To wrap this up, I will present a list of wonderful performers that SNL had the good taste to originally hire, and the bad taste to not have a clue what to do with.
Thus, they slipped through its fingers.
In alphabetical order.
1- Joan Cusack.
A truly gifted comedienne and actress.
A one season waste of her time.
2- Robert Downey Jr.
One season. Do I really need to comment?
3- Janeane Garofalo.
One season. A major talent, completely wasted.
4- Gilbert Gottfried.
A true force of nature.
SNL completely smothered that force.
5- David Koechner.
One of the funniest people ever.
I didn't know that from SNL.
6- Michael McKean.
We all know how good he is.
You couldn't tell from SNL.
7- Laurie Metlcalf.
Didn't even know who she was for the one season she did SNL.
What she is, is one of the great actresses and comediennes.
8- Colin Quinn.
A giant talent.
Relegated to Weekend Update, and seemed totally uncomfortable doing it.
9- Chris Rock.
Groomed to be a diminutive less funny Eddie Murphy.
He went on to run rings around Eddie Murphy.
10- Sarah Silverman.
One season. Didn't even know she was there.
11- Ben Stiller.
See Sarah Silverman.
I'm done, and I think the case has been made, at least to my satisfaction.
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- Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."