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Eastern Iowan reflects on time with SNL

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While Saturday Night Live celebrates 40 years on television, one Eastern Iowan knows just what it's like to be on the show.

Gary Kroeger was on SNL for three years, 1982 to 1985.

The Cedar Falls man admits it was never his dream to one day be on SNL.

"I was doing comedy show with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her husband Brad Hall in Chicago. We got some attention and the producers came and literally we were told that Dick Ebersol and Bob Tischler were back stage and wanted to talk to you," said Kroeger.

On the show, Kroeger portrayed characters like presidential candidate Walter Mondale or Donny Osmond.

But Kroeger never really emerged as one of the stars and says that was tough.

"I was in the shadow of Eddie Murphy. I defy anyone to emerge out of that shadow," said Kroeger.

On the final season Kroeger was on SNL, the producers added stars like Billy Crystal and Christopher Guest to the cast.

"But they only wanted to do it for one year.

They had one year contracts, it was a one and out. So once they were all gone, they weren't going to build a show on me or Julia," said Kroeger. 

That was it for Kroeger on SNL.

After spending 20 years doing different TV jobs in LA he found himself coming home to Cedar Falls, working at Mudd Advertising.

"I was married and had a son and I just didn't want to go into that fight anymore," said Kroeger. 

Kroeger says he was proud of his time with SNL and has no regrets.

"Problems are the ones that get attention. Would I do it differently? Would I become a problem? No. But I think I would see what the opportunities were and pursue them," said Kroeger. 

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