If the rumors are true, Lorne Michaels is about to get some news that will rock the Not Ready For Prime Time Players. An insider tells Us, “Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis are all leaving after the end of the season. It will be a huge blow to the show. Without Andy’s video shorts and Kristen saving every skit, they’ll need help!”
If the three heavyweights, who joined the cast in 2005, exit the show, there will still be plenty of talent in Studio 8H. However, cast members like Abby Elliott and Bobby Moynihan have yet to prove that they can carry a sketch on their own. SNL has already hired Kate McKinnon of the Upright Citizens Brigade in an effort to fill the funny lady vacuum that will be left by Wiig’s exit, but if the show loses Samberg and Sudeikis as well, it’s going to have to hire a whole new batch of comedians who can write, act, and do a passable Hillary Clinton impersonation.
So how can SNL survive? First, it can turned to some underused talent who are already on the payroll. Jay Pharaoh has been featured on the show since 2010, and his impressions of stars including Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, and Will Smith always bring down the house — so why do we only see them on every third episode? Writer John Mulaney has done a few “Weekend Update” segments, but it’s time for him to pull a Tina Fey and start doing more work in front of the camera. Just watch his hilarious segment on Girl Scout Cookies:
In the past, comedians hoping to make it big had to land a role on SNL or a network sitcom, but the existence of YouTube has changed all that. Some of these comedians’ work has probably made it to your inbox, but they deserve to have a crack at making the next “Lazy Sunday”:
Second City’s Danielle Uhlarik has forever changed the way we look at Disney movies with her popular web series, “Advice For Young Girls From A Cartoon Princess”
This UCB alum has done small roles on TV and is currently writing for the animated show Allen Gregory. She’s best known for her [definitely NSFW] video “F**k Me, Ray Bradbury,” which was the second most downloaded comedy single on iTunes the week it was released.
As he proved in the viral series “Fake Chloe Sevigny,” Droege isn’t afraid to tackle celebrity impersonations, even if he looks nothing like the star in question.
Helbig has served as a correspondent on G4’s Attack of the Show! and created the My Damn Channel web series Daily Grace. Check out her one-woman Hunger Games reenactment:
You’ve seen him in TV shows like Bored to Death and Curb Your Enthusiasm (as well as FiOS’ “cable guy” commercials). The New York Times described him as a “John Belushi-like madman,” and that’s got to count for something.
Daniella Pineda is an actor, writer, and producer of hilarious online videos. Here she sends up the fashion industry turning Native American into a trend:
When asked about Wiig, Samberg, and Sudeikis leaving the show, an SNL spokesperson said, “No decisions have been made and won’t be until the end of the summer.” But even if all three exit, the show will manage to carry on. Anytime beloved SNL cast members leave, it seems like the show will never be the same. Yet, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joined the cast just as Will Ferrell was preparing to leave, just as Wiig signed on shortly before they left the show. SNL made it through the disastrous 1985-1986 season, which resulted in everyone being fired except Jon Lovitz, and it can definitely survive the latest round of departures.