SNL: Taran Killam leaves variety show with Hard Knocks spoof
For six seasons on Saturday Night Live, Taran Killam has been making audiences laugh, and now he’s using his wit and HBO to say goodbye.
NBC confirmed last month that Killam wouldn’t be returning to the series, which he addressed on social media by joking he “needed more time to dedicate to my undefeated Rams.” The actor has now signed off from the variety show using two passions: humor and sports.
Taking to Twitter Wednesday, the 12 Years a Slave actor shared the Hard Knocks parody, “Live Knocks: Saying Goodbye to SNL”. Liev Schreiber, narrator for the HBO documentary series, performs a play-by-play of Killam’s departure from the NBC show. “Over the summer, the show released him from his contract making Killam a free agent,” said Schreiber. Footage of Killam packing up his dressing room and pulling down photos with costars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon plays underneath the sports-like commentary.
While Killam plays himself in the parody, he was known on Saturday Night Live for impersonating celebrities, including Matthew McConaughey, Vin Diesel, and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. The actor will next be seen in Brother Nature — which he co-wrote and is available in select theaters, on demand, and on digital HD this Friday — opposite his Saturday Night Live costar Bobby Moynihan.
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