Tuesday, March 20, 2012

But nooooooooooooooooo

I was going to comment on the latest Mets news, but I decided to leave it to those who do it better.

Instead, I'm going in a different direction. After just re-reading the outstanding 2002 history of "Saturday Night Live", it made me wonder who would make up my Mount Rushmore of SNL performers.

1. Eddie Murphy. A no-brainer. The absolute best all-around performer in the history of the show. Mr. Robinson, Gumby, Buckwheat, Velvet Jones, the list goes on and on.

2. John Belushi. I have to pay tribute to the original cast and with all due respect to Dan Aykroyd, I'm going with Belushi. From the Samurai to Joe Cocker to The Godfather, Belushi was amazing.

3. Dana Carvey. I don't think he ever got credit for what he brought to the show in the mid-80s renaissance. The Church Lady, Bush, Hans, Garth, etc... Carvey was the MVP of an amazing ensemble.

4. Will Ferrell. I could have gone in a couple different directions here but I felt like honoring one from each era, and who better from the late 90s/early 00s than Ferrell? Great enough to have two "Best of" DVDs.

There's my list. What say you guys?


  1. Murphy is a no-brainer. I'd replace Belushi with Murray, and Carvey with Phil Hartman. Yes, Carvey brought a lot of iconic SNL characters, but I'd debate that Hartman was more solid all around. He could play a great straight man, and just generally seemed to be the go-to cast member who held the show together. Will Ferrell is a comedy superstar, and would have been, with or without SNL.

    I'd give honorable mention to Chris Farley. I think if he'd stuck with us for a few more years, he really would have shone his comedy light on the whole world, not just SNL fans who happened to watch his movies.

  2. Can't really disagree with any of that, especially Farley. He just missed the cut.

  3. What? No Tim Meadows? The Ladies Man would be so disappointed with you. I've always been partial to Darrell Hammond, especially for his Sean Connery.

  4. hard to disagree with this list.

    next up, what's the Mount Rushmore of season-long SNL casts (like 1992-93 as a whole, etc.) and then the Mount Rushmore of SNL tandems (like Phil Hartman and Dana Carvey doing skits like Johnny Carson with Ed McMahon and the Clinton-Bush-Perot debates)