strong female performers on SNL. Her mother was the late Minnie Riperton, and she went to School with Gwyneth Paltrow. She grew up in this celebrity atmosphere, which might explain why she was so tapped into the divas, the superstars she played each week, and she played them all regardless of race or sex. 

Rolling Stone ranked her #18 and said…
Rudolph was always dauntingly versatile, yet loose and cool. She was the only comedian worthy of doing Beyoncé, back in the Destiny's Child days — Britannica from Gemini's Twin was a cartoon diva, but also a real-thing diva. Rudolph did finely shaded characters but could also aim for the cheap seats with her over-the-top Donatella Versace tantrums. Cue the rampage music.

Beyoncé and the new baby… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/jay-z-and-beyonces-baby/n13401 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/jay-z-and-beyonces-baby/n13401)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 27, 2015, 09:20:07 PM
#25. Bill Hader
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Era: 2005-2013
40 points on 4 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #12 (Cole Stratton, Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Stefon, Herb Welch, Vincent Price, James Carville

Hader was a bit like Dana Carvey, in his brilliant character work, and the way each individual he played had a distinct style and personality. His Update correspondents Stefon and Herb couldn’t be more different (except for both being hilarious). He was also a bit like Phil Hartman, in that he was steady as a rock and could pretty much do anything (as R.S. points out)

Bill was twice nominated for an Emmy. In 2012 an 2013, but did not win.

Another Bill, last name Murray. Had high praise for him on the Howard Stern show, where the former SNL great said,  “I think Bill Hader probably did the best work anyone ever did on that show … It took him a little while to get going, but once he got going it was extraordinary."

Rolling Stone ranked him #13 and said…
The unquestioned MVP by his last few seasons — a master shape-shifter who put real humanity into his characters. His weaselly newscaster Herb Welch or club kid Stefon would have fallen flat without Hader's affectionate touch. He was the most crucial utility player since Hartman — a glue guy who never needed to be the center of attention, just serving any kind of role.

NBCs best of Bill Hader… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/bill-hader (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/bill-hader)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 27, 2015, 09:20:38 PM
#24. Jane Curtin
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Era: 1975-1980
42 points on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #6 (Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Update Anchor, Prymaat Conehead, Enid Loopner, Tom Snyder’s Mother, Betty Ford, Pat Nixon, Joan Face, Joan Crawford

Sometimes referred to as the “Queen of the Deadpan”, she was the best straight man -er woman- SNL had in her era. Curtin was the normal one of the group, she was moral, focused and didn’t party or do mad drugs like the others - she went home to a husband. And that was pretty much reflected on screen.

While she played it uptight on Update, it’s incorrect to assume that she couldn’t cut lose. Proof of that is in her expressive, spot-on portrayal of Tom Snyder’s Mother. She mimicked Dan as Tom to perfection.

Seeing her return to the Update set during the 40th Anniversary Special was a treat. She was an even better actress, seemed more at ease and was smiling, and got in some great lines too. Hell, even at 67 years old she could mop the floor with those stiffs they got doing Update now. Lorne should bring her back just to do the news…. seriously.

Jane was nominated in 1979 for an Emmy for SNL, but it was her work on the sitcom, “Kate and Allie” that netted her 2 wins (and another nomination)

Rolling Stone ranked her #47 and said...
Curtin basically invented the role of the "disgruntled SNL player who makes no attempt to hide that she'd rather be anywhere else on the planet right now." There's always a few of those — hell, some seasons it's the entire cast. But for five years on SNL she had a thankless role — the token square surrounded by crazies — and her specialty was making it look really thankless.

Jane returns to Update for the 40th anniversary… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/snl40-weekend-update-with-tina-fey-amy-poehler-and-jane-curtin/2847149 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/snl40-weekend-update-with-tina-fey-amy-poehler-and-jane-curtin/2847149)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 27, 2015, 09:21:05 PM
#23. Dennis Miller
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Era: 1985-1991
42 points on 4 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #6 (Compound)
Most Memorable Characters: Weekend Update Anchor, Koko the French Clown, Gary Hart

Decide ranked him 3rd best Update Anchor and said... When Lorne Michaels returned to ‘Saturday Night Live’ in the mid 1980s, Weekend Update was in shambles. It had lost direction and heat. Michaels gave the position to clever comic Dennis Miller who restored the segment to its former glory. He was also one of the first anchors to use the position as a soapbox for his own political and social commentary

Paste magazine ranked him #25 and said…
Forget what he’s become: in his day Dennis Miller was a groundbreaking figure on SNL, and the show’s first great news anchor since the original cast members left in 1980. His cynical, irreverent, reference-packed schtick was a perfect response to the strip mall and fast food culture of 1980s America. Other than Eddie Murphy, Miller was probably the coolest SNL cast member of the 1980s, and still maybe the best Weekend Update anchor the show’s ever had. If he had done more outside the desk, he’d probably be higher on this list.

Rolling Stone ranked him #34 and said…
The Eighties, man — Elton John married a woman and Dennis Miller was funny. It'll be tough explaining either fact to future generations. But let history record that when the Berlin Wall came down, Miller had the right cheap smirk at the right time, comparing the event to "Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis getting back together. I haven't really enjoyed any of their previous collaborations, and I'm not sure I need to see their new stuff."
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Dennis Miller vs. Dennis Miller… https://screen.yahoo.com/wf-channel=dennis-miller-snl-skits/ (https://screen.yahoo.com/wf-channel=dennis-miller-snl-skits/)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 27, 2015, 09:21:29 PM
#22. David Spade
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/spadesnl_zpsmfkeq9a5.jpg?t=1426843247)
Era: 1990-1996
47 points on 5 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #5 (Pak-Man)
Most Memorable Characters: Hollywood Minute reporter, Christy the gap girl, Dick Clark’s receptionist, Total Bastard Airlines Attendant

Early on David made his mark off screen as a writer, giving much of his material over to Dana Carvey to perform. And then he did Hollywood Minute and that was the spark he needed to make an on screen name for himself (and put Eddie Murphy on a 20-year pout when he took a shot at the former SNL cast member.)

He had great chemistry with pal Chris Farley, and as Dick Clark’s receptionist, he once gave Jesus (Phil Hartman) a hard time.

Paste Magazine ranked him #32 and said…
David Spade helped bring SNL into the 1990s with a heavy dose of sarcasm and irony. If you hate how the internet tends to value snarky quips over any other kind of humor, you can pin some of the blame on Spade. He helped popularize the condescending one-liner for the teens and tweens of the early ‘90s with caustic characters like Dick Clark’s receptionist and a sneering flight attendant. Spade’s greatest contributions to the show were his Hollywood Minute segments on Weekend Update, where he foreshadowed the rise of internet celebrity culture by scathingly insulting any star who happened to do anything embarrassing that week. Few cast members have forged such a singular and well-defined personality during their time on the show.

Rolling Stone ranked him #27 and said…
Spade invented the "Hey, Jackson Browne — 1973 called, they want their hair back" joke template. He doesn't get enough credit for that. He puttered in the background for years, waving good night every week with that "maybe next time" sad-puppy look, before he found greatness with his "Hollywood Minute" segment. So bitchy and (the key) so pointless. Best and meanest line: "Aaaaw, Ric Ocasek — why the long face?"

The Hollywood Minute… https://screen.yahoo.com/david-spade-snl-skits/weekend-segment-david-spade-000000216.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/david-spade-snl-skits/weekend-segment-david-spade-000000216.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 27, 2015, 09:21:56 PM
#21. Chris Rock
(https://cdn1.lockerdome.com/uploads/621b021dbd31fce650598ae94cc16a08fc0a0114b2d32ce66de5807b7b0c1d72_small)
Era: 1990-1993
48 points on 5 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #13 (C.Jones)
Most Memorable Characters: Nat X, Onski, Buster Jenkins, Young Pop

Paste Magazine ranked him #33 and said…
Chris Rock is maybe the best and most vital comic voice of the last 20 years, but his stint on SNL was a disappointment. Nat X, the militant host of a BET late night talk show, might be one of the best remembered characters from the 1990s, but Rock largely fell into playing token minorities and background characters. Like Damon Wayans a few years before him, Rock didn’t relish being turned into Garrett Morris, who basically existed solely to play stereotypical black characters during the show’s first five years. Unlike Wayans, Rock stuck around long enough to make a true impression, regularly unleashing his whip-smart stand-up comedy as commentary on Weekend Update and bringing hip-hop culture to a show known for being very white and full of Baby Boomer self-congratulation. He didn’t get as much airtime as he deserved, but nobody who watched SNL between 1990 and 1993 will forget that Rock was on the show.

Rolling Stone ranked him #21 and said…
Rock always had a hard time getting on the air — there was a classic In Living Color sketch about Rock getting thrown out by NBC security who refuse to believe he's a cast member. But make no mistake: Even back then, Rock was hungrier and faster than anyone else. Whenever he got a sketch (barely once a month, usually in the final 15 minutes), he blew the rest of the episode away, with his militant Nat X ("What's the matter, Whitney — you can't get a black bodyguard?") or his B-boy Onski from "I'm Chillin'." Nobody in the history of the show inspired more Monday-morning "Who the hell was that guy?" conversations. If he never worked a day after SNL, we'd all still know his name.

The Best of Chris Rock at NBC… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/chris-rock/video/1144506 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/chris-rock/video/1144506)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 27, 2015, 09:24:03 PM
SNL Question of the night: Share a memory of a favorite sketch or sketches
“Dueling Brando’s” with Peter Boyle and Belushi is a special one for me (being a Brando freak), and there was Toonces, Synchronized Swimming, Matt Foley and “More Cowbell!”

