By Cher Martinetti
They say comedy is the brother of tragedy. Or maybe they’re cousins? Family trees aside, these SNL alum showed they wear both masks well.
8. Will Forte – Nebraska
He may not have gotten noticed until his early 30s, but Will Forte is making up for lost time. For his work in Nebraska, Will earned a 2014 Spirit Awards nomination for Best Supporting Male.
7. Adam Sandler – Punch Drunk Love
Let’s all remember a time when a post SNL Sandler not only made comedic classics, but he also starred in the critically acclaimed Punch Drunk Love with the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.
6. Ben Stiller – Permanent Midnight
Stiller showed a much darker side with his critically acclaimed portrayal of writer Jerry Stahl, a comedy writer who loses everything due to his $6,000 a week heroin addiction.
5. Bill Hader – Skeleton Twins
Life after Stefon is looking promising for Hader. Skeleton Twins, which co-stars his former cast mate Kristen Wiig as his twin, has already received praise at Sundance, winning the Walter Salt Screening Award.