We all love Amy Schumer, everyone knows how brilliant Key & Peele are, and you’ve watched Will Ferrell’s classic SNL sketches countless of times. But in this weekly column Sketchy MVPs, The Laugh Button shines a light on comedians from our favorites shows and troupes who don’t often get rightful credit for their contributions to sketch comedy.
Plenty of people are excited for The Lonely Island’s movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, out June 3rd. However, Andy Samberg isn’t the only Saturday Night Live alum in the film. In fact, there’s a total of eight former cast members who appear in the movie (at least that we know of, and that’s also not including former writers/fellow Lonely Islanders Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone). Out of all of them, though, we have high hopes for Tim Meadows, who plays the manager of Samberg’s Bieber-esq character Connor4Real.
That’s because Meadows’ always had a gift for stealing the scene during his time on SNL, even if he’s only in a sketch for a second. He could play the straight-man to fellow cast members, impersonate a wide variety of celebrities, or simply be over the top himself. After all, there’s a reason why he appeared in ten seasons and survived numerous cast shakeups during the 90s. It often became a running joke on the show how he was still on the show (though we certainly didn’t mind).
After leaving SNL, Meadows went on to become a scene stealer in films like Mean Girls, Walk Hard: The Dewy Cox Story, and Trainwreck (sadly, his turn as a leading man in the film adaptation of The Ladies Man didn’t go as well). He’s also popped up in numerous TV shows like The Goldbergs, Marry Me, and just recently on Inside Amy Schumer, while occasionally performing stand-up on the road.
As we prepare ourselves for all of Meadows’ scene-stealing moments in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (which hits theaters June 3), let’s relive a few of our favorite moments from his time on SNL.
“The Ladies Man with Leon Phelps”
There’s no way you can’t mention Tim Meadows’ time on SNL without mention Leon Phelps. And there’s a reason why many (including Lorne Michaels) thought a movie about everyone’s favorite salacious romance expert was a good idea: because he was simply hysterical. What’s not to love about hearing a character give explicit advice for getting it on? And in case you still don’t realize how popular the Ladies Man actually was, even Monica Lewinsky wanted to spend some time with him.
One of Meadows’ specialties on SNL was doing impersonations, everyone from Michael Jackson to Oprah. And during the 90s, one of his most popular recurring impersonations was OJ Simpson. With the sketch above, Meadows perfectly displays how awkward it would be if an “innocent” OJ returned to the NFL to report from the sidelines.
Clueless talk show hosts are admittedly not that unique of a concept for an SNL character. However Lionel Osbourne, host of Perspectives, is a testament to Meadows’ gift for timing and delivery. As Osbourne himself would say, it was “fantastic.”
“Taxicab Confessions – The Stripper”
In this sketch, where a stripper describes her sexual escapades to a driver on Taxicab Confessions, Meadows’ reactions (or distractions, more specifically) proves that most men would fail at driving a cab on the HBO show.
“Hangin’ With MTV – G-Spot (aka Suck Your Big Toe)”
The concept of a 90s R&B group expressing their yearning to suck on their lady’s big toe through a smooth jam is a winner in and of itself. But to actually witnessing Meadows get down to business and suck on a toe… gold!
“Uncle Jemima’s Pure Mash Liquor”
Here is a prime example of Meadows’ ability to steal an entire sketch with one simple line. Seriously, try not to laugh out loud when Meadows worryingly asks Uncle Jemima what he’s squatting at.