'Saturday Night Live' has long been the holy land for stand-up comedians. They dream of one day making it to the main cast of NBC's legendary comedy variety program, following in the footsteps of the greatest of all time, including Steve Martin, Jane Curtin, Mike Myers and Phil Hartman. Lately, 'Saturday Night Live' has also taken on the role of promoting comedic actors until they break out into huge stars capable of carrying their own television series and feature films. After mega-stars like Will Ferrell and Tina Fey graduated from the 'Saturday Night Live' training ground, it seems like two more comics are ready to emerge from the 'SNL' cocoon: Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis.
Talk of Armisen leaving 'Saturday Night Live' has been rampant ever since his IFC series 'Portlandia' debuted to a strong reception in 2010. The forty-seven year old actor has served on 'Saturday Night Live' for eleven years, simultaneously appearing on television series like 'Out There' and 'Unsupervised.' 'Portlandia' is currently amidst its third season with no signs of slowing down.
Jason Sudeikis has served 'Saturday Night Live' on the main cast for almost as long as Armisen, joining the program in 2003. The thirty-eight year old actor has been a mainstay of 'The Cleveland Show' and hit it big in the feature film 'Horrible Bosses,' which earned an upcoming sequel.
News of Armisen and Sudeikis' departures follows close behind the news that Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are departing 'Saturday Night Live,' as well. Meyers will be taking over 'Late Night' from Jimmy Fallon in 2014; Hader's final appearance on the program will be tonight's show.
With these four veterans leaving the program, Kenan Thompson becomes the longest-serving 'Saturday Night Live' cast member remaining. Are you sad to see these four go?