Two that I remember fondly: the Land Shark, it’s an oldie but a goodie, coming at the height of the Jaws craze, my favorite movie at that time. This exemplified SNL at it’s most absurd… https://screen.yahoo.com/snl-best-of-the-70s/land-shark-jaws-ii-224409387.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/snl-best-of-the-70s/land-shark-jaws-ii-224409387.html)

And Julia Child bleeding out from a cut... that absolutely slayed me. And it’s another from Dan Aykroyd, as well as another from him that took me by surprise and left me breathless from laughter. It’s rather Pythonesque if you think about it. How something icky or violent happens, and it never stops. Like the Black Knight losing body parts or Mr. Creosote losing his lunch. 
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 27, 2015, 10:00:30 PM
I don't think either Maya or Bill made it on my list, but that's because I have barely seen any SNL in the last 15 years.  Their output outside of that has been great, though.  With Spade and Rock, you are getting into my territory.  Spade might be pretty hard to stomach now, but I remember really liking him when he was on the show (particularly Hollywood minute).

Also, who is this Loren you keep referring to.

Also also, Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer is definitely a strong memory for me.  As is all of Jack Handey.  I would skim subpar episodes in the hopes of seeing those.

"When I see an old lady fall, my first instinct is to laugh.  Then I think 'what if I was an ant and she fell on me'? Then it wouldn't be so funny."
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 27, 2015, 11:08:12 PM
Spade I'm okay with, however I could never get into Rock, SNL or otherwise.

I agree with you on Deep Thought's. That was one of my all time favorite things, and sometimes I'd stick with a show just to see them. I had one of the books at one time as well.

* It's the weekend and I'm not sure when I'll post the next batch. Fred and I are going to hang out, and watch SNL like in the old days. Maybe I'll tote along my laptop or use his and post them late. Or maybe I'll have some free time to do it earlier in the day.


Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Tripe on March 28, 2015, 07:49:11 AM
#26. Maya Rudolph
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/mayasnl_zpsfjlqwrwk.jpg)
Era: 2000-2007
40 points on 3 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #2 (Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Beyoncé, Donatella Versace, Britannica, Paris Hilton, Tina Turner, Beertje Van Beers
Everything I said about Oteri but in triplicate. Probably the best cast member I actually watched when she was on the show (my #1 pick has an edge for some other reasons) just a phenomenal performer.

And just so hot.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Fred Garvin on March 28, 2015, 10:40:11 AM
SNL Question of the night: Share a memory of a favorite sketch or sketches

Buh-Wheet Sings and Farley vs Swayze in a dance-off.


And did I vote for Hader? If I didn't I should have. Add 'Anthony Peter Coleman' to the list of memorable characters.

Have you seen the "Skeleton Twins" with him and Wigg? Both give phenomenal performances.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: CJones on March 28, 2015, 11:20:39 AM
My favorite running sketch has got to be Celebrity Jeopardy. One reason why I put Darrell Hammond at #1.

But my all time favorite single bit is also my favorite opening. Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman as Ross Perot and James Stockdale after the disastrous Vice Presidential Debate during the 1992 Presidential Election:

https://screen.yahoo.com/joyride-ross-perot-000000231.html

 
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 28, 2015, 07:49:16 PM
* Nope, Fred you left him off. But don’t feel bad; EVERYBODY left a giant or two off their lists. And yup, I caught the Skeleton Twins on DVD - Sad movie/great acting.

* I almost forgot - Seth Meyers and Bill Hader wrote a Spider-Man comic, “The Short Halloween”. It was fair to middling.

* So Cole gets to work with the likes of Rachel and Laraine, AND enjoy a hearty "Colon Blow" breakfast to help maintain bowel health? Are we all green with envy or what?

* I have 2 entries after this one, so if anyone wants start to PM'ing me nominations for the next LOC poll, go ahead on.

And here are today’s entries: While I like most of these folks, only 1 wound up on my list (aside from the host)…
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 28, 2015, 07:49:48 PM
 (http://static.celebuzz.com/uploads/2011/09/21/SNL-Alec-Baldwin-Best-Of-400x300.jpg)
Tonight's Host: #3. Alec Baldwin -14 points
He's hosted "SNL" more times than anyone - 16 - and with good reason. Like Walken, Baldwin used "Saturday Night Live" to recreate himself as a comic force. Baldwin perfected the art of the deadpan, getting laughs while playing a sometimes twisted straight man — from Canteen Boy's predatory scoutmaster to a soap opera doctor with a pronunciation problem to unfortunately named baker Pete Schweddy. – Jere Hester (nbcbayrea.com)

And here’s a clip of Pete… https://screen.yahoo.com/molly-shannon-snl-skits/nprs-delicious-dish-schweddy-balls-000000088.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/molly-shannon-snl-skits/nprs-delicious-dish-schweddy-balls-000000088.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 28, 2015, 07:50:06 PM
#20. Tracy Morgan
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/brian-fellows-safari-planet_zpsz9ehezcm.jpg?t=1426759033)
Era: 1996-2003
49 points on 5 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #10 (Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Brian Fellow, Astronaut Jones, Uncle Jemima, Dominican Lou, Woodrow, Star Jones

Tracy had a unique delivery and often seemed like he was off in his own world. Brian Fellow’s Safari Planet was the bit that I liked best. I also got a kick out his Star Jones, who was always quick to remind people that she is a lawyer, before explaining something that was painfully obvious to everyone. Oh, and who can forget the spanking he gave Shaq? HaHa!

Paste magazine ranked him #13 and said…
Tracy Morgan is one of those people who can make almost anything funny (which is why it’s so weird that his stand-up isn’t better than it is). His delivery is hilarious and unique, and it’s surprising that he was able to use it so well with so many characters while still having them feel different. Astronaut Jones, Brian Fellow and Woodrow were brilliantly absurd and like nothing else on SNL at the time. He might be a limited performer compared to some, but despite his limitations he did as much great work as almost everybody else on this list.

Rolling Stone ranked him #53 and said…
So much funnier on 30 Rock. In fact, he was so great on 30 Rock, his SNL stint now looks like one long setup.

Brian Fellow… https://screen.yahoo.com/brian-fellows-safari-planet-2-000000654.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/brian-fellows-safari-planet-2-000000654.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 28, 2015, 07:50:43 PM
#19. Will Forte
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/b5bd9d13-b0a1-4ea9-aeee-c79181ccea92_zpsajwo2s4v.png)
Era: 2002-2010
51 points on 7 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #13 (Cole Stratton)
Most Memorable Characters: MacGruber, Tim Calhoun, The Falconer, Hamilton Whiteman, Greg Stink

Will is the kind of weirdo comedian straight out of the Twilight Zone that I dig, I just ran out of room on my list to include him. Thank goodness the rest of you picked up my slack. The barely audible Politician Tim Calhoun is my favorite of his characters. Underneath that calm reserve is a man about to crack. Though I’m sure he’ll crack quietly and with fingers raised.

Forte was also fantastic in one of my favorite films of 2013, Nebraska.

Paste Magazine ranked him #19 and said…
Will Ferrell and Tracy Morgan both left the show in 2002, depriving SNL of two of its best practitioners of absurd comedy. Will Forte immediately filled that gap with some of the most surreal sketches and characters in the show’s history. Although he’s best known for MacGruber, a bit created by Lonely Island member Jorma Taccone, Forte’s other original characters like The Falconer, Tim Calhoun and Hamilton are why he’s so high on this list. Also his impression of George W. Bush as a nervous, whiny child was a sly bit of political commentary.

Rolling Stone ranked him #52 and said…
It was always way too easy to take this laid-back gent for granted, especially after several dozen "MacGruber"s, but his spluttering hysteria in the "Potato Chip" sketch — a NASA recruiter who cherishes all 35 of the chips on his desk — came from a dark and special place.

Forte’s best sketches… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/26/will-forte-leaving-snl-_n_695898.html? (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/26/will-forte-leaving-snl-_n_695898.html?)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 28, 2015, 07:51:08 PM
#18. Andy Samberg
(http://images3.cliqueclack.com/tv/files/2012/02/SNL-S37E14.jpg)
Era: 2005-2012
55 points on 4 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #1 (anais.butterfly)
Best known for his Digital shorts and impression of Mark Wahlberg and Nicolas Cage

Truth be told I’m not a fan of Samberg’s brand of humor, so I don’t have many personal reflections. I thought Laser Cats was cute, and I laughed at his impression and later confrontation with Mark Wahlberg, so there was that. And he is credited for bringing SNL into the digital age. anais loves him (and thinks he HAWT!) as do a lot of critics and fans - like the writers of these two publications…

Paste Magazine ranked him #15 and said…
Andy Samberg is a likable guy. He’s charming. He’s also a good comedic actor. He’s not on this list because of any of his sketches or characters, though. He’s here because he and his Lonely Island cohorts made SNL relevant in the internet age with their Digital Shorts. SNL’s been doing pretaped segments since its first episode, but they never felt as vital as the Digital Shorts, which were perfectly timed to tap into the growth of Youtube and viral videos. Samberg’s long gone, but the show still cranks out fake music videos and virally-minded short films every episode; sometimes they succeed, but never as consistently as they did when Samberg was around.

Rolling Stone ranked him #22 and said…
"Lazy Sunday" basically invented YouTube — most people in 2005 found out the site existed by frantically clicking around trying to rewatch Samberg and Chris Parnell mack on cupcakes. (Ironic, given how SNL is stricter than Prince when it comes to policing YouTube.) Despite Samberg's boyish energy, he had real staying power — let's just say the list of stars who were funny on SNL and then went on to star in funny sitcoms is a very short list, and Samberg is near the top.

Andy’s Wahlberg talks to the animals…

https://screen.yahoo.com/mark-wahlberg-talks-animals-000000362.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/mark-wahlberg-talks-animals-000000362.html)

And the next week the real Mark shows up…

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mark-wahlberg-backstage/n12328 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mark-wahlberg-backstage/n12328)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 28, 2015, 07:51:33 PM
#17 Norm MacDonald
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/normsnl_zpsoxmeoqc9.jpg?t=1426843681)
Era: 1993-1998
56 points on 6 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #12 (George Harrison)
Most Memorable Characters: Weekend Update Anchor, Burt Reynolds, Bob Dole, David Letterman, Larry King

In the book “Live From New York”, Don Ohlmeyer –who fired Norm- defended his decision by saying that he counted the amount of big laughs a joke got and found them wanting. He then asked, “Am I the bad guy here?” Yes Don, you were. Norm isn’t for everyone, and counting laughs is a fool’s errand. Not everyone “gets” him: Don didn’t, neither did Rolling Stone when they ranked him #135 and called him a Dennis Miller clone? I disagree; Norm wasn’t doing Miller, if anything he was a throw back to the iconoclastic tone of the original cast (it’s no surprise that Chevy loved him.) I thought Norm was brilliant. Maybe he didn’t pull in the ENTIRE audience, but those he did, like me, we laughed our asses off.

