Remember MadTV? For all you young ‘uns out there, just sit quietly in the corner while we school you on a thing or two. MadTV was Fox’s answer to Saturday Night Live. While it wasn’t quite the juggernaut that SNL is, the lesser-known sketch show did spawn some people you definitely know and love. Here are some MadTV alum that outlasted the very show they came from.
6. Alex Borstein
Alex has done a lot of guest spots and voice work that you may or may not know, but she’s most famous for voicing everyone’s favorite animated sitcom mom, Lois Griffin. She’s also voiced plenty of other supporting characters on Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and pretty much every other hilarious and inappropriate animated show, but her role on HBO’s dark comedy Getting On is finally giving Alex the live-action critical success she deserves.
5. Andy Daly
Andy Daly joined the Mad TV cast in 2000 as a featured player. During his two-season tenure, he excelled as a character actor and go-to straight man, two skills that followed him into his post-MadTV career. He’s since appeared on Eastbound & Down, Comedy Bang! Bang! and the critically-acclaimed Review.
4. Key & Peele
Who doesn’t know Key & Peele? The comedy duo was making television infinitely funnier (and more ridiculous) since they started pairing up on MadTV. It was evident early on that these two were made for each other.
3. Simon Helberg
Long before Simon became known as nerdy, wannabe playboy Howard on Big Bang Theory, he was plying his goofy guy schtick on MadTV. What else was he doing? Mocking his future network’s then lineup with sketches like this one. (Catch Simon on Comedy! Bang! Bang! Friday at 11P.)
2. Taran Killam
Before Taran became one of the standouts on SNL, he honed his comedy chops on MadTV. It’s kinda weird to see him play the straight man considering how off-the-wall (and hysterical) he is on SNL now.
1. Ike Barinholtz
Prior to starring on The Mindy Project and Eastbound & Down, Barinholtz honed his penchant for out-there characters on MadTV, where he played characters like Rolfe Gruber and Lynette Scavo. Oh, and also he made out with Seth Meyers’ brother once.