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10 People You May Not Have Realized Cut Their Teeth as "Saturday Night Live" Writers

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | August 24, 2012 | Comments ()


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A lot of people get their stars on "Saturday Night Live," but most of the people we know who began their did so in front of the screen. There were also quite a few television and movie personalities that cut their teeth as writers on "SNL." Obviously, Conan O'Brien is the best example of that (when he got the "Late Night" gig, the only thing anyone knew about him was that he was a writer on "The Simpsons" and "Saturday Night Live"), but there are others whose background on "SNL" isn't as advertised. Some of these you may know, while some others may come as a surprise. But it's at least interesting to note what an important source for discovering talent "SNL" has been over the years.


Michael Shur (1997-2004) -- Writer and Producer, Parks and Recreation and The Office (where he also plays Mose).

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Bob Odenkirk (1987-1995) -- Saul from Breaking Bad, guest star in every other sitcom in the last decade.

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Adam McKay (1995 - 2007) -- Writer/Director Step Brothers, Anchorman, The Other Guys and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

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J.B. Smoove (2003 - 2007) -- Actor, "Bent," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and We Bought a Zoo, among many others.

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Stephen Colbert (1996-2011, where he was a freelance writer with Robert Smigel and co-wrote and voiced Ace in Ambiguously Gay Duo, which was originally a sketch on "The Dana Carvey Show") -- Fake television news personality.

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Larry David (1984-1985) -- Creator "Seinfeld,' and writer/star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

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Greg Daniels (1987-1990) -- Writer/Creator/Producer of "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," and "King of the Hill."

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Louis C.K. (1997-2007; I had no idea that he co-wrote " "Saturday TV Funhouse" with Robert Smigel) -- Stand-up comedian, creator/writer/director "Louie."

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Mike Judge (1992 - 1993) -- Writer/Creator of "Beavis and Butthead," "King of the Hill, Idiocracy and Office Space.

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Albert Broooks -- (1975 - 1976) -- Movie actor in Drive, Taxi Driver, Defending Your Life and Broadcast News, among others.

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  • Kip Hackman

    So, apparently you forgot to put "Professional Larry David Impersonator" at the end of Stephen Colbert's bit. Especially jarring considering the picture right under his.

  • GunNut2600

    This is a pointless list. A number of these folks didn't last long at all and SNL is notorious for having successful writers who fled for greener pastures. Larry David wrote one fucking sketch that was aired on SNL. Mike Judge didn't write sketches at all.

    If I wanted to view a list off of IMDB...i would go to that fucking site.

  • bbmcrae

    I see you earned the "Nut" in your name, pointlessly angry man.

  • zgaleazzi

    Bad camera angle or does Mike Judge have freakishly small hands?

  • Relatively certain the term "Jewfro" was coined with that picture of Larry David in mind.

  • Mrs. Julien

    He looks so ANGRY about being funny.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Thank you for the picture of Larry David. I can't tell if he's trying to be serious or be-blue-steeled, but I can tell that his glasses need cleaning.

  • Bidger

    This just makes me wonder how many times they had to cut good material that could never have been aired. And further wonder how many of those bits have shown up in better programs later.

  • Strand

    Larry David: Improbably, even more Jewish in his youth.

  • John W

    So these are the guys responsible for all those sucky skits.

  • hapl0

    So Albert Brooks' hand been dirty for sometime then.

  • AudioSuede

    Albert Brooks had a whole series of recurring sketches on the first seasons of SNL, or, as I like to call them, sleepytime tea for comedy nerds. Seriously, try sitting through an entire episode in the first season. I dare you.

  • special snowflake

    HA! This is the 1st thing I've read online today, both surprising (Louis C.K. & Smigel, what a killer combo!) and informing more than I thought I already knew about SNL. But AS is SO right as to the patience required (& rarely rewarded) to endure many SNL shows in their early years.
    Having watched the very first "live" show when I was barely a teenager, what genuinely did seem radical and groundbreaking in a lot of ways then has not aged well- between the numbing mediocrity and endless deluge of uncomfortable silences in and between sketches, an occasionally hilarious (filmed) commercial parody, and stupid b&w 'Short Reels by Schiller' that confused an already-bored live audience, I couldn't sit through a commercial-free DVD of an entire episode today even for nostalgia's sake.

  • BarbadoSlim

    Oooof the Odenkirk and the Judge years were TERRIBLE and by that I mean more than the usual. Brooks and David are the only ones that look good here.

  • AudioSuede

    Wait, weren't those the Carvey-Meyers-Hartman-Rock-Farley-Sandler years? Because those are my favorite.

  • pissant

    "Carvey-Meyers-Hartman-Rock-Farley-Sandler"? Hmmm...I don't know. I always thought [cast when I was thirteen] was the best cast.

  • exactly. for me it is belushi-murray-akroyd-curtin-radler-chase

  • BarbadoSlim

    When you are right you are right, David not Judge or Odenkirk was part of the terrible cast that ENDED in 86 with everyone getting, rightfully canned. My mistake.

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