Wednesday, February 1, 2023


Comedian Garrett Morris has the distinction of being the oldest Saturday Night Live cast member at the age of 38 in 1975. Today, decades later, Garrett is still going strong! He not only was part of the original cast of the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, appearing from 1975 to 1980, but he played Jimmy on The Jeffersons (1983–1984). Morris also had a role as Junior "Uncle Junior" King on the sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show, which aired from 1996 to 2001. Morris had a starring role as Earl Washington on the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, from 2011 to 2017. He is also known for his role in the sitcom Martin as Stan Winters, from 1992 to 1995.

According to the book Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live, Morris was frequently unhappy during his tenure on SNL from 1975 to 1980, and expressed the opinion that he was usually typecast in stereotypical roles. Black performers who have followed Morris on SNL have at times been publicly concerned with experiencing the same fate Morris did. Eddie Murphy, for example, told TV Guide in the early 1980s that SNL producer Jean Doumanian "had tried to Garrett Morris me"

In recent years, Garrett has mostly starred on television. In 2015, Morris appeared in a cameo in Ant-Man, referencing an old SNL sketch in which he played the first live-action incarnation of the character. On September 9, 2016, Morris and his family appeared on the ABC's game show Celebrity Family Feud, playing against Alfonso Ribeiro and Ribeiro's friends. In 2018, Morris appeared in the NBC show This Is Us. In 2019, Morris appeared in the fifth episode of A Black Lady Sketch Show, titled "Why Are Her Pies Wet, Lord?".

February 1, 2023 marks Garrett's 86th birthday, but he is still active with his live comedy performances
, but he also now mixes singing blues with his comedy, and he has been working on a legacy project for his hometown of New Orleans. He was the first black performer on Saturday Night Live, and he paved the way for countless other performers so it is nice that he is still going strong!

1 comment:

  1. One of my favorite Garrett Morris characters was Chico "Baseball been berry, berry good to me" Escuela. Also News for the Hard of Hearing.