Funny man Chris Kattan has made our sides hurt badly from laughing during his films, whether it was Night at the Roxbury or Corky Romano. But what most people would be surprised to know about Kattan is that unlike many of his fellow Saturday Night Live colleagues, he did not begin with stand-up comedy.
In response to The Arizona Republic on why he decided to try stand-up, Kattan said, “Because my managers reminded me of the many fans I had out there in the world outside of my own bubble that are all over the United States and Canada and are kind and welcoming to me. God, I sound like a little religious Christmas tale. And I just continue it because it is new for me and it’s a new comedy muscle for me to use.”
Now that he’s returning to stand-up, there is no doubt in my mind that Kattan is going to succeed. Not because of the fact that he already has a following, but because he is genuinely creative and funny.
Kattan truly made a name for himself in sketch comedy where he was first a member of an improv troupe called, “The Groundlings.” He mentions that he has learned almost everything he knows from them before he was accepted on to SNL in 1996 and surrounded by fellow comedians such as Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri and Jennifer Coolidge.
If you happen to be in Pheonix on March 30-31, be sure to check out the new stand-up inspirations of Kattan at the Stand Up Live Comedy Theater. For everyone else not flying around Arizona or currently living there, enjoy watching Kattan in ABC’s The Middle 8/7c.
Check out a vintage interview of Kattan by Conan O’Brien, courtesy of YouTube:
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