Christopher Guest (aka The Right Honourable The Lord Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, born February 5, 1948) is a British and American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian best known for his mockumentaries, which include those below. Guest rarely shoots with a script, instead relying on putting together an ensemble of talented comic actors (including many SCTV alums), providing them with detailed backstories, and turning them loose.
- This Is Spın̈al Tap note
- Waiting for Guffman
- Almost Heroes
- Best in Show
- A Mighty Wind
- For Your Consideration
- Family Tree, his first television series
Guest has also acted in:
- Death Wish
- The Long Riders
- Little Shop of Horrors (guest star)
- The Princess Bride (playing the man with six fingers on one hand... so his fingers go Up to Eleven).
- A Few Good Men
- Small Soldiers
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
- The Invention of Lying
He's been married to Jamie Lee Curtis 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 showrunnernote . 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 Dennis Miller 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 . 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.