History Trivia / SaturdayNightLive

8th Feb '17 9:02:18 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** Martin Freeman did a ''Hobbit'' parody of ''Series/TheOffice'', having played Tim in the latter.
30th Jan '17 2:30:09 PM 123456789
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** ''Fridays'', despite being initially panned by critics for being a cruder, less funny carbon copy of ''SNL'', did manage to find success with audiences when ''SNL'' was struggling with its 1980-81 cast. The show has been cited by critics and viewers as the only sketch show that could have easily surpassed ''Saturday Night Live'' in terms of humor and quality had ABC treated it better and/or ''SNL'' was canceled with no chance of coming back and ''Fridays'' {{channel hop}}ped to NBC. Unfortunately, ''Fridays'' ended up suffering from a timeslot change thanks to ''NightLine'' and a failed attempt at trying to beat ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' in the ratings as a primetime sketch show. It was canceled after its second season[[note]]listed as the third on Wikipedia and the DVD collection[[/note]]. The show did rerun on the USA Network in the late 1980s, but got pulled for reasons unknown and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes for a while, there were no video or DVD releases of episodes]]. As of 2015, ''Fridays'' is available on DVD and Hulu Plus thanks to Creator/ShoutFactory -- initially, it was supposed to have all the seasons, but it was changed at the last minute to just sixteen episodes that are considered the best/most memorable. ''Fridays'' sketches (some of which are from Shout Factory, but most are from videotaped airings) are also available on YouTube.

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** ''Fridays'', despite being initially panned by critics for being a cruder, less funny carbon copy of ''SNL'', did manage to find success with audiences when ''SNL'' was struggling with its 1980-81 cast. The show has been cited by critics and viewers as the only sketch show that could have easily surpassed ''Saturday Night Live'' in terms of humor and quality had ABC treated it better and/or ''SNL'' was canceled with no chance of coming back and ''Fridays'' {{channel hop}}ped to NBC. Unfortunately, ''Fridays'' ended up suffering from a timeslot change thanks to ''NightLine'' ''Series/{{Nightline}}'' and a failed attempt at trying to beat ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' in the ratings as a primetime sketch show. It was canceled after its second season[[note]]listed as the third on Wikipedia and the DVD collection[[/note]]. The show did rerun on the USA Network in the late 1980s, but got pulled for reasons unknown and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes for a while, there were no video or DVD releases of episodes]]. As of 2015, ''Fridays'' is available on DVD and Hulu Plus thanks to Creator/ShoutFactory -- initially, it was supposed to have all the seasons, but it was changed at the last minute to just sixteen episodes that are considered the best/most memorable. ''Fridays'' sketches (some of which are from Shout Factory, but most are from videotaped airings) are also available on YouTube.
30th Jan '17 2:29:01 PM 123456789
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** ''Fridays'', despite being initially panned by critics for being a cruder, less funny carbon copy of ''SNL'', did manage to find success with audiences when ''SNL'' was struggling with its 1980-81 cast. The show has been cited by critics and viewers as the only sketch show that could have easily surpassed ''Saturday Night Live'' in terms of humor and quality had ABC treated it better and/or ''SNL'' was canceled with no chance of coming back and ''Fridays'' {{channel hop}}ped to NBC. Unfortunately, ''Fridays'' ended up suffering from a timeslot change and a failed attempt at trying to beat ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' in the ratings as a primetime sketch show. It was canceled after its second season[[note]]listed as the third on Wikipedia and the DVD collection[[/note]]. The show did rerun on the USA Network in the late 1980s, but got pulled for reasons unknown and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes for a while, there were no video or DVD releases of episodes]]. As of 2015, ''Fridays'' is available on DVD and Hulu Plus thanks to Creator/ShoutFactory -- initially, it was supposed to have all the seasons, but it was changed at the last minute to just sixteen episodes that are considered the best/most memorable. ''Fridays'' sketches (some of which are from Shout Factory, but most are from videotaped airings) are also available on YouTube.

