4 SNL Movies That Brought Small Screen Stars To The Big Screen

Tuesday, December 20 by John Coon

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Since it debuted on late night TV more than three decades ago, "Saturday Night Live" has served as an incubator of comedic talent. A multitude of TV and movie stars got their start on the show. In some cases, they used characters created in popular sketches to open the door to bigger and better things on the big screen.

These four films drawn from SNL sketches introduced us to future big screen stars:

Blues Brothers (1980)

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Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi are best remembered on "Saturday Night Live" as a pair of blues musicians. This big screen adventure has the duo going on a "mission from God" by reforming their band and raising funds to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up from shutting down. A heavy dose of car chases and musical guests are peppered throughout "The Blue Brothers." It served as a perfect launching pad for Aykroyd’s movie career which included later hits like “Ghostbusters” and “Trading Places.”

Wayne’s World (1992)

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Long before he found success as a time-traveling British spy and a green ogre with a heart of gold, Mike Myers made a name for himself as the title character in “Wayne’s World.” Wayne and Garth graduate from their cable access show in the basement to a show on a network and then must deal with a network executive who takes over their show. From the Bohemian Rhapsody number to the “Scooby-Doo” ending, there are plenty of reasons why this is a classic and why Mike Myers was able to stick around on the big screen.

A Night at the Roxbury  (1998)

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Will Ferrell’s trend of playing larger-than-life obnoxious characters started in this adaptation of an SNL sketch that had him and Chris Kattan playing a pair of friends who live for the nightclub scene. There isn't a whole ton that is memorable about the movie that distinguishes it from dozens of other comedies, but it does offer a showcase for Ferrell. It ended up being the stepping stone he used to shoot to bigger comedic fame in the following decade.

MacGruber (2010)

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	What started as a <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/parody-357/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>parody</a> of "<span data-scayt_word=MacGyver” data-scaytid=”11″>MacGyver" went beyond the show that inspired it by making it to the big screen. Will Forte is hilarious as the title character. The real beneficiary here, though, is Kristen Wiig. She used her key supporting role as Vicki St. Elmo to land a starring role in "Bridesmaids" a year after "MacGruber" hit theaters.

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