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).
Bob Odenkirk (1987-1995) — Saul from Breaking Bad, guest star in every other sitcom in the last decade.
Adam McKay (1995 - 2007) — Writer/Director Step Brothers, Anchorman, The Other Guys and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
J.B. Smoove (2003 - 2007) — Actor, “Bent,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and We Bought a Zoo, among many others.
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.
Larry David (1984-1985) — Creator “Seinfeld,’ and writer/star of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Greg Daniels (1987-1990) — Writer/Creator/Producer of “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “King of the Hill.”
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.”
Mike Judge (1992 - 1993) — Writer/Creator of “Beavis and Butthead,” “King of the Hill, Idiocracy and Office Space.
Albert Broooks — (1975 - 1976) — Movie actor in Drive, Taxi Driver, Defending Your Life and Broadcast News, among others.