Jimmy Fallon and Phil Hartman’s Saturday Night Live Auditions

Jimmy Fallon’s impersonations helped land him on Saturday Night Live as a featured player in the 1998–1999 season, and he was promoted to full cast member in the summer of 1999. Among his signature bits were his song parodies, which he performed when Colin Quinn was doing Update and continued to showcase on special occasions after he had replaced him. He became co-anchor of Weekend Update with Tina Fey with the October 7, 2000 season premiere.

After appearing in the 1986 films Jumpin’ Jack Flash and ¡Three Amigos!, Phil Hartman successfully auditioned for NBC’s variety show Saturday Night Live (SNL) and joined the cast and writing staff. He told the Los Angeles Times, “I wanted to do [SNL] because I wanted to get the exposure that would give me box-office credibility so I can write movies for myself.” In his eight seasons with the show Hartman became known for his impressions, and performed as over 70 different characters. And I still miss him.