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* ActorAllusion: The writers enjoy pulling whatever material they can from the pasts of their guest hosts, such as having a ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily'' sketch for Susan Dey (back when she was much more well known for ''Series/LALaw''), putting JanetJackson back in her old role in ''GoodTimes'', making a backhanded reference to BrunoMars' Hawaiian heritage, and revealing that {{Drake}} was on ''Degrassi: The Next Generation'' under his real name Aubrey Graham (which, ironically, was an OldShame Drake was trying to keep under wraps for the longest time).
* DawsonCasting: Many sketches in which the cast members play teens or children (usually if they're making fun of a live-action kids' show or have a sketch featuring a family with kids or a sketch about kids or teens). Obviously unavoidable, but it has become prevalent in latter-day seasons where most of the cast members currently hired are younger than the show itself (starting with Kenan Thompson, who was born three years after ''SNL'' premiered).
** One of Amy Poehler's recurring characters was Kaitlin, who is supposed to be ten years old ([[NotAllowedToGrowUp and remained that age for several years]]).
* DuelingShows: Creator/{{ABC}}'s ''Fridays'', ''Series/{{SCTV}} Network 90'', ''The New Show'', ''Series/InLivingColor'', ''House of Buggin'', Creator/TheWB's '' Hype'', FOX's ''Saturday Night Special'', and FOX's ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', to name a few all of which were canned for one reason or another:
** ''Fridays'', despite being initially panned by critics for being a cruder, less funny carbon copy of ''SNL'', did manage to find success with audiences when ''SNL'' was struggling with its 1980-81 cast. The show has been cited by critics and viewers as the only sketch show that could have easily surpassed ''Saturday Night Live'' in terms of humor and quality had ABC treated it better and/or ''SNL'' was canceled with no chance of coming back. Unfortunately, ''Fridays'' ended up suffering from a timeslot change and a failed attempt at trying to beat ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' in the ratings as a primetime sketch show. It was canceled after its second season. The show did rerun on the USA Network in the late 1980s, but got pulled for reasons unknown and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes for a while, there were no video or DVD releases of episodes]] (as of 2013, ''Fridays'' is available on DVD thanks to ShoutFactory -- initially, it was supposed to have all the seasons, but it was changed at the last minute to just a collection of the best episodes and moments). ''Fridays'' sketches are also available on YouTube (including the banned sketches "Diner of the Living Dead" and "The Ronnie Horror Picture Show" [though the latter sketch has been taken down for copyright issues, just like what happened to it when it was on television]).
** ''The New Show'': Once upon a time in the mid-1980s, while Dick Ebersol was struggling to keep his version of ''Saturday Night Live'' afloat after EddieMurphy left for a movie career and Joe Piscopo left due to exhaustion, LorneMichaels decided to create a new version of ''SNL'' for NBC. The show included a lot of '70s-era ''SNL'' hosts like Buck Henry and SteveMartin, but sadly, even with a talented cast at the helm, the show was a failure. It only lasted two months (January 1984 to March 1984) and made Lorne rethink his decision of leaving ''SNL'', prompting an initially shaky, but overall satisfying return to the show in November 1985.
** ''In Living Color'' was ScrewedByTheNetwork from ExecutiveMeddling over censorship and eventually died when the Wayans siblings left and Creator/JimCarrey pursued a movie career. A revival was planned for 2012, but due to negative test audience reactions, it's been shelved until it can be fixed. Otherwise, it looks like it's been scrapped.
** ''House of Buggin'', ''Saturday Night Special'', and ''Hype'' weren't received warmly by critics and ended up being canceled as quickly as they premiered.
** ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' serving 14 years as ''SNL''[='s=] worthiest late-night sketch show rival was canned in 2009 due to low ratings and budget constraints. There was word of ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' coming back as a cable show, but, unless one were to count the Cartoon Network sketch show ''MAD'' and Creator/ComedyCentral's ''KeyAndPeele'', ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' as viewers know it is gone.
** ''Series/AlmostLive'' lasted 15 years and kickstarted [[Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy Bill Nye]]'s television career, but got cancelled as ratings dropped heavily in later years, and a new company bought the hosting station in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}.
** The only competition ''SaturdayNightLive'' has these days in terms of ratings and quality are: AdultSwim's Saturday anime line-up, ''The Daily Show with Jon Stewart''[[note]]which doesn't air on weekends[[/note]], ''The Colbert Report''[[note]]also a weekday-only show[[/note]], ComedyCentral's comedian-headlined sketch shows, like ''Inside Amy Schumer'' and ''KeyAndPeele'', and Internet-based comedy troupes (some of which can be found on YouTube) and humor sites, like College Humor and Funny or Die.
* EditedForSyndication: Sometimes the 90-minute NBC reruns will either have sketches or segments edited out due to a current event that turned the sketch into a FunnyAneurysmMoment [[note]](a rerun of the episode hosted by Blake Lively cut the Weekend Update segment where Abby Elliot impersonates Brittany Murphy due to Murphy's sudden death fifteen days after the episode's premiere)[[/note]] or censorship complaints [[note]](i.e. the Sinead O'Connor incident on the Season 18 episode hosted by Tim Robbins; Martin Lawrence's raunchy monologue from Season 19 was shortened and replaced with a series of cards telling viewers that his monologue was so controversial that it almost got everyone on ''SNL'' fired and it can never air on TV again)[[/note]]. Other times, parts will be edited (or replaced with dress rehearsal versions) because of miscues, accidental use of the F-(or S-)word, or just the simple fact that the dress rehearsal version was done better (and includes funnier jokes that were either botched on-camera or omitted due to time constraints).
** ''SNL'' when shown in syndication on cable (ComedyCentral, E!, VH1, and VH1 Classic) are all cut down to an hour, trimming out all the sketches and Weekend Update jokes that are considered weak and paring down the musical performances to one (though some also cut the musical performances, like the Lucy Lawless episode from season 24 that doesn't have Elliott Smith's sole performance). The NBC reruns of the current episodes that air at 10:00pm (eastern time) are shown the same way.
** Netflix had all the episodes of ''SNL'' from season's one to 38, though the episodes included in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s collections are pared down to only the best segments and sketches (and the musical performances have been cut due to copyright issues). For reasons unknown, the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s collections have been pulled, and the only episodes left on Netflix are the episodes from seasons 37 to 38. [=XFinity=] Streampix also had seasons one to 38 (and season 39, though that's part of the regular On-Demand program), but dropped them as well.
* HeyItsThatGuy[=/=]RetroactiveRecognition: Did you know that GilbertGottfried was a cast member (and probably more jarring, Gottfried's voice had some semblance of volume control. You can hear the screechy, obnoxious voice he's currently known for, but for the most part at that time, Gottfried actually was soft-spoken)? How about Anthony Michael Hall (''SNL'''s youngest cast member at 17 years old), Creator/HarryShearer, Randy Quaid, RobertDowneyJr (his uncle is Jim Downey, a one-time feature player and one of the current writers on the show), Joan Cusack, SarahSilverman (who sadly, wasn't given a chance to showcase her sweet, yet horribly un-PC humor when she was on ''SNL''), Creator/JaneaneGarofalo (who left the show due to backstage tensions and refuses to talk about her time on the show), [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]], Creator/BenStiller, and Damon Wayans (who was fired from his short stint as feature player due to making a minor character he was playing sound CampGay, of which Lorne Michaels didn't approve. Coincidentally, that CampGay voice he used for his character is the same one he would later use on "In Living Color"'s "Men on Film" sketches)?
** ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' fans might be surprised to discover that Jeff Richards and Taran Killam (two feature players who only spent one year on ''[=MADtv=]'' before leaving) were/are on this show. Jeff Richards was on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' from 2000-01 before crossing over to ''SNL'', where he stayed from 2001 to the early half of 2004. Taran Killam also appeared on ''[=MADtv=]'' in 2001 (becoming the youngest cast member on that show at age 19) and was let go a year later. Nine years after appearing on ''[=MADtv=]'', he became one of four new feature players for ''SNL''.
*** Killam had started in sketch comedy even before that, appearing as Spalding in the TheAmandaShow sketch ''Moody's Point''.
** [[KaBlam Noah Segan]] (Henry from ''KaBlam'') was on a few episodes in the 1990s episodes when the sketch called for a real child and not a [[DawsonCasting 20- or 30-something cast member dressed as a kid]].
** Maraka, the ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' parody on the episode hosted by Peyton Manning, voiced [[WesternAnimation/{{Doug}} Judy Funnie]].
** Creator/StephenColbert ([[Series/TheColbertReport yes]], [[Series/TheDailyShow that one]]) wrote for the show and did voicework for ''The AmbiguouslyGay Duo'' (and appeared as Brain-io on the live-action version of ''The Ambiguously Gay Duo'').
** Yes, 1980s-1990s kids' show lovers. The Kenan Thompson who is on ''SNL'' is the same Kenan Thompson who was on Nickelodeon's ''Series/AllThat'' and ''KenanAndKel''.
** Featured player Kate [=McKinnon=], much like Erica Ash on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', used to be a cast member on Logo's ''The Big Gay Sketch Show'' and did voiceowrk on a lot of animated shows, including ''UglyAmericans'' and ''{{Robotomy}}'' (on ''Robotomy'', she was the voice of Miss Crunshine, the Sunshine Class teacher).
** JimCummings (1980s and 1990s voice actor for many of the cartoons you probably remember from your childhood: ''Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers'', ''Taz-Mania'', ''Goof Troop'', etc) voiced Gargamel on the TV Funhouse cartoon parodying ''The Smurfs'' and ''The Anna Nicole Show''.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: It's been speculated that the episodes produced by Jean Doumanian and Dick Ebersol (which span from November 1980 to April 1985[[note]]That's from the first episode of season six to the last episode of season 10[[/note]] will never be commercially released on DVD, beyond the use of occasional clips in documentaries on ''SNL'''s rocky history during the first half of the 1980s. The reasoning for this varies from rights issues (usually related to musical guests) to a direct decision by Lorne Michaels not to release shows he himself didn't produce (and audience reaction to those seasons, which range from outright hate to a lukewarm love). Netflix once had all of ''SNL'' from 1975 to the end of the 38th season, but those have been taken off for unknown reasons (except for the 2010s collection, which only has episodes from seasons 37 and 38). [=XFinity=] Streampix on Comcast's cable system also once had every season so far (season 1 to 38), but took off seasons one to 34, leaving behind 35 to 38.
* MissingEpisode: In its 40 years, there have been times where the show was put on hiatus due to the Writers' Guild of America going on strike (specifically in 1981, 1985, 1988, and 2007-08). Because of this, a lot of planned episodes were never written or were written but never performed. One particularly sad example is a planned 1988 episode that was supposed to be hosted by Gilda Radner from the original "Not Ready for Primetime Players" cast. Sadly, because of the strike and Radner's death from ovarian cancer, this episode has never been made and never will be.
** One missing episode that was actually produced was Chevy Chase/Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, which aired in April 1981. Originally intended to start the revised second half of season 6 (after Jean Doumanian was replaced by Dick Ebersol, and a number of her cast members were fired), a writer's strike cut the season short. This episode has gone unseen in its original form since 1981. Its lone Comedy Central airing was heavily re-edited, and contained material from other season 6 episodes in place of a few original sketches (mostly dress rehearsal sketches and some rerun sketches from past episodes). The Netflix and [=XFinity=] Streampix versions had it as close to the original version as possible (only the musical performances by Jr. Walker and the All-Stars and Gail Matthius's musical number as Irene Cara were cut).
** For reasons unknown, the season 27 episode hosted by Alec Baldwin with musical guest P.O.D. only aired once. Some of the sketches from that episode were seen, however, on the ''SNL'' clip show episode, "The Best of Alec Baldwin." The episode is on Netflix streaming, albeit edited to remove P.O.D.'s performances.
* OldShame:
** The 12 episodes produced by Jean Doumanian during the 1980-81 season has been barred from syndication (in America, barring the Bill Murray episode that aired on Comedy Central in the 1990s and the Jamie Lee Curtis episode that aired on NBC in 2005; Canada's Comedy Network has aired all of Jean Doumanian's episodes) in America due to how poorly it was received by viewers and the network.
** Season 11 (the 1985-1986 season) is also a season everyone would like to forget, most especially for the writers at the time (who would go on to write for ''TheSimpsons'' during its GoldenAge) who simply didn't know how to create funny material for the cast hired at the time.
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leaves a lot of things improvised on the set, often with the actors cracking up.
** A famous one being a simple costume change for the "More Cowbell" sketch. During rehearsals the cast admitted it wasn't really working out, then for the live performance Will Ferrell changed his shirt to something about two sizes too small and everything just snowballed from there.
** Another famous one from the 1970s Gilda Radner and episode host Candice Bergen are in this sketch that's really a public service announcement for the Right to Stupidity. Bergen accidentally calls Radner "Fern", which is Bergen's character's name. After much cracking up, Gilda flips the sketch around so that way Bergen's character's the stupid one and not her.
** On the episode hosted by [[MyNameIsEarl Jason Lee]], there was a "Falconer" sketch where a landowner (Lee) appears and calls Forte's character (the Falconer) a "dickhead" instead of a "dickweed". While Lee corrects himself, Forte ad-libs that he is neither a dickweed or a dickhead.
** In a sketch entitled ''Black History Minute'', EddieMurphy was playing an AngryBlackMan giving a hectoring monologue to the camera. At one point he stumbled over some words, and a couple of audience members tittered. Without breaking character, he addressed the crowd: "So I messed up. Shut up!"
** During a ''Scorpion King'' sketch with [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]], he accidentally skipped several lines. However, having made his name with his ability with [[ProfessionalWrestling a microphone on live TV]], he kept his cool and somehow seamlessly linked his lines back together, then told the audience, "Don't worry, I've got this!"
** In the infamous first ''Matt Foley'' sketch with Creator/ChrisFarley, near the end Matt tumbles over and breaks the table. This was purely accidental; Farley tripped and crashed into the table, and it went from there, thankfully managing to continue the sketch uninterrupted. The moment was so memorable though that most later Foley sketches had the character crashing into walls or breaking the furniture.
