Honestly, I got to see movies with great comedians to laugh. What’s with all this “I want to be a dramatic actor.” Sure, they may pull it off and give us a facsinating movie to watch, but please I want to laugh. I want to roll on the floor and not breath for several minutes. Is that too much to ask from the best comedians to come out of Saturday Night Live in a long time?
I love Saturday Night Live. I’ll get into it another time, but being live makes that show. It allows you to be timely which is a benchmark of SNL. As with every summer, it’s interesting just to see who stays and who leaves. Even better, when you leave…why?
Let’s go over the three featured cast members who where not asked back: Brooks Wheelan, Noel Wells and John Milhiser. The reason they are not back is simple, they were given a full season to make in impact on the audience and they failed to become memorable.
I remember Brooks Wheelan from two spots on Weekend Update but after that nothing. One really funny moment about his bad tattoo choices. The other I don’t remember.
John Milhiser’s highlight on the season was his talent show sketch with Lady Gaga. Loved the simple set up and execution that Milhiser brought to the sketch but I don’t remember anything else.
Noel Wells has the best shot to stay, seeing that SNL needs female cast members. Noel did a few funny impressions but that’s about it. Noel was unfortunately eclipsed by the entrance of Sasheer Zamata, who hit the bricks running and never looked back.
I’m sure all three are likable people, but I’ve heard all the stories about how hard you had to fight for screen time and Brooks, Noel and John just lost the fight.
I remember at the beginning of the season thinking that adding six new cast members was a lot, but it was probably a smart idea to give young comedians a chance to say they were on Saturday Night Live even if for a season.
To say that SNL can launch a career is an understatement. Just ask Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. Nasim Pedrad is testing her wings starring in the John Mulaney (creator of Update’s Stefon) sit-com.
During the Television Critics Association preview, Pedrad said “Obviously there’s nothing like that show and I was lucky to be there for five years. At some point you have to leave, and I can’t think of a better reason to leave than for this particular show and this particular cast.”
“Yeah, had it not been for this show. Look, at the end of the day, these are two shows filming at the same time on opposite coasts. It wouldn’t have been practical to stay there,” she said. “I don’t think it’s that common to get this kind of group together, and having experienced working with John at SNL, I couldn’t be more confident in his ability to write and star in a sitcom like this, truly.”
Only time will tell if Pedrad can replicate Andy Samberg’s success with Brooklyn-Nine-Nine.