comedy, creativity

SNL and future success: Hope for John Milhiser

Stardom on Saturday Night Live doesn’t necessarily equal stardom after leaving 30 Rock. Dana Carvey and Darrell Hammond were made for SNL but aren’t likely to be in Hollywood blockbusters. (Except Wayne’s World, of course.) It’s easy to forget that Joe Piscopo was once huge.

A lot of players who are busy on SNL carve out nice niches for themselves. Or end up in the Senate.

What about those who go from SNL obscurity to success elsewhere? Splitsider, which covers and analyzes SNL in vivid detail (but is too harsh about last season), came up with a fun list: Eight ‘SNL’ Cast Members Who Went from Sidelined to Success.

You could nit-pick a little with Chris Elliott — like Janeane Garofalo and Michael McKean, he was already established but was shoved into a cast in which the long-serving Chris Farley, Adam Sandler and David Spade were simply ruling the roost and doing their worst work on the show.

I might add Jay Mohr, Gilbert Gottfried, Casey Wilson and Damon Wayans.


Take me to the pilot, especially with SNL alumni

Scattered thoughts on new comedy series and pilots:

– I always root for Saturday Night Live alumni to move into prime time, and Nasim Pedrad — underutilized on SNL — deserves it as much as anyone.

– Also nice to see Casey Wilson getting another shot, this one with Tim Meadows.

– The Tina Fey/Ellie Kemper show about someone leaving a doomsday cult has to be good, or I’ll lose faith in humanity.

– Am I miscounting, or is Martin Short in two shows? One with fellow SCTV alum Andrea Martin!

– I caught a bit of Bad Education on the Virgin Atlantic flight. The original is a little difficult to understand — lots of heavy accents and jargon we don’t know in the USA — but it’s not bad at all.

– Mildly surprised to see David Schwimmer return to TV from the theater, but it seems to fit his experimental tastes. No one from Friends needs a hit show again, but Matthew Perry keeps trying.