‘OMG, there is no god!’: Former ‘SNL’ star in atheist Times Square ad
Post “SNL”: Andy Samberg is still a member of comedy/music troupe the Lonely Island and stars in the Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times, NBC)
Post “SNL”: Wiig is part of the all-female cast of director Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times, Dana Edelson / NBC)
Post “SNL”: She’s starring in the seventh and final season of the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.” She’s also reuniting with the cast of “Wet Hot American Summer” for Netflix series. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times, Dana Edelson / NBC)
Away from “SNL”: She created the Emmy-winning NBC series “30 Rock” in 2006 and starred as Liz Lemon. She co-created the upcoming Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times, Mary Ellen Matthews / Associated Press/NBC)
Post “SNL”: After a brief stint as a movie star, Fallon launched “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” in 2009 and took over “The Tonight Show” in 2014. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times, Mary Ellen Matthews / NBC/Associated Press)
Post “SNL”: Ferrell continues to be a box office draw in comedies such as “Anchorman 2" as well as a small role in “The Lego Movie.” (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times, NBC)
Post “SNL”: Sandler continues to star in popular yet critically reviled comedies such as “Grown Ups.” His production company will make four movies for Netflix, including the western spoof “Ridiculous 6.” (Valerie Macon / AFP / Getty Images, NBC)
Post “SNL”: Hartman starred in the NBC comedy “NewsRadio” and provided many voices for “The Simpsons” when he was slain in 1998. (Associated Press, NBC)
Post “SNL”: Murphy spent years as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars with the “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Nutty Professor” movies. Despite an Oscar nomination in 2006, his film career has cooled. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images for BET, George Rose / Los Angeles Times)
Post “SNL”: Murray earned an Oscar nomination for his work in 2004 for “Lost in Translation.” He doesn’t star in comedy blockbusters anymore, but his work in Wes Anderson’s films, among others, is admired. (Phillippe Antonello / Touchstone Pictures, NBC )
Post “SNL”: Aykroyd starred in a string of movies throughout the ‘80s, most notably “The Blues Brothers” and “Ghostbusters.” Now he works to promote his Crystal Head Vodka brand. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times, Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Post “SNL”: Belushi was a breakout comedy star in “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers,” but his career was cut short when he died of a drug overdose in 1982. (NBC)
Post “SNL:”Chase spent only a year-plus on the show before pursuing other opportunities. He found success in the 1980 film “Caddyshack” and later in the “Vacation” movies. He also starred in the NBC comedy “Community” for four seasons. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times, Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
In the ‘90s, Julia Sweeney rose to fame playing the androgynous Pat on “Saturday Night Live,” a character whose indeterminate gender identity was a source of constant frustration for his (or was it her?) friends.
But that doesn’t mean she is one for ambiguity: On Friday, the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation unveiled a Times Square billboard featuring Sweeney’s beaming image along with the message, “OMG, there is no god!”
The atheist billboard is the latest salvo in an ideological turf war that’s probably done more for the outdoor advertising industry than it has for either side in the debate. It appears on the very same digital display, at the bustling intersection of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, which recently featured a very different message from the Christian organization Answers in Genesis: “To all our atheist friends: Thank God you’re wrong.”
Since leaving “SNL” in 1994 Sweeney has taken a serious turn, writing and starring in a number of autobiographical one-woman shows. “God Said Ha!” chronicled her struggle with cervical cancer and her brother’s death from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The more recent “Letting Go of God” traced her journey from Catholic schoolgirl to avowed nonbeliever. She is also a regular panelist on NPR’s news quiz show, “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!”
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