are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler the only women who had careers post SNL?
Jane Curtin, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Joan Cusack, Christine Ebersole...
but not Danitra Vance.
Most male or female performers can't leverage the gig into a solid career because of their background. The show pulls talent from improv. That doesn't translate to comedic actor or writer.
The exception is when a stand-up comedian is hired.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were both improv performers. Neither one of them ever did stand-up.
Ellen Cleghorn was mentioned on Family Guy...
This is something I noticed a long time ago. The men can go on to super stardom and get to be in big budget films, while the few women who have a career after the show are confined mostly to television. I think its wrong because for the most part, it was the female cast members who I thought were often the funniest.
I wish Jan Hooks and Cheri Oteri had had bigger careers. They were hilarious.
R1 has it. They're about it, and the last three's short SNL stays are largely forgotten.
Lorne Michaels is both racist and chauvinistic. It's plainly obvious.
R8 I agree! Jan Hooks did show up once in a while on 30 Rock playing Jenna's mother and she was hiiiiiilarious. Sadly, I can think of nothing else she has done recently. I also loved Oteri. Its disgusting that she has pretty much vanished while Will Farrell is still allowed to litter the landscape with those turds he calls "movies".
Maya Rudolf has an interesting career. She's not Fey or Amy, but she works regularly when she's not pregnant.
Lorne did a Q&A with Marty Short and this topic came up.
Lorne said (paraphrasing) great women -- like Gilda and one other (Jane? Jan? Kristen?) -- never thought of SNL as a Boy's Club.
I was actually thinking about this, wondering why Laraine Newman never had a bigger career.
The fabulous and rotund Denny Dillon can be seen in many a Holiday Inn lounges from Des Moines to Terre Haut.
Victoria Jackson!! GOD WARRIOR>
Denny Dillon's had a pretty good regional theatre career.
Janeane Garofalo. Molly Shannon has also gotten work consistently.
Jan Hooks provided some of the more humorous moments in the final two seasons of Designing Women. She played Carlene Dobber, Charlene’s cousin from Poplar Bluff who was even more naïve and backwoods that Charlene! She actually left SNL after being offered the role of Carlene by DW creator/producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.
She also appeared in 16 episodes of 3rd Rock From the Sun between 1996-2000 and in multiple episodes of The Simpsons over the years (as the voice of Apu’s wife, Manjula).
She is a hilarious actress (and a total sweetheart in person) who is deserving of a more distinguished career, IMO.
Nora Dunn, who I always associate with Jan Hooks since they often were in the same skits (Sweeney Sisters), has had limited success since SNL.
She played a recurring role in the show ‘Sisters’ as well as the ‘The Nanny’. She also had a recurring role in ‘Entourage’ and regularly pops up on shows such as ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Franklin & Bash’, ‘Numb3rs’ and other relatively successful shows.
Not quite what the OP probably meant by a "career" but I'm reading Julia Sweeney's ("Pat") book on adopting a child "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother" which is pretty good. Her previous ones on cancer and (organized) religion were good, too.
How were Joan Cusack and Christine Ebersole on SNL? Weird they were both let go after one season.
(Larainne Newman is a nasty piece of work BTW, no wonder she rarely works.)
Lorne danced with Kristen Wiig during the sappy end credits of her last SNL appearance as a cast member. Maybe that's who he meant.
He should thank his lucky stars for several women who kept SNL alive during some awful seasons.
R20 Julia Sweeney's one-woman show "Letting Go of God" was so good I saw it twice.
That was the one I meant by "organized Religion" R23.
Jan Hooks is the shit, the fucking cats ass. She was hilarious on 30 Rock.
Julia Louis Dreyfus (or however you spell her name) not only lasted two seasons, she met her husband on the show.
Jan Hooks was hilarious. I loved her as Tammy Faye and the elderly Bette Davis.
R26, Julia and Brad Hall went to Northwestern together before snl.
I loved Maya Rudolph as Donatella. She's done alright since leaving SNL.
I think Julia Louis Dreyfuss was on SNL 3 years. They fired Brad Hall but kept her. Just to fuck with their minds I bet...
[quote]The show pulls talent from improv. That doesn't translate to comedic actor or writer.
[quote]How were Joan Cusack and Christine Ebersole on SNL? Weird they were both let go after one season.
Joan Cusack was just sort of there, not bad but no breakout characters. Christine Ebersole got to break out the Broadway singing voice on occasion.
Garafalo was well known before SNL; she got the gig because she was already an established comic actor and standup. She famously hated being on SNL once she got a whiff of the culture there and didn't need the aggravation.
Jan Hooks is ill, which is why she doesn't work more. Not multiple sclerosis, but something like that.
Cheri Oteri is rumored to be mentally ill.
(Yes, this posts was just full of facts supported by citations, I know. I'm just repeating what I remember reading.)
SCTV and even Mad TV were much less willing to let their shows be dominated by men. SCTV only had two women (not counting Robin Duke) but damned if they weren't powerhouses.
Mary Gross has done a lot of movies and TV since SNL. She is the sister of Michael Gross, the dad on Family Ties.
Julia Sweeney was never a versatile performer, but she's a good writer and monologuist. Her one-woman shows and books have all been quite good.
She lives in some town outside Chicago now and seems perfectly well balanced and content.
Rachel Dratch's book was also good. I wish she worked more -- she was one of the most underrated performers on the show in recent years.
Remember my co-starring role in the major motion picture Casual Sex?
(also...God Hates Fags!)
R21 - What do you know about Larainne? I thought she was the least talented of the original.
R25 - I love Jan Hooks. I thought she and Phil Hartman worked well together.
If you think of the number of male cast members on the show over the years, the ones who have broken out as Hollywood stars is still pretty small. For every Will Ferrell or Mike Myers there are a dozen Chris Kattans and Dana Carveys.
Larainne Newman actually works a lot doing voice work for cartoons.
Molly Shannon is an incredible actress and showed this on Enlightened on HBO last year. She must have good rapport with Mike White because she was also great in his Year of The Dog movie.
I was wondering why nobody had mentioned Molly Shannon. I'm still annoyed about Enlightened getting cancelled. She had a bit part on Hannibal and seems to work pretty steadily.
"SCTV and even Mad TV were much less willing to let their shows be dominated by men. SCTV only had two women (not counting Robin Duke) but damned if they weren't powerhouses."
Debra Wilson from Mad TV was hilarious. She's another one who should have been a bigger star. Her Oprah and Whitney impressions were a riot.
Apparently Debra Wilson shaved her head and devotes her time to animals. I hope she's not going through a "Dusty Springfield in the 70s" situation.
According to one of the early books on SNL, Jane Curtain was quickly labeled " a bitch" when she tried to stand up for herself or to complain about much of the sexist content of the sketches. Gilda Radner and Laraine Newman didn't not want to be labeled as such.
Belushi, Chase, Ackroyd, etc., ran roughshod over just about everyone involved with SNL except for Michaels
[quote]What do you know about Larainne? I thought she was the least talented of the original.
She used to terrify me at a Blockbuster Video I worked at as a teen. She was just so mean and dismissive. Always ready for a fight about what was and wasn't in stock. I remember my brother telling me to say something like you are the only one who never amounted to anything, why are you so haughty?
[quote]regional theatre career
It is spelled theater.
no smartass at r47...either way is acceptable--- see Manhattan Theatre Club, The National Theatre of Great Britain, the Roundabout Theatre etc