Bryan Tucker, a UNC alumnus and writer for “Saturday Night Live,” will give a lecture tonight discussing the presidential election in a comedic light.
Staff writer Sierra Wingate-Bey spoke with Tucker about his time at SNL, memorable sketches and his path to success.
DAILY TAR HEEL: How did you end up at SNL?
BRYAN TUCKER: It was kind of a long road. I started at Carolina doing Student Television and performing around campus with a sketch improv group.
In 1999, I got a job writing for “The Chris Rock Show” on HBO, and that was my first job. That helped me get an agent and some credibility.
That job led to other jobs like “MADtv” and “Chappelle’s Show.” I got a job at SNL in 2005, and I’ve been there ever since.
DTH: Was there a major turning point in your career?
BT: A big turning point was where I could quit being a waiter, and that happened after I had been in New York for about a year and a half and was doing stand up. Feeling like you can make a living off of it is a huge relief.
Getting on “Chappelle’s Show” was a really big break for me because so many people knew and liked that show.