** Seth Myers ripping up Jebidiah Atkinson's (played by Taran Killam) note card on Weekend Update after the latter ended up flubbing a joke about ''A Christmas Carol''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Saturday Night Live'' was originally supposed to have one person act as a permanent host (Albert Brooks was chosen), but NBC and Lorne Michaels thought the show would be better if it were a little less like ''Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In'' (which Lorne wrote for before creating ''SNL'') and had a celebrity host every week.
** Burt Reynolds himself once talked with Norm [=MacDonald=] about a ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' sketch where the real Burt would come out and punch Norm in the face, then the real Burt would take over and be worse than the fake one. This ended up not happening when Norm got fired.
** Season six was originally supposed to be headed by Al Franken following Lorne Michaels' departure. However, Franken wrote a Weekend Update segment called "A Limo for the Lame-O," which made fun of Fred Silverman. As a result, Franken left along with Lorne Michaels, the writers, and the remnants of the Not Ready for Primetime cast and NBC hired Jean Doumanian in his place.
** Seasons 6, 11, and 20 were all slated to be the final seasons for the show due to how disastrous they were and how much they were hated by fans and critics for being weak and humorless (11 and 20 especially, since people complained that LorneMichaels has lost his touch and ''SaturdayNightLive'' has gone bad because it's not like the 1970s episodes most fans remember). All three of these seasons were saved from the chopping block by cast and crew overhauls and, [[LoveItOrHateIt for better or worse]], ''SNL'' is still on the air.
** Nick Nolte was planned to host a season 8 episode, but Eddie Murphy took over after he fell ill from a hangover. This decision is what confirmed many people's belief that EddieMurphy (who was in the cast at the time, making him the first and, so far, only cast member to host without actually leaving the cast) was overshadowing everyone else on the show. Even Joe Piscopo (who was just as overexposed as Murphy was) agreed, and SteveMartin himself came on during the goodnights to call Murphy out on what he did and complain that he wasn't chosen as a substitute host.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: A lot of ''SNL'''s recurring characters are actually based on people that either the writers or the cast members have encountered in life:
** Jay Pharoah's Principal Frye, the wheezing high school principal of Booker T. Washington High who constantly interrupts assemblies with news of some kind of disaster happening at the school, is actually based on the principal from Pharoah's high school in Chesapeake, Virginia. The only thing that's changed is the name: the principal's name in real life is James while the character Jay Pharoah plays is named Daniel.
** Bill Hader's Stefon character is actually based on two people: a wannabe club promoter John Mulaney (the writer behind the Stefon segments on Weekend Update) met while in New York (and the wannabe club owner's email), and a barista Bill Hader met who actually looked, dressed, and spoke like Stefon. It's one of those stories that [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer you don't want to believe is real, considering Stefon's character]], [[RealityIsUnrealistic but it is]].
** Julia Sweeney's adrogynous Pat character was actually based on a woman Julia saw who looked so much like a man that Sweeney questioned her gender.
** One of Kristen Wiig's characters was "Aunt Linda", who appeared on Weekend Update to review/complain about new movies. Kristen Wiig got the idea for the character from a woman she saw on a airplane, who was very confused by the in-flight movie (''Film/TheMatrix'', in case you were wondering) and very vocal about her confusion.
** Mike Meyers' recurring sketch ''Coffee Talk With Linda Richman'' was based on his mother-in-law, Linda Richman.
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* TropeNamer and TropeCodifier: Has named and/or codified the following:
** AmbiguouslyGay: ''The Ambiguously Gay Duo'', and "Lyle, the Effeminate Heterosexual".
** ElNinoIsSpanishForTheNino
** EveryYearTheyFizzleOut
** GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:[[invoked]] RunningGag of Norm [=McDonald=]-era Weekend Update sketches.
** HappyFunBall
** TheThingThatWouldNotLeave
** TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer
** WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: From a ''WaynesWorld'' sketch.
* ImageSource: This show provides the page image for:
** PornStache (cover)
** TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer
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* '''TinaFey''': the first woman head writer on ''SNL''. She holds the record for the longest running Weekend Update anchorwoman on SNL (though SethMeyers broke the overall record held by DennisMiller and Fey was on maternity leave for a few episodes, she is still considered the longest-running female Weekend Update anchor).
* '''Creator/HarryShearer''': the only cast member to be such for two non-consecutive seasons (1979-80 [[note]] season 5[[/note]] and 1984-85 [[note]] season 10[[/note]]), making him the UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland of ''SNL''. Also the only cast member to be a regular cast member on another long-running American comedy show that heavily influenced modern pop culture, is considered a goldmine of modern satire and memorable catchphrases, memes, and comic moments, and whose humor and quality has been called into question in pretty much every year it's run (specifically the recent episodes vs. the older ones) ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''[[note]](Phil Hartman, while a memorable and endearing cast member of both ''SNL'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', doesn't count since he wasn't credited as a regular on ''The Simpsons''.)[[/note]]
* '''SethMeyers''', the only cast member to have a family member who was on a rival show (Josh Meyers, his younger brother, was on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' for the show's eighth and ninth seasons). Meyers is now the longest-running male cast member on the show following Darrell Hammond's departure in 2009 (Meyers has been on the show since 2001, but he didn't become popular until he replaced TinaFey as Weekend Update anchor). Meyers has now beaten DennisMiller as longest-running Weekend Update anchor (and is the second Weekend Update anchor after Charles Rocket to alternate between having a female co-anchor and doing the segment by himself).
* '''EddieMurphy''', the first black ''SNL'' cast member to be famous, the youngest black male cast member to be hired (Murphy was only 19 when he joined the 1980-1981 cast) and the only host to host an episode while still a cast member specifically the December 11, 1982 show that was '''supposed''' to be helmed by Nick Nolte, but Nolte was too hungover from partying to make it to rehearsals, so Murphy took over...much to the shock and anger of the cast, who felt that Eddie Murphy was overtaking the show (even his overexposed-on-the-show partner-in-crime Joe Piscopo thought Eddie was hogging the spotlight too much). Murphy's star power was obvious enough that he survived the 1981 purge of the Jean Doumanian cast (along with Joe Piscopo), and he quickly became probably the biggest star the show has ever created. Murphy left the show in 1984 for a wildly successful film career. Has boycotted ''SNL'' ever since David Spade made an unflattering joke about him during a "Weekend Update" segment in the 1990s.
* '''Darrell Hammond''', the cast member with the most celebrity impersonations (107, with Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump, most of GeorgeWBush's Cabinet [particularly Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney], ''Hardball'' host Chris Matthews, and Sean Connery as his most frequent and most popular)[[note]]As of 2013, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Kenan Thompson have the highest number of celebrity impressions -- Armisen has 98, Kenan has 104 [meaning the longer he stays on the show, the more likely he'll come up with new celebrity impressions and either tie or break Darrell Hammond's record], Bill Hader has 82, and Jason has 79, though now it's just Kenan Thompson following the departure of Sudeikis, Armisen, and Hader[[/note]], the last cast member hired in the 1990s to leave the show (Hammond left at the end of Season 34), the oldest cast member to leave the show (Hammond was 55 when he left the show), and the longest-running white male cast member at 14 seasons. With the death of Don Pardo in August 2014, Darrell Hammond has been hired back to the show, this time, as the new announcer (appropriately, considering that he sometimes filled in for Pardo whenever he was sick or otherwise unavailable and Hammond's Pardo impression is almost like the real thing. Ironically, Darrell Hammond decided not to do a Pardo impersonation for his role as announcer, both out of respect and the fact that ''SNL'' is always trying to reinvent itself).
