Let it out, Paul Brittain fans. EW broke the news: After spending a little over a year with Saturday Night Live, the featured player has exited the show “to pursue other projects.” Effective immediately, the cast member will no longer appear in any new episodes, which means you definitely won’t see this week’s host Channing Tatum interact with the wonderfully weird Lord Cecil Wyndemere. Thankfully, everyone’s favorite displaced Lord got in one final appearance during the Charles Barkley episode (pictured). Watch the moment below in which Brittain’s tiny, whimsical Wyndemere made the NBA giant break:
But Lord Wyndemere wasn’t Brittain’s only recurring character. His underutilized, equally unsettling “Sex” Ed Vincent was just as fun to watch. Visit his Sex Symposium one more time:
That said, Goran “Funky Boy” Bogdan should have made many more appearances. He’s as good an import, if not better than Lord Wyndemere. Fuuuunky boy!
Sure, Jay Pharoah is supposed to be the master of imitations over at SNL. (Let’s be honest, though, Bill Hader is). But Brittain certainly gave him a run for his money, as evidenced by his impersonations of famous faces like Johnny Depp and James Franco. Watch the Franco clip below:
It’s fitting that one of Brittain’s most memorable contributions to SNL was in the background. (Brittain had tremendous potential as a full-time player, but he seemed to be overshadowed by fellow newcomer Taran Killam.) His dancing during the delightfully bizarre “Les Jeunes de Paris” is up there with Jason Sudeikis’ moves during “What Up With That?” See for yourself:
What was your favorite Paul Brittain sketch or character during his time on Saturday Night Live — or both? Are you sad to see him go? Or will you not really notice, as he was never as front and center as the likes of Hader, Killam, or Kristen Wiig? Share in the comments section below.