When an actor leaves Saturday Night Live, they can either disappear into the dark and return to the show occasionally to make a fan-favorite impression – which is the most common path – or become a huge movie star like Eddie Murphy or Bill Murray – which is rare. , for obvious reasons.
A group of immensely talented artists in the latter category, from Mike Myers to Chris Rock to Adam Sandler rose to fame in the 1990s. Some of the funniest comedies of the ’90s have performed Saturday Night Live cast members (and one of them was directly adapted from a SNL sketch).
ten Tommy Boy (1995)
Chris Farley was close to all his SNL cast mates, but perhaps nothing more than David Spade. The duo united for Tommy boy, the story of a lazy man’s attempts to save the family business with the help of an arrogant accountant after his father’s death.
Farley and Spade’s chemistry turned out so electric that they banded together for another comedy, Black sheep, but it was nowhere near as well received as Tommy boy.
9 The Wedding Singer (1998)
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have done a few romantic comedies together over the years, but their most memorable collaboration is still their first, The wedding singer.
Sandler plays the titular wedding singer and Barrymore plays a bride-to-be whom he falls in love with. The wedding singer is one of Sandler’s sweetest and most grounded films.
8 Analyze This (1999)
Harold Ramis Analyze that stars Billy Crystal (who hosted SNL before becoming a member of the cast) as a psychiatrist and Robert De Niro as the mob boss with whom he befriends after an unfortunate chance encounter.
Co-written by Ramis and Manchester by the seaby Kenneth Lonergan, Analyze that is a deliciously dark comedy. SNL legend Molly Shannon also appears in a supporting role.
7 Dogma (1999)
Kevin Smith’s controversial but affectionate religious satire Dogma stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck atop their Goodwill hunting fame as a pair of fallen angels who discover a rift that can bring them back to Heaven.
Since the success of their plan would prove that God is fallible and render all existence moot, everyone in the universe is determined to stop them. SNL Actors Chris Rock and Janeane Garofalo appear alongside icons such as Salma Hayek, Alan Rickman and George Carlin in the star-studded ensemble cast of the film.
6 Rushmore (1998)
Wes Anderson wrote the role of industrialist Herman Blume in his second film Rushmore with Bill Murray in the lead, but didn’t expect him to take it. Murray read the script and was so impressed with Anderson’s vision that he didn’t just take on the role; he has appeared in all of Anderson’s films since.
Murray stars alongside Jason Schwartzman, who plays Blume’s prodigious 15-year-old friend Max Fischer, and Olivia Williams, who plays the schoolteacher they both fall in love with.
5 Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)
Mike Myers forced the producers of 007 to rethink their strategy after ridiculing all the tropes and traditions of the Bond franchise in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Myers ‘hysterical lead character mixes Bond style with’ 60s swing culture.
Myers also plays the villainous Dr. Evil, a perfect riff on Bond’s megalomaniac villains, and SNLWill Ferrell appears in a small role as one of his henchmen.
4 There’s Something About Mary (1998)
The Farrelly brothers brought their distinctly crude comedic sensibility to a romance with There is something about Marie. Cameron Diaz plays the “it” girl Mary, and Ben Stiller plays his date at the high school ball who wants to reconnect with her. Unfortunately for him, pretty much every creep in America – including the private investigator he hired to find her – is obsessed with Mary.
SNL Cast member Chris Elliott stars as Stiller’s seemingly harmless married friend, who turns out to be Mary’s most dangerous stalker.
3 Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray finds himself living the same day over and over again in groundhog day. He plays Phil Connors, a television meteorologist who finds himself stuck reliving his most painfully mundane mission – to cover Groundhog Day celebrations in Punxsutawney – over and over again.
After the initial pleasure wears off and he realizes the time loop won’t let him kill himself, Phil finds a new purpose in his life when he falls in love with his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell). Chris Elliott also appears in this one as Phil’s cameraman.
2 Happy Gilmore (1996)
While Adam Sandler’s success was Billy Madison, his first true classic – and the film that solidified his status as a comedy superstar – was Happy Gilmore.
Sandler plays the main character, a hothead hockey player whose grandmother is kicked out of her home. When he realizes that his aggressive hockey tactics can be transferred to the golf course, Happy enters a tournament in the hopes of using the prize money to buy back his grandmother’s house.
1 Wayne’s World (1992)
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey introduced the world to Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar for the first time in a SNL skit, but the film adaptation that followed showed audiences their lives outside of their public access show Wayne’s world.
With lots of fourth wall breaks and no respect for realism, Wayne’s world is a ton of fun. In the same way The Blues Brothers, it is one of the only bona fide classic feature-length comedies adapted from a SNL sketch.
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