* '''Joan Cusack''' (from the 1985-1986 season) and '''Kristen Wiig''' (who was on show from 2005 to 2012) are the only female cast members to be nominated for [[AcademyAward Academy Awards]]; Cusack, twice (for Best Supporting Actress in ''WorkingGirl'' and ''In & Out''), and Wiig, once (for Best Original Screenplay, as the co-writer of ''{{Bridesmaids}}'').
* '''Jason Sudeikis''' (2005-2013) and '''Paul Brittain''' (2010-2012): Both are nephews to two sitcom actors who have hosted the show more than once. Jason Sudeikis's uncle is George Wendt (Norm from ''Cheers''), who first hosted during the 1985-1986 season [[note]]on a bizarre, fourth wall-breaking episode that had Francis Ford Coppola trying to fix the show and a musical performance by Phillip Glass[[/note]] and made frequent appearances in the 1990s as one of Bob Swerski's "Super Fans"; Paul Brittain is the nephew of Bob Newhart, who first hosted during the 1979-1980 season [[note]]The fifth season and the last season featuring the remnants of the original cast -- [[AndZoidberg and Harry Shearer]] before he became a cast member on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''[[/note]] and hosted again during the notoriously awful 20th season.
* '''Creator/AlFranken''': The first -- and so far only -- ''SNL'' cast member who is now a U.S. Senator.
* '''JohnBelushi''', '''Gilda Radner''', '''Creator/DanAykroyd''', '''Michael O Donoghue''', '''Laraine Newman''', '''Creator/ChevyChase''', '''Jane Curtin''', and '''Garrett Morris''': The original Not Ready For Prime Time Players, a.k.a. the debut cast on October 11, 1975. When the show premiered the sketch comedy was only one part of the larger whole, and the cast was billed all at once as a group in the opening credits. They would soon be regarded as a unique collection of comic talent and today are still looked at as one of the best casts (the Hartman-Carvey era from roughly 1986-1993 is another contender). After Chase became the first departure early in the 1976-77 season, he was replaced by '''Creator/BillMurray''', who became one of the biggest stars the show has ever created.
* '''Michael [=McKean=]''', the oldest person to be hired as a cast member (he was 46 years old when he first joined the cast near the end of the 19th season).
** Technically, '''George Coe''' was the oldest of all cast members, as he was hired at 46 years and 155 days, while [=McKean=]was a mere 46 years and 147 days. However, Coe was a founding cast member hired at the insistence of NBC (who didn't feel the cast should all be young people), he wasn't featured much and was only credited as a cast member for three episodes, one of which he didn't even feature in. [=McKean=], however, was hired when SNL was already its own entity and Lorne Michaels was directly responsible for hiring him.
* '''Bill Murray''' and '''Brian Doyle-Murray''', '''Dan Aykroyd''' and '''Peter Aykroyd''', and '''John Belushi''' and '''Jim Belushi''' are the only three sets of brothers to both be in the cast. In the case of the Murray brothers, the younger of the two was hired first. Brian Doyle-Murray originally was only hired as a writer, but became a featured player during the fifth season, making he and Bill the only brothers who were cast members at the same time. He then went back to being a writer only for the sixth season, but rejoined the cast (again as a featured player) for the seventh season. John and Jim Belushi were the only two brothers who were both repertory players, but in fairness, during the time Jim Belushi joined the show, there were no featured players. He joined the cast a couple of years after his older brother's death.
* '''Terry Sweeney''': As of 2014, Sweeney is the only male homosexual cast member ever hired, as well as the first openly gay cast member to be hired (his lover is Lanier Laney, who, coincidentally, is Terry Sweeney's comedy writing partner and was a writer on ''SNL'' in its 11th season. The two are often credited together as seen in ''TrippingTheRift'', ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', and The WB!'s short-lived sketch show, ''Hype'') and one of two cast members who used to be writers for Jean Doumanian's abysmal sixth season (the other was Bill Murray's brother, Brian Doyle-Murray). Not only is Terry Sweeney the first and only openly gay male homosexual cast member on ''SNL'', he's also the first openly gay male actor ever to appear on American television (this was back in the 1980s, when being open about your homosexuality was still considered a career killer -- especially since the mid-1980s was when everyone worried about the AIDS epidemic).
* '''Anthony Michael Hall''' -- [[NamesTheSame no relation to Brad or Rich Hall, and those two guys aren't related to each other, either]]: the youngest white male ''SNL'' cast member (Eddie Murphy is the youngest black male cast member ever to be hired, at 19 years old), and youngest cast member ever hired overall. Hall was only 17 when he joined the 1985-1986 cast.
* '''Creator/AbbyElliott''', the first (and so far only) cast member who is the child of another cast member (her father is Chris Elliott, who was on ''Saturday Night Live'' during its 20th season [1994-1995]). Chris' own father was Bob Elliott of BobAndRay (who appeared on a Christmas episode of ''SNL'' in 1978), making it three generations of Elliotts who have appeared on the show in some capacity. Elliott was also the youngest female cast member in the show's history (21 and five months when she first appeared as a cast member in 2009), beating out Julia Louis-Dreyfus (21 and eight months when she first came on the show in 1982). Her departure from the show in 2012 makes her the only member of the Elliott family who has been on ''SNL'' the longest (her grandfather cameoed in one episode and her father was on the show for a season[[note]]and the season he was on was deemed by many to be a major low point that hasn't been reached on the show since season six[[/note]]), with four years (2008 to 2012) under her belt.
* '''Jeff Richards''', the first cast member who was also a ''[=MADtv=]'' cast member (Richards was on ''[=MADtv=]'' from 2000-01, then left for ''SNL'' and stayed on there from 2001 to the middle of the 2003-04 season).
** As of 2010, another former ''[=MADtv=]'' cast member has been hired on ''SNL'' '''Taran Killam''', one in a long string of feature players who were on ''[=MADtv=]'' for one to two seasons and ended up getting [[ScrewedByTheNetwork fired by the FOX Network for "not working out," never mind that Killam was brought in mid-season, only appeared in four episodes out of 25 (but was credited for 13), and barely had any memorable moments]], except for that one music video sketch where he plays Alex Band from The Calling being accused of sounding like Scott Stapp (Will Sasso) and Eddie Vedder (Michael [=MacDonald=]).
*** Killam is also the second ''SNL'' cast member who got his start on a Nickelodeon sketch show (for Killam, that would be ''Series/AllThat'''s spin-off, ''The Amanda Show'').
* '''Billy Crystal''', one of two cast members who hosted prior to being cast on the show (the other was [=McKean=], who also holds the distinction of being the only cast member to host and be a musical guest before becoming a cast member).
