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1[[quoteright:300:]]˛->''"Comedy is like music. You have to know the key and you have to find players with good chops."''˛˛Christopher Guest (aka The Right Honourable The Lord Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, born February 5, 1948 in New York City, New York) is a British and American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian best known for his [[{{Mockumentary}} mockumentaries]], which include those below. Guest rarely shoots with a script, instead relying on putting together an ensemble of talented comic actors (including many ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' alums), providing them with detailed backstories, and [[{{Improv}} turning them loose]].˛˛* ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' [[note]]Actually directed by Creator/RobReiner, but it provided the model (and much of the core cast) for Guest's subsequent projects[[/note]]˛* ''Film/WaitingForGuffman''˛* ''Film/AlmostHeroes''˛* ''Film/BestInShow'' ˛* ''Film/AMightyWind''˛* ''Film/ForYourConsideration''˛* ''Series/FamilyTree'', his first television series˛* ''Film/{{Mascots}}''˛˛Guest has also acted in:˛˛* ''Film/DeathWish''˛* ''Film/{{Girlfriends}}''˛* ''Film/TheLongRiders''˛* ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' ([[IncrediblyLamePun guest star]])˛* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' (playing the man with six fingers on one hand... so his fingers go UpToEleven).˛* ''Film/AFewGoodMen''˛* ''Film/SmallSoldiers''˛* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseumBattleOfTheSmithsonian''˛* ''Film/TheInventionOfLying''˛˛He's been married to Creator/JamieLeeCurtis since 1984. His brother, Nicholas Guest, is also an actor in his own right, while his half-brother, Anthony Haden-Guest, is a writer.˛˛Christopher Guest was also a cast member on ''Saturday Night Live'' during the mid-1980s (season 10, the final season with Dick Ebersol as showrunner[[note]]and, for a lot of people at the time, the final season overall, as they felt the show was getting tired, ten seasons was enough, and the spark and danger it once had in the 1970s with the original cast -- or even in the early-to-mid-1980s with Eddie Murphy -- was starting to fade. On top of that, no one expected Lorne Michaels to come back and try to salvage his own show[[/note]]. In the bizarre, scrolling opening that ''SNL'' had for its 10th season, Guest is the cast member who's using Yankee Stadium as a bathtub and catches a baseball while he's bathing). Guest was a Weekend Update (dubbed "Saturday Night News") anchor after Brad Hall's departure and Ebersol stopped using whoever was the male host for the episode to man the Update desk. Guest's time at the desk wasn't that memorable, but most critics and fans do see it as a dry-run version for what Creator/DennisMiller would bring from season 11 to season 16.˛˛Guest had a few recurring characters, including Frankie (a guy who, along with Billy Crystal, always talk about physically painful experiences they've had), Herb Minkman (another Guest/Crystal pairing; this one was a joke shop owner and scam artist), Señor Cosa (a ventriloquist on ''The Joe Franklin Show''), and Rajeev Vindaloo (a game show contestant from India)[[note]]might be considered ValuesDissonance today, due to the use of brownface and Apu-sounding Indian voice[[/note]]. Guest's celebrity impressions were fewer than his recurring characters (four celebrity impressions versus Guest's five recurring characters) and were Alan Arkin, James Mason, Red Skelton, and Bert Convy.˛˛As of 2020, he's the only member of British nobility to be an ''SNL'' cast member.˛----


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