18 Famous People Who Got Rejected By "Saturday Night Live"

Have you ever missed out on the job of your dreams? You can take comfort in the fact that these hugely successfully stars were rejected by Saturday Night Live (check out the entire list at the link):

  1. Lisa Kudrow. Lisa Kudrow auditioned alongside Kathy Griffin and Julia Sweeney. Sweeney was eventually cast, but it all worked out for Kudrow because she ended up on Friends. 
  2. Jim Carrey. Carrey auditioned for the show three different times, eventually being beat out by Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Eddie Murphy. 
  3. Ellie Kemper. She auditioned at the same time as Kate McKinnon, but didn't make the cut. Her husband, however, is a writer for the show. 
  4. Donald Glover. He auditioned for it twice and even talked about it in his opening monologue when he hosted the show in 2018. 
  5. Josh Gad. He had been sending audition tapes to SNL and was eventually offered to come audition, but he was just starting in the Broadway smash Book of Mormon, so he decided to pass on the opportunity. 
  6. Kevin Hart. Snippets of his audition were played for SNL's 40th anniversary special, and he went on to host the show twice. 
  7. Jennifer Coolidge. She was invited to audition with Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri and Chris Kattan. She was the only one not invited to join the show.
  8. Jordan Peele. Peele auditioned the same time that John Mulaney did and wasn't cast. But he went on to have a massively popular sketch show of his own. 
  9. Zach Galifianakis. He auditioned sans beard for SNL, but didn't make the cut. 
  10. Stephen Colbert. He was at the same callback as Tracy Morgan, who was eventually given a part on the show in 1996. 
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