* '''Rob Riggle''', the only member of the frickin' '''''[[SemperFi U.S. Marine Corps]]''''' to be a cast member. Also the third former cast member to become a correspondent on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', joining '''A. Whitney Brown''' [[note]]A feature player who first appeared on the 1985-1986 season; he rarely appeared in sketches, but often appeared with DennisMiller on Weekend Update to do a segment called "The Big Picture"[[/note]] and '''Nancy Walls''' [[note]]Nancy Walls was on the show during the 21st season -- 1995-1996, and was let go in favor of Ana Gasteyer. Is married to Steve Carell, who auditioned to be on ''SNL'', but got passed up in favor of Creator/WillFerrell[[/note]].
* '''Tim Meadows''', the longest-serving black male cast member (1990-2000). He wasn't that popular in his early years on the show, but became popular in the mid-to-late 1990s when Lorne fired most of the season 20 cast and revamped the show for season 21. As of 2014, Kenan Thompson has broken Tim Meadows' record for longest-running black cast member with 12 seasons under his belt.
* '''Tony Rosato''', '''Pamela Stephenson''', '''Morwenna Banks''', '''Horatio Sanz''', and '''Nasim Pedrad''' are the only cast members to be born outside of North America[[note]]"North America" meaning the United States, Canada, and Mexico. ''SNL'' has had a lot of American-born and Canadian-born cast members. Nol Wells from the season 39 cast has Mexican heritage, but she's American-born, as opposed to being originally from Mexico and moving to America[[/note]] (Rosato was born in Italy before his parents emigrated to Canada, Stephenson was born in New Zealand and is now an Australian citizen, Banks was originally from England and moved back there after getting fired from ''SNL'', Sanz was born in Chile, and Nasim Pedrad is Iranian-born).
** '''Tony Rosato''' and '''Robin Duke''' are also the first former cast members of ''{{SCTV}}'' to be on ''Saturday Night Live''[[note]]it would have been Catherine O'Hara, but there is a long-standing rumor that she quit after Michael O'Donoghue lambasted the season six cast and writers for running the show into the ground, when really she felt that she'd be more at home on ''SCTV''[[/note]], though the ''{{SCTV}}'' cast member who crossed over to ''SNL'' most people would remember is '''Martin Short''', as he brought his Ed Grimley character from ''{{SCTV}}'' to ''SNL''. Short is also the only cast member whose recurring character has his own Saturday morning cartoon: ''The Completely Mental Misadventures Of Ed Grimley''[[note]]which ran from October to December of 1988. It was one of many scripted shows that was affected by the 1988 Writers' Guild strike[[/note]] and, as of December 2012, is the only Dick Ebersol-era cast member to host three times.
* '''Danitra Vance''' (a little-known cast member from the same cast as Terry Sweeney [1985-1986]) is not only the first black female cast member who was hired as a repertory player ('''Yvonne Hudson''' is technically the first black female cast member ever to be hired on ''SNL'', but Hudson was only hired as a feature player -- during Jean Doumanian's notoriously bad sixth season -- and not much is known about her either, besides the fact that she was on ''SNL'' as a recurring extra, became a feature player, then went back to being an extra until 1984 and hasn't been seen or heard from since), but also the only ''SNL'' cast member who had a learning disability (she was dyslexic), the only black female ''SNL'' cast member who is deceased (Vance died of breast cancer in 1994), and the first lesbian cast member (though her sexual preference wasn't made known until after she died).
** As of April 2012, ''SNL'', for the first time in 27 years, has hired a cast member who, like Terry Sweeney, is openly gay, and like Danitra Vance, is a lesbian. Her name is '''Kate [=McKinnon=]'''. Like Erica Ash on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'''s 14th season, [=McKinnon=] got her sketch comedy start on Logo's ''The Big Gay Sketch Show''.
** For the record, ''SNL'' has only had four black women in the cast: Hudson, Vance, '''Ellen Cleghorne''' (1991-95)[[note]]who is also the first black female cast member to last longer than a year and the tallest female cast member at 6' even[[/note]], and '''Maya Rudolph''' (2000-07; also the first half-black, half-white cast member. Rudolph is the daughter of singer Minnie Riperton [black] and producer Richard Rudolph [white]). The 2014 hiring of '''Sasheer Zamata''' (who was hired after the show came under fire for its MonochromeCasting, despite that Noel Wells is the first Hispanic female cast member hired on the show and when news hit that Seth Meyers would be the next cast member to leave for other projects -- namely to replace JimmyFallon on his talk show) brings the total up to five[[note]]to compare, ''MADtv'' also had five black female cast members -- Debra Wilson, Daniele Gaither, Nicole Randall Johnson, Daheli Hall, and Erica Ash, but that was within the span of 14 years, not 40 and the reason why it took ''MADtv'' so long to get another black female cast member was (a) Debra Wilson set the bar ridiculously high, and (b) most of the show's attention was on Michael [=McDonald=] and Mo Collins[[/note]]. As of 2014, writer '''Leslie Jones'''[[note]]who, like Sasheer Zamata, auditioned on ''SNL'' to be the next black female cast member in season 39, but was hired as a writer instead, and whom most people remember her from her controversial Weekend Update commentary where she talks about how beauty in women of color has changed, before adding that her love life would have been different if she was a slave, since she's considered more useful than pretty[[/note]] has now been hired as a feature player, making it the first time in ''SNL'' history that more than one black female cast member has been hired in its cast. With Jones and Michael Che as cast members, ''SNL'' now has five African-American cast members in its current cast, which is the most they've ever had at any given season [[note]]usually ''SNL'' has anywhere from no black cast members to three [and the three they do get are two black males and a black female], which is why a lot of people complain that the show is not ethnically diverse[[/note]]
* '''Aidy Bryant''', the first plus-sized female cast member[[note]]meaning that SNL finally has a fat woman to play fat women in sketches and not have to compensate by putting the token fat guy -- in this case for the current cast, Bobby Moynihan -- in drag, though the "fat guy dressed as a woman" schtick will always be the funny option the show takes, and possibly the one least fraught with complaints of sexism and making fun of people based on their weight, though Bryant is proving her worth in ways that don't rely on her as being "the fat chick"[[/note]], and the new youngest member of the current cast (Aidy Bryant was born in May 1987, making her a month older than the previous youngest female cast member Creator/AbbyElliott).
* '''Christopher Guest''' (from the 1984-1985 season -- season 10): Is the only ''SNL'' cast member who is a member of British nobility (his real title is, "Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest," or "Lord Haden-Guest" for short).
* '''Brad Hall''' and '''Julia-Louis Dreyfus''': The only ''SNL'' cast members to be married to each other. Hall was on the show from 1982 to 1984 (spanning seasons eight and nine, though he was fired from his stint as Weekend Update anchor and replaced with whoever was the episode host at the time[[note]]originally, it was going to be Tim Kazurinsky, but Kazurinsky was friends with Hall and didn't want to betray him[[/note]]) while his wife stayed on until season ten, when everyone was fired and NBC had plans to cancel the show until LorneMichaels decided to return.
* '''Rich Hall''' (no relation to Brad or Anthony Michael): The only cast member from ''Fridays'' [[note]] ABC's answer to ''Saturday Night Live'' that lasted from 1980 to 1982[[/note]] to be a cast member on ''SNL'', though Rich Hall wasn't credited as a cast member on ''Fridays''. He, like Michael O'Donoghue on ''SNL'', was a writer who often appeared on-camera performing bits that he wrote himself.
