Not only has former SNL head writer and "Weekend Update" host Tina Fey appeared on The Oprah Show several times, she even convinced Oprah to make a guest appearance on her own Emmy-winning sitcom, 30 Rock, in 2008.
With ???Sprockets,??? ???Wayne's World??? and ???Coffee Talk with Linda Richman,??? Mike Myers was SNL's king of the recurring sketch. He has "recurred" on The Oprah Show too, appearing twice on Oprah's stage.
After leaving SNL in 1993, Chris turned his attention to stand-up comedy, eventually moving to TV shows and Hollywood films. He's appeared on The Oprah Show 25 times—second only to Celine Dion's 27 appearances.
During his SNL
days, Tracy brought a wild-card quality to the show with his hilarious characters and impersonations. On the NBC sitcom 30 Rock
, Tracy— in a character named Tracy Jordan—plays off his public persona for big laughs. In 2010, Tracy opened up to Oprah
about the differences between his crazy reputation and his real self.
In 2011, Dana Carvey
, one of SNL
's star cast members of the 1980s and 1990s, revealed how he created some of his most iconic characters—the Church Lady, Hans and Franz, George H.W. Bush. He even introduced his latest impersonation: Charlie Sheen!
Watch him do it
On The Oprah Show
to promote his 2011 movie Just Go with It
, former SNL
cast member Adam Sandler gave Oprah a birthday present
she'll never forget!
impersonations of George W. Bush, Harry Caray, Robert Goulet and former Attorney General Janet Reno made him one of the breakout stars of SNL
in the 1990s. In 2005, he appeared on The Oprah Show
with Nicole Kidman to talk about their big-screen remake of the '60s sitcom Bewitched
In 2008, Amy appeared on The Oprah Show
with her co-star and real-life friend Tina Fey. After her tenure on SNL
came to a close, Amy went on to star in Baby Mama
—with Tina, again—and NBC's Parks and Recreation
One of SNL's original cast members, Dan Aykroyd has been a Conehead, the purveyor of "Bag-o-Glass" (a toy for children), a "Wild and Crazy" guy and a Blues Brother. In 1989, Oprah welcomed the entire cast of Ghostbusters II, including Dan.
Sitting alongside Dan on The Oprah Show in 1989 was his Ghostbusters and SNL co-star Bill Murray. When one woman in the audience asked Bill about his signature smirk, he had a ready response. "I think that generations of Irishmen were beaten for pig stealing and our faces kind of end up this way," Bill joked. "I don't mean to be smirking, but it's a look that says, 'I'm really interested in what you're saying.'"
In 1996 Chevy Chase told Oprah's audience how he got his big break. While waiting in line for a movie, Chevy started cracking such funny jokes that Lorne Michaels—who happened to be standing nearby—invited him to audition for a job on the soon-to-be launched comedy show.
One of the original cast members of SNL, Jane Curtin appeared on The Oprah Show in 1997 with her 3rd Rock from the Sun castmates including John Lithgow.
With her over-the-top impersonations of Donatella Versace and, yes, Oprah, Maya Rudolph earned her spot on a 2004 episode of The Oprah Show
titled "The Funniest People in America."Watch Maya's hilarious 2007 spoof of Oprah's Favorite Things!
One of the biggest stars to get his big break on SNL, Eddie Murphy appeared most recently on The Oprah Show in 2006 to promote the Oscar®-nominated role as Jimmy "Thunder" Early in the movie Dreamgirls.
Jason Sudeikis, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig
In 2009, current cast favorites Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis
helped Oprah surprise Jackie, a 19-year-old college student who was battling a rare form of cancer.Watch Kristen do her amazing Suze Orman impersonation during a commercial break!
Robert Downey Jr.
When he joined SNL
's cast in 1985 at the age of 20, Robert Downey Jr. was already a movie star, having appeared in some of his filmmaker father's movies and Brat Pack comedies. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Robert was known as much for his downward spiral of drug addiction, a prison sentence and multiple rehab stints as his acclaimed acting. But by 2004, Robert was clean and sober
, and appeared on The Oprah Show
to talk about his substance abuse recovery and marriage, promote his album The Futurist
and reveal his devotion to the practice of Wing Chun Kung Fu.
