“Because I wasn’t getting, I certainly wasn’t getting straight comedy parts,” Rob Lowe went on. “And Lorne started it. When they were doing ‘Wayne’s World’ as a movie, he wanted someone who knew his way around a movie. So he called me and that just started a whole run, from ‘Tommy Boy’ to ‘Austin Powers,’ it all started there.”
After “Wayne’s World,” Lowe did indeed appear in “Tommy Boy” in an uncredited role (obviously, alongside “SNL” veteran Chris Farley), and in 1997, he reunited with Myers for “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” Any longtime fan of Lowe’s knows that he has excellent comedic chops, and perhaps his most memorable comedy role in recent years is that of the ultra-athletic, extremely peppy Chris Traeger on “Parks and Recreation,” giving the series a much-needed shot in the arm when he and Adam Scott joined the cast at the end of the 2nd season. He’s also appeared in a ton of other comedic projects, including the short-lived series “The Grinder” in the lead role and Seth MacFarlane’s “The Orville.” Thank goodness Lorne Michaels realized Rob Lowe was hilarious, or we all might have missed out.