connectVideoComedian Chris Kattan on why he wrote a new book, and favorite ‘SNL’ memories
The old sketch comedy performer reflects on his neck injury and the friendship with will Ferrell.
Veteran comedian Chris Kattan was not sure of his life story could fill the pages of a book, when he began to write his latest memoir, “Baby Don’t Hurt Me.”
Not only was he wrong, but he discovered that he could easily pen an additional manuscript with his other “Saturday Night Live” stories that didn’t make the cut this time.
Kattan, 48, told Fox News that he started writing “Baby Don’t Hurt Me” five years ago, with the intention of answering a number of questions the fans love to ask him: “Where have you been? What do you do now?”
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One thing he writes about is breaking his neck during a sketch on “SNL” and how he still deals with the pain. “It was painful,” he admitted. His arm atrophied muscles and nerve endings were so badly damaged that it required multiple surgeries to resolve.
“Years ago it was a different time and a faux pas to be open about things,” he added. “I wanted to continue to work.”
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Kattan from the injury has led to his opioid addiction. “It was a tough battle,” he said. “You feel blessed when you come by. I hope that the readers of the book that life is worth living.”
He left “Saturday Night Live” in 2003, after seven years, but remembers his audition which took place in a dark theater with the show’s executive producer Lorne Michaels looked to the back. Kattan had to perform three characters, an impression, and a political figure. He said that he did not recall hearing any chuckles from Michaels but maybe “he was grinning.”
If he is on the cast today, a imitation would he would love to be pointed to the White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. Kattan added that he likes how ‘ SNL ‘ is taking more political sketches, because “that voice needs to be heard.”
“It is important for us to understand what is going on and have a sense of humor,” he added.
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During the highs and lows of Kattan’s career, he said that leaning on comedy is drawn [him] due to injury, by addiction, by a lot” and kept him connected to his fans.
Now, he does a lot of stand-up and looking for inspiration from observations and self-deprecating” jokes. Kattan isn’t looking for his audience to laugh at everything. There must be a “balance sheet”, and a performer needs to find out “what jokes work and which don’t.”