“Saturday Night Live” is about to turn 40! Next weekend the show will be celebrating with a star studded anniversary party, so make sure to tune in on February 15. Over the years, so many different comedic actors and actresses have been on the show. Many of them actually got their start there. If there had never been an “SNL,” who knows what would have launched their careers! We decided to take a strip down memory lane and find some of Hollywood’s most famous comedic actors and actresses and see which of them were cast on the show. Here are 8 stars who you probably forgot were on “Saturday Night Live!”
8. Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy was a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1980 to 1984. After he left the show, he didn’t go back. According to him, his long absence was because they made fun of him after he left.
“They said some shitty things. There was that David Spade sketch [when Spade showed a picture of Murphy around the time of Vampire in Brooklyn and said, ‘Look, children, a falling star’]. I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore. What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot. It was like, ‘Hey, come on, man, it’s one thing for you guys to do a joke about some movie of mine, but my career? I’m one of you guys. How many people have come off this show whose careers really are fucked up, and you guys are shitting on me?’ And you know every joke has to go through all the producers, and ultimately, you know Lorne or whoever says, [Lorne Michaels voice] ‘O.K., it’s O.K. to make this career crack,’” he told Rolling Stone magazine.