8 SNL Audition Tapes

Chris Higgins
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Saturday Night Live cast members go through a tough on-stage audition process, and it's taped. Sometimes those tapes make their way onto YouTube (and then they're almost always removed). Here, enjoy all the legitimate audition tapes I could find on YouTube. Check out your favorite SNL stars back when they were twitchy and super-young! (And if you want more actual info about the process, read Orrin Konheim's article How to Get on Saturday Night Live.)

Phil Hartman

With Jon Lovitz towards the end. Love his high-waisted trousers. I miss this guy.

Dana Carvey - Choppin' Broccoli

"If I didn't know her, she'd be the lady I didn't know...cold as ice...whoa yeah!"

Dana Carvey - Impressions

Unless you're over a certain age, you'll have no idea what's going on here.

Jimmy Fallon

Lots of impressions and lots of nervous energy. Around 6 minutes in, a sort of "you had to be there" 90s song parody segment.

John Belushi

Starting with some exercises, including eyebrow lifts. Starting around 2:08 the Brando material arguably goes a little too far.

Dan Aykroyd

"I have some very interesting personal news for men."

Jim Breuer

"You're all dummies." See also: part 2 and part 3 and part 4.

Cookie Monster

Poor Cookie Monster. It turns out he's just a Sometimes Host.