From Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase to Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Will Farrell and Tina Fey, just to name a few, Saturday Night Live has launched the careers of many famous comedians and performers. But for every cast member (or writer) who breakouts from SNL and achieves superstardom, there are plenty of others who failed miserably during their tenure on the show. Whether it’s the live format, the fact that the show is a sketch comedy, or the pressure to be funny on command, many people who make it to SNL don’t succeed. And what is interesting is that many people who crashed and burned as cast members of SNL went on to be major stars in other avenues – be it movies, television, or stand-up comedy. Here is a list of 10 stars we all know who recovered after failing miserably on SNL.
10. Larry David
Today, Larry David is one of the most successful and richest people in Hollywood. He not only co-created the classic sitcom Seinfeld with Jerry Seinfeld, but also created and starred in his own hugely successful show Curb Your Enthusiasm. However, long before Larry David became a multi-millionaire success, he was a struggling writer on Saturday Night Live during the 1984-85 season. Larry David has said publicly that he was miserable working on SNL, and that it was one of the worst experiences of his life. His writing for the show was so bad, apparently, that he only succeeded in getting one of his sketches on air – and it was the last sketch performed on the last episode of that season. What’s strange is that Larry David wrote for SNL during one of the show’s most memorable seasons. The 1984-85 season was the one where heavy hitters such as Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest and Martin Short joined the cast. There were tons of memorable skits and moments from that season but sadly, none of them were written by Larry David.