Buzzfeed ranked him the #1 SNL anchor and said: Weekend Update was made for Norm MacDonald. His dry sense of humor, cynicism, and delivery are what made him perfect for the job. He wasn’t afraid of hurting someone’s feelings, and he didn’t care if you laughed at his joke or not, because that was your own problem, not his.

Decider also ranked him the #1 anchor - Forget what we said about satirizing the news and working well with others. Norm Macdonald is on another plane. The guy took Weekend Update by the balls. He gleefully went after the figures that a network show like ‘SNL’ should never touch — and he got fired for it. Instead of living in infamy, Macdonald is now looked at as a comedy martyr. No one will be as cool, or as funny, or as punk rock on Weekend Update as Norm Macdonald. And it’s awesome.

Paste Magazine ranked him #20 overall and said...
For a live show SNL almost never feels dangerous. It’s turned into a well-scrubbed, well-heeled machine since Lorne Michaels came back in 1985. Norm Macdonald made the show feel dangerous almost every week during his Weekend Update segments. His deadpan delivery and willingness to shock revitalized the segment after the bland Kevin Nealon years, and his contentious, too-early exit was a black eye that turned me against the show for years. Macdonald wasn’t especially active in sketches, but his appearances were almost always highlights, especially his impressions of Bob Dole, Burt Reynolds and Larry King.

Weekend Update… https://screen.yahoo.com/weekend-norm-macdonald-000000227.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/weekend-norm-macdonald-000000227.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 28, 2015, 07:52:04 PM
#16. Jan Hooks
https://www.youtube.com/v/j_-1NElYK1o
Era: 1986-1991
60 points on 4 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #6 (Cole Stratton)
Most Memorable Characters: Candy Sweeney, Anita the Waitress, Miss Connie, Sinéad O'Connor, Tammy Faye Bakker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kitty Dukakis, Diane Sawyer

I didn't vote for Jan, but after watching the above video and about pissing myself from laughter, I'm thinking maybe I should have. I never thought of Hooks as one of my Favs, maybe because she didn't create a lot of her own characters. However, she did a whole bunch of stand out impressions: Tammy Faye with that streaked make-up used to make me howl with laughter, and her humorless Sinéad was a hoot and a half.

Paste Magazine ranked her #16 and said...
The dearly missed Jan Hooks remains far too underrated. In her years on the show she never turned in a weak or lackluster performance. She didn’t create many breakout characters, but she could effortlessly play any type of character in any type of situation. Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz and Mike Myers might have been the superstars during her stint on the show, but Hooks and her similarly versatile colleague Phil Hartman kept it running. Here’s one of her best skits, opposite Alec Baldwin... https://screen.yahoo.com/brenda-waitress-000000407.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/brenda-waitress-000000407.html)

Rolling Stone ranked her #26 and said…
One of the virtuosos — Hooks could play 18th-century aristocrats (on "Tales of Ribaldry") or a truck-stop waitress canoodling with Willie Nelson. It was rare in the 1980s to see a Southern woman on TV played by an authentic Southern woman, which is only one of the reasons the world grieved when Hooks died last fall. One fondly remembered moment: her sincere wince of pain during the "good nights" when Christopher Walken announced Atlanta had just lost the 1992 World Series. Sing on, Candy Sweeney.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 28, 2015, 07:52:26 PM
#15. Amy Poehler
(http://www.whudat.com/news/images/snl-amy-poehler-hillary-clinton.jpg)
Era: 2001-2008
67 points on 6 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #8 (anais.butterfly)
Most Memorable Characters: Update Anchor, Hilary Clinton, Amber the One-Legged Hypoglycemic, Kaitlin, Spy Glass reporter, Netty Bo Dance, Dakota Fanning, Betty Caruso

Amy was nominated twice for an Emmy in 2008 and 2009 for SNL.  My favorite character from Poehler is one that isn’t mentioned a lot, but I thought her know-it-all Dakota Fanning was a riot.

Paste Magazine ranked her #8 and said…
Amy Poehler could, and did, do it all on Saturday Night Live: high-brow (her years behind the Update desk), low-brow (one-legged Amber, anyone?), celebrity impressions (including everyone from Michael Jackson to Hillary Clinton), recurring characters (the hyperactive latchkey kid Kaitlin, Bronx Beat’s Betty Caruso). Even more impressive? Some of her funniest work came while she was nine months pregnant (the Palin rap and the “I’m No Angel” sketch). And like all the best SNL cast members, she’s only gotten better, moving on to deliver one of the great sitcom performances on Parks and Recreation. The Palin rap was accurate: Poehler’s an animal, and she’s bigger than you.

Rolling Stone ranked her #8 and said…
She got more amazing every year. She could do warmth, yet was always buzzing with a real don't-mess-with-me hostility never far from the surface. The ultimate pro — the way she read and responded to the people around her raised everybody's game. She revived the ancient concept that the "Weekend Update" anchor should also raise hell the rest of the show. Poehler and Fey have more chemistry than any SNL duo since the Blues Brothers. It's a tragedy if they don't host every awards show from now on.
   
Here's Amy playing one of the Bush Twins… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/bush-twins/n11915 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/bush-twins/n11915)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 28, 2015, 07:53:20 PM
With Samberg making the list, it’s a good time for this…

SNL Question of the night: Favorite Short - Digital or Film - old or new?

“Don’t Look Back In Anger”
I like the 70s for its quirky acts (Kaufman) home movies (which is how Mr. Bill got his start) and the odd -out of the blue- bits… like when they had 3 sisters lip synch and dance to a song. It was sometimes rough and tumble but that was all part of the charm and character of the show. And not everything had to deliver big guffaws - sometimes they’d just do these quieter character pieces. Don’t Look Back in Anger, about an aged John Belushi visiting the ‘Not Ready For Primetime Graveyard’, is the best of these character pieces.

Watching it today, I actually choked up a bit.  Knowing what we know: That John wasn’t the last surviving original cast member, but the first to pass away. It hits the heart.

The short, filmed in B&W, has its amusing moments, but it mostly gave Belushi a chance to stretch his acting muscles. It’s a beautiful, haunting film that closes on a positive note. You can see it here… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/dont-look-back-in-anger/n8660 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/dont-look-back-in-anger/n8660)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 28, 2015, 08:29:05 PM
See, I really like Samberg and am not sure why he doesn't appeal to a lot of people.  He's not my favourite but he's pretty damned solid in my opinion (and is really quite great on Brooklyn Nine-Nine).  I've seen more of Forte on other media than SNL, but he's amazing in everything he does.  I was actually first exposed to him on Clone High, which is pretty great and Forte does an amazing job on the completely clueless Abe Lincoln.

Also, loved Norm MacDonald on Weekend Update, but I can also see how his humour isn't for everyone.  I love his beats that make his punchlines very abrupt.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 28, 2015, 08:33:47 PM
Samberg? I don't care for his delivery, his performance. I hate that smug look on his face. Things like "Jizz in my Pants" wasn't funny, but embarrassing to me, hell I didn't like "Dick in the Box" all that much. Sometimes performers just don't click for a viewer. Norm didn't for some people, Andy doesn't for me. (I tried to watch an ep from his TV series and couldn't get through half of it)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: CJones on March 28, 2015, 09:12:01 PM
You can put me in the "people who couldn't stand Norm McDonald on Weekend Update" camp. He seemed too pleased with himself all the time. I much preferred the more deadpan approach of Kevin Nealon. And yet, McDonald was still better than Seth Meyers or Colin Quinn.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: ColeStratton on March 28, 2015, 10:31:03 PM
SNL Question of the night: Share a memory of a favorite sketch or sketches
“Dueling Brando’s” with Peter Boyle and Belushi is a special one for me (being a Brando freak), and there was Toonces, Synchronized Swimming, Matt Foley and “More Cowbell!”

Two that I remember fondly: the Land Shark, it’s an oldie but a goodie, coming at the height of the Jaws craze, my favorite movie at that time. This exemplified SNL at it’s most absurd… https://screen.yahoo.com/snl-best-of-the-70s/land-shark-jaws-ii-224409387.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/snl-best-of-the-70s/land-shark-jaws-ii-224409387.html)

And Julia Child bleeding out from a cut... that absolutely slayed me. And it’s another from Dan Aykroyd, as well as another from him that took me by surprise and left me breathless from laughter. It’s rather Pythonesque if you think about it. How something icky or violent happens, and it never stops. Like the Black Knight losing body parts or Mr. Creosote losing his lunch. 


Fave SNL sketches:
Cluckin' Chicken commercial (gah gah gah GOINK!)
Christopher Walken and Tim Meadows' Census interview (Meadows does such great straight man work in this one)
Synchronized Swimming (Hey you I know you, I know you!)
Star Wars auditions (Kevin Spacey does such great Lemmon and Matthau impressions)
Tom Brokaw pre-tapes President Ford deaths (Carvey is so good in this)
Chippendales / Matt Foley (Farley was so funny and committed in everything he did)
Debbie Downer (the only sketch I like where everyone can't keep it together)
...and anytime Stefan shows up on Update

Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: anais.butterfly on March 29, 2015, 06:11:14 AM
I feel like you chose that particular Samberg picture just to spite me.

Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 29, 2015, 10:25:08 AM
I feel like you chose that particular Samberg picture just to spite me.

Now would I do that?  ;) Na, it just was a picture that fit the size specs I was trying to stick too (and didn't have to resize and save) Plus it made me laugh seeing him and Cage.

But I apologize for dissing your guy. While he might not be my cuppa I feel he certainly deserved to be on the list. At first no one was voting for him and I thought, "well that's going to suck if Samberg doesn't make it but RDJ does?" So I'm glad you and others came in and gave him a late push and got him on here.


