SNL Cast Members Breaking Character

snl stefonI am a huge fan of Saturday Night Live.  I am not ashamed to admit it.  To those that say the show hasn’t been funny since _____________ cast member left, you are missing out.  There are brilliant people on this show and it’s just as funny as ever.

One of my favorite things that happens on SNL is when there is a skit where the are SNL cast members breaking character. I’ve heard from SNL cast members that Lorne Michaels hates when people break character as it shows a lack of professionalism.  To me though, it shows that these people are really funny.  Nothing impresses me more than a comedian that can make other comedians laugh.  When they break character with each other, it’s just gold and it’s a glimpse in to the inner workings of the cast.

Here is a funny video of SNL cast members breaking character over the years.  I can’t stop laughing at this video.  I just love it.  Watch this and then tell me, what is your favorite SNL skit of all time?

4 Comments on SNL Cast Members Breaking Character

  1. Great clip Mike.

    My all time favorite clip will always be Phil Hartman as Frank in “The Sinatra Group.” It is pure comedic genius.

    Frank – “You don’t need to work blue kid. You’ve got talent.”
    Luther – “I’m telling you man, I got no talent.”


  2. I too am a big fan of when they break character although not as much with Stefan as he did it every time. But the other clips, especially the cow bell clip are pure gold Jerry, as you say.

    Also, the Chicago Tribune had an article about how a guy who graduated Joliet Central in 1999 is on the short list to become a new cast member. His name is Tim Baltz and he of course has done work with Second City Chicago.

    I suspect why we like SLN so much is that a lot of the comedians are from the Midwest. We just don’t take ourselves to seriously over here. Da Bears!

    • Midwest Mike // July 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm //

      I loved when Stefon would break. He did it every time because his writing partner would put in new material that Hader was reading for the first time when he was live on TV.

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