Saturday Night Live has been a staple on NBC for 40 years now and we have seen many famous faces get their start on the show. From Tina Fey to Steve Martin and Jimmy Fallon, many comedic actors got their big break after Lorne Michaels cast them on his hit TV show. However, Michaels also rejected many other comedians along the way. Check out these 20 celebrities that auditioned for Saturday Night Live, but were turned down!
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Jim Carrey really tried hard at getting on SNL, as he auditioned twice and was turned down both times! They missed out, as he went on to be a member of In Living Color and is making millions for his movie roles.
It seems like Kevin Hart had already made a name for himself in Hollywood and was trying to get a spot on SNL, as he auditioned in 2013! Maybe he didn’t want to do 50 movies every year? They turned him down though, so movies it is!
Zach auditioned in 1999, but they didn’t get the charm and comedy that we have all grown to love from him since The Hangover. He is fine with it though, as he has gone on to host in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
T.J. Miller auditioned for SNL in 2008 and there are rumors circulating about how it went. Some say he brought beer to the audition and threw a can of it at Lorne Michaels. He said that is not how it went, but he did bring beer to the holding room and he offered it to the others auditioning, but it was just awkward between everyone.
We loved Kerri Kenney-Silver on Reno 911, so we are glad she didn’t get cast on SNL. She tried out in 1996 and has openly talked about how horrible it went and how hard it was.
Stephen Colbert is amazing at what he does, but apparently he failed to wow the producers back in 1992. SNLwriter Robert Smigel loved him though and got him a job as a writer on The Dana Carvey Show in 1996 and Colbert helped voice The Ambiguously Gay Duo skit on SNL.
Jennifer Coolidge was part of the Groundlings and part of the same group as Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri, and Chris Kattan, who all got on in 1995. Coolidge was turned down, but she has gone on to star in many TV and movie roles, including Stifler’s mom on American Pie.
Kenan & Kel was a popular show on Nickelodeon back in the day, but apparently SNL thought that Kenan Thompson made the show popular, as they turned down Kel after his audition in 2003 and Thompson joined the cast.
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