Jim Carrey, ‘Saturday Night Live’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Jim Carrey is hosting Saturday Night Live, which means, yes, our prayers have been answered. Check out the hilarious promo above, featuring Carrey and SNL cast member Aidy Bryant.

Carrey makes the world laugh with his amazing physical comedy, impressions, and energy, but he wasn’t always such a happy guy. Carrey has ADHD has battled depression in the past. For a while, he took Prozac, but eventually stopped medication all together. He once stated that he won’t even drink coffee, which is a stimulant. Growing up very poor, Carrey dropped out of school at a young age and became a janitor at 15 years old to help support his family when his father lost his job. Carrey’s family was living out of a van and trying to make ends meet while Carrey’s mother also dealt with a severe illness.

Today, Carrey is an award-winning comedian who viewers can’t take their eyes off of. Read on for the facts on Carrey’s upcoming movie, his family, and his SNL hosting gig.

1. Carrey Is Hosting SNL With the Help of Iggy Azalea

With Carrey on board as host, we’re hoping for some awesome Halloween sketches, hysterical physical comedy, and maybe an appearance from Dumb and Dumber To co-star Jeff Daniels. Tonight’s SNL episode will feature Iggy Azalea as musical guest, and new cast member Leslie Jones joins the show for the first time. Check out a promo video of Iggy and Carrey above to get you ready for an amazing episode.

This is Carrey’s third time hosting the show, his first time being in 1996.

2. Dumb And Dumber To Is Out in November 2014

Dumb And Dumber To, the sequel we’ve wanted for 20 years, comes out next month and we’re hoping to see some D&D action on SNL since Carrey is hosting. In addition to appearing on SNL, the movie has been doing a ton of promotion. For example, the memorable van that is decorated to look like a dog has been on a “Mutt-Cutts Van Tour.” The van has been visiting universities across the country to promote the upcoming Dumb and Dumber To, which comes out in November 14, 2014. Students get free t-shirts, posters, and tickets to an advanced screening of the movie by visiting the van on their campus.

3. SNL Rejected Carrey as a Cast Member in the Past

Former Executive Producer Lorne Michaels revealed that Carrey was rejected when he had auditioned for SNL before he became a huge star. Uproxx reports Michaels as saying:

Jim Carrey never auditioned for me personally. There is an audition tape which we almost played on the twenty-fifth-anniversary show — if he had come that night, we would have. We have all the audition tapes. Carrey, I think, auditioned for Al Franken the year I was executive producer and Tom Davis and Al were the producers along with Jim Downey. In ’85 when Brandon got me to come back, his whole argument was I had to learn how to delegate. Dick had run it successfully that way, and so Tom, Al, and Jim did their stuff and I sort of approved things. But later that season, when Brandon was again thinking about cancelling the show, he told me, “You have to completely take charge of everything again.”

Apparently, Carrey auditioned for the show more than once and was rejected each time.

4. Sketch Comedy Is Carrey’s Specialty

Many remember a younger Carrey as a cast member of the improv-comedy show In Living Color, beginning his recurring role in 1990. One of his most recognizable characters from the show is “Fire Marshall Bill.” Check out a clip in the above video.

5. Carrey’s Daughter Was on American Idol

Carrey’s first wife was a Comedy Store club waitress named Melissa Womer. The couple had a daughter named Jane Erin Carrey, who was born September 6, 1987. In 2012, Carrey’s daughter was actually a contestant on American Idol and called her dad Carrey on the show when she made it through to the Hollywood rounds. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it to the live shows.

Womer and Carrey divorced in 1995. Carrey married Dumb and Dumber co-star Lauren Holly in late 1996, but the marriage only lasted about a year. Other high-profile actresses Carrey has had serious relationships with include Renee Zellweger, Jenny McCarthy, and January Jones.

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