The Former ‘SNL’ Cast Members Most Likely To Break Character At #SNL40

02.15.15 5 years ago 8 Comments
If you work on Saturday Night Live, you know there’s one cardinal rule. And it’s not dropping an f-bomb (though that is frowned upon). It’s called “corpsing,” and it basically means to lose your sh*t during a scene. Lorne Michaels is notorious for his aversion to cast members breaking character during the live show, but honestly some of the worst sketches have been made much funnier thanks to contagious laughter.

Let’s take a look at some famous castmembers almost guaranteed to break character tonight…

Bill Hader 

To be fair, Hader’s flamboyant city correspondent Stefon was known for breaking into fits of giggles as much as he was known for his knowledge of the bizarre themes and characters at some of New York’s hottest nightclubs. Hader and writer John Mulaney worked on the script together, basing the character off of people both men had met in real life, but Mulaney often switched the cue cards before Hader’s set so the actor was as clueless about what his character would say as the audience members.

Hader also had a history of losing it during “Californians” with Fred Armisen, but really, who can blame him?

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell was known for making his fellow cast members crack up during sketches, but that didn’t mean the funnyman couldn’t laugh at his own ridiculous self too. Ferrell didn’t break as often as some of the cast members on this list, but when he did, it was memorable. Case in point: his Hot Tub Lovers sketch with Rachel Dratch, Jimmy Fallon, and Drew Barrymore. Dratch and Ferrell played a couple of professors who had no problem sharing their love and sexual desires with Barrymore and Fallon, but when talk turned to spiced meats while the foursome was enjoying the relaxing jets of their hahh-tub, no one could keep it together.

Rachel Dratch 

Let’s be real, calling someone a Debbie Downer wasn’t a thing until Rachel Dratch’s character stole the spotlight on SNL. Dratch did some great work on the show, but she’ll always be known as pessimistic and miserable Debbie, who loved to inform people about feline aids and her own infertility issues. The only problem was, though she was constantly spewing some pretty depressing facts, Dratch — and whoever was unlucky enough to be in a scene with her — just wasn’t able to keep it together when the camera panned for a signature wah, wah, wahhhh.

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