SNL’s Men Get Film Careers, But the Women Don’t


Why is it only the male stars of Saturday Night Live who end up with the big movie careers?

Flip back through the years, and think about it:

John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Will Ferrell, and tons more ended up on the big screen, and Jimmy Fallon even landed a talk show.

I’m not saying those guys didn’t deserve it, but why didn’t Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, Molly Gross, Cheri Oteri, Ana Gasteyer, and Molly Shannon do nearly as well in Hollywood?

Yes, Tina Fey is the exception because she veers between major comedies and dominating the small screen, and Jane Curtin and Amy Poehler did fine on TV.

But while Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig have been in films, they’re not considered topliners like all the above males have been.

So you can nitpick at my argument all you want, but basically, it’s true that the SNL men break out, while the women’s skin breaks out from career crossover jitters.

What gives?