* Well I'm going to try and post another round this morning, if my laptop cooperates. The Rifftrax forum is moving slow as  a slug for me this morn.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 29, 2015, 10:27:08 AM
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Tonight's Host: #2. Steve Martin - 15 points
Steve’s gigs in the first 2 seasons were decent enough, but it was in season 3 where he really blew the doors off the place. Especially in his 3rd and final appearance of that year: In this ep Martin opened with one of his best monologues (a magician bit with Murray), then followed that up with a hilarious Festrunk brother’s sketch (where even Garrett Morris sparkled.) Next he debuted Theodoric of York, and after Update, danced with Gilda. Has any host had as brilliant a night, or one that added so much to the mythology of the show?  Throw in the first appearance of the Blues Brothers and a Nerds skit, and you also got one of SNLs greatest overall episodes. Steve came off as one of the gang, and is an important part of the shows history. He was so well loved that he hosted a total of 15 times. Martin was also the host who had the painful task of announcing the passing the Gilda Rader, which saw the performer visibly shaken.

The Festrunk Brothers… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-festrunk-brothers/n8662 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-festrunk-brothers/n8662)
 
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 29, 2015, 10:28:31 AM
#14. Adam Sandler
(http://webspace.webring.com/people/bu/um_4912/images3/operaman1.jpg)
Era: 1990-1995
68 points on 7 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #6 (Fred Garvin)
Most Memorable Characters: Opera Man, Cajun Man, Canteen Boy, The Herlihy Boy, Tony Valencourt, Lucy the Gap Girl

Originally hired as a writer, Adam found his way on screen and was a member of SNLs “Bad Boys”, with Farley, Rock and Spade. Arguably the best music based comedian on SNL (I’ll take him over Samberg or Fallon any day), his goofy tunes -which featured amusing non-sequiters- where always a highlight. From “Lunch Lady Land” (featuring interpretive dance by Chris Farley) to the Chanukah Song and the Thanksgiving Song…  nothing (not even his recent film outings) can erase that goodness.

Rolling Stone ranked him #17 and said...
The ultimate "love him or hate him" guy. Sorry — Operaman alone would make him rank high on this list. Sandler was the first to get a Boston-Irish accent right on national TV ("Get into the faaah left lane, then take the Mass Pike west and you'll see a wicked-huge Radio Shack"), which made him a local hero, even if it set off a very unfortunate comedy trend. Weirdly forgotten historical footnote: Everybody assumed Sandler was gay, because his first memorable bit was about coming out to his family on Thanksgiving. That made him seem edgier than he turned out to be.

Uproxx ranks Sandler’s 9 greatest moments… http://uproxx.com/tv/2014/09/adam-sandlers-9-greatest-snl-moments/ (http://uproxx.com/tv/2014/09/adam-sandlers-9-greatest-snl-moments/)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 29, 2015, 10:29:38 AM
#13. Tina Fey
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Era: 2000-2006
80 points on 6 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #3 (anais.butterfly)
Most Memorable Characters: Update Anchor, Sarah Palin

Before Fey returned to the show and uttered that timeless line, “I can see Russia from my house!” She was the shows anchor as head writer and Weekend Update mainstay -- and who seemingly had an instant rapport with whomever she was paired with, whether it be Fallon, and more especially, with Poehler; who was fire to Tina’s ice. 

Fey has been nominated and won numerous Emmy awards for both SNL and 30 Rock as a writer and performer.

Rolling Stone ranked her #3 and said…
You could argue that most of her onscreen contribution was "Weekend Update," but Fey did a lot more than salvage "Update" from a decade-long losing streak — it swiftly became the highlight of the show, as the entire franchise remade itself around the wry, sardonic, not-afraid-of-her-brain Fey style. She slapped SNL out of its late-Nineties coma. Suddenly the skits were full of ass-kicking women, just because Fey proved how much they could get away with. And her 2008 return as Sarah Palin might be the most brilliant move SNL ever made. Talk about a hot streak — it was a moment when all America spent the week waiting to see what Fey would come up with on Saturday.

Palin on Couric… https://screen.yahoo.com/couric-palin-open-000000480.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/couric-palin-open-000000480.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 29, 2015, 10:30:29 AM
#12. Chevy Chase
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Era: 1975-1977
91 points on 6 out of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #3 (Fred Garvin)
Most Memorable Characters: Anchor of Weekend Update, President Ford, Land Shark, Mr. Spock

He might not always be a nice guy but he was a funny one. And while Weekend anchors come and go, for me, no one did it better than Chevy. He also did a great Mr. Spock, (who hilariously lost his cool after losing his ears). And had a slick little musical bit where he played “Very White”, a Barry White knock-off

In 1976 Chevy Chase became the first SNL performer to win an Emmy Award. He also returned to host 8 times

Rolling Stone ranked him #10 and said…
Strange as it sounds, Chase might be the most under-rated SNL player. True, he stuck around for only one full season, but so did Farrah on Charlie's Angels — it took him only one season to define the franchise. Of all the original cast members, Chase was the one guy who got how TV worked — the others were theater types. So if you check out the first episode, which is 80 percent unwatchable, Chase is the only one who knows how to stare right into the camera without flinching. He looks like a coldhearted bastard surrounded by a bunch of needy kids. But without that deadpan arrogance, the whole SNL style of humor would fall flat. (By the 12th episode, his castmates are doing jokes about how much they all hate him.) He was famous for his stumbling Gerald Ford impersonation, but he was even sharper and more merciless as Ronald Reagan, the only killer Reagan SNL ever had. Alternate-history question: If Chase had stayed on SNL, would he have sunk Reagan the way he sank Ford?

Weekend Update… https://screen.yahoo.com/weekend-chevy-chase-000000391.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/weekend-chevy-chase-000000391.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 29, 2015, 10:31:03 AM
#11. Jon Lovitz
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/7293fe07-0bec-43dd-8110-c919c3acdccc_zpsasrrokgo.png)
Era: 1985-1990
96 points on 8 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #3 (Pak-Man)
Most Memorable Characters: Tommy Flanagan, Annoying Man, Master Thespian, Tonto, Mephistopheles, Harvey Fierstein, Michael Dukakis, Hanukkah Harry

Lovitz was a spacey-eyed goofball, Rolling Stone noted that he played slimeballs, but they were so childlike and non-threatening that you couldn’t hate them, all you could do was laugh. He also had several memorable catch phrases that people were always quoting.

Jon was twice nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program in 1986 and 1987.

Paste Magazine ranked him #14 and said…
The 1985-1986 season infamously ended with the entire cast stuck in a fire. Lorne Michaels could save them all, but only rescued Jon Lovitz. Lovitz was the breakout star of that troubled season, and was at the vanguard of the late ‘80s glory days that saved the show. His pathological liar character, Tommy Flanagan, drove the catchphrase “Yeah, that’s the ticket” into mainstream pop culture, and Hanukkah Harry remains a beloved character despite only appearing in two sketches. Lovitz excelled at weasels and sleazebags, but was a talented actor and improviser who made almost every sketch he was in better.

Rolling Stone ranked her #19 and said…
During the final credits of the horrific 1985-1986 season, Michaels watches as Yankees manager Billy Martin sets fire to the dressing room. The only cast member Michaels pulls from the room is Lovitz. Good move. Lovitz didn't have the widest range, but he didn't need one – he knew exactly what he was good at: playing slimeballs, from his Master Thespian to his "yeah, that's the ticket" liar to the bewigged perv from "Tales of Ribaldry." Lovitz had the creepiest eyebrows in SNL history. Acting!

Master Thespian… https://screen.yahoo.com/jon-lovitz-snl-skits/master-thespian-santa-claus-000000090.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/jon-lovitz-snl-skits/master-thespian-santa-claus-000000090.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 29, 2015, 10:32:13 AM

#10. Dana Carvey
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Era: 1986-1993
142 points on 8 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #2 (Cole Stratton)
Most Memorable The Church Lady, Hans, Garth Algar, George Bush, Ross Perot, Grumpy Old Man, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart

Dana was a great caricaturist, a chameleon who took his impressions to increasingly broader spoofs on the real thing. As evidenced in President Bush’s “Not gonna do it!” Which eventually morphed into a mush of meaningless drivel… “NaaGaannaaaDu-I.” Which is probably as profound a statement as you can make about the Political landscape. The structure of his work, his timing, was impeccable. The Church Lady building up to uttering the name “SATAN!” or the trademark, “Now, isn’t that special” are made all the better for the way he delivered the line: the sound of that brittle, accusing voice, the small tilt of his head and crooked pursed lips. Priceless, absolutely priceless.

In addition: While Garth of “Wayne’s World” fame gets much deserved love, I’ve always had a special fondness for the grumpy old man. “And that’s the way we LIKED it!”

And in a play on “It’s A Wonder Life”, he did an inspired Jimmy Stewart

Dana was nominated 4 times before finally winning the Emmy on his 5th try in 1993 for his performance work on SNL

Paste Magazine ranked him #7 and said…
Before Darrell Hammond Dana Carvey was the best impressionist the show had ever seen. He was way more than a mimic, though, and created a host of insightful, incisive characters. Carvey’s “aw shucks” demeanor and unassuming appearance obscured how biting his comedy could be. We remember the Church Lady for her catchphrases and pop cultural ubiquity, but the character was a brutal mockery of the conservative Christian movement that grew throughout the 1980s. Carvey was a superstar who had no problem blending into the background when needed, and was one of the most versatile and talented performers in the show’s history.

Rolling Stone ranked him #11 and said…
Carvey was the greatest impersonations guy in SNL history — his impressions were usually darker and more compelling characters than the originals. His Ross Perot was way more than a parody of a politician — Carvey turned the character into an American archetype worthy of Randy Newman, sneering "Here's the deal, see" in the voice of every boss or principal you ever despised. When people try to imitate Johnny Carson or George H.W. Bush (or Lorne Michaels), they're usually just doing Carvey's impression.

