Zach Galifianakis had a two-week trial run as a writer on “SNL” before being let go. He wrote a sketch with Will Ferrell being the bodyguard of Britney Spears’s belly button that bombed so bad in the writer’s room that Tina Fey put her hand on his shoulder to comfort him.

Zach Galifianakis on Tina Fey during his very short SNL career: ‘God bless her’

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Zach Galifianakis told a heartwarming story about Tina Fey and his very brief stint at SNL in a recent interview.

On “The Off Camera Show with Sam Jones,” Galifianakis revealed that while he did get a shot at being a writer for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” during the same time as some of the show’s greats, like Upper Darby-native Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph (the two got hired on the same day), it didn’t last very long.

“I got there, and I was like, ‘I cannot believe I am going to be on the show,'” he told Jones in an interview from September. “‘Saturday Night Live’ was a big deal for me.”

Galifianakis had auditioned for the show a couple times and thought he was being hired as a cast member. … Continue Reading (2 minute read)

14 thoughts on “Zach Galifianakis had a two-week trial run as a writer on “SNL” before being let go. He wrote a sketch with Will Ferrell being the bodyguard of Britney Spears’s belly button that bombed so bad in the writer’s room that Tina Fey put her hand on his shoulder to comfort him.”

  1. BurstYourBubbles

    That whole scenario sounds like a sketch

  2. Random_Name_Whoa

    Tim Robinson also didn’t have much success in the SNL writers room, but his sketch show on Netflix “I Think You Should Leave” is some of the best comedy of the decade imo (and a lot of them are failed SNL sketches).

  3. TheCrowAngel

    Sounds like something from 30 Rock

  4. AttonJRand

    Sketch shows seem really hard to work for actually, you have to churn out an insane amount of content, knowing so many are not going to land or hit right while not being discouraged.

    Even Key and Peele which a lot of us fondly remember had its fair share of duds, its impossible not to. With them though it helped that a lot of people just watched the most well received clips on youtube rather than the whole show.

  5. lovelately

    and she whispered to him, “there’s always funny or die”

  6. J2289

    That sounds like something SNL era Will Farrel could pull off in a skit, an over zealous/enthusiastic bodyguard who takes his job too literally and guards just one part of the body.

  7. DontCallMePal

    Who wants to crowd fund this to see how bad it is?

  8. jdthetransient

    Why? It wasn’t weird enough?

    They had a 5 minute sketch about a kid losing his genitalia during a bike accident while trying to buy super mario brothers. I don’t get how they draw the line

  9. fhost344

    The idea sounds funny and unique, so definitely not a good fit for SNL

  10. klsi832

    “Totally worth it.” – Zach’s shoulder

  11. raysofdavies

    A writer called George Meyer bombed at SNL and he went on to be the most influential comedic voice at the Simpsons.

    SNL is a beast unto itself in the comedy writing world. The format means you need pretty specific skills to succeed.

  12. MsMurda

    The Greeks stick together.

  13. I_Invent_Stuff

    I’m really curious about how they “test” these sketches. Do they act them out with the actors with a real practice audience?

    Or is it just a conversation with the writers?

    I’m curious as to how they choose the sketches for each episode.

    Have they ever been completely wrong about a sketch? … Thinking the sketch was going to be super funny, but it totally bombed?

    I’m curious for not only SNL, but all sketch comedy, and even jokes on sitcoms

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