* '''Nol Wells''': Was the first Hispanic female cast member (Cecily Strong was thought to be the first Hispanic cast member due to her [[AmbiguouslyBrown slightly brown complexion and exotic looks]]), the third Hispanic cast member overall (after Horatio Sanz and Fred Armisen), the second one after Fred Armisen to not be a full-blooded Hispanic, and the second cast member to have ancestry from a Middle Eastern country (Wells is part Tunisian[[note]]Tunisia is a North African country and most world maps include North African countries like Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt as part of the Middle East along with the central Asian countries that you always hear about on the news, like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates[[/note]] and Nasim Pedrad is Iranian).
* '''Kenan Thompson''' (2003 season onward): From Nickelodeon in his youth (''AllThat'' and ''KenanAndKel''), he is the first cast member to be born after the show debuted (Thompson was born in 1978; ''SNL'' first came on in 1975), the first cast member to get his start on a Nickelodeon kids' show, and now surpasses Tim Meadows[[note]]who was on the show from 1990 to 2000, but became prominent between 1995 and 2000[[/note]] as the longest-tenured black male cast member.
* '''Pete Davidson''' (2014-present): Davidson[[note]]an up-and-coming stand-up comic from Staten Island whose father was one of the firefighters who died in the line of duty during the 9/11 attacks[[/note]] is now the first ''SNL'' cast member to be born in the 1990s (Davidson was born in November of 1993) and the youngest member of the current cast at 20 years old, beating both Jay Pharoah and Aidy Bryant (though Pharoah and Bryant are still the youngest African-American and female current cast members respectively).
* '''Michael Che''': The first African-American Weekend Update anchor as of 2014. His pairing with Colin Jost will make this the second time ''SNL'' has had a same-sex Weekend Update team (after TinaFey and AmyPoehler), the second time ''SNL'' has had an interracial Weekend Update team (the first was the temporary hiring of Horatio Sanz with Amy Poehler while Tina Fey was on maternity leave for most of the 2005-2006 season), and the first time the Weekend Update team consisted of two male castmembers instead of one man or one man and one woman[[note]]sorry, {{YaoiFangirl}}s, but SethMeyers and Bill Hader's Stefon character don't count[[/note]].
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[[folder:What Could Have Been -- Cast Members and Writers Who Didn't Make It]]
There are a handful of celebrities (some of whom went on to host an ''SNL'' episode) who originally auditioned to be cast members and writers on the show, but never made it:
* Richard Belzer: Even though he was a warm-up comic and one of the writers of the "Not Ready for Primetime" era of ''SNL'' (1975-1980), Belzer actually auditioned to be a cast member. The closest Belzer got to be a cast member was when he had to replace Chevy Chase on Weekend Update after Chase suffered [[GroinAttack a groin injury]] (Chase fell on a podium that didn't have padding on the sides) during the show's first political sketch.
* Mimi Kennedy: Was also a potential cast member during the "Not Ready for Primetime" era, but Lorne thought she was too similar to Gilda Radner in appearance and comic ability.
* JimCarrey: Auditioned for Season 6 (1980-81) headed by Jean Doumanian, but lost out to Charles Rocket. Auditioned again for the 1985-1986 season, and also didn't make it. Coincidentally, the 1985-1986 season had Damon Wayans as a cast member (until he was fired), and both Carrey and Wayans would meet again on another sketch show: ''In Living Color''.
* John Goodman: Also auditioned for Season 6, but lost out to Joe Piscopo.
* Dom Irrera: Auditioned for Season 6, but lost to Gilbert Gottfried.
* Robert Townsend: Also auditioned for season six and was chosen to be a cast member, but everyone else (save Jean Doumanian) saw potential in an up-and-coming stand-up comedian at the time named EddieMurphy. Also, Robert Townsend [[IdiotBall forgot to sign his contract]].
* PaulReubens: Auditioned for Season 6 (1980-1981), and lost to Gilbert Gottfried. Much like JimCarrey, John Goodman, and Robert Townsend, Reubens dodged a bullet there, considering how awful the season turned out to be.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Barnett_%28comedian%29 Charlie Barnett]]: Was given a contract to be an ''SNL'' cast member during the disastrous 1980-1981 season, but Barnett was illiterate and missed a script reading. Eddie Murphy took over and the rest was history.
* Catherine O'Hara: Chosen to be Ann Risley's replacement when NBC was trying to fix ''SNL'' after Doumanian's tenure, but quit and was eventually replaced with Robin Duke (a feature player from ''SCTV'') before the start of Season 7 (1981-82). Allegedly, Catherine O'Hara was scared off by former ''SNL'' writer Michael O'Donoghue, who yelled at the remaining season six cast and writers for ruining the show. However, O'Hara has gone on record to say that she left the show because she wanted to stay on ''SCTV''.
* John Candy: Like Catherine O'Hara, Candy was another ''SCTV'' cast member who was asked to be on ''SNL''. Unlike Catherine O'Hara, Candy shot down the offer the moment Dick Ebersol asked him to be on the show.
* The cast of ''Fridays'' (Mark Blankfield, Larry David, Michael Richards, Darrow Igus, Maryedith Burrell, Melanie Chartoff, Rich Hall, Brandis Kemp, Bruce Mahler, and John Roarke): When season nine of ''SNL'' ended and Dick Ebersol was trying to look for a way to pump some energy into the show for season ten since EddieMurphy left for a movie career and Joe Piscopo left out of exhaustion, he decided to get some more experienced sketch comedians. His first idea was to get the cast of ''Fridays'' (the early 1980s sketch show that nearly dethroned ''SNL'' as the edgy, late-night weekend sketch show that aired live) to be the new cast of ''SNL''. With the exception of Larry David (who was hired as a show writer for ''SNL'', which he hated, as all of his good pieces ended up in dress rehearsal or airing after Weekend Update, which is where all the experimental, less funny sketches go) and Rich Hall (hired as a cast member for season 10), all of the other cast members of ''Fridays'' declined the offer.
* Geena Davis: Auditioned for Season 10 (1984-1985), but lost to Pamela Stephenson.
* Andrea Martin: Yet another ''SCTV'' cast member asked to be on ''SNL'' during the mid-1980s. Like Geena Davis, Andrea Martin too was rejected in favor of Pamela Stephenson.
* All of the cast members of ''KidsInTheHall'' (Dave Foley, Mark [=McKinney=], Bruce [=McCulloch=], and Scott Thompson): All auditioned to be on the 1985-1986 cast. Only [=McKinney=] and [=McCulloch=] were hired as writers, and [=McKinney=] would later be a cast member on the show from 1994-1997. The good news out of this is that they got their own show that LorneMichaels created.
* Bonnie Hunt: Auditioned for the 1986-1987 season, but took issue with the male-dominated atmosphere at the time (if only she'd wait until the mid-1990s, when women like TinaFey, Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, and Maya Rudolph would prove that women can be just as funny as the men).
* Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin, Jennifer Aniston, and Mary Scheer[[note]]from the original cast of ''Series/{{MADtv}}''[[/note]]: Auditioned for Season 16 (1990-91), but lost to Julia Sweeney, though Aniston and Kudrow actually had to turn down the offer to be on ''SNL'' since they were already hired to be on ''Friends''.
* Stephen Colbert: Auditioned for season 18 (1992-1993) as a writer. Didn't make the cut, though he did find fame on the short-lived sketch show ''The DanaCarvey Show'', was a writer for ''SNL'' when Dana Carvey's show got canceled, did voicework on ''The AmbiguouslyGay Duo'', and, of course, became popular on ''The Daily Show'' and its spin-off ''The Colbert Report''.
* David Cross: Another 1992 cast member hopeful, though he didn't get the part because his audition was a disaster, not because Lorne Michaels thought he wasn't good enough. It's just as well, since he went on to do ''Mr. Show''.
* Dave Attell: Like Richard Belzer in the 1970s, Dave Attell was a writer on the show during the 1993-1994 season (season 19) who originally auditioned to be a cast member. According to Attell, he was relegated to writer because of his looks.
* Andy Dick: Was offered the chance to be on ''SNL'' during the 1993-1994 season (season 19), but rejected it because he was a cast member on ''The BenStiller Show''.
* LouisCK: Auditioned for season 20 (1994-1995 season) at a time when he was broke and desperate. While C.K.'s performance didn't get him hired on ''SNL'' (and given that ''SNL'' at the time was plunged into SeasonalRot following the departure of Phil Hartman, the increasingly mediocre writing, and the growing cast getting sick of each other, maybe it was for the best that C.K. didn't start his career there), it did lead to Jim Downey (one of the show's writers) recommending him to Robert Smigel to be a writer for ''Late Night with Conan O'Brien'', which became his first TV job.
* Steve Carrell: Auditioned for Season 21 (1995-96), but lost to Will Ferrell. Despite this, he became a voice actor for the TV Funhouse series "The Ambiguously Gay Duo".
* Amy Sedaris: Auditioned for the 1994-1995 season as Janeane Garofalo's replacement. Sadly, Sedaris was busy starring in a play called ''One Woman Shoe'' and couldn't make it. Molly Shannon took over.
* Kevin [=McDonald=]: Auditioned for the 1995-1996 season (season 21), but lost to Mark [=McKinney=]
* Jennifer Coolidge: Auditioned for the 1995-1996 season (season 21), but lost to Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, and Cheri Oteri
* Adam [=McKay=]: Auditioned to be in the show's cast for the 1995-1996 season (season 21), but was hired as a writer instead, rising to the rank of head writer the following season and starting a fruitful collaboration with Creator/WillFerrell on such movies as ''Anchorman'', ''Step Brothers'', and ''Talladega Nights''.
* Jon Glaser: Another 1995-1996 cast hopeful who didn't make it. Instead, he was hired as a writer for ''Late Night With Conan O'Brien'' and went on to star on the AdultSwim series, ''Delocated''.
* Marc Maron: Auditioned as NormMacDonald's replacement in the mid-to-late 1990s. Lost to Colin Quinn.
* Keri Kenney-Silver: Tried out for SNL after MTV canceled ''The State'' in 1996. Lost to Ana Gasteyer.
* Johnny Knoxville: Was offered the chance to do his ''Jackass'' stunts as part of a short film series for the 1999-2000 season (season 25), but rejected the offer.
* Zach Galifinakis: Tried out for ''SNL'' as a cast member at the end of the 1999-2000 season. Was hired on for a writer for the last two episodes of the season, then quit when he realized that the job just wasn't for him.
* Stephnie Weir: Auditioned for Season 25 (1999-2000), but lost to Rachel Dratch and ended up on ''Series/{{MADtv}}''.
* Kevin Brennan: Auditioned to be a cast member for the 1999-2000 season, but was rejected as Lorne didn't want to overpopulate his cast like he did in the early-to-mid 1990s. Brennan was given a writing job instead and was poised to be the new Weekend Update anchor for season 26 (2000-2001), only to quit after learning that TinaFey and JimmyFallon would be the new anchors.
* Jeff Ross: Auditioned to be a writer and Weekend Update anchor for the 2000-2001 season. Lost to Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon.
* KevinHart: As mentioned in his monologue on the season 38 episode he hosted in 2013, Hart was supposed to be a cast member in the early 2000s (exact year unknown, but most likely the 2001-2002 season after Jerry Minor left), but got rejected (in favor of Dean Edwards) because he couldn't do celebrity impressions.
* Paul Scheer: Auditioned for the 2001-2002 season and the 2002-2003 season. For the latter audition, he lost to Fred Armisen.
* Jack [=McBrayer=]: Auditioned for the 2002-2003 season. Lost to Dean Edwards, but Lorne Michaels did keep him in mind when he was casting for ''30 Rock''.
* Dane Cook: Auditioned for Season 28 (2002-03), but lost to Will Forte.
* Maria Bamford: Auditioned for Season 29 (2003-2004), but lost to Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson.
* Kel Mitchell: Auditioned for season 29 along with his old friend and comedy partner Kenan Thompson. Thompson won, which upset a lot of 1990s Nickelodeon fans who grew up with Kenan and Kel (both on ''All That'' and their own sitcom).
* Rob Huebel: Auditioned for Season 30 (2004-05) along with comedy partner [[Series/TheDailyShow Rob Riggle]]. Huebel lost to Riggle, and Riggle only stayed on the show for one season.
* Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer: Auditioned for the 2005-2006 season (season 31) along with their [[TheLonelyIsland Lonely Island]] friend, Andy Samberg. Samberg was the only one who became a cast member while Taccone and Schaffer became writers.
* Michael Patrick O'Brien: Another 2005-2006 potential cast member who became a show writer. O'Brien also auditioned to be a cast member for the 2009-2010 season, and didn't make the cut there either. As of the 2013-2014 season, O'Brien is now a cast member, along with new feature players John Milhiser, Beck Bennett, Nol Wells, Brooks Wheelan (who was originally hired as a writer, but when Lorne decided to make Tim Robinson a writer instead of a cast member, Wheelan was added to the new feature player cast), and Kyle Mooney (with Sasheer Zamata coming in on January 18, 2014[[note]]hired to combat the criticisms of the show not having a black female cast member since 2007[[/note]], and Colin Jost[[note]]hired after SethMeyers left to do his own talk show on NBC[[/note]] coming in on March 1, 2014).
* Mindy Kaling: Was offered a job as a writer for the 2006-2007 season, but wasn't allowed to break her contract at ''TheOffice'' to take it.
* DonaldGlover: Auditioned for Season 33 (2007-08) when Lorne was looking for a cast member to play BarackObama and to replace MayaRudolph, since she quit the show during the 100-day hiatus brought on by the 2007-2008 WGA Writers' Strike.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}''[='s=] Creator/JordanPeele (known for his dead-on impersonations of Ja Rule, Creator/MorganFreeman, Creator/CarolSpinney as [[Series/SesameStreet Big Bird]], Creator/MontelWilliams, Creator/FlavaFlav, and Creator/ForestWhitaker): Also auditioned for Season 33 when Lorne was looking for a cast member to play Barack Obama. While it was kind of a screw to the audience and Peele that Fred Armisen (a German-Japanese-Venezuelan white guy) was chosen as Obama, ''SNL'' eventually got Jay Pharoah -- a skinny black guy -- to play Obama and Jordan Peele got to play Obama on his own show on Comedy Central's ''Key and Peele''.