Dana Carvey’s 10 Best… http://www.ifc.com/shows/the-birthday-boys/blog/2014/10/dana-carveys-best-snl-sketches (http://www.ifc.com/shows/the-birthday-boys/blog/2014/10/dana-carveys-best-snl-sketches)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 29, 2015, 10:33:06 AM
#9. Dan Aykroyd
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Era: 1975-1979
144 points on 9 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #4 (Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Beldar Conehead, Irwin Mainway, Elroy Blues, Tom Snyder, Jimmy Carter, Bob Dole, Julia Child, Richard Nixon, Yortuk Festrunk, Fred Garvin: male prostitute, E. Buzz Miller, Leonard Pinth-Garnell, Elliott Ness

The original glue guy: At times, during the first season, it was like Aykroyd was made of pure adrenaline – he’d rattle off a flurry of sentences until his breath gave out, take in a quick gulp of air and start the process over again. From his Tom Snyder –who was a jittery bundle of barely contained kinetic energy- to the various TV salesmen and announcers with their intense machine gun delivery; Dan could be exhausting to watch. He was also a riot. Eventually he learned to throttle down, as in his portrayal of the always-mellow Jimmy Carter, or in his nice guy turn in the season 4 “Scotch Tape Store” skit.

I loved his Mainway toy manufacture, and cracked up over the way the slimy entrepreneur tried to justify selling broken glass to children. His metal masked, Dr. X, Family Counselor was a trippy delight (though it seemed to have tickled me more than others as he only appeared once).  And then there was the sweet madness of Julia Child bleeding out on screen. We (my siblings, friends and I) were screaming with laughter during that bit.

In 1977, he received an Emmy Award for writing on SNL; he later received two more nominations for writing and one for acting

Rolling Stone ranked him #5 and said…
Of the original greats, Aykroyd is the least imitated — just because nobody else can do what he did. His seriousness, his biker-intellectual intensity — he could grab your attention just standing onstage for the "good nights" and asking if anyone could sell him fuel tanks for his '71 Harley. The classic sketch where he's a grumpy mechanic telling his daughter Gilda a bedtime story about doing a wheel alignment — only Aykroyd could make that so touching as well as funny. He had a real empathy for American hucksters and sleazebags – what makes the "Bass-o-Matic" sketch isn't the joke (a fish in a blender, big deal), it's Aykroyd's demented grin.

Dan vs. Jane on Weekend Update... http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/point-counterpoint-lee-marvin-and-michelle-triola/2846665 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/point-counterpoint-lee-marvin-and-michelle-triola/2846665)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 29, 2015, 10:33:48 AM
#8. Mike Meyers
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Era: 1989-1995
148 points on 9 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #2 (Johnny Unusual)
Most Memorable Characters: Wayne Campbell, Dieter from Sprockets, Lothar of the Hill People, Simon, Linda Richman, Philip

I loved Sprockets, I loved Dieter (“Touch my monkey!”) I loved the whole German expressionism, existentialism, new wave, Beatnik cool/anti-coolness of it all. I remember first seeing Meyers popping up in bits here and there, and there was something about his personality that stood out, something that said, “Pay attention to this guy.” And then I saw Dieter and was in Heaven. Wayne was a hoot, so was Simon and hyperactive Phillip, but Dieter was the one who made me as happy as a little girl. Mike was gold, except for Linda Richman, Gawd I hated Linda. Everyone else in the whole darn world seemed to love Linda, so I’m in the minority on “Coffee Talk”.

Rolling Stone ranked him #4 and said…
Myers has kept a low profile since his Austin Powers days, so at this point he seems curiously obscure. But more than anyone, he epitomized the manic, art-damaged energy that revitalized comedy in the early Nineties. Like his British idols Peter Sellers and Peter Cook, he threw himself into his characters with madcap enthusiasm — metalhead Wayne, middle-aged yenta Linda Richman, monkey-stroking German aesthete Dieter. He missed the first few episodes in 1992 because he was working on the Wayne's World 2 screenplay; it turned into a nationwide vigil praying for Myers to return. The only word to sum up his genius is "asphinctersayswhat?"


Mike as Phillip… https://screen.yahoo.com/phillip-hyper-hypo-000000418.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/phillip-hyper-hypo-000000418.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 29, 2015, 10:36:17 AM
SNL Question of the night: Favorite Weekend Update Correspondent?
I keep kicking it old school, but that’s what I loved best: So it’s either Roseanne Roseannadana or Father Guido for me.

John Belushi was also good doing his angry rants, especially the one where he does a report on a Satellite falling to Earth.

More modern ones I liked? Kate McKinnon's Olya and Hader's Stefon.


That's it, the final 7 and host and question will be posted tomorrow night.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Darth Geek on March 29, 2015, 12:05:22 PM
#11. Jon Lovitz
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Lovitz is one of my alltime favorites, and I'm so glad you chose that particular picture too.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Fred Garvin on March 29, 2015, 02:14:45 PM
Questions of the night?

For short film? The Mr. Bill Show

For Update Correspondent? I liked all of your choices George. I would add Vanessa Bayer's Jacob


So I was the top vote giver for Chevy and Sandler? I'm glad to have assisted in you're high rankings gentlemen. It's the least I could do for the many hours of happiness you gave me. Aykroyd, yes! We are getting into the big guns at this point, all of these cast members are the best of the best.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: ColeStratton on March 29, 2015, 11:55:43 PM

#10. Dana Carvey
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/carveysnl_zps3pdbtekn.jpg?t=1426227322)
Era: 1986-1993
142 points on 8 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #2 (Cole Stratton)
Most Memorable The Church Lady, Hans, Garth Algar, George Bush, Ross Perot, Grumpy Old Man, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart


Yay Dana!

So I just now got back from Largo where they did a special 6th anniversary Kevin Pollak Chat Show -- and the guests were Dana Carvey and Will Forte! It will be released as an audio-only episode in the near future, and it's definitely worth a listen. Carvey tells great SNL stories, especially about his experiences meeting Paul McCartney, and Forte talks about his SNL audition amongst other things. Second half of the show was them all doing stand-up sets, which made it pretty cool.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 11:04:00 AM
^ Cool, thanks for sharing that Cole. I'll keep a look out for that.

Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 11:10:34 AM
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Tonight's Host: #1. Christopher Walken - 18 points
It's accurate, if not entirely fair, to sum up Walken's "SNL" legacy in two words: "More cowbell!" It's a tribute to Walken's injection of the bizarre that the skit, with its whimsical, absurd premise, became probably the most popular sketch in the show's history. Walken also brought comic creepiness to his Euro-trash letch, "The Continental," and to his hot tub soaker wistfully recalling past polyamory with Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch's swinging professors (“Moussaka!”). The seven-time host always leaves us crying "More Walken!" . – Jere Hester (nbcbayrea.com)

And here’s the clip… https://screen.yahoo.com/snl/more-cowbell-174128899.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/snl/more-cowbell-174128899.html)

Walken was the only host to make every list.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 11:11:14 AM
#7. Eddie Murphy
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Era: 1980-1984
150 points on 9 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #3 (George Harrison, Compound)
Most Memorable Characters: Mr. Robinson, Gumby, Buckwheat, James Brown in the Hot tub

The first time I saw Eddie was on some Cable TV stand-up comedy contest series. His act was amazing, but he failed to make it to the next round. Later, when I saw that he had popped up on SNL, my first thought was that they had just found lighting in a bottle. Strangely, he was at first, not a featured player during Jean Doumanian’s brief reign as the top dog (She took over after Lorne left). When Murphy was given the spotlight -like in that uproarious Update bit about Lincoln’s birthday- he displayed a talent that set him above and beyond everyone else in the cast. Dick Ebersol took over from Jean the next season and wisely put Murphy front and center - and fans were rewarded with razor sharp sketches, memorable characters and timeless catch phrases.

Yes, there were other gems in those Ebersol years (see Tim Kazurinsky a few pages back) but Eddie was the shows superstar. The straw that stirred the drink

Eddie received 3 Emmy nominations while on the show, but surprisingly never won.

Paste Magazine ranked him #1 and said…
Eddie Murphy literally saved SNL. He arrived at the lowest point in its history, when its ratings and reviews were both disastrous, and almost single-handedly made people care about the show again. He hosted while he was still a regular, for crying out loud. No SNL cast member has ever been as huge while they were on the show as Murphy, and it seems unlikely anyone ever will. He was responsible for some of the show’s most enduring and beloved characters and impressions, from Gumby to Stevie Wonder, and his Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood legitimately might be the best and most subversive thing the show’s ever done in its four decades. The concept of that sketch is so dark and depressing but Murphy is keenly aware of how to confront racism and society’s indifference towards inner city poverty in a way that’s both challenging and hilarious. It can be hard to understand how vital he is to SNL’s history, and how electric of a performer he was, if you weren’t around at the time, but it’s not an overstatement to say that no cast member since has come close to dominating the show and mainstream pop culture as thoroughly as Eddie Murphy did.

Rolling Stone ranked him #2 and said…
It's customary (and accurate) to say Eddie Murphy is the only reason SNL survived the five-year wilderness without Lorne Michaels. Nobody had seen anything like him. He stood out from anyone else on TV, mostly by being so young — he was the first post-boomer comedy star, a kid born in the Sixties and down with the Eighties. He mocked SNL's racial hang-ups (which isn't to say he made them go away). Murphy could make any moment memorable — the shooting of Buckwheat, the boiling of Larry the Lobster, the C-I-L-L-ing of his landlord. But he was funny just standing still, as in the classic Tootsie sketch that basically consisted of Gary Kroeger putting makeup on Murphy. He knew how to stare into a TV camera like he owned it.

Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mr-robinsons-neighborhood/n9117 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mr-robinsons-neighborhood/n9117)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 11:12:15 AM
#6. Gilda Radner
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Era: 1975-1980
155 Points on 9 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #1 (Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Roseanne Roseannadanna. Baba Wawa, Lisa Loopner Candy Slice, Emily Litella, Judy Miller, Brungilda, Connie Carson, Lucille Ball

Everybody loved Gilda, even the viewers at home fell in love with her. She certainly was a treasure. I particularly admired the way she would throw herself into a role. Commit to it fully. Even when they would overuse a character -ala Emily Litella- the joy I experienced from the bit came not so much from the well-worn gag and catch phrase, but from her performance. I laughed at her indignation, her expressions and body language, the way she'd pound her tiny fist on the desk. I never got tired of it because she was so good a physical comedic actress.

