'SNL 40' reveals rejected auditions

'SNL' Anniversary Special Reveals Rejected Auditions
'SNL' Anniversary Special Reveals Rejected Auditions


Viewers of "Saturday Night Live's" 40th anniversary special were treated to a montage of audition tapes from some awesome cast members Lorne Michaels hired, and a few he probably should have.

"My name is Jim Carrey, and this is my 'Saturday Night Live' audition, post-nuclear Holocaust," said Jim Carrey during "Saturday Night Live's" 40th anniversary special. That's right, Jim Carrey was turned down, and so was Stephen Colbert...

"I'd like the veal with the mint jelly," said Stephen Colbert.

And Zach Galifianakis, sans his famous beard...

"I have a new headshot. It's a scratch and sniff, and it smells like failure and onions," said Zach Galifianakis.

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Yeah, whoa! But hey, at least they all found incredible success despite that bitter "SNL" rejection.

Michaels does have some regrets about talent he missed out on. He told The Hollywood Reporter he kicked himself later on for not giving some big names a chance, including Lisa Kudrow and Steve Carell.

But he revealed to the New York Post that there were others who he cast instantly after their auditions, i.e. Kristen Wiig, Dana Carvey, Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell.

But at least those long-lost, rejected audition tapes are making a splash now. The media totally ate up the rejected auditions.

And "SNL" fans on Twitter were loving the lost footage even more. Some even admitted to laughing so hard they cried during the montage.

Red carpet arrivals at 'SNL 40'

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