* T.J. Miller: Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan amid rumors that he acted like a SmallNameBigEgo at the audition (actually, he spilled some stuff from his backpack by mistake and a security guard mistook him for a homeless terrorist).
* John Mulaney: Auditioned to be a cast member for the 2008-2009 season, but was given a writer job instead. Had he had been a cast member, his collaboration with Bill Hader on the Stefon character probably wouldn't have happened.
* Nick Kroll: Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins.
* Aubrey Plaza: Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins. With her Puerto Rican heritage, Plaza would have been the first Hispanic female cast member if she was hired. Instead, Noel Wells became the first Hispanic female (Wells is a quarter Mexican) in 2013.
* John Roberts (the voice of [[BobsBurgers Linda Belcher]]): Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins. Had John Roberts been chosen, he wouldn't have been the voice of Linda Belcher for ''Bob's Burgers'' and he would have been the second male homosexual cast member hired on ''SNL''. A homosexual cast member wouldn't be hired until season 37 with Kate [=McKinnon=] (who is a lesbian), but as of 2013, there have been no male homosexual cast members hired besides Terry Sweeney from the 1985-1986 cast.
* Kumail Nanjiani: Had a bit role as a reporter in the "New York Times Reporters Meeting" sketch on the season 34 episode hosted by James Franco. Four years later, Nanjiani auditioned for the 2012-2013 season, and didn't make the cut as he wasn't good at doing characters.
* Erica Ash (from ''The Big Gay Sketch Show'' and ''MADtv''): When ''SNL'' was looking for a black female cast member to combat the criticism they got from hiring mostly white feature players[[note]]though Noel Wells is Tunisian and Mexican, making her the first Hispanic female cast member ever hired[[/note]] for season 39 and to fill the upcoming void that will be left behind by SethMeyers (though Colin Jost, Seth's co-writer, was hired to fill the void Meyers left behind at the Weekend Update desk), LorneMichaels pulled in every young, up-and-coming black female sketch comedian/stand-up comedian they could to be the newest cast member. Erica Ash (who, like Kate [=McKinnon=], was on ''The Big Gay Sketch Show'', and like, Taran Killam, was on ''MADtv'' for one season and rarely appeared in episodes[[note]]only Erica lost her job because FOX announced that ''MADtv'' was ending its run due to low ratings and budget cuts. In her short time on the show, Erica Ash did celebrity impressions of Condelezza Rice, Michelle Obama -- which is one of the main reasons why SNL was hiring a black woman, WNBA basketball player Lisa Leslie, and Raven-Symone[[/note]]) was one of many auditioning black female cast members ([[AndZoidberg and one East Asian female comedian named Jennifer Kwok]]). Sadly, Erica was passed up in favor of Sasheer Zamata (originally from the New York division of the Upright Citizens' Brigade), along with Leslie Jones and [=LaKendra=] Tookes as writers with an option to perform in case any current cast members quit or are fired. As of 2014, [=LaKendra=] Tookes has been fired and Leslie Jones has been hired as a featured cast member.
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[[folder:SNL Movies and TV Spin-Offs That Never Happened]]
* While The Coneheads did get a movie adaptation in 1993, it was originally supposed to be a Saturday morning cartoon in 1983. It was animated by Rankin/Bass (the same guys who do those holiday specials, like ''Santa Claus is Coming to Town'' and ''Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer''), produced by LorneMichaels, written by Al Franken and Tom Davis, and had Jane Curtin, Creator/DanAykroyd, and Laraine Newman reprising their roles. It did air as a NBC special and released on VHS. Had it been picked up, this show would have been the first Saturday morning cartoon based on an ''SNL'' character instead of Martin Short's ''TheCompletelyMentalMisadventuresOfEdGrimley''.
* In 1990, ''Saturday Night Live'' was going to be adapted to a feature-length, anthology-style string of comedy sketches on the theme of going to the movies called ''The Saturday Night Movie''.
* ''Hans & Franz: The Girly-Man Dilemma'': A movie centered on Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon's Austrian bodybuilder characters. The story revolved around Hans and Franz following in Schwarzenegger's footsteps by traveling to Hollywood to become movie stars. The movie was to be a gag-heavy musical that toyed with a lot of the conventions of cinema, and would have featured Arnold Schwarzenegger as himself. Arnold Schwarzenegger got cold feet and pulled out, causing the movie to be cancelled. Presumably, it was because ''Last Action Hero'', another satirical action film in which Schwarzenegger played himself, had bombed, and he didnt want to star in anything that was in a similar vein.
* A movie based on the Chicago Superfans, the group of stereotypical Chicago sports fanatics whose catchphrases "Da Bulls" and "Da Bears" swept the nation after Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Robert Smigel, and frequent SNL guest George Wendt originated the roles in a series of popular sketches, was set for 1994-1995. The plot for the proposed film involved the Superfans dealing with a businessman who doesnt understand football buying the Chicago Bears and turning Soldier Field into a luxury stadium for the rich. Smigel and Odenkirk wrote the part of Burton Kimpkington, the businessman who purchases the Bears, for Martin Short. Smigel even quit his job as Conan OBriens head writer to work on the script, but the timing didnt work out right. ''SNL'' was going through its disastrous 1994-95 season, and the network called off all future ''SNL'' movies because of how bad ''It's Pat'' and ''Stuart Saves His Family'' did at the box office (though the need for more ''SNL'' movies would come about in the late 1990s into the 2000s with ''Superstar'', ''The Ladies Man'', and ''A Night at the Roxbury'', and later with ''Harold the Bald Kid'' and ''[=MacGruber=]'').
* The AmbiguouslyGay Duo was going to be a movie in 2005, and it was going to be a live-action feature film, but the writers decided to scale it back and that's how it became a short film for the season 36 episode hosted by Ed Helms.
* In the mid-2000s, there were rumors that Lorne Michaels was going to create an ''American Idol''-style reality show where the winner would become a cast member for ''Saturday Night Live''. The rumors turned out to be false, though most people were relieved that ''SNL'' didn't jump on the reality talent show bandwagon.
* A movie centered on Stefon (Bill Hader's burnt-out ClubKid character) was planned by Bill Hader and John Mulaney, but later scrapped when they couldn't make it work. According to Bill Hader, the movie would have been centered on Stefon coming out to his parents, a blue collar couple from the Bronx[[note]]though, according to Weekend Update, Stefon's mother is known as "Ms. Stefon" and his father is DavidBowie, though the Bronx couple could be his adopted parents[[/note]] who are in denial that he is gay, though most Stefon fans are content with having the Weekend Update segment where SethMeyers saves Stefon from marrying Anderson Cooper on the season 38 finale hosted by Ben Affleck with musical guest KanyeWest as the closest thing to a Stefon movie (similar to the AmbiguouslyGay Duo example above).
* A ''Sprockets'' movie was in the works, [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,276429,00.html but Mike Myers pulled out and Universal sued him in retaliation.]]
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