Fred Armisen and Darrell Hammond
In November 2008, Fred Armisen and Darrell Hammond
appeared on The Oprah Show
impersonating presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain to encourage viewers to get out and vote.
Ben Stiller was only on SNL
for five episodes in 1986, but the show helped launch his comedy career. He appeared on The Oprah Show in 2008
with Chris Rock to promote their sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
In 1984, Billy Crystal was such a funny guest host of SNL he was asked to join the cast. His catch phrase—"You look mahvelous!—turned into one of the time-capsule moments of the Reagan era. He later went on to become a box-office success and has appeared on The Oprah Show 15 times.
Six years after the last episode of Seinfeld
divided audiences, SNL vet Julia Louis-Dreyfus
and her co-stars Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards reunited for the first time on Oprah's stage in 2004.
While his time on SNL was short, Damon Wayans remains one of the most controversial cast members in the show's history. According to the book Live from New York, he was reportedly fired for changing his character from a police officer to a flamboyantly gay man in the middle of the sketch—on live television. Damon went on to star in the sketch show In Living Color and a string of Hollywood movies, and appeared on The Oprah Show in 2004 along with other members of his famously funny family.
What a difference 15 years makes! In 1996, SNL writer and actor Al Franken—best known for his goofy, self-help spouting Stuart Smalley character—appeared on The Oprah Show with Arianna Huffington. At the time, Al was described as a liberal comedian and Arianna was described as a right-wing columnist and author. Today, Al is a U.S. senator from Minnesota and Arianna is the founding editor and namesake of the left-leaning website The Huffington Post.
In October 1996, everyone was waiting for the first interview with John F. Kennedy Jr.
after his top secret private wedding to Carolyn Bessette. Oprah had her audience convinced they were about to see John in person...but then had a hilarious sit-down conversation with SNL
cast member Jon Lovitz instead. Jon even answered one of Oprah's interview questions while pretending to be John F. Kennedy Jr.!
In 2004, Adam Sandler told the story of how SNL's "Weekend Update" host Dennis Miller helped him get a job on the show. Dennis—who was also once Oprah's neighbor in Montecito, California—appeared with a taped message to confirm the story and wish Adam success.
Phil Hartman appeared along with his Sgt. Bilko co-stars Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd in 1996, and talked about some of his SNL characters, his work on the sitcom NewsRadio and his famous Bill Clinton impersonation. Phil was also known for lending his voice to several supporting characters on The Simpsons and for helping create Pee-wee's Playhouse.
Phil was killed by his wife Brynn in 1998.
In the show announcing The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver for her Book Club, Oprah invited celebrities from TV and film to share their favorite books. SNL
vet Kevin Nealon's favorites from 2000 were A Dangerous Fortune
by Ken Follett and Snow Falling on Cedars
. "I don't remember who wrote that one," Kevin joked. "So we'll just say I wrote it." Actually, it's by David Guterson. Our favorite Kevin characters include Subliminal Man and one-half (with Dana Carvey) of the pumped-up Hans and Franz.
Tim Meadows—the second longest tenured member of the SNL cast—appeared on The Oprah Show in 1997 to talk about what it's like to create sketches.
Most famous for her androgynous character Pat, Julia appeared on The Oprah Show
in 1997. She performed a monologue from her one-woman Broadway play, God Said Ha!
, based on the true story of when both she and her brother both battled cancer and her parents moved into her home. The play was later turned into a book, a Grammy-nominated comedy album and a movie co-produced by Quentin Tarantino.
Find out what Julia is up to today
By the time of her 2001 appearance on The Oprah Show, Christine Ebersole had moved from SNL's Rockefeller Center studio to a Tony-winning role in 42nd Street on Broadway. Christine and her husband, Bill Moloney, told Oprah how Bill had left his job in the music industry to be a stay-at-home dad to their "transracial" family of three adopted children.