History Trivia / SaturdayNightLive

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* SimilarlyNamedWorks: ''SNL'' has always been an NBC show, but confusingly and rather bizarrely in its first year (as ''NBC's Saturday Night'' and ''Saturday Night'') it competed with a completely different show on ABC, also named ''Saturday Night Live'' and hosted by Howard Cosell. When the ABC version of ''Saturday Night Live'' became a flop, the NBC version took the show's name (and Creator/BillMurray) for their own.

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''SNL'' has always been an NBC show, but confusingly and rather bizarrely in its first year (as ''NBC's Saturday Night'' and ''Saturday Night'') it competed with a completely different show on ABC, also named ''Saturday Night Live'' and hosted by Howard Cosell. When the ABC version of ''Saturday Night Live'' became a flop, the NBC version took the show's name (and Creator/BillMurray) for their own.own.
** A 2014 sketch and [[Film/OfficeChristmasParty a 2016 film]] are both named "Office Christmas Party". Despite the similar name and premise, the fact that both the sketch and film feature Kate [=McKinnon=], and the film also features ''SNL'' cast member Vanessa Bayer, the film is not based on the sketch.
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** During the ''40th Anniversary Special'', Martin Short mentioned that he only hosted ''SNL'' once. He actually hosted at least three times at that point.

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** During the ''40th Anniversary Special'', Martin Short mentioned that he only hosted ''SNL'' once. He actually hosted at least three times at that point.point.
*** When Creator/JamesFranco hosted in Season 43, guest star Creator/SethRogen said he himself only hosted ''SNL'' twice. He actually hosted three times.
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* ThePeteBest: George Coe, one of the original cast members of the show, who was hired against Lorne Michaels' wishes and was let go after only a few episodes.
6th Nov '17 4:39:33 AM AaronHong
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** Musical guest Music/MileyCyrus puts in an additional appearance in the ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' sketch in season 43, as a contestant alongside celebrity contestant Alex Moffat as Creator/ChrisHemsworth. She starts hitting on him, he says that he's married, and her next question is "[[Creator/LiamHemsworth do you have a brother?]]"
30th Oct '17 9:23:23 AM ClintEastwood
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* EditedForSyndication: Sometimes the 90-minute NBC reruns will either have sketches or segments edited out due to a current event that turned the sketch into a FunnyAneurysmMoment [[note]](a rerun of the episode hosted by Creator/BlakeLively cut the Weekend Update segment where Abby Elliot impersonates Creator/BrittanyMurphy due to Murphy's sudden death fifteen days after the episode's premiere)[[/note]] or censorship complaints [[note]](i.e. the Music/SineadOConnor incident on the Season 18 episode hosted by Tim Robbins; Martin Lawrence's raunchy monologue from Season 19 was shortened and replaced with a series of cards telling viewers that his monologue was so controversial that it almost got everyone on ''SNL'' fired and it can never air on TV again)[[/note]]. Other times, parts will be edited (or replaced with dress rehearsal versions) because of miscues, accidental use of the F-(or S-)word, or just the simple fact that the dress rehearsal version was done better (and includes funnier jokes that were either botched on-camera or omitted due to time constraints).

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* EditedForSyndication: Sometimes the 90-minute NBC reruns will either have sketches or segments edited out due to a current event that turned the sketch into a FunnyAneurysmMoment [[note]](a rerun of the episode hosted by Creator/BlakeLively cut the Weekend Update segment where Abby Elliot impersonates Creator/BrittanyMurphy due to Murphy's sudden death fifteen days after the episode's premiere)[[/note]] or censorship complaints [[note]](i.e. the Music/SineadOConnor incident on the Season 18 episode hosted by Tim Robbins; Martin Lawrence's Creator/TimRobbins; Creator/MartinLawrence's raunchy monologue from Season 19 was shortened and replaced with a series of cards telling viewers that his monologue was so controversial that it almost got everyone on ''SNL'' fired and it can never air on TV again)[[/note]]. Other times, parts will be edited (or replaced with dress rehearsal versions) because of miscues, accidental use of the F-(or S-)word, or just the simple fact that the dress rehearsal version was done better (and includes funnier jokes that were either botched on-camera or omitted due to time constraints).


