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The sold-out star who almost became an SNL cast

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During an interview with The Jim Norton and Sam Roberts Radio Show, Dave Culier talked about his career as a stand-up comedian. He noted that he appeared on sitcoms such as Newhart and Family Ties before landing an audition for Saturday Night Live in 1986. that he was told that he would be starring in a variety show. “I was going to New York to do Saturday Night Live. And so I, of course, told everyone in my life,” Culier said. The comedian immediately packed his things and intended to move to New York. However, Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Gray soon called him and said that he had not been cast in SNL.

“I said, ‘Why?’ and he says “because I just talked to [former president of NBC] Brandon Tartikoff and Brandon think that you and Dana Carvey are too similar,” Coulier recalls. The impressionist explained that he did not take offense at Carvey for securing a place for himself at SNL. Joey, if he was on a live TV program.

The ‘Muppet Babies’ actor shared similar comments about almost becoming an ‘SNL’ star during an earlier Interview “Sweat”. He stated that he was upset by the situation, but noted that he was cast in Full House only a year after the debacle. During the interview, Coulier also shared that he was filming the pilot with Stamos and John Posey, who was originally hired to play Danny. The Michigan native explained that he was elated when he learned of Saget, who passed away in January 2022 (via Term) – will replace Posey, as they were friends and lived together for a while.

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