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Chase on Will Ferrell as George W.

On Kristen Wiig:. She had two things going for her. She had clear-cut chops, and she was pretty, too.

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But what happened to her? Where did she go? On Eddie Murphy:. I found that funny and people loved that. Stevie Wonder, he did well. You just put on some sunglasses and do this. This is a big moment in your life. Danny [Aykroyd] is performing the ceremony.

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Despite all the shit-talking Chase does in the profile, he also admits that the negative coverage of his behavior over the years has gotten to him. Read the rest over at the Washington Post. Already a subscriber?

Log in or link your magazine subscription. The show immediately drew a line separating young from old, smart from dumb and hip from square. Staying up late to watch and then quote it to classmates the following Monday was a badge of honour in adolescent America.

44. No One Suffers like the Artist

As co-host of the fake news segment Weekend Update, Chevy Chase had a guaranteed to minute slot every week. In a series of sketches, Chase made the head of state into an accident-prone idiot who fell off his podium, stapled his tie to his ear and walked into walls.

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Playing a personnel officer interviewing guest host Richard Pryor for a janitorial position, Chase suggests a game of word association. The game starts innocently enough until Chase begins to throw in racial epithets. W ithin two weeks of the sketch airing, Chase was anointed "the funniest man in America" on the cover of Time magazine. NBC let it be known they considered him a serious contender to replace Johnny Carson. Movie studios let it be known they considered him a comedian with leading-man looks.

Few of his Saturday Night colleagues mourned his loss. He was arrogant and competitive with Ackroyd and Belushi, went out of his way to overshadow his Weekend Update co-anchor Jane Curtin SNL was generally a toxic environment for its female employees: John Belushi refused to appear in any sketches written by women , and made it obvious that he saw the rest of the cast as inferior supporting players. I n subsequent years, Chase would make numerous return visits to SNL, often as guest host, sometimes in a cameo role.

On every occasion, he would prove difficult and unpleasant to be around. O n his first time back at the show, he got into a fist fight with Bill Murray. Why would a successful show repeatedly roll out the red carpet for someone who thought he was too good for it, and who was openly loathed? But they have Caddyshack and three other films he made in the s. Both movies mixed slapstick, gross-out humour and sentimentality in a way that showed Chase at his most appealing.

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Chevy Chase just gets shadier and shadier

It seemed like this smirking guy who bluffs his way through cases with an armoury of put-downs was a part Chevy Chase could play for the rest of his life. As it turned out, he only played Fletch in a lifeless sequel. D irector Kevin Smith met Chase in the Nineties to talk about resurrecting the character, and was not impressed: "At the lunch, Chevy went on to claim he invented every funny thing that ever happened in the history of not just comedy, but also the known world You ever sat down with somebody who claimed responsibility for stuff he did AND didn't do?

It's really off-putting. A s the s came to an end, Chase's career started to nosedive.

He showed up on SNL and talk shows, puffy-faced and floundering, stumbling over his punchlines.

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