Molly Shannon was not afraid to throw herself on the pile of metal chairs on “Saturday Night Live” because she wanted to be a “superstar” like Mary Katherine Gallagher, a Catholic schoolgirl. In real life, Shannon is not afraid to be enthusiastic.
“Like talk shows that have to tell these funny events, I feel so tired of being ‘on’ all the time,” Shannon wrote in his new book “Hello, Molly!” Says in an interview about. (Ecco, 304 pp., Out now).
“I want to be serious and honest,” Shannon says. “As my friend John C. Reilly says, ‘You can be serious.’ I think some comedians push people away, but I do not like it. I want to feel close, interact with people and share things to connect. “
“Hello, Molly!” Shannon’s mother, Becky Keating, was killed in a car crash in the summer of 1969, along with her 25 – year – old cousin Fran and 3 – year – old sister Katie. At the time 4. Her father, Jim Shannon, was driving home for those two hours as he drank alcohol at the ceremony that day to celebrate a family member’s high school graduation.
“There is no way to know exactly what happened that night, but my gut tells me he fell asleep at the wheel,” writes Shannon, now 57. “But would he have slept without drinking? It still makes me sleepy at night. Sometimes but, in the end, it’s relevant that it changed our lives forever.”
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Shannon USA says today that writing the book “dug deep” in itself. She first saw the crash site on Google Map.
“I don’t want to think about it,” he says. “People go, ‘Oh, (was writing the memoir) weird?’ And I said, ‘No, I’ve already done a lot of things in therapy.’ But, honestly, yes, it’s weird! I did not know my dad drove 90 minutes, we were 18 minutes away from home. It was heartbreaking to find out. “
In his memoir, Shannon recalls drawing laughter from a group for the first time – declaring to a friend’s mother, who was exchanging chicken, “I’ll eat chicken, but I do not want any cashier.” The appearance of the famous “SNL” characters Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally O’Malley documents the time she spent developing her craft in NYU. , And how he turned the car he was towing at a young age into an adventure for his children Stella Shannon Chestnut and Nolan Shannon Chestnut. They are now 18 and 17 years old respectively.
Shannon also writes about his relationship with his father, who had his flaws – sometimes he gets angry quickly, and he struggles with alcoholism – but he adores him wholeheartedly. She came out to her daughter in 2001, a few months before she died in 2002.
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“He was really my biggest supporter,” says Molly Shannon. “He said, ‘Listen, you’re marching into the offices of those agents and Hollywood managers and saying,’ Hey! Hold the phone! I have talent! ‘ Then he said, ‘Use your singing voice.’ That is his advice. “
Shannon made his debut on “SNL” in 1995 and stayed for six seasons. But his success on NBC’s sketch show brought tragedy for a while.
“I was driven to achieve, to achieve, to achieve,” he says, “I ran into my show, worked hard, created it, created it, created it, and finally when I get on‘ SNL ’I get Mary Katherine, people (screams) ‘Molly!’ They know my name, they come to me on the streets, I’m depressed for a few months because I’m fine and I want to say she’s proud.I’m my mom, it never brought her back.
Realization gave Shannon the freedom to enjoy his work without realizing the need to be on top. “You can be creative, live as an artist, do what you love, pursue your passion,” he says. “It gave me a very healthy perspective on fame and what it means, and I carry it with me to this day.”
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Shannon decided to leave “SNL” and focus on his personal life, not following in the footsteps of those who used it as a business launch pad.
“I was so glad I came this far, I could have just stopped there,” he says. “I could have been frozen happier for a lifetime and gone to work in restaurants. It was higher than my expectations, so I said, ‘A stepping stone?’ I never saw that. ‘This is the biggest job in the show business!’
Shannon adds: “I knew I always wanted to have children because I lost my mom. I wanted to get married.”
Years later, Shannon’s desire to soak in motherhood motivates her to cope with her workload. She debuted with Vanessa Bayer and Jennifer Lewis on the show ‘I Love That For You’ on April 29, in which she starred as the best seller of the home shopping network. Shannon appeared as the host and mom of the popular talk show on HBO Max’s The Other Two.
“My kids are teenagers and I want to enjoy this time because I think I will never take it back,” Shannon says. “So I really do not want to do that, and I do not want to go out. I want to be there before my kids go to college.”
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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Molly Shannon Says’ SNL’s Outstanding Work in the Show Business.