The Show vet: Jay Johnston
Most-beloved Show sketches: “Vaunnie’s Mustardayonnaise”;“The Story of Everest”
Since Show went off the air... Johnston has become very much a “that guy” over the years, having turned up briefly in such high profile films as Bicentennial Man, Men in Black II, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy while splitting his TV time between acting, writing, and voiceover work, including stints on Moral Orel, Arrested Development, and Bob’s Burgers.
Post-Show role most worth checking out: From 2007-'10, Johnston played the conveniently named Officer Jay on The Sarah Silverman Program, which is a pretty good run for a character who didn’t even exist in the Comedy Central series' original pitch. “They had the character of Laura Silverman’s boyfriend in the pilot as just sort of a one-off, a simple part, and they thought it would be funny if it was a cop, to make it the stereotype of the nurse and the cop, the perfect little couple,” Johnston recants. “When I auditioned for the part, they kind of figured, ‘Oh, we need somebody as the voice of reason, who goes, "Wait a minute, you can’t say that shit!’'’ And it ended up being a very vital part of the show, as far as feeling like you’re watching something that isn’t completely cartoonish. Everybody else would be, like, ‘Oh, Sarah,’ or they’d kind of be in accordance with her, so it was good to have somebody say, ‘Hey, you can’t do that!’”