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    Laraine Newman

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    March 2, 1952 —

    When Laraine Newman appeared on the SNL 40th Reunion, she received little recognition. Which got us thinking, who had the best post-SNL career of the original Not Ready For Primetime Players?

    Dan Aykroyd is clearly tops. He hasn't made a good movie in over a decade, but after you come up with Ghostbusters, all is forgiven.

    Chevy Chase did give us Fletch, but once you get past that, he is a miserable misanthrope with awful career missteps.

    Gilda Radner and John Belushi are forever beloved, but, sadly, their early deaths remove them from consideration.

    Garrett Morris was never beloved, but he suffered a premature demise as well... What? He is still alive? You don't say!

    So does this make Newman, who spent the last 30 years in minor roles and voice acting, the second most successful original SNL alum?

    Oh, right, Jane Curtin won a couple of Emmys in the 80s, and then was on Third Rock from the Sun. So, third place for Newman. Who would have guessed?

    Verdict: Jew.

    April 13, 2015

    See Also

    Hannah Einbinder

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Lorne Michaels

    Gilda Radner

    Maya Rudolph
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