Despite being loved, she sure took a lot of abuse (for laughs of course). She was always getting smacked around in sketches: Pummeled by Belushi’s Sam Peckinpah or getting a cuff on the head from Jane Curtin in the season 3 Hefner ep. Something about the tiny Radner -Who embodied sweetness, innocence and youthful exuberance- getting picked on amused her, the cast and the audience.

Later on she showed she could also do characters that weren’t so sweet, when she introduced the wasted punk rocker Candy Slice and Update correspondent Roseanne Roseannadanna. With Roseanne she proved herself to be a comedy machine, rattling off her tales of the gross with pinpoint delivery and timing, when Gilda got in the zone it was a thing of beauty. 

Note: She was scheduled to host a season finale, but a writer’s strike put the episode on hold, and when they returned she was too ill to do it.

Gilda was nominated 3 times and won one Emmy for her performance on SNL in 1978

Paste Magazine ranked her #6 and said…
As one of the original Not Ready For Primetime Players, Gilda Radner was never afraid to get goofy, as evidenced by characters like Roseanne Rosannadanna, the Barbara Walters spoof “Baba Wawa” and Lisa Loopner, but her comedy also had a certain elegance to it. It’s why her dance with Steve Martin, a parody of Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse’s dance through Central Park, worked so beautifully, and it’s why she’ll be remembered as one of the show’s all-time greats.

Rolling Stone ranked her #9 and said…
The most beloved of the original cast — in the years between Mary Tyler Moore and Seinfeld's Elaine, Radner was the prototype for the brainy city girl with a bundle of neuroses. She looked frail, but she was a live wire whether she was playing bratty kids, pushy talk-show hosts or old ladies like Emily Litella, who spoke out on "endangered feces," "natural racehorses" and the "deaf penalty." Like so many other SNL legends, she died way too young and remains missed.

Nerds of seduction… https://screen.yahoo.com/gilda-radner-snl-skits/nerds-seduction-000000543.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/gilda-radner-snl-skits/nerds-seduction-000000543.html)

Roseanne on smoking,.. https://screen.yahoo.com/gilda-radner-snl-skits/roseanne-rosannadanna-smoking-000000279.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/gilda-radner-snl-skits/roseanne-rosannadanna-smoking-000000279.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 11:12:58 AM
#5. John Belushi
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Era: 1975-1979
156 points on 9 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #1 (Compound George Harrison)
Most Memorable Characters: Samurai Futaba, Joe Cocker, Marlon Brando, Jake Blues, Pete Dionasopolis from the Olympia Restaurant, Hulk, Captain Kirk, Fred Silverman, Update Correspondent

He performed in SNLs first ever skit (with Mike O’Donaghue). And from his brilliant Samurai (which leaned heavy on body language to covey the humor) to the classic “Dueling Brando’s” bit with host Peter Boyle, John was a force of nature who made an immediate and lasting impression. He was noted for playing it loud, sometimes angry and physical. But he was also great in smaller moments, as when he riffed on Casablanca with Candice Bergen.  He also showed off his acting chops in character driven pieces like the moving “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, and in a dramedy he played with Sissy Spacek in season 2. And of course there was his musical side, expressed first in impressions of Joe Cocker and later as part of the Blues Brothers.

John was nominated for an Emmy as a performer twice (one of his loses was to Gilda), he won an Emmy as part of the writing staff in 1977.

Rolling Stone ranked him #1 and said...
Nobody embodied the highs and lows of Saturday Night Live like Belushi. He was the first rock & roll star of comedy — a touch of John Lennon soul behind all that Keith Richards pirate bravado. All the extremes were there in his weird physique — a wrestler's body with a dancer's feet, a palooka face with a showgirl's eyelashes. He was the first to make a cocaine joke on SNL (sixth episode — Beethoven takes a hit from the snuffbox and turns into Ray Charles), as well as the first to make the host (Buck Henry) gush blood after accidentally slashing him in the head with his samurai sword. There was always something boyishly vulnerable in his madness, whether he was doing the slow burn (Captain Kirk, George Wallace) or exploding (his horrifying Sam Peckinpah). Belushi was the "live" in Saturday Night Live, the one who made the show happen on the edge. We should have gotten a lot more years with him than we did. But no.

The last voyage of the Starship Enterprise… https://screen.yahoo.com/star-trek-last-voyage-starship-000000229.html?query=john%20belushi (https://screen.yahoo.com/star-trek-last-voyage-starship-000000229.html?query=john%20belushi)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 11:14:29 AM
#4. Chris Farley
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/farleysnl02_zpsmnhuqpks.jpg)
Era: 1990-1995
161 points on 9 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #4 (Cole Stratton, George Harrison)
Most Memorable Characters: Matt Foley, Host of the Chris Farley Show, Chippendale’s Dancer, Bennett Brauer, Todd O’Conner, Cindy the Gap Girl, Mr. O’Malley


Farley was like a big, goofy kid. And even his most hapless characters were of a type that you couldn’t help but root for them.  Just hearing his name puts a wide ass smile on my face - My mind flooded with memories of the explosive début of Matt Foley (and guest Christina Applegate trying and failing to keep from cracking up) or the brilliant awkward interview with Paul McCartney that delighted this Beatles fan to no end.  Farley flat out made me happy.

Chris idolized Belushi and endeavored to tap into the same manic energy of his hero. Sadly he also followed him down the path of drug abuse and like John, died at the age of 33.

Paste Magazine ranked him #11 and said…
Chris Farley could do physical bits with the best of ‘em—see, for example, his Lillehammer Olympic figure skating sketch or the legendary Chippendales audition—and some of his finest moments on the show came from his willingness to go over-the-top, like in the hidden-camera coffee commercial or his many appearances as Matt Foley, but underneath all of those big performances was a sweet, Midwestern sensibility, one that came through especially in sketches like Zagats and the absolutely genius Chris Farley Show.

Rolling Stone ranked him #15 and said…
Reach for a bottle of Schmitts Gay and pour some on the floor for this guy. Farley made his act look like impulsive slapstick, but all you have to do is look at all the failed Farley imitators to see how intricate it was. For all his Chippendales antics, he had an easily overlooked finesse, especially when he was playing uptight mansplainers — like the strangely poignant "Medieval Scalders" sketch, where he mentors his son Macaulay Culkin: "You'd be surprised how many different things you can heat up and pour on people.

Matt Foley… https://screen.yahoo.com/wf-channel=chris-farley-snl-skits/ (https://screen.yahoo.com/wf-channel=chris-farley-snl-skits/)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 11:14:58 AM
#3. Will Ferrell
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Era: 1995-2002
168 points on 10 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #3 (Johnny Unusual, C.Jones, ScottD)
Most Memorable Characters: George W. Bush, James Lipton, Alex Trebek, Roger Klarvin the Hot Tub Luvah, Cowbell playing Gene Frenkle, Marty Culp, Spartan Cheerleader Craig Buchanan, Steve Butabi

Ah Will… Will of the cowbells, tiny phones and Strategery! The first time I saw Ferrell, I thought he was like comedy’s version of the Pixies - going loud, quiet, loud, or vice versa. I remember how that cracked me up and startled me. Will looked like someone you’d go bowling with. He seemed such a safe, gentle man and then BOOM! Okay, I admit the yelling thing as his go-to move no longer surprises, but Will also had something else in his toy box. Those crazy eyes… George W had ‘em, so did the Hot Tub Luvah and James Lipton, as did his Janet Reno, who was somehow scarier than the real thing. They all had this delicious –sometimes vacuous, sometimes intimidating- madness behind the eyes.

Will was nominated, but did not win the Emmy in 2001

He was the only cast member to win votes on every list.

Rolling Stone ranked him #12 and said…
Ferrell's SNL strategy was basically the opposite of Chevy Chase's: Stick around for years, make your mark as a team player, make everyone around you funnier, and (this is the really weird part) get a hundred times funnier after you leave. Indeed, the hardest thing about appreciating Ferrell's SNL tenure is that none of us knew the glories of Anchorman and Talladega Nights were yet to come. Great Odin's raven! (Editors note: Since I didn’t care for either movie, I disagree with this sentiment. I’ve like a few of his flicks (Elf, Stranger Than Fiction) but got more kicks from his work on the show)

Will and Rachel, the Love-ahs… https://screen.yahoo.com/love-ahs-hot-tub-000000900.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/love-ahs-hot-tub-000000900.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 11:15:33 AM
#2. Phil Hartman
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Era: 1986-1994
194 points on 9 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #1 (Cole Stratton, Johnny Unusual)
Most Memorable Characters: President Clinton, Eugene: The Anal Retentive Chef, Frankenstein, Frank Sinatra, Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

But seriously, what didn’t he do, to list all his characters and narrations would fill the whole page (and then some). Phil wasn’t flashy - he was all about substance. He was a first-class actor, with a deep, soothing voice that was often used for the shows faux commercials, which lent them a delightful contrast when they went off the beam. “Happy Fun Ball” for example isn’t just a riot for Jack Handy’s uproarious script, but for Hartman’s calm, even voice, which seems to say, “Despite all these horrors, it’s all alright.”

Hartman won an Emmy Award for his SNL work in 1989 for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program

Paste Magazine ranked him #3 and said…
Hartman was the consummate pro. Already almost 40 when he joined the cast in 1986, he quickly established himself as the most valuable player in one of the two deepest and most talented casts in the show’s history. He’s another one of those talents who excelled both in the spotlight and in the background, making everything he touched stronger. SNL has featured a lot of comedians who can act, but Hartman was both hilarious and probably the best actor the show’s ever had.

