Why 1 Quirky ‘Parks & Rec’ Actress Got Banned From ‘SNL’ in Just Seconds
Spouting a profanity on live television might sound like a nightmare to most entertainers, but it turned out to be a blessing for comedian Jenny Slate.
It’s been exactly a decade when she made her debut on Saturday Night Live and made headlines when she said the ‘F’ word during a live sketch.
It was heard on the east coast feed, though bleeped out for the west coast and in subsequent reruns.
While Slate survived the season, she became a one-season wonder. For some comedians, something like this could have ended their career. Slate went on to greater success after slowly demonstrating her comedic talents on TV.
Back in June of 2014, Slate did a piece for Glamour about “How to Survive a Screw-Up at Work.” Her advice is one everyone should take to heart if they think they’ve made a career-ending faux pas.
Slate simply didn’t fit in at ‘SNL’
As Slate said in her Glamour essay, she was mainly fired from SNL because she didn’t quite fit in there after finishing out her season. Not that uttering profanity in her first sketch on the show helped.
According to her, producer Lorne Michaels was still initially supportive considering how much of a ruckus it made for someone making their TV debut. At the time, Slate didn’t think she’d survive it all, including learning about the news on the early versions of social media.
The worst part of it all was that people started going after her on social media and posting disparaging comments. These lowlifes tried to convince her she looked bad and had no comedic talent. Yes, it proves all the trolls were out en masse on social media in 2009 already.
Back then, there wasn’t a lot of precedent to go on with situations like this. Slate wisely moved on and started doing notable guest shots on various TV sitcoms to erase all controversy and expand on her talents she wasn’t able to show in complete form on SNL.
There was a dark patch before finding success again
Once finding out she was fired from SNL at the end of the 2009-10 season, Slate didn’t hear anything from Michaels as a way of lending support. Afterward, Slate kind of wallowed in depression for a while and ate a lot of pizzas as those going through similar circumstances often do.
There was also the astute step of gaining some therapy, mainly a hypnotist to overcome further career fears. Then there was her husband who helped give her all the support she needed to make a notable showbiz comeback. It’s all the proof anyone needs to have someone in their life to root them on when the media and trolls make life miserable.
Thanks to her husband, they both created a popular animated short called Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. It went viral on YouTube, leading to two sequels, a Marcel the Shell book deal, plus Slate gaining a lot of new roles on TV.
Of course, this led to her stint on NBC’s Parks and Recreation in 2013 that led directly into her becoming a comedic star on the big screen.
‘SNL’ co-stars also look out for one another
One thing to note beyond Slate’s comments in Glamour is those who’ve worked for SNL often help one another out in casting each other in their own movie or TV projects.
Many of the near iconic women who’ve worked on the show have done this, and it appears Amy Poehler brought Jenny Slate aboard at Parks and Rec due to the connection. Even though they didn’t work together on SNL at the same time, the networking no doubt was a factor.
Slate was also smart to delve into the indie film market, which she did with Obvious Child. Ever since she received recognition for her part in this almost autobiographical film, it’s been an upward trajectory.
Her five-year-old Glamour essay should be a wake-up call to anyone who happens to make the worst possible mistake on their first day of work. They should still keep their tongue in check if in an interview.