18 massive comedy stars who got their big break on ‘Saturday Night Live’

The show has created more stars than you think

After being recruited by future co-star John Belushi for The National Lampoon Radio Hour, Murray bagged a role on SNL in 1977. Before his departure 1980, Murray took on several recurring sketches including a spoof of TV quiz show Family Feud. After SNL, he went on to become one of the most successful big-screen comedic actors of his time following roles in Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Caddyshack. His cult grows to this day.

Since its inception in 1975, NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live has become an integral part of American culture. The show is currently enjoying a rating revival in the wake of the show’s Donald Trump impersonations, but really, the sketches and the comedians who have featured on the show have been shaping mainstream comedy for decades. From known favourites to Bill Murray to people you might not have known started on the show like Robert Downey Jr., all of these successful comedians essentially got their big break on the show.

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