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Two years after a deadly crash that left Saturday Night Live veteran Tracy Morgan in critical condition, the comedian credits his fellow cast members for inspiring him to return to comedy.
"On Oct. 17, when I went home, I was in a pitch meeting and this young cast – all of them, everybody, the whole cast – I know they was doing their hardest pitches, their best pitches," the 47-year-old comedian said of his return to the Saturday Night Live set after creator Lorne Michaels invited him "home."
"They inspired me so much," he continued. "After I left the pitch meeting, I went to the cellar, I grabbed the mic for the first time – for the very first time – it was like a new life," Morgan told Howard Stern of getting back on the stage again. "I did five minutes."
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
Well, that didn't take long.
Saturday Night Live vets Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah – who learned earlier this week that their comedic services were no longer needed on the late-night sketch series – have both scored pilot deals at Showtime, the network announced on Thursday at the TCA Summer Press Tour.
Killam will star in the tentatively titled Mating, which is a comedy anthology series that focuses on a freshly divorced guy who got married at a young age and is now trying to navigate a much-changed, complicated dating world. Mating is being executive-produced by Jason Katims (Parenthood) and Stu Zicherman (The Americans), with Zicherman writing the pilot. The concept is to feature a different protagonist each season.
Two familiar faces won't be returning for Saturday Night Live's upcoming season 42.
Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah are departing the long-running NBC sketch comedy show, a network spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE on Tuesday.
Pharoah, 28, and Killam, 34, have both been with the show for six seasons and are well-known for their impression skills impersonating everyone from politicians to actors. (Pharoah, notably, is famous for his President Obama portrayal.)
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ... right?
After comedian and actress Abby Elliott did a spot-on impression of Drew Barrymore, she received a surprising reaction.
Speaking with PEOPLE Now, the Odd Mom Out star opens up about what Barrymore, 41, had to say.
"I had done an impression of her on some talk show and she saw that and really liked it," she says. "She was always a good sport about it."
Mike O'Brien is not joking when it comes to his health.
The Saturday Night Live alum posted a series of pre- and post-op photos of himself undergoing surgery on his face Sunday, sharing his own family history with skin cancer and raising awareness so fans might be more vigilant about their own health.
"A couple weeks ago those two little red bumps under my right eye were diagnosed as melanoma, a skin cancer that has taken multiple people in my extended family," he wrote on Instagram. "If you have a family history of skin cancer, you should get checked at a dermatologist every 3-6 months."
Saturday Night Live director Matt Villines has died of cancer at age 39, PEOPLE confirms.
Villines and his directing partner Oz Rodriguez, best known as the duo Matt & Oz, were responsible for SNL's hilarious pre-taped sketches like "The Jay Z Story", "Sad Mouse" and "Monster Pals."
Saturday Night Live may be wrapped for the season, but new footage will help ease the wait for season 42 – not to mention the next Star Wars film.
In a bonus clip, Emma Stone, Matthew McConaughey and Jon Hamm do their best to land spots in The Force Awakens. However, they have some competition from SNL celebrity impersonators and actual Star Wars actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.
It's not all that rare for someone on Saturday Night Live to come close to breaking character during a sketch – but it is pretty rare when that sketch involves Fred Armisen going all orgasmic over Jason Sudeikis.
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