Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Tim Meadows will headline an all-star comedy show at 8 p.m., Jan. 12, at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 West Lancaster Blvd.
Meadows is one of the longest-running cast members in the history of “Saturday Night Live,” where he crafted some of the series’ most memorable characters during his 10 years on the late night show.
Meadows’ characters included Leon Phelps, The Ladies’ Man and Lionel Osbourne, host of the fictional public affairs show, “Perspectives,” as well as uncanny impressions of O.J. Simpson, Ike Turner and Sammy Davis Jr.
He stars in the new ABC television series “Schooled.” Meadows also appeared in the television series “Bob’s Burgers,” “No Activity” and “The Goldbergs.”
He began performing improvisational comedy at the Soup Kitchen Saloon in Detroit. His start in show business began in Chicago, as a member of The Second City comedy troupe, alongside future star Chris Farley.
In 1991, Meadows landed a spot on “Saturday Night Live” and would go on to become a longtime cast member, appearing on the program until 2000, according to his biography.
Meadows’ record 10 seasons on the show was surpassed by Darrell Hammond in 2005, whose record was then surpassed by Kenan Thompson in 2017. Meadows’ lengthy tenure on the show was used in three monologues, when former cast members Phil Hartman and Mike Myers returned to the show to host, and when Alec Baldwin hosted for his 12th time.
Meadows often spoofed famous personalities including O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey and Erykah Badu on “Saturday Night Live.”
Eventually, he did get an original character with Leon Phelps, “The Ladies’ Man,” a perpetually aroused talk show host, who believed himself to be the living definition of what females search for in a man. The sketch/character was adapted into a 2000 film, “The Ladies Man,” which followed the character’s attempts to find love and a suitable outlet for his beloved radio program, according to Meadows’ biography.
He soon moved on to other projects, including a regular role on the short-lived NBC sitcom, “The Michael Richards Show” and a supporting role in the 2004 film “The Cookout.” He also guest starred as a client on the hit NBC comedy “The Office” in the second season episode, “The Client.”
He played a high school principal in “Mean Girls,” a film written by (and co-starring) fellow SNL cast member Tina Fey. He also had a part in Handsome Boy Modeling School’s album, “White People.” In 2007, he appeared in a large supporting role in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” He also appeared in the films “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2.”
Meadows has appeared in other feature films, including “Coneheads,” “It’s Pat” and “Wayne’s World 2,” all of which were based on popular SNL characters and had varying rates of success.
Tickets for the show at the Performing Arts Center cost $25 for orchestra and $20 for balcony. Buy one ticket, get one free available only through the Lancaster Performing Arts Center box office at 661-723-5950.