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His first stretch as writer for the show ran from 1976 to 1980, culminating in a brief stint as a featured cast member
In 1976, Downey became a writer for "Saturday Night Live"
In 1976, "100 Years of Harvard Lampoon Parodies" was published in magazine format, edited by Downey and Eric Rayman
Although he was only a credited actor on "Saturday Night Live" for one season, Jim Downey has appeared in over 40 sketches from 1977 to 2005, his most notable being parody commercials such as Craig's Travellers Checks, First Citiwide Change Bank, and Grayson Moorhead Securities
When Michaels left the show in 1980, so did Downey, along with practically everyone else
He returned to "SNL" in 1984, serving for a while as head writer
When Macdonald was fired from the show in 1998, Downey went with him, only to return to the show in 2000
He continues to write for the show, pausing only in 2005 to work on a novel
In 2007, he appeared in a Digital Short titled "Andy's Dad", where he portrayed the father of cast member Andy Samberg, and had a romantic relationship with guest star Jonah Hill
In 2008 Downey received attention for his political sketches on "SNL"
In early 2008, his sketches mocked the Democratic Presidential Debates
In 2013, he retired from "Saturday Night Live" after the end of 38th season after working part-time, commuting from Upstate New York
In an interview for the 2014 revised edition of Shales' "Live From New York", former "SNL" castmember Horatio Sanz criticized Downey as "basically the Karl Rove of "SNL", saying that his sketches about George W. Bush were often "out of tune with the audience
He rejoined the writing staff on a part-time basis in November 2016