Ben Stiller quit “SNL” after four episodes to pursue film-making
Anthony Michael Hall was just 17 when he joined the show. Coming off a successful turn in Sixteen Candles, Anthony Michael Hall became the youngest cast member ever at just 17 when he joined SNL in 1985 as part of the younger, hipper reboot. It lasted one season.
Damon Wayans got fired by “SNL” before starring on “In Living Color.” Rumor has it that during the live show he changed his cop character from a dry one into a flamboyant one.
Julia Louis Dreyfus was the youngest female cast member ever. She was hired right out of college and lasted three less than memorable years in the SNL cast.
Sarah Silverman made it just one season as an “SNL” writer. As a writer, not a single sketch of hers made it to air in her one season on the staff.
Still, she did appear in a handful of skits as a featured player before being let go.
Robert Downey Jr. was a cast member in the turbulent 1985 season.
Rob Riggle played many memorable characters. Riggle was on Saturday Night Live, and if you remember him from that, then you probably remember him playing Larry the Cable Guy, Howard Dean, or Toby Keith.
David Koechner met his future “Anchorman” co-star on the show. Koechner and Ferrell became friends when they were both cast members on SNL, where Dave spent just a single year on the staff.
Billy Crystal coined a catchphrase during his one season on the show. After hosting twice in season nine of the show, Crystal gave SNL a full time shot for the 1984-85 season, when he coined the now iconic line, “You look marvelous.”
Christopher Guest appeared on “SNL” before becoming a star filmmaker. But he crafted those chops with a year on SNL following the success of This Is Spinal Tap.
Joan Cusack was queen of impressions on “SNL.” her first big break came in one season of work on Saturday Night Live where she was big on impressions that included Jane Fonda, Brooke Shields, and the Queen.
Gilbert Gottfried only lasted one season.
Randy Quaid had a short-lived career on “SNL” in 1985. He will always a member of the Saturday Night Live alumni thanks to the ill-fated 1985 season.