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For a short while, it looked like the show revolved more around Cheri Oteri than anyone else.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:06 (seven years ago) link

yeah those early episodes of that era of snl where ferrell is either second banana or glorified extra are interesting. it's like the snl's where bill murray still hasn't found his footing.

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:11 (seven years ago) link

i didnt learn to like ferrell until Old School, hated him on snl

turds (Hungry4Ass), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:15 (seven years ago) link

you didn't like bill brasky?

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:23 (seven years ago) link

Will Ferrell was really only WILL FERRELL in a handful of sketches during his first season. Most notably:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/wake-up-and-smile/1400225
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xczm9g_ride-the-snake_fun

Old Lunch, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:26 (seven years ago) link

Ferrell didn't take a long time at all to become hilarious imo, thanks to Harry Caray, Alex Trebek and Janet Reno.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:30 (seven years ago) link

I'd forgotten just how awesome that Wake Up and Smile sketch was.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:43 (seven years ago) link

I remember that 1995 premiere and the first cheerleaders skit, thinking oh what in fresh hell is this crap.

I remember that as well, I thought the same thing.

controversial cabaret roommate (Nicole), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:44 (seven years ago) link

yeah "ride the snake" was killer

but hated ferrell for a long time, even after he came into his own it just felt like he was in every sketch doing the same thing in most of them -- a little of him goes a long way imo

jaz a make wardance (some dude), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:45 (seven years ago) link

true SNL fans looked past the overblown comedic stylings of will ferrell and instead appreciated the nuanced humor of jim breuer

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:48 (seven years ago) link

lol

94-95 season was such a heartbreaker, how they could chris elliott, michael mckean, chris elliott and janeane garofalo and just get barely anything of value out of that cast

jaz a make wardance (some dude), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:49 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haAhdtDmsOw

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:53 (seven years ago) link

ferrell is one of the best SNL cast members of all time

farte blanche (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:54 (seven years ago) link

otm

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:54 (seven years ago) link

not gonna lie, I loved Goat Boy

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:55 (seven years ago) link

he did recurring characters like the cheerleaders but once he became the star attraction of the show he also seemed to push for a lot of weird sketches that probably wouldn't have made it without him. even a lot of his recurring stuff, like the lovers and bill braski, is pretty weird.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:56 (seven years ago) link

The Lovers is fucking brutal and wonderful every single time

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:57 (seven years ago) link

also can we talk for a second about how Cheri Oteri is an unsung genius?

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:57 (seven years ago) link

will always love ferrell for continuing to do harry caray even after caray died. also this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajv_8XG9TSQ

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:58 (seven years ago) link

i don't know if i'd go that far but i do wonder why she totally disappeared after SNL. i guess that happens to pretty much every female castmember unfortunately.
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congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:58 (seven years ago) link

other than fey and poehler

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:59 (seven years ago) link

maybe maya rudolph and jane curtin. still, not a great track record for the women of SNL.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:59 (seven years ago) link

i just remembered that horatio sanz existed

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:00 (seven years ago) link

Jim Carrey never found a problem he couldn't mug his way out of, up to and including "other people having lines to say"

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:01 (seven years ago) link

i just remembered that horatio sanz existed


Ha, have you seen him lately?

http://tv.popcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/horatio-sanz-100-weight-loss.jpg

pplains, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:04 (seven years ago) link

julia louis dreyfus most successful post snl career for a woman

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:06 (seven years ago) link

I feel like the Fey-Poehler-Dratch-Rudolph-Shannon-Gasteyer-Wiig generation as a whole has been shockingly successful/in the public eye post-SNL compared to previous generations of female cast members (I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jane Curtin were the biggest successes prior, followed by Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Laurie Metcalfe and Joan Cusack)

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:07 (seven years ago) link

When was Laurie Metcalf on SNL?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:08 (seven years ago) link

and ana gasteyer is doing well on suburgatory. but yeah wiig definitely breaking new ground. radner saddest case of hollywood and tv having no idea what to do w/ someone after snl.

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:08 (seven years ago) link

Laurie Metcalfe was on SNL in 1981

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:09 (seven years ago) link

For one episode!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:11 (seven years ago) link

it was a career-changing moment

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:12 (seven years ago) link

Michaela Watkins has been showing up here and there...the movie Wanderlust and the first episode of this season's Key and Peele (which I think is hilarious).

dan selzer, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:12 (seven years ago) link

i loved cheri oteri's pilled-up retiree character

goole, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:14 (seven years ago) link

to this day I drive ppl around me crazy by shouting "SIMMA DOWN NAH!" at them

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:14 (seven years ago) link

michaela watkins and casey wilson exits (too old, too fat) maybe most sexist snl moment, way more than janeane garofalo rolling her eyes at frat boys or andrew dice clay hosting

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:16 (seven years ago) link

that late '90s cast was definitely the loudest in SNL history -- some of them had moments of brilliance but ferrell and oteri and shannon and breuer and kattan were basically constantly yelling annoyingly

jaz a make wardance (some dude), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:16 (seven years ago) link

they weren't really any younger or slimmer when they got hired, though
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mizzell, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:17 (seven years ago) link

Molly Shannon seems out of place on that list (xp the wiig generation list) - her last season was 2001, all of the others except Gasteyer started 2000 at latest.

Also her latest film is Scary Movie 5, so.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:17 (seven years ago) link

well based on how time works she was younger
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congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:17 (seven years ago) link

When you start imagining these female assistants to Lorne Michaels, laying around making popcorn and filling up his wine glass, it's surprising that the bad boy network still isn't in play.

pplains, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:18 (seven years ago) link

Molly Shannon keeps popping up as a guest star on American TV shows that I watch

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:21 (seven years ago) link

although tbh nothing made me happier than seeing Nora Dunn pop up on Apt 23

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:22 (seven years ago) link

also can we talk for a second about how Cheri Oteri is an unsung genius?

I was surprised, rewatching that '95-'96 season when she & Ferrell, et al. first started, to realize how much I liked her compared to my memory of watching her.

I still lament Gail Matthius's post-SNL obscurity.

Old Lunch, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:22 (seven years ago) link

xp It always makes me happy to Nora Dunn and Jan Hooks pop up unexpectedly in current television shows. Victoria Jackson less so (though that doesn't really happen so much).

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:44 (seven years ago) link

that late '90s cast was definitely the loudest in SNL history -- some of them had moments of brilliance but ferrell and oteri and shannon and breuer and kattan were basically constantly yelling annoyingly

― jaz a make wardance (some dude), Wednesday, October 3, 2012 5:16 PM (28 minutes ago) Bookmark

otm

turds (Hungry4Ass), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:47 (seven years ago) link

Who IS the most unsung SNL castmember ever? Or at least in the post-70s era? I'd say Chris Parnell is way up there (not just for his post-SNL life, but he was fantastically funny while he was on the show).

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:49 (seven years ago) link

pat stevens ftw

ticks up my sleeve (brownie), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:50 (seven years ago) link

unsung i'm gonna go w/ jan hooks maybe. parnell's a good candidate esp considering he was fired from the show twice, barely on the show period, and yet i can think of as many moments i liked w/ him on the show as a lot of ppl. biggest missed opportunity by the show could be chris rock but really i think that's more his talent not being a good match for a sketch show, it's not like he was great on in living color. ben stiller otoh really is the type of talent that should've flourished on snl though maybe he was too green.

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 22:33 (seven years ago) link

didn't he leave choose to leave? dennis miller's bit on ben's fox show was that he split after learning there was no I in team.

da croupier, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 22:35 (seven years ago) link


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