Jim Breuer: ‘My SNL Cast Brought The Show Back’

Remember Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special back in February? You know, the one where the greatest cast members in the show’s illustrious history – not to mention countless A-list celebrities – came back for a night of jokes, laughs and memories?

Jim Breuer was in attendance – and rightly so. Breuer, who was known for “Goat Boy” and hosting “The Joe Pesci Show,” among other skits, was a part of one of the best casts of all time in the mid-late 1990s. He worked with Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Darrell Hammond, Chris Kattan, Norm McDonald, Tim Meadows, Tracy Morgan, Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon and others.

“We were a good cast,” Breuer said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “We kind of brought things back for awhile. You had the cheerleaders, you had Goat Boy, The Pesci Show, you had Will just knocking it out every other week, Cheri Oteri, you had Molly Shannon with the Catholic school girl. ‘Superstar!’ Kattan had a lot of hit characters, Norm McDonald – it was a great cast. Really talented cast. It was good. It was really good.”

So was the cast for the 40th anniversary episode. Dan Akroyd, Jim Carrey, Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, Jerry Seinfeld, David Spade, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Walken – the list goes on.

“It was like going to a zoo and in all the cages are superstar – just superstars,” Breuer said. “You look to the right, there’s Jack Nicholson. Over on your left, there’s George Lucas talking to Spielberg. And there’s Bradley Cooper right next to Leonardo DiCaprio. And there’s Taylor Swift walking along with Paul McCartney. Let’s walk down the hall here and see who else we see. It was unreal. Oh, there’s Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler. Together they make $40 billion. I felt like a kid that snuck into just this really elite private party and I got to be in there. It was awesome.”

Breuer said that SNL cast members have an instant bond – even those who weren’t cast mates.

“You’re friends with everyone,” he said. “It’s a club that you immediately identify. I remember seeing Dan Akroyd and he literally brings it right down to the level of what it was like being on the cast. So many other cast members I met – you have an initial bond right away. But the best part of the night for me was just talking to Will Ferrell – just talking to him normal and asking about his brother, asking about his mother. His mother used to come to shows all the time. Those little things were more exciting for me than seeing performances or anything like that.”

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