He left the show after only two seasons. This role was eventually parlayed into a feature-length film. The legendary funnyman joined the cast in 1990, which also featured Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Rob Schneider and David Spade; together they formed the "Bad Boys of SNL." Watch his commercial for Uncle Jemima's Pure Mash Liquor. Morgan, who played Hustle Man on Fox's Martin, sure knows how to pitch you a deal. She portrayed Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and Beyonc. ", Hudson (shown to the right of Garrett Morris) was the first black woman featured on SNL (not to be confused with the first black woman cast member, Danitra Vance). Time will tell if the young comedian enjoys the kind of meteoric success had by Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock, or if he joins the ranks of Yvonne Hudson and Jerry Minor in post-SNL relative obscurity. Vance (shown here with Ray Charles) was the first African-American woman to become an SNL repertory cast member. Rudolph's an ace in the hole when it comes to impersonations, and she's probably most remembered for her portrayal of Donatella Versace(shown hereto the left ofRudolph). Instead of giving a straight one-liner, he went on and on as a flamboyant gay cop and was promptly fired. Watch as he and Kenan Thompson refuse to do their jobs on Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday. But when he tired of portraying celebrities, he created Leon "The Ladies Man" Phelps, a not-so-smooth radio talk-show host. And with the change of a wig, she could be white, black, Asian or Latina. In addition to the occasional SNL appearance, you can see her these days in films such as Away We Go and Grown Ups. He did impressions of Cuba Gooding Jr., Al Sharpton and Jimi Hendrix. His signature characters were Virginiaca Hastings, a loudmouthed shopper who flirts with sales clerks; Lorenzo McIntosh, an ex-convict/movie buff hired to scare juvenile delinquents in a prison program; and Barbara Birmingham, a belt-wielding, cigarette-smoking nanny a new-millennium baby's worst nightmare. In his debut episode of SNL, Jared "Jay Pharoah" Farrow showed that he can nail the kind of celebrity impressions that are a staple of every cast member's repertoire, including a credible sendup of box-office king Will Smith. Perhaps it was the greatest thing for the young comic, who would go on to star in his own sketch comedy show, In Living Color, in 1990 with his brother, Keenen. He did impressions of several characters, including Oprah Winfrey and Erykah Badu. Determined to find his moment in the spotlight, Wayans ad-libbed a few lines in an episode where he was to play a cop. Watch her in a short clip with Garrett Morris as the Conklins, in a sketch entitled "Bad Clams.". The Blacker the Content the Sweeter the Truth, The Evolution of Clarence Thomas: The Enigma of The Supreme Court. But watch a short clip of an episode hosted by Oprah Winfrey, in which Vance gives a dead-on performance as Miss Celie. Minor was on the show for only one season before getting the boot. Beautiful, beautiful DysonThe Cadillac of cordless vacuums, the Dyson, has two very good vacuums on sale, as well as a shiny air purifier. After leaving SNL, she briefly starred in her own sitcom, Cleghorne! His role was so, err, minor that his SNL online presence has been relegated to a bunch of transcripts floating around the Web. But as a featured performer, he didn't get much time to show his talents on-screen. Ne-Yo and R. Kelly: Should We Separate Art From The Artist? Watch this short clip of him interviewing former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond about whites versus blacks on IQ tests. This season, he and Jay Pharoah are the two African-American cast members. a credible sendup of box-office king Will Smith, refuse to do their jobs on Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday, bicker over closing up their convenience store, short clip of him interviewing former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, minority characters to be pigeonholed into stereotypical roles. Denzel Washington Pays Tribute to Jackie Robinson At All-Star Game. The Cadillac of cordless vacuums, the Dyson, has two very good vacuums on sale, as well as a shiny air purifier. Of course, Rudolph, the daughter of Minnie Riperton, can sing, too. Since the show, he's appeared in the HBO sketch-comedy series Funny or Die Presents and is a co-star in Delocated, a new series on the Adult Swim network. In most of the episodes with Cleghorne (shown here with Ellen DeGeneres) that can be found online, she's singing in the background or has a quick one-liner. Morgan, who now stars on NBC's 30 Rock, recently released his autobiography, I Am the New Black. Thompson (shownto the left of Reba McEntire) built up his comedic skills in the '90s on Nickelodeon's All That and Kenan & Kel. It wasn't necessarily the best format for his razor-sharp comedic insights; in this clip, it's easy to see he was reading a teleprompter to help a white person survive the Apollo.
As Gumby, he coined one of the greatest catchphrases in SNL history: "I'm Gumby, dammit!
Then, in 2006, he was dropped from the show. Before he climbed into the stratosphere of movie stardom, Murphy was SNL's second African-American male cast member. Although Mitchell was promoted from feature player to cast member in 2005, his screen time was heavily reduced. Morris was a part of the original cast of Saturday Night Live, playing characters such as Chico Escuela, a Dominican baseball player who could barely speak English. Until Darrell Hammond surpassed him in 2005, Meadows was the longest-running SNL cast member. Edwards had a knack for impressions, from Michael Jackson to Don Cheadle, from Redman to Billy Ocean. Watch as she and Chris Rock, an old married couple, bicker over closing up their convenience store. Although Morris, as the only African-American character on the first season, broke the mold, his roles also set the precedent for many of SNL's minority characters to be pigeonholed into stereotypical roles. She had two recurring roles on the show, one of which was "That Black Girl," a spoof of That Girl, featuring Marlo Thomas. Catch a peek at some of his stand-up comedy. He played a grown-up Buckwheat and Little Richard Simmons, a spirited workout instructor, and did several impressions of Stevie Wonder. Maybe you'd rather watch him peddle Coldcock malt liquor so hard, it'll knock you right out. This funny man can deliver, whether impersonating Mike Tyson or Tito Jackson.