Since its premiere back in 1975, Saturday Night Live has become a fixture in live television. Through the almost five decades SNL has been around, countless comedians and actors have joined the main cast.
In fact, starring in SNL seemed to help launch the career of stars like Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, and, most recently, Pete Davidson. Plus, all the biggest stars, from A-list actors to popular musicians, have hosted the show.
If there’s a thing SNL is known for, in addition to its hilarious sketches, is for all the times the guest stars and cast break while filming this live show.
For some SNL cast members, making others break character is almost a game. That’s the case of Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon. When both these comedians were on SNL, they would often go out of their way to make their co-star, Jimmy Fallon, break in front of the cameras.
Jimmy Fallon Worked With One Of SNL’s Most Hilarious Cast
Jimmy Fallon is a comedian, television host, actor, and writer with a long career that started when he was 21 years old.
Having grown up in New York City, Fallon decided to move to L.A. and try his luck as a stand-up comedian. It seems this gamble paid off, because, by 1998, Fallon fulfilled his lifelong dream of joining the cast of Saturday Night Live.
Fallon starred on SNL from the late 90s to the early 2000s. He was hired along with Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz as featured players, but soon became a regular fixture on the show. His impressions of stars such as Barry Gibb, Carson Daly, Pat O’Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, and Marilyn Manson helped Fallon gain quick popularity.
Fallon joined what many considered one of SNL’s most hilarious cast of all time. Fallon got to work with SNL stars such as Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Seth Meyers, Amy Pohler, Will Ferrell, and Maya Rudolph.
In 2004, Fallon left SNL to explore further career options. Following his time in this live television show, Fallon starred in several movies, including Taxi with Queen Latifah and Fever Pitch with Drew Barrymore. He also went on to host his own show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon Would Often Try To Get Jimmy Fallon To Break On SNL
Like many other stars that have appeared on SNL, Jimmy Fallon has admitted that one of the hardest parts of being on this live show is not laughing when filming the sketches.
Recently, Fallon admitted that it was especially hard not to break character with stars like Will Farrell, who was part of the SNL from 1995 to 2002, and Molly Shannon. Mainly because these two comedians would go out of their way to make him laugh.
“I think you should not break. I never did it on purpose, and I always felt bad if I did, but I tried my hardest not to. And then people started knowing that I was an easy laugh, so Will Ferrell or Molly Shannon would go out of their way to make me laugh. We were playing, and I was just having a good time. There’s probably a bunch of sketches where I laughed that no one talks about, but there’s a few that got famous,” he told Interview Magazine.
Jimmy Fallon Himself Made Many Other Stars Break On SNL
Just like Ferrell and Shannon would go out of their way to make Jimmy Fallon break in front of the cameras during their time on SNL, Fallon himself would often make other guest stars laugh and break character while working together on some sketches.
A great example is Lindsay Lohan. The Mean Girls star hosted SNL back in 2004 and, in a recent interview for Vogue, revealed that Jimmy Fallon made it really hard to film the Debbie Downer skit without laughing.
“I just remember thinking ‘If I don’t look at Jimmy Fallon, I’ll be fine’ And all I kept doing in the Live was looking at him.”
The actress remembers she was very nervous about being on SNL for the first time, so she didn’t want to get in trouble for laughing during a live skit. However, working with Fallon wasn’t easy, and she ended up leaving the scene because she couldn’t stop laughing. Luckily for her, the rest of the cast broke character and joined in the fun!