What the Hell Happened to Mike Myers?
Mike Myers successfully made the transition from Not Ready for Prime Time Player to movie star. His characters and catch-phrases were inescapable. Myers wasn’t just a comedian, he was shaping pop culture. And then, he stopped.
What the hell happened?
Myers’ first acting job was on a TV commercial when he was 10 years old. The commercial co-starred Gilda Radner, who was about to become a star on Saturday Night Live. In 1989, Myers would follow in Radner’s footsteps as a cast member of SNL.
In 1982, Myers joined the Canadian touring company for Second City immediately out of high school. From there, he moved to the United Kingdom. in 1985, Myers was one of the founding members of The Comedy Store Players, an improvisational group based in London.
The next year, he starred in the British children’s TV program Wide Awake Club. Myers satirized the show’s typical energy with his own bit, the ”Sound Asleep Club”.
Myers made several appearances on Canadian TV. He appeared as Wayne Campbell on the alternative video show, City Limits. The show was hosted by Christopher Ward (pictured above with Myers). Myers also played Wayne in one of Ward’s music videos. Ward later joined the band Ming Tea in Myers’ first Austin Powers movie.
Myers went on to play Wayne in the 1986 series It’s Only Rock & Roll.
On the same show, Myers debuted his character Dieter in a sketch called Kurt and Dieter.
The character would later become a regular on Saturday Night Live as part of the Sprockets sketch.
In 1986, Myers returned to Canada and Second City. This time, he joined the Toronto main stage show rather than the touring company. Two years later, Myers moved from Toronto to the Second City in Chicago.
Myers spent six seasons on Saturday Night Live . He quickly became a breakout star with characters like Wayne and Dieter. He also developed recurring characters like Linda Richman and Simon.
Posted on October 3, 2012, in Movies, What the Hell Happened? and tagged austin powers, entertainment, Mike Myers, movies, Saturday Night Live, shrek, Wayne's World. Bookmark the permalink. 154 Comments.