Rolling Stone ranked him #7 and said…
The grown-up in the room. In the credits, he's not hanging on the street like most of the others; he's relaxing at a swank lounge with a blonde. (Hard to watch, now that we know the blonde was the real-life cokehead wife who killed him in 1998.) He was nicknamed "the Glue" for holding the show together. Chris Farley's motivational-speaker rant never could have worked without Hartman as the cool dad in chinos, keeping a straight face. No role was too small for him. He was a master at playing bitter old men; his Sinatra made Piscopo's look like a cream puff. ("I got chunks of guys like you in my stool!") But his speciality was charming assholes, from the Colon Blow ad to Bill Clinton. Oh, that smug smile when he tells the Secret Service, "There's gonna be a whole bunch of things we don't tell Mrs. Clinton."

Here’s a clip. Phil as Bill… https://screen.yahoo.com/clinton-mcdonalds-000000491.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/clinton-mcdonalds-000000491.html)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 11:16:05 AM
#1. Bill Murray
(https://flavorwire.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/starwars.jpg?w=480&h=362)
Era: 1977-1980
198 points on 9 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #1 (Pak-Man, Fred Garvin)
Most Memorable Characters: Todd LeBounta/DiLaMuca, Nick the Lounge Singer, Walter Cronkite, Richard Dawson, Jerry Aldini, Nico from the Olympia skits, Teddy Kennedy, Weekend Update Film Critic and news anchor

Fans were slow to warm up to Bill. And in a great play off of this, Murray did a skit where he owned up to his failings, and asked for our cooperation by laughing at anything he said or did. In truth, Bill’s only crime at the time was that he wasn’t Chevy Chase. In watching his early episodes today, while it might have taken him time to unleash his nerdy Todd and schmaltzy Nick onto the world, he was still darn funny and personable. He immediately lit up the screen. As an example - look at him in the first ever Conehead sketch, his reaction when he sees the alien couple open up an entire six-pack and guzzle it down. It’s like he wants to go along and do it too, but he’s not sure if he should. It was just beautifully underplayed, not stealing the limelight from the Dan and Jane, but contributing some brilliant comedic shading.

After SNL Murray built himself a pretty great film career, reinventing himself for serious/comedic roles later in life. I love Bill with all of my heart; I love his wisecracking, ever-confident personality and lounge act delivery. He’s aces in my book and in yours. He’s our #1 cast member. “Now go on, get out of here, I mean it! ya knuckleheads”

Bill won an Emmy as part of the SNL writing staff in 1977

He returned to Host the show on 5 occasions, and brought his A-game every time. He even gave the struggling season 6 a much-needed boost.

Rolling Stone ranked him #6 and said…
He was the cast's first "new guy," which probably gave him that underdog's mean streak. More than anyone, he embodied SNL's this-could-be-you realness; he looked like a random Seventies burnout who happened to bluff his way to the stage — he made it seem like anyone could do it. Nobody's ever been so good at making audiences feel like they were funny, which in many ways is the essence of SNL.

Murray’s famous apology, this is when the season turned around for him. It was the first brick in building a substantial and loyal fan base for the comic actor… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/bill-murrays-apology/n8651 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/bill-murrays-apology/n8651)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 11:19:41 AM
And that’s all she wrote. It was tiring but a lot of fun. I’m glad I got the chance to host one of these things. Maybe some time in the (distant) future we could revisit SNL to do Top 50 SNL characters?

It’s a good list for the most part. There were a few surprises (I thought Eddie and John would fight for the top spot and didn’t expect Phil and Bill to be the #1 and #2 vote getters. I would have thought Phil would have come in at 7, Bill around 5)

Anywhoo, before I go here’s one last…

SNL Question of the night: Favorite Cast Member who failed to make the top 50?

Mine…

(http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/files/2012/08/abby-elliot.jpg)
Abby Elliott - Era: 2008-2012
A 3rd generation SNLer. Her grandfather was Bob, of the comedy team, Bob and Ray, who performed on the show in the late 70s, and her father is Chris Elliott, who was a cast member in 1994-95.

Abby was known for her impressions - playing everyone from a Kardasian to Rachel Maddow to the baby mad Angelina Jolie.

Two of her highlights: As Sarah McLachlan on Weekend Update… http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/update-sarah-mclachlan/n12590 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/update-sarah-mclachlan/n12590)

And "Bein' Quirky With Zooey Deschanel" I remember when Zooey herself hosted, and they did this sketch: Zooey played Mary Kate Olsen, and Taran Killam was Michael Cera... screen.yahoo.com/bein-quirky-zooey-deschanel-1-000000851.html (http://screen.yahoo.com/bein-quirky-zooey-deschanel-1-000000851.html)

With Kristen Wiig sucking up so much screen time, it was tough being the new girl. When Kristen left I thought, “Okay, this could open things up for Abby.” I mean she’d just come off her best season… everything’s roses, right? So of course she gets fired -- the hell!?

I miss ya Abby, and so does the show. I gave her the 19th spot on my list: Yeah, I didn’t have room for, and left off about 7 big names that I liked, but I wanted Abby represented. Even if I knew she’d never make the top 50, I was just happy knowing she got some love from someone on the forum.

BTW Rolling Stone ranked her #80, ahead of her father, who was at #103.

Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 11:24:00 AM
A Handy Dandy Clickable Index

Introduction (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896589#msg896589)

Hosts
10-9. Justin Timberlake & Patrick Stewart – no write-up
8. Candice Bergen (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896591#msg896591)
7. Richard Pryor (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896743#msg896743)
6. John Goodman (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896987#msg896987)
5. Buck Henry (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897181#msg897181)
4. Tom Hanks (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897401#msg897401)
3. Alec Baldwin (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897568#msg897568)
2. Steve Martin (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897654#msg897654)
1. Christopher Walken (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897899#msg897899)

Cast Members
50. Harry Shearer (tie) (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896593#msg896593)
49. Taran Killam (tie) (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896594#msg896594)
48. Chris Parnell (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896596#msg896596)
47. Victoria Jackson (tie) (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896597#msg896597)
46. Tim Kazurinsky (tie) (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896598#msg896598)
45. Jason Sudeikis (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896600#msg896600)
44. Kevin Nealon (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896744#msg896744)
43. Christopher Guest (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896745#msg896745)
42. Seth Meyers (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896746#msg896746)
41. Fred Armisen (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896748#msg896748) 
40. Don Novello (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896749#msg896749)
39. Al Franken (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896750#msg896750)
38. Cheri Oteri (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896988#msg896988)
37. Robert Downey Jr. (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896989#msg896989)
36. Kenan Thompson (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896990#msg896990)
35. Kate McKinnon (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896991#msg896991)
34. Billy Crystal (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896992#msg896992)
33. Martin Short (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg896993#msg896993)
32. Rachel Dratch (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897182#msg897182)
31. Tim Meadows (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897183#msg897183)
30. Darrell Hammond (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897184#msg897184)
29. Jimmy Fallon (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897185#msg897185)
28. Laraine Newman (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897186#msg897186)
27. Kristen Wiig (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897187#msg897187)
26. Maya Rudolph (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897402#msg897402)
25. Bill Hader (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897403#msg897403)
24. Jane Curtin (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897404#msg897404)
23. Dennis Miller (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897405#msg897405)
22. David Spade (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897406#msg897406)
21. Chris Rock (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897407#msg897407)
20. Tracy Morgan (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897569#msg897569)
19. Will Forte (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897570#msg897570)
18. Andy Samberg (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897571#msg897571)
17. Norm MacDonald (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897572#msg897572)
16. Jan Hooks (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897573#msg897573)
15. Amy Poehler (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897574#msg897574)
14. Adam Sandler (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897655#msg897655)
13. Tina Fey (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897656#msg897656)
12. Chevy Chase (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897657#msg897657)
11. Jon Lovitz (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897658#msg897658)
10. Dana Carvey (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897659#msg897659)
9. Dan Aykroyd (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897660#msg897660)
8. Mike Meyers (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897661#msg897661)
7. Eddie Murphy (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897901#msg897901)
6. Gilda Radner (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897902#msg897902)
5. John Belushi (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897903#msg897903)
4. Chris Farley (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897904#msg897904)
3. Will Ferrell (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897905#msg897905)
2. Phil Hartman (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897906#msg897906)
1. Bill Murray (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=30550.msg897907#msg897907)

Aside from my personal reflections I quoted from several sources, beyond Wikipedia, and a couple of websites here and there - these were the one’s I used most…

* Splitsider’s “Saturday Night’s Children” (http://splitsider.com/tag/saturday-nights-children/)
* Paste Magazine’s Top 40 Cast Members (http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/02/the-40-best-snl-cast-members-of-all-time.html?a=1)
* Rolling Stones 141 Rankings (http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/lists/saturday-night-live-all-141-cast-members-ranked-20150211)  - this was my primary go to for the quotes, though eventually I did add many from Paste (skipping that source when they didn’t rank a player or I felt just repeated what I or RS had said.)
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Fred Garvin on March 30, 2015, 11:47:49 AM
Thank you for the invitation my friend. I enjoyed this trip down memory lane. I might even participate in future lists.

The question of the night?

How about Vanessa Bayer? For Jacob, her J Pop and ex-porn star characters. I looked her up on that Rolling Stone article. They placed her 43rd and here is what they wrote about her.

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Era: 2010-present
In a congested cast where faces get lost in the crowd — who can forget the game show "New Cast Member or Arcade Fire?" — Bayer always manages to stand out. Her ex-porn star commercials never get old: "With a watch, you'll never have to stop a stranger on the street to ask him, 'Are you my dad?' "




Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: The Lurker on March 30, 2015, 12:21:09 PM
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Tonight's Host: #1. Christopher Walken - 18 points
It's accurate, if not entirely fair, to sum up Walken's "SNL" legacy in two words: "More cowbell!" It's a tribute to Walken's injection of the bizarre that the skit, with its whimsical, absurd premise, became probably the most popular sketch in the show's history. Walken also brought comic creepiness to his Euro-trash letch, "The Continental," and to his hot tub soaker wistfully recalling past polyamory with Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch's swinging professors (“Moussaka!”). The seven-time host always leaves us crying "More Walken!" . – Jere Hester (nbcbayrea.com)

And here’s the clip… https://screen.yahoo.com/snl/more-cowbell-174128899.html (https://screen.yahoo.com/snl/more-cowbell-174128899.html)

Walken was the only host to make every list.