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* ExecutiveMeddling:
** Norm [=MacDonald's=] firing. Don Ohlmeyer, NBC's West Coast Executive, stated that he thought Norm simply wasn't funny and demanded his removal. Interestingly, Don had two justifiable reasons to get rid of Norm that both parties agree had nothing to do with this. Don forgave Norm for accidentally launching a PrecisionFStrike live on air (and then ''calling attention to it''), and Norm denies that his removal had anything to do with his attacks on O.J. Simpson, who was a close friend of Don's.
** Season six (1980-1981): The first season without Creator/LorneMichaels. Jean Doumanian was hired as the new showrunner (it would have been Al Franken, but he pissed off Fred Silverman with his "Limo for the Lame-O" segment on Weekend Update, and Creator/HarryShearer even expressed an interest in being showrunner, as he felt the show's current sensibility didn't mesh with his brand of humor), and, with every agonizingly unfunny episode, it became clear that Doumanian was in over her head (though Doumanian claims that she was doing the best she could with a limited budget and NBC staff treating her like crap because she's a woman). Add to the fact that she rejected a lot of potential cast members (JimCarrey being one of them), relegated Creator/EddieMurphy to background roles (which would be her undoing, as Eddie Murphy's stand-up piece on the Ray Sharkey episode would be the guarantee that he'd be the show's next big star), and was accused for setting up Charles Rocket saying "fuck" at the end of the Charlene Tilton episode (though Rocket himself has stated that it wasn't a set-up and he didn't know he said anything wrong until the backlash), and NBC had to be rushed in to save the show with new blood, knowing full well that they would probably have to give it a mercy kill (they didn't, but back then, they were thinking it and jokes were made about how ''Saturday Night Live'' should be called ''Saturday Night Dead'' due to its drop in quality).
** Season 11 (1985-1986): Another bad season, only this time, it was LorneMichaels' fault. After his sketch show ''The New Show'' got canned and learning that NBC was going to cancel ''SNL'' after its 10th season due to low ratings and Dick Ebersol deciding to quit after NBC nixed all the ideas he had planned for his vision of ''SNL'', Michaels swooped in to rebuild his show, with a new cast and new writers. With the exception of Creator/DennisMiller, Jon Lovitz, and Nora Dunn, no one cared much for the new cast (which included such now-famous faces as Joan Cusack, Robert Downey Jr., Damon Wayans, and Randy Quaid, along with the first time the show hired homosexual cast members[[note]]Terry Sweeney, an openly gay white man, who was on the show before as one of Jean Doumanian's writers, and Danitra Vance, a black lesbian[[/note]] and the only time the show hired a teenager[[note]]Anthony Michael Hall was 17 and already famous as a star of ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' when he joined the cast, making him the youngest ever cast member.[[/note]]), and, after the bizarre debacle that was the March 1986 episode hosted by George Wendt with Francis Ford Coppola and musical guest Phillip Glass, NBC rushed in again and decided to shut the show down for good. While the season 11 finale did end with everyone locked in a room with Lorne setting it on fire and saving Jon Lovitz, Lorne begged NBC to give his show another chance, which they did, but only for 13 episodes of season 12 (they later rescinded this after season 12 brought ''SNL'' back from its early 1980s slump). Lorne fired everyone (except for the three aforementioned newcomers who were actually good, along with Al Franken and A. Whitney Brown), brought in people like Dana Carvey, Creator/PhilHartman, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, and Kevin Nealon, and everything about season 11 was written off as a bad dream.
** Season 20 (1994-1995): Unlike seasons 6 and 11, which were bad because of new cast members who were barely experienced with working in sketch comedy and/or as an ensemble and writing that wasn't top shelf, this season was plagued with an overcrowded cast that hated each other, Phil Hartman leaving for other projects (mostly ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''News Radio''), and overexposure of Creator/AdamSandler and Creator/ChrisFarley. Once again, NBC confronted Lorne Michaels about it and told him that the show was ending due to low ratings and bad reviews -- and Creator/LorneMichaels, once again, dodged cancellation by weeding out the bad cast members and writers[[note]]though most of them left on their own accord because they were tired of the show, in the cases of Kevin Nealon and Ellen Cleghorne, or found out how daunting working at ''SNL'' is, in the cases of Morwenna Banks and Chris Elliott[[/note]], keeping in the good ones, and hiring newer, better talent. Lorne Michaels has cited season 20 as the closest he's been to being fired and having his show canceled.
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* OnlyBarelyRenewed: Having NBC exec Dick Ebersol take over as producer was probably the only thing that saved it from getting the ax after season 6. NBC did in fact cancel the show after season 10, before Brandon Tartikoff decided that it was worth another shot if he could talk Lorne Michaels into coming back to produce. The plan worked.
8th Oct '17 8:38:44 PM Malady
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** When Creator/JohnBelushi died in 1982, a rerun of a season seven episode had a monologue from BrianDoyleMurray, who told the story of how Belushi cared for him when he was just starting out in comedy and saved him from getting hit by a truck (with Belushi taking the hit and '''''not''''' getting injured).

