Prior to Superstar (1999), director Bruce McCulloch’s filmography includes the cult classic comedy series The Kids in the Hall (1990-94), which could be considered a distant cousin of MKG and her band of classmates. Over time, McCulloch directorial skills, and his eye for comedy in the common place, continued to grow and hence memorable episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2016), and Schitt’s Creek (2018) boast his name in their credits.
Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live (1995-2010), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Kath and Kim (2008-09), and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)) is one of if not the original creator of MKG, and displayed MKG’s awkward glory to television audiences while on SNL. With the collaboration of screenwriter Steve Koren (Seinfeld (1996-98), A Night at the Roxbury (1998), Bruce Almighty (2003), and Saturday Night Live (1991-98 and 2019)), they were able to prepare MKG for her silver screen debut.
Walt Lloyd was at the helm of the cinematography for several well-known TV shows and films from the 1990’s and early 2000’s. From Empire Records in 1995, to a stint with the crew of CSI Miami (2002-03) and House (2004-05), his range shows diversity in genre and scale.
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Will Ferrell is no stranger to a few feature length films related to characters from SNL. When he completed his time on the show (1995-2018) he went onto a long list of comedy favorites of the 2000’s including Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), and Step Brothers (2008). Nevertheless, there will be those who came into their sexual awakening from his role of Sky and Jesus Christ in Superstar (myself excluded).
While most remember Elaine Hendrix for her roles in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997), The Parent Trap (1998), others might recall her for her Superstar role of Evian (whose name does sound like a brand of bottled water) and her more recent roll on Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2015-16). While she often played the flawed and the fierce, this should not be a detriment to her character in real life.
Harland Williams has played the quirky, and delightful oddball, and the bronze medalist of the friend’s group in several noteworthy films and TV shows. I choose to remember him and MKG’s sweetheart, Slater, as well as a source of comedy gold in films such as Dumb and Dumber (1994), Sorority Boys (2002), and Sausage Party (2016).
Mark McKinney Another tie to the shows The Kids in the Hall (1988-1995) and Saturday Night Live (1985-1997), McKinney’s role as MKG’s Father Ritley could be one of his largest and best-known roles. He has also spent time behind the writer’s chair for a variety of TV shows and films, including a stint with SNL.
Glynis John’s last film performance was playing the irritable but vulnerable and equally talented, devote Grandma of MKG. While most remember her for her TV show Glynis (1963), and many more for her role in the award-winning Mary Poppins (1964), those who have seen her performance in Superstar find it holds a special place in their hearts.