For better or worse, The Looney Tunes Show made a parody of The Continental sketch, with Pepe Le Pew.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: anais.butterfly on March 30, 2015, 12:38:26 PM
#2. Phil Hartman
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He was my real #1 (but I only put him second to guarantee Samberg would make the list.

I tear up just thinking about it.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 30, 2015, 07:24:27 PM
Phil was amazing.  Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer was one of the all-time great sketches and while the premise is funny, it was Hartman who brought it all together.  It's weird to watch it now and see it get so few laughs from the actual audience, but time has proven that it is one of the greats.  It's a shame he was taken so early from us.  I have a feeling if he was stuck with middling to awful films like many of the early 90's SNL cast, he'd still be bringing some serious fun to the roles.  I'd like to think he'd more more akin to Bill Murray, in that he'd branch out into different genres and he'd be in a comfortable place where he could just do stuff he thought was interesting.  And continue on with the Simpsons, of course.

I love Bill Murray, but I'm not too familiar with the 70's era of SNL and am more familiar with his post-SNL works, though he was always pretty great.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on March 30, 2015, 09:46:36 PM
I was all about the 70s. That's where I started watching, and the tone and style of the show in that day is what appeals to me most.  That will always be a special era for me. Chase was the first star, but then Belushi took center stage and he was like a God to us back then. And when he died it was a shock. We'd heard stories that he lived fast and partied hard, but he just seemed so invincible, like nothing could stop him. And then there was Gilda, she was our sweetheart. I miss them both. And Bill I love. He's well deserving of the top spot, though again, it surprised me to see him there.
   
Phil I liked a lot, though I was on the opposite end with Caveman Lawyer, I did not enjoy that bit. My ex loved the anal retentive chef. She would get a fit of the giggles and that would get me going.  "People try to tell you the secret to Pepper Steak is the seasoning, but we know differently, don't we. It's getting all the pieces the same size." https://screen.yahoo.com/anal-retentive-chef-000000115.html?query=anal%20retentive%20chef (https://screen.yahoo.com/anal-retentive-chef-000000115.html?query=anal%20retentive%20chef)

Overall I'm happy with the list. I'm happy to see all eras get represented: The original crew, as well as several of the newer kids, and we even threw in a couple from the early to mid 80s. We got a good overview of the show, so take a bow Compound, Johnny Unusual, CJones, Fred Garvin, Cole Stratton, Tripe, Pak-Man, anais.butterfly and ScottD. You done SNL proud.

Anyway... I have received a few ideas for the next vote. If anyone else wants to get involved PM me now, and I'll post the vote tomorrow night.



Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 31, 2015, 03:56:38 AM
Here's my list.

1.   Phil Hartman
2.   Mike Myers
3.   Will Ferrell
4.   Bill Murray
5.   Dan Aykroyd
6.   Jon Lovitz
7.   Dana Carvey
8.   Chris Farley
9.   Gilda Radner
10.   Tim Meadows
11.   Andy Samberg
12.   Jan Hooks
13.   Eddie Murphy
14.   Chris Rock
15.   Will Forte
16.   John Belushi
17.   Adam Sandler
18.   Chris Elliot
19.   Larine Newman
20.   Martin Short
21.   Norm MacDonald
22.   Chevy Chase
23.   Jane Curtin
24.   David Spade
25.   Kevin Nealon
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2015, 04:20:26 AM
#6. Gilda Radner
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/MightyJack/d12ef7ba-68bf-457c-9ed8-cb78679a138a_zpsqyoywz8f.png)
Era: 1975-1980
155 Points on 9 of 10 lists - Highest Ranking: #1 (Tripe)
Most Memorable Characters: Roseanne Roseannadanna. Baba Wawa, Lisa Loopner Candy Slice, Emily Litella, Judy Miller, Brungilda, Connie Carson, Lucille Ball
Just a wonderful performer and a local girl, her death was such an absolute tragedy.
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Tripe on March 31, 2015, 04:28:22 AM
My list:

1   Gilda Radner
2   Maya Rudolph
3   Phil Hartman
4   Dan Aykroyd
5   Bill Murray
6   Jane Curtin
7   Eddie Murphy
8   Tim Meadows
9   Rachel Dratch
10   Tracy Morgan
11   Amy Poehler
12   Bill Hader
13   Cheri Oteri
14   Andy Samberg
15   Will Ferrell
16   Norm Macdonald
17   Darrell Hammond
18   John Belushi
19   Jan Hooks
20   Chris Kattan
21   Tina Fey
22   Jimmy Fallon
23   Dana Carvey
24   Chris Farley
25   Will Forte
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: anais.butterfly on March 31, 2015, 07:41:45 AM
My List

1) Andy Samberg
2) Phil Hartman
3) Tina Fey
4) Bill Murray
5) Kristen Wiig
6) Jon Lovitz
7) Jane Curtain
8) Amy Poehler
9) Gilda Radner
10) David Spade
11) Chris Farley
12) Will Ferrell
13) Tracy Morgan
14) Jason Sudeikis
15) Chris Rock
16) Eddie Murphy
17) Will Forte
18) Bill Hader
19) Norm Macdonald
20) Adam Sandler
21) Mike Myers
22) Darrell Hammond
23) Chris Parnell
24) Horatio Sanz
25) Jimmy Fallon
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: ColeStratton on March 31, 2015, 11:45:18 AM
Great list and lots of fun! And big ups to George Harrison for hosting this thing!

My list:

1.   Phil Hartman
2.   Dana Carvey
3.   Bill Murray
4.   Chris Farley
5.   Mike Myers
6.   Jan Hooks
7.   Eddie Murphy
8.   Will Ferrell
9.   Rachel Dratch
10.   Gilda Radner
11.   Laraine Newman
12.   Bill Hader
13.   Will Forte
14.   John Belushi
15.   Fred Armisen
16.   Dan Aykroyd
17.   Adam Sandler
18.   Tracy Morgan
19.   Tina Fey
20.   Jimmy Fallon
21.   Maya Rudolph
22.   Amy Poehler
23.   Andy Samberg
24.   Robert Smigel
25.   Kristen Wiig

Top 5 Hosts
1.   Alec Baldwin
2.   Tom Hanks
3.   Steve Martin
4.   Christopher Walken
5.   John Goodman

Honorable mention: Kevin Spacey’s one time hosting, which was a great episode
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: Darth Geek on March 31, 2015, 05:54:56 PM
I'm actually surprised Kevin Spacey has only hosted once. Or was there some behind the scenes issues with that?
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: CJones on April 02, 2015, 02:14:18 PM
Great job hosting George Harrison. I've only done it once (Game Shows) but I know it's harder than it looks. And you went above and beyond what was expected.  :clap:

Anyway, here's my list. Yes I left Bill Murray off on purpose.

1 Darrell Hammond
2 Phil Hartman
3 Will Farrell
4 John Belushi
5 Dana Carvey
6 Chris Farley
7 Tina Fey
8 Gilda Radner
9 Mike Myers
10 Eddie Murphey
11 Kevin Nealon
12 Dan Akroyd
13 Chris Rock
14 Seth Meyers
15 Keenan Thompson
16 Amy Poehler
17 Dennis Miller
18 Ana Gasteyer
19 Will Forte
20 Horatio Sanz
21 Jimmy Fallon
22 Chris Kattan
23 David Spade
24 Tracey Morgan
25 Jon Lovitz

Hosts

1 Steve Martin
2 Christopher Walken
3 Alec Baldwin
4 John Goodman
5 Justin Timberlake
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on April 02, 2015, 09:30:46 PM
Thanks, and your welcome. It was more time consuming than I expected, so I have new respect for those who host this regularly.

I had 32 on my original list, and then had the task of slowly cutting away 7 until I had this...

1.   John Belushi
2.   Bill Murray
3.   Eddie Murphy
4.   Chris Farley
5.   Gilda Radner
6.   Chevy Chase
7.   Dana Carvey
8.   Kate McKinnon
9.   Al Franken
10.   Tim Kazurinsky
11.   Taran Killam
12.   Norm MacDonald
13.   Dan Aykroyd 
14.   Mike Meyers
15.   Don Novello
16.   Billy Crystal
17.   Will Ferrell
18.   Adam Sandler
19.   Abby Elliott
20.   Laraine Newman
21.   Kristen Wiig
22.   Bill Hader 
23.   Dennis Miller
24.   Fred Armisen
25.   Jon Lovitz

Host
1.   Christopher Walken
2.   Buck Henry
3.   Richard Pryor
4.   Candice Bergen
5.   Alec Baldwin
Title: Re: LOC #84: Top 50 Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Post by: MightyJack on June 19, 2015, 03:43:06 AM
A day (er, months) late and a dollar short?

So I'm watching some SNL from the Ebersol era and it dawns on me that I forgot one of my planned questions of the week... "Who was your favorite guest?"

They don't do it much these days, but way back when, guest performers were a staple. One night it was Richard Pryor's ex wife reciting a poem, on another, the Shapiro Sisters dancing and lip syncing to a song.

Magician Harry Anderson made a big splash on the show -- and you had a variety of  jugglers (Michael Davis), comedians (Bob and Ray) and dancers (The Lockers, which featured Rerun himself, Fred Berry).

The king of the guests was performance artist/comedian Andy Kaufman, a regular who did some of his most memorable bits on SNL.

But my favorite would have to be that sleepy eyed guy name Joel Hodgson. Who did prop comedy, magic and other strange stuff. I just watched the Flip Wilson ep -- Flip spoke about the fake bomb (used in Joel's previous appearance) which got him (Hodgson) in trouble when he left it at his hotel and a maid thought it was real.

In this show, Joel did his "Agent J" bit and the audience was really into the act.

(http://i.ytimg.com/vi/8z7CKzk5o2U/0.jpg)

This is a late addition, but I wanted to have this covered for future generations who might stumble in this thread and think, "Hey, what about Season 9 when Joel was on?"