Throughout its 38-season run, Saturday Night Live has always been a revolving door for rising comedic stars: after developing their talents and making a name for themselves, the cast members eventually call it quits.
This year, SNL is losing several esteemed veterans to the exodus: Jason Sudeikis just joined Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in leaving the cast. And next year, the show’s head writer, Seth Meyers, will bid adieu to his Weekend Update anchor post to take over as host of NBC’s Late Night.
Now SNL‘s longtime leader Lorne Michaels faces a challenge: Can he find worthy talent to fill the shoes of some of the sketch comedy’s biggest stars? We’ll have to wait for the new season to see what new cast members come from his annual hunt for new SNL additions.
But for now, as we say goodbye to the alums, let’s remember the good times.
Here’s Armisen, who impersonated everyone from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Queen of England, signing off with a reprisal of his punk Ian Rubbish.
Here’s Sudeikis, who became the resident Romney impersonator during election season, in his signature role, The Devil.
Here’s Meyers doing what he does best, anchoring the Weekend Update.
And, lastly, here’s Hader reporting as Stefon, the outrageous city correspondent, for one final time.