SNL takes a look back at the audition tapes of comedians who made the cut — and some who didn’t make the cut.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, SNL creator Lorne Michaels revealed which stars he may have overlooked:
Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell auditioned. There were lots of people who you’d see how brilliant they were, but you knew on some level that it wasn’t going to work. Lisa Kudrow gave a brilliant audition, but it was at the time when it was Jan Hooks and Nora [Dunn]. I wasn’t at the Jim Carrey audition, but somebody who was there said, “I don’t think Lorne would like it,” and they were probably wrong, but it doesn’t matter. Or maybe they were right — who knows? No one gets it all right.