This is so devastating! Matt Villenes, an accomplished ‘Saturday Night Live’ director, sadly passed away on July 10 after a tragic battle with cancer. In his honor, here are 5 things to know about the talented 39-year-old.
Another talented person taken way too young. Matt Villines was a director for Saturday Night Live, and had been responsible for some of the best sketches ever, but he was taken at just 39 years old by cancer. Here are 5 things you might be interested to know about the deceased director.
1. He has written some of the most famous sketches ever. Matt’s resume includes directing “(Do It In My) Twin Bed,” “Sad Mouse,” and “A Thanksgiving Miracle.” Everyone can agree these are some of the funniest sketches in SNL history!
2. Before SNL, he was a teacher. Matt used to teach at the Los Angeles Film School before he was a director for shorts at Saturday Night Live. He still directed in his spare time, making shorts for Funny or Die and Super Deluxe.
3. He was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in June, 2014. Friends began a YouCaring.com crowdfunding page when he was first diagnosed, and his cancer was already stage 4. It began in his kidneys and eventually moved to his lungs. Amazingly, he staved off the disease for two full years before succumbing.
4. He’s been at SNL for 4 years. Matt has regularly worked on the show since 2012, after he proved how hilarious he is and what an amazing director he became at Funny Or Die. People began to rely on his regular pre-taped sketches to be some of the funniest in each show.
5. He was half of the directing team Matt & Oz. Matt famously worked as part of a team with his friend and partner Osmany Rodriguez. The pair did all of their major sketches together, as well as directing a few episodes of TV shows like The Last Man On Earth.
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