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Saturday Night Live has been on the air for almost 50 years; that’s a whole lot of Saturdays filled with laughter and a whole lot of comedians making regular appearances on TV screens. There have been plenty of funny faces on SNL over the years, but some names really stick out and have iconic skits that still resonate with fans. Molly Shannon is one such standout performer who rocked the show for 16 years years with her hilariously cringe-worthy characters. Now Shannon looks back on her time with SNL and talks about one of her characters that was a really hard sell, and she had to fight for in order for the character to appear on the show. 

I’m definitely not talking about Molly Shannon’s iconic Mary Katherine Gallagher, because the awkward Catholic school girl is arguably one of the most impactful characters from SNL in the ‘90s. No, apparently one of Shannon’s less recognizable characters was the one she pitched twice to producers. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the comedic actress reveals that Jeannie Darcy, the incredibly unfunny stand-up comedian, was a character she pushed for even though she knew it wouldn’t get very many laughs. Here it is in her own words:

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That was the hardest sell. I put it in the read-through. It did not get on. And you never ever put something through again. It’s embarrassing and you’re just not supposed to do it. But I think I asked Mike Shoemaker, and he was like, ‘Oh, well, all right.’ It got on, but that was really hard because people were just like, ‘What is this?’ That was my reaction to having to always get laughs.

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