Tim Meadows, one of the longest running cast members of Saturday Night Live, began his comedic career in the Chicago area, including on the Mainstage at Second City. Throughout his career, he has performed improv, acted in both television and film, done voice acting, toured as a stand-up comedian, and more. With ten seasons at SNL under his belt, along with roles in films such as Coneheads, The Ladies Man, Mean Girls, Grown Ups, Trainwreck, and more, Meadows has worked with many other comedians, including fellow Second City alum.
After moving to Chicago, Meadows began performing improv at the Soup Kitchen Saloon, eventually moving to the Mainstage in 1989. There, he wrote and performed in the revues “The Gods Must Be Lazy”, “It Was Thirty Years Ago Today”, and “Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only or Censorama”. Fellow co-stars included Chris Farley, David Pasquesi, Joel Murray, and Bob Odenkirk. During his time at The Second City, he was hired as a cast member on Saturday Night Live in 1991.
From 1991-2000, Meadows was a cast member on SNL, and was the longest running member until 2005. Throughout his ten seasons, he did several impressions, such as O.J. Simpson, Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Jackson. While he wrote and performed in numerous sketches, his most commonly known character was Leon Phelps, or “The Ladies Man”. Eventually, the character turned into a full-length featured film of which Meadows starred in. Additional films that he was a part of include Mean Girls, The Benchwarmers, Semi-Pro, Grown Ups, Trainwreck, and more.
Apart from SNL and other films, Meadows has made appearances in many television shows, such as The Office, The Colbert Report, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Suburgatory, Bob’s Burgers, 30 Rock, and more. He was a series regular in shows such as The Bill Engvall Show, Mr. Box Office, Marry Me, and Son of Zorn. Meadows has worked with a significant number of Second City alum, such as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Garlin, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Dan Aykroyd, Scott Adsit, and more. When he is not acting in television or film, he continues to perform improv and stand-up throughout the country. In Los Angeles, he performs an improvised sketch show, Heather, Miles, and Tim, as well as guests at Upright Citizens Brigade.