Saturday Night Live may have dropped off in popularity over the last decade, but it remains a pop-culture feature in many people’s lives. At one point in the 1990s it seemed like every year a movie was coming out based on a character from SNL. Here are five I think deserved a shot at a film.
Goat Boy played by Jim Breuer
Goat Boy was a character that at the time was pretty popular, but has since fallen aside to other characters as far as fame goes. Goat Boy hosted a fictional MTV show called ‘Hey Remember the 80s.’ It’s a little odd that this premise has become the entire basis of VH1. Goat Boy was not just any television host. As the name suggests, he was half-human and half-goat. The plot for the film could have been something as simple as the story of Goat Boy’s rise to fame or dealing with Hollywood scum, like in Wayne’s World. Whatever it is, I would have been interested to see Goat Boy in a feature length film.
Matt Foley played by Chris Farley
The dearly departed Chris Farley will never get to reprise his role as the life coach Matt Foley, a man best known for living in a van down by the river. Matt Foley’s motivational speeches are priceless and offer no valuable advice at all, which is what makes it so funny. So much could have been done with this character. The entire premise fits the 1990s comedy structure. The Matt Foley film could have revolved around Foley’s success as a motivational speaker before getting recruited to motivate someone impossible to get psyched up, like an evil dictator or someone similar. Farley put out so many underwhelming films it’s a little disappointing he never got to take one of his most memorable characters to the silver screen. Maybe it’s for the best, look how bad Superstar was.
Mango played by Chris Kattan
My favorite Saturday Night Live character of all-time might be Mango. As a youngster, I never quite understood what was going on. Mango’s silly voice and colorful attire were all I needed to laugh and enjoy the other characters’ obsession over him. Each sketch would feature another character, usually the host, becoming sexually obsessive over Mango despite being completely heterosexual. Mango was a flamboyant hot pants wearing dancer, who claimed to not be gay. The Mango movie would need a lot of celebrities to really work well. Maybe a romantic comedy would suffice? Celebrities love cramming themselves into those.
Celebrity Jeopardy starring Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek and Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery
Not an actual character but rather a skit, Celebrity Jeopardy is legendary to the history of Saturday Night Live. Each sketch would involve celebrities ruining Alex Trebek’s chance at hosting Jeopardy, usually with their idiotic answers and in Sean Connery’s case, insults at Alex Trebek. The film for Celebrity Jeopardy might be a little difficult to pull off. I envision a more documentary type film where it is a behind the scenes look at the show and how the contestants prepare. The difficulty of making this entertaining over the entire length of a film might be why this was never made and maybe should not be. It’s still nice to dream about.
Brian Fellow played by Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan’s character Brian Fellow, the animal expert, always made me laugh. The idiocy in everything he says is brilliant. Brian Fellow claims to be an animal lover, a Jack Hannah like character, yet he never seems to really have a loving connection with a single beast. Fellow seems to be more uncomfortable with the way the animals look at him than anything else. A Brian Fellow movie would be tough to do because in many ways it would be like the Ace Ventura franchise, only the animals would not like him. As is the case with all of these characters, I would like to have seen an attempt. Tracy Morgan has made his own career after SNL, but always missing from his resume will be a Brian Fellow film. I’m sure he sleeps fine at night on an expensive bed so this is really only my problem.