Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Top 5 SNL Stars to Make it Big - in the Box Office

Here's a list of 5 from NewSoxy. We actually think this is a limited list, so we made our own Top 15 here:

Our list also includes EVERY SNL player/alumni to have at least one hit film.


Top SNL Stars Who Made It Big – They are now big stars and all of them got their start doing top comedy skits on SNL. These celebrities have enjoyed success with lucrative film careers. However, it wasn’t easy for some of them.

1. Will Ferrell – No one does idiocy (or nudity) like Ferrell, who’s scored with ‘Old School,’ ‘Talladega Nights’ and ‘Anchorman.’ If we wiggle our noses, will ‘Bewitched’ disappear? He’s even shone in drama (‘Stranger Than Fiction’).

2. Bill Murray – He starred in some of the best comedies ever (‘Stripes,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Tootsie’) and snagged an Oscar nod for ‘Lost in Translation.’ Murray voiced lasagna-loving feline Garfield in two Odie-ous movies. Unlike lasagna, this movie legend only gets better with age.

3. Eddie Murphy – He got an Oscar nod for his strong turn in ‘Dreamgirls,’ then there’s the comedy classics (‘Coming to America,’ ‘Trading Places’). Nobody in their right mind wanted to ‘Meet Dave.’ Once a certified A-lister (’48 Hours,’ anyone?), Murphy’s had so many comebacks, we stopped counting. He’s never been down for the count, though.

4. Adam Sandler – He scored a Golden Globe nod for the drama ‘Punch Drunk Love,’ but it’s his comedies (‘Billy Madison,’ ‘Happy Gilmore’) that are truly golden. ‘Little Nicky,’ in which Sandler plays the devil’s son, is pure hell. However, nobody is better at playing childlike adults.

5. Billy Crystal – Though the ‘City Slickers’ star has never won an Oscar, he’s hosted the Oscars eight times, which is way cooler. ‘My Giant’ made a pint-sized $8 million at the box office. Unlike many ‘SNL’ alums, he doesn’t need potty jokes to be funny.



Again, here's our much more exhaustive version:


This is a good reflection. Andy certainly achieved their status on SNL, but so have Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, and Jimmy Fallon. Not every SNL star can be a movie star.

I think the biggest names missing on the list on this page are Mike Meyers, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, and Chris Rock. You can find more info about them on our Topo 15 SNL Movie Stars.

What do you think? Will Andy Samberg become successful in films?



SamJae said...

i'm about to go see Friends with Benefits-- i can tell u guys how big Andy's part was..!

Ed Price said...

Please do. Thanks SamJae. Write your review on it from the perspective of a Samberg fan and then email it to us or leave it as a comment, and we'll post it and link to your site.



SamJae said...
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SamJae said...

Well let me first start off by saying that there has been a ton of opinions on whether No Strings Attached is better than Friends w/ Benefits, and I just wanna clear up the smoke: Friends with Benefits was SOOOO much funnier! But moving on to Andy: his part was small, about the first 2 minutes of the film. However, he was hilarious (duh) and his role was important to the story, although they could have put him in it a little more if you asked me :) -Oh btw you dont need a link to my site, it has nothing on it-

Anonymous said...

I don't know how you could possibly miss Mike Meyers with Wayne's World, Austin Powers, and the Shrek series of animated films! He's huge!

Ed Price said...


Agreed. That's not our list. We think it's very narrow and not factual. Here's our list: http://andysamberg.blogspot.com/2011/09/our-list-of-top-15-snl-movie-stars.html

We'll make that clearer in this post now. Thanks!


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