Thursday, June 29, 2006

SNL, Part Two

When you're right, you're right. And, you guys are right. The lack of controversy created by my previous Saturday Night Live related post is clearly the result of my failure to take a meaningful stand. (Well, to the extent any stance about a comedy show can be "meaningful.")

So, here it is. Haahnster calls it. The Top 10 SNL Cast Members:

Dan Aykroyd
John Belushi
Dana Carvey
Jane Curtin
Chris Farley
Will Ferrell
Eddie Murphy
Bill Murray
Mike Myers
Gilda Radner

Top 5: Aykroyd, Belushi, Carvey, Murphy & Murray (6th Man: Ferrell)


Anonymous Steve Pearce said...

So come on then Mr H. I'm still waiting to hear what you think of Love and Theft!
Your daughter's beautiful by the way.

3:33 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Oh, yeah...I meant to get to that one, too. I do have the CD now, and I have listened to it. I like it. I need to post about it...

Emily would say "Thanks" if she knew how!

4:55 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger mat said...

Not a bad list except for one thing: Will Ferrel is a bonehead! Slightly ammusing at times, but... Even Dennis Miller was better!

5:23 PM, June 29, 2006  
Anonymous g33kgrrl said...

So is this for what they did during SNL, or is it just SNL cast members but includes the scope of their work outside SNL? Because I haven't watched much of SNL, but I do like watching comedies in general. I haven't seen much with Dana Carvey, so my top 5 would probably swap him for Will Ferrell.

10:44 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Mat: Dennis Miller set the absolute gold standard for Weekend Update in my book, but did little in the way of sketches.

g33kgrrl: Purely SNL, or else I would have had more trouble dropping Chevy Chase and Billy Crystal (only 1 season of SNL each).

Carvey was on SNL when I was in college, Ferrell came after. As a result, I've seen more Dana Carvey on SNL. Beyond SNL, Ferrell wins hands down over Carvey, IMHO.

11:10 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

I have to disagree with your list. I think Phil Hartman deserves to be in the top 10. He was funny, even when the skit wasn't ... he was tremendously talented and funny ... and he did the best imitations. I'd knock off Farley for Hartman.

And points to you for not acknowledging Jimmy Fallon and Chris Kattan!

6:32 AM, June 30, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...


Not a bad call on Hartman. He was a long-time cast member, did the original Bill Clinton impression, and deserves special recognition for Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer alone! I have to admit Farley is a personal favorite, so I'm sure that played into it.

Fallon & Kattan = The Eagles of SNL...

6:59 AM, June 30, 2006  
Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

Well since I still remember the very first episode of SNL as a 10th grader, I am very partial to the original cast. Especially Gilda. She was amazingly funny - even if she was just jumping on a bed in a brownie uniform.

Oops, maybe I have just allowed you into the dark, murky waters of a 10th graders fantasy world......

9:48 AM, June 30, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

As an ensemble cast, the "original" is still the best (defining "original" to include either Chase or Murray, depending on which season).

The 2nd best would be Carvey, Farley, Hartman, Jackson, Myers, Nealon, Lovitz, Miller, Dunn, Hooks, Jackson, Meadows, Rock, Sandler years of the late-'80s/early-'90s.

What's 3rd? The Murphy/Piscopo years? Or, the Ferrell years? I'm not sure. The '84/'85 season was pretty memorable (the 1 year for Crystal and Short)...

11:23 AM, June 30, 2006  

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