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March 13, 2006

List of Worst SNL Cast Members

I think it's a bad list, myself.

For every no-talent on the list, there's someone who's genuinely funny. Jay Mohr was genuinely funny. His sketch-writing sucked (Rock N Roll Real Estate Broker, anyone?) but who can argue with his Chris Walken impressions, especially his Skittles commercial?

And Tim Meadows is flat-out funny. Not necessarily as a performer, but as a sketch writer. Assuming, probably correctly, that lower-eschelon performers only get to star in the sketches they themselves write, then Meadws is responsible for, among others, the Smelly French Whore Game Show, the game show about attempting to guess the names of random dogs, Jingleheimer Junction, and the hilarious census sketch with Christopher Walken.

And Tracy Morgan is deeply annoying, but no one can doubt that Astronaut Jones, Brian Fellows, and the homeless guy in the sewer were pretty damn funny.

Jim Belushi was also funny. Not super-funny, but a reasonably good cast member during a very weak period of the show.

Victoria Jackson? Funny. Jimmy Fallon? I get why people don't like him, but come on, he's funny. Horatio Sanz? Pretty damn funny. (Yeah, the last two could maybe try not to laugh in the middle of sketches a little harder.)

So, a pretty bad list.

They missed out a lot of really lame performers, like Robin Duke, Tim Kazurinsky, Anthony Michael Hall, Randy Quaid, Robert Downey Jr. (good actors seem to make bad SNL cast members), Mary Gross, Julia Louis Dreyfus (very bad on the show), Brad Hall, etc.

Chris Elliot is a funny guy, but a pretty big disappointment on the show. Jeneane Garofalo was terrible.

Of course, no one's heard of half of those people, or even remembers they were on the show at all.

Marks also lost for not mentioning Al Franken or his partner Tom Davis.

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posted by Ace at 06:17 PM

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