Two Big Stars Who Auditioned for 'SNL' and Didn't Make It: Steve Carell, Louis C.K.

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Two Big Stars Who Auditioned for 'SNL' and Didn't Make It: Steve Carell, Louis C.K.

by Saturday Night Live 4:26 mins

Two Big Stars Who Auditioned for 'SNL' and Didn't Make It: Steve Carell, Louis C.K.

by Saturday Night Live 4:26 mins

Not every successful comedian has come through the "Saturday Night Live" pipeline. In fact, two major stars hit the big time despite being "SNL" rejects. Steve Carell auditioned for the show in 1995, along with his wife, Nancy Walls. Walls made the cut; Carell didn't. "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" star has joked that he lost out to Will Ferrell, who also joined the cast that year. Fun fact: Carell and Stephen Colbert later lent their voices to the digital short "The Ambiguously Gay Duo," which aired on "SNL." Carell also hosted in 2008. In the monologue shown here, he's drunk too many Red Bulls and needs to be talked down by his wife. Another "SNL" loser: Louis C.K. The hugely successful stand-up comedian was not wanted on the show after he auditioned in 1993 — even though, he said, he had "a really solid, good set." Fun fact: The failed attempt did lead to a writing job for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." The comic went on to host in 2012 and got laughs for this "Last Call" sketch with Kate McKinnon.

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