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    19 Times Celebrities Opened Up About Their "SNL" Audition Experience

    Live from New York, it's Saturday Night Live audition stories!

    For most comedians, becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member is a dream job.

    And the way people have described it, that usually makes auditioning for the show just a little bit stressful. This makes sense, since it has been named the longest-running sketch comedy show ever, has earned more Emmys than any other television series in history, and was once the home of comedy legends like Martin Short, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, and more.

    Numerous celebs have opened up in the past about what it was like for them to audition for the iconic comedy show. Here are some interesting stories that have been shared about SNL audition experiences.

    1. Eddie Murphy did a Jimmy Carter impression.

    Eddie Murphy at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 05, 2020

    2. Kristen Wiig was sure she didn't get the job.

    Kristen Wiig at the premiere and party for Peacock's "MacGruber" at California Science Center on December 08, 2021

    3. Kenan Thompson felt at ease auditioning in SNL's studio 8H.

    Kenan Thompson poses at the 47th Annual People's Choice Awards on December 07, 2021

    4. Fred Armisen led with gratitude.

    Fred Armisen at the premiere & party for Peacock's "MacGruber" on December 08, 2021

    5. Bowen Yang had a fun time auditioning.

    Bowen Yang attends the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards at LA Live on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021

    6. Leslie Jones made everyone move seats.

    Leslie Jones backstage at the 2021 People's Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 7, 2021

    7. Dana Carvey went from performing at a pizza parlor to being on SNL within 45 days.

    Dana Carvey attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2019

    8. Andy Samberg threw up and made Tina Fey laugh.

    Andy Samberg poses at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

    9. Mindy Kaling auditioned while writing and acting in The Office.

    Mindy Kaling at the 2021 People's Choice Awards on December 7, 2021

    10. Sam Richardson didn't know how Lorne Michaels felt after his audition.

    Sam Richardson at the premiere of  "The Tomorrow War" on June 30, 2021

    11. Rachel Dratch gave Seth Meyers a helpful tip for the audition.

    Seth Meyers at the 44th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC, on December 5, 2021

    12. Jimmy Fallon made Lorne Michaels laugh.

    Jimmy Fallon poses at the 2021 Met Gala on September 13, 2021 in New York City

    13. Kevin Hart did an impression that no one understood.

    Kevin Hart attends Netflix's True Story Screening on November 18, 2021

    14. Will Ferrell acted like a cat after Lorne Michaels advised him to switch up his material.

    Will Ferrell at the premiere of "The Shrink Next Door" in New York City on October 28, 2021

    15. Jim Carrey witnessed a scary scene when he arrived for his audition.

    Jim Carrey at a press conference for "Sonic The Hedgehog" at the Four Seasons Hotel on February 10, 2020

    16. Cecily Strong played a girl whose boyfriend wouldn't stop tickling her for her audition.

    Cecily Strong poses on the 73rd Emmy Awards red carpet on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021

    17. Bill Hader was worried that he should've brought props when he saw Andy Samberg for the first time.

    Bill Hader arrives at the InStyle Awards on October 21, 2019

    18. John Mulaney was quickly hired as a writer after a successful audition.

    John Mulaney performs for an audience during his "From Scratch" tour on September 01, 2021 in New York City

    19. Chris Redd gained a spot on the SNL roster by talking about crackheads.

    Chris Redd at iHeartRadio Z100's Jingle Ball 2021 on December 10, 2021