What I learned about business from Will Ferrell’s SNL audition

Watching a comedy giant before he was great is like seeing a startup’s first pitch

Pete Lead
12 min readFeb 12, 2021

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Two things happened to me today: I discovered Will Ferrell’s audition for SNL (“Saturday Night Live”), and I had first meetings with four early stage startups. If you could predict Will Ferrell’s success from his early work, how might we apply lessons from this audition to early stage businesses and investor pitches?

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Pete Lead

I work with startups, teach entrepreneurship, and freelance in improv and leadership coaching.