'SNL' Tidbits for April 12, 1999

By Sean Bradley

SNL's' Current Gals Are 'Divas' This Week

"Saturday Night Live" cast members Ana Gasteyer, Cheri Oteri, and Molly Shannon will guest on "VH1 Divas Live '99," to be broadcast live on Tuesday, April 13 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) from New York's Beacon Theater.

The three are appearing to introduce a segment of the live program. They join other guests Sarah Michelle Gellar, Elizabeth Hurley, Ashley Judd, Gloria Reuben, and Claudia Schiffer.

"VH1 Divas Live '99" will be repeated on Tuesday, April 13 from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM; Wednesday, April 14 from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM; Thursday, April 15 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM; Saturday, April 17 from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM and Sunday, April 18 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Last year, "VH1 Divas Live" debuted from the Beacon Theater and became the highest-rated single broadcast in VH1's history.

Ferrell & Shannon Among 'SNLers' to Take Over Hollywood Comedy?

Reporter Tyler Mccleod wrote a story this week about "SNL's" influence on the future of Hollywood.

"Everybody talks about the good old days of 'Saturday Night Live' -- the years of Chevy Chase and John Belushi, Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller," Mccleod began. "But we submit there is a troop of former and current 'SNLers' leaving NBC's Studio 8H to take over Hollywood comedy."

Among the recent "SNL" alumni, past and present, he thinks will make it big on the big screen are Jay Mohr ("Go"), Jim Breuer ("Half-Baked"), Molly Shannon ("Never Been Kissed"), Will Ferrell ("A Night at the Roxbury"), Chris Kattan ("A Night at the Roxbury"), Janeane Garofalo ("Truth About Cats and Dogs"), Norm Macdonald ("Dirty Work"), Mark McKinney ("The Out-of-Towners"), Cheri Oteri ("Liar Liar"), Darrell Hammond ("The King and I"), and Chris Elliott ("There's Something About Mary").

Just about every single one of these comedic actors and actresses have already wrapped production on other movies and will be back in theaters in no time, so keep your eyes pealed to those movie trailers.

Triumph Over Tragedy for Molly Shannon

Behind Molly Shannon's weekly outrageous antics as "SNL's" Catholic school girl, Mary Katherine Gallagher, is a woman who took almost 25 years to come to terms with the tragedy that shaped her life.

"I was four years old when I watched my mom, sister, and cousin die beside me in a car accident," Shannon told the "Calgary Sun" last week. "It was 1969 and we were all driving with my dad. We hit another car. My youngest sister Katie and our cousin Fran died along with my mom.

"Because there was no mother in my life, I saw things more from a man's point of view. I had to discover my femininity much later in life."

The Catholic girls' school-educated Shannon says Mary Katherine Gallagher is an exaggerated version of herself as a youth.

Goodman Episode Does Well ... But Wasn't it a Rerun?

The John Goodman-hosted episode of "SNL" over the weekend earned an impressive overnight Nielsen rating, especially since most of America probably thought it was a rerun. The show, which was in fact live, pulled a 7.0/18, maintaining most of its lead-in audience from the NBC drama "Profiler."

Meanwhile, a new episode of FOX's "Mad TV" came in with a 4.7/10, one of the lower rated episodes of the sketch-comedy show this year.

Murphy's 'Life' Opens This Weekend

Eddie Murhy shot to stardom in the early '80s as an "SNL" cast member. With his success in "48 Hours," Murphy handed in his notice to "SNL" in 1984, claiming "there were too many restrictions on my creativity. Movies, concerts, and albums allowed me the freedom I needed."

Now, Murphy is back on the big screen in "Life," a new comedy costarring Martin Lawrence.

The movie is the story of two men wrongly accused of a crime and sentenced to life in prison. The film follows their exploits in prison from the 1930s until the present day. Murphy tells the "Calgary Sun" his idea from the beginning was to create a movie "about two guys that went to prison for life. It's a big prison escape film with lots of comedy."

"Life," directed by Ted Demme and written by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone, escapes to theaters this Friday.

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