News & Opinion | July 28, 2018 5:00 am

One of the Funniest SNL Stars Is Finally Getting Her Own Documentary

"Love, Gilda" will shine a light on Gilda Radner's lasting influence on comedy.

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Gilda Radner as Roseanne Roseannadanna during "Weekend Update" sketch on April 7, 1979 -- (NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Gilda Radner, one of the funniest people who ever lived according to Esquire, is finally getting the recognition she deserves. Radner was the first performer cast to Saturday Night Live, and she brought incredible energy to all her memorable characters, such as Emily Litella and Roseanne Roseannadanna. But she was also able to perform hilarious parodies of real celebrities like Barbara Walters and Patti Smith.

Radner died from ovarian cancer in 1989, but her influence on modern day comedy is still apparent. An upcoming documentary, Love, Gilda, shines a light on her legacy, which is often overlooked compared to the “Bad Boys of Comedy.”

“People want to know, what makes you funny?” Radner says in the trailer, according to Esquire. “I knew what made me funny. My biggest motivation has always been love.”

The documentary includes Radner’s SNL cast mates Chevy Chase and Laraine Newman. Performers who were touched in some way by the Emmy-winning comedian, including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Cecily Strong, Martin Short, and Maya Rudolph, are featured as well.