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** When Creator/JohnBelushi died in 1982, a rerun of a season seven episode had a monologue from BrianDoyleMurray, Creator/BrianDoyleMurray, who told the story of how Belushi cared for him when he was just starting out in comedy and saved him from getting hit by a truck (with Belushi taking the hit and '''''not''''' getting injured).
17th Sep '17 9:17:51 AM nombretomado
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Inevitable for such a topical show. The sketches and musical guests will date an episode to the year and even the very week it aired. Sometimes, this borders on WereStillRelevantDammit, but, much like ''SouthPark'' and ''MAD Magazine'' in its heyday, this show tries to avoid being behind the times.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Inevitable for such a topical show. The sketches and musical guests will date an episode to the year and even the very week it aired. Sometimes, this borders on WereStillRelevantDammit, but, much like ''SouthPark'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and ''MAD Magazine'' in its heyday, this show tries to avoid being behind the times.
16th Sep '17 3:18:23 PM ClintEastwood
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* HostilityOnTheSet:
** Creator/ChevyChase was disliked by his costars, particularly when he got famous (it got to the point where everyone hid so they wouldn't have to share an elevator with him). He had a rivalry with Creator/JohnBelushi that went back to their days on ''National Lampoon Radio'' and by the time he left, he couldn't even get on with Creator/LorneMichaels. When he returned to host the show in the third season, Belushi allegedly egged Creator/BillMurray into provoking Chase. This resulted in the two hurling insults at each other, which escalated into a near brawl moments before they went onstage that was broken up by Belushi and Creator/DanAykroyd. Chase's antagonistic behaviour towards his coworkers when he hosted in 1985 and 1997 resulted in him being banned from hosting the show.
** In a 2011 interview, Creator/JaneCurtin accused Belushi of being a misogynist who sabotaged sketches by female writers by not performing them to his full capacity. She described him and Aykroyd as the "bully boys" of the show.
** Murray and Gilda Radner had an affair that ended so badly that they couldn't be in the same room together. Tellingly, she only mentions him once in passing in her autobiography.
** The 1986-7 season was plagued with dramatic behind-the-scenes ego battles, and tensions eventually forced out Creator/NoraDunn. Creator/VictoriaJackson has been critical of Creator/JanHooks and especially Dunn, who was romantically involved with Lorne Michaels at the time.



** Creator/NorahDunn was fired after boycotting the show following Creator/AndrewDiceClay's appearance. Creator/JonLovitz discussed her boycott of the show in detail during an episode of “The ABC’s of SNL” with director Creator/KevinSmith:

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** Creator/NorahDunn Creator/NoraDunn was fired after boycotting the show following Creator/AndrewDiceClay's appearance. Creator/JonLovitz discussed her boycott of the show in detail during an episode of “The ABC’s of SNL” with director Creator/KevinSmith:
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** References to Kenan Thompson's time on Nickelodeon and ''Film/GoodBurger'' are practically OnceASeason.
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