Nealon graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1971 and then graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Sacred Heart University, and worked in a variety of part-time jobs while doing stand-up comedy. He debuted on network television doing a stand-up routine for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1984. In 1986, Saturday Night Live recruited his friend Dana Carvey, and Carvey in turn recommended Nealon. Both joined the cast that year, and Nealon became a full-time performer in the 1987-1988 season, and remained for nine seasons.
Nealon’s SNL characters include Mr. Subliminal (or Subliminal Message Man), “Franz” (of Hans and Franz) along with Dana Carvey, Mr. No Depth Perception, the anchor of Weekend Update (where his catchphrase was “That’s news to me”), and many others. Nealon imbued all these characters with a characteristic deadpan delivery.
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