Monday, April 22, 2024

“SNL40”: Who Was Missing from the All Star Reunion


Missing: most of the Season 6 cast that was hired by producer Jean Doumanian and then fired at the end of the season. That would be Denny Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried, Gail Matthius, Ann Risley and of course, the deceased Charles Rocket. Rocket was famous for uttering the “f” word in skit, and the whole show was shut down for a month. Doumanian left, and all that remained was Piscopo and Eddie Murphy (who joined in Doumanian’s 4th episode).

Also missing of course: Dennis Miller and Victoria Jackson. And US Senator Al Franken, who was there from the beginning.

Wiped from history: Robin Duke, Mary Gross, Tim Kazurinsky. Then of course Robert Downey Jr., who had one bad season. And Julia Louis Dreyfus. Whatever happened to her? Also missing from her seasons: Brad Hall (whom she married) and Gary Kroeger. Anyone remember Tony Rosato? A. Whitney Brown? Terry Sweeney?

Tony winner Christine Ebersole was once a regular. No sign of her. Glaring omission: Nora Dunn, who was a very strong utility player, was one of the Sweeney Sisters with the late Jan Hooks. She fought with Lorne Michaels over Andrew Dice Clay hosting the show. It became a cause celebre, and she was out after five years.

Everyone’s been asking about Cheri Oteri. She was in the audience and on the red carpet with her “date,” NSync singer Lance Bass. He was part of a made up tabloid landslide all week that NSync would reunite on the show. Why? Does someone want them to? Certainly not Justin Timberlake. Or me.

Also interesting: no sign of Brian Doyle Murray, Bill’s brother, who was a regular and seemingly always around the show. And Robert Smigel, of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog fame and maker of many videos.

Plus, Candice Bergen was allowed only to introduce Miley Cyrus.

Did I miss anyone? Let me know.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Read more

In Other News