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** ''Fridays'', despite being initially panned by critics for being a cruder, less funny carbon copy of ''SNL'', did manage to find success with audiences when ''SNL'' was struggling with its 1980-81 cast. The show has been cited by critics and viewers as the only sketch show that could have easily surpassed ''Saturday Night Live'' in terms of humor and quality had ABC treated it better and/or ''SNL'' was canceled with no chance of coming back and ''Fridays'' {{channel hop}}ped to NBC. Unfortunately, ''Fridays'' ended up suffering from a timeslot change thanks to ''NightLine'' and a failed attempt at trying to beat ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' in the ratings as a primetime sketch show. It was canceled after its second season[[note]]listed as the third on Wikipedia and the DVD collection[[/note]]. The show did rerun on the USA Network in the late 1980s, but got pulled for reasons unknown and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes for a while, there were no video or DVD releases of episodes]]. As of 2015, ''Fridays'' is available on DVD and Hulu Plus thanks to Creator/ShoutFactory -- initially, it was supposed to have all the seasons, but it was changed at the last minute to just sixteen episodes that are considered the best/most memorable. ''Fridays'' sketches (some of which are from Shout Factory, but most are from videotaped airings) are also available on YouTube.
29th Jan '17 5:23:56 PM BugsFan17
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** As of April 2012, ''SNL'', for the first time in 27 years, has hired a cast member who, like Terry Sweeney, is openly gay, and like Danitra Vance, is a lesbian. Her name is '''Kate [=McKinnon=]'''. Like Erica Ash on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'''s 14th season, [=McKinnon=] got her sketch comedy start on Logo's ''The Big Gay Sketch Show''. McKinnon is also the first cast member to win the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress (though several cast members were nominated before) and only the third overall to win an Emmy (after Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner).

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** As of April 2012, ''SNL'', for the first time in 27 years, has hired a cast member who, like Terry Sweeney, is openly gay, and like Danitra Vance, is a lesbian. Her name is '''Kate [=McKinnon=]'''. Like Erica Ash on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'''s 14th season, [=McKinnon=] got her sketch comedy start on Logo's ''The Big Gay Sketch Show''. McKinnon [=McKinnon=] is also the first cast member to win the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress (though several cast members were nominated before) and only the third overall to win an Emmy (after Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner).


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** The most recent Hispanic cast member is '''Melissa Villaseñor'''.
21st Jan '17 5:35:33 AM Morgenthaler
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** Yes, 1980s-1990s kids' show lovers. The Kenan Thompson who is on ''SNL'' is the same Kenan Thompson who was on Nickelodeon's ''Series/AllThat'' and ''KenanAndKel''.
** Featured player Kate [=McKinnon=], much like Erica Ash on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', used to be a cast member on Logo's ''The Big Gay Sketch Show'' and did voiceowrk on a lot of animated shows, including ''UglyAmericans'' and ''{{Robotomy}}'' (on ''Robotomy'', she was the voice of Miss Crunshine, the Sunshine Class teacher).

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** Yes, 1980s-1990s kids' show lovers. The Kenan Thompson who is on ''SNL'' is the same Kenan Thompson who was on Nickelodeon's ''Series/AllThat'' and ''KenanAndKel''.
''Series/KenanAndKel''.
** Featured player Kate [=McKinnon=], much like Erica Ash on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', used to be a cast member on Logo's ''The Big Gay Sketch Show'' and did voiceowrk on a lot of animated shows, including ''UglyAmericans'' ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' and ''{{Robotomy}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}'' (on ''Robotomy'', she was the voice of Miss Crunshine, the Sunshine Class teacher).
10th Jan '17 7:06:16 PM nombretomado
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* Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer: Auditioned for the 2005-2006 season (season 31) along with their [[TheLonelyIsland Lonely Island]] friend, Andy Samberg. Samberg was the only one who became a cast member while Taccone and Schaffer became writers.

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* Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer: Auditioned for the 2005-2006 season (season 31) along with their [[TheLonelyIsland [[Music/TheLonelyIsland Lonely Island]] friend, Andy Samberg. Samberg was the only one who became a cast member while Taccone and Schaffer became writers.
31st Dec '16 10:19:26 AM nombretomado
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** During a ''Scorpion King'' sketch with [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]], he accidentally skipped several lines. However, having made his name with his ability with [[ProfessionalWrestling a microphone on live TV]], he kept his cool and somehow seamlessly linked his lines back together, then told the audience, "Don't worry, I've got this!"

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** During a ''Scorpion King'' sketch with [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]], Wrestling/TheRock, he accidentally skipped several lines. However, having made his name with his ability with [[ProfessionalWrestling a microphone on live TV]], he kept his cool and somehow seamlessly linked his lines back together, then told the audience, "Don't worry, I've got this!"
23rd Dec '16 5:28:29 PM DustSnitch
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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Avoided whenever possible. Lorne Michaels detests ad-libbing and improv during broadcasts. Deviating from the script too much is a sure way for a cast member to get fired or for a guest host to be permanently banned.

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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Avoided whenever possible. Lorne Michaels detests ad-libbing and improv during broadcasts. Deviating HarpoDoesSomethingFunny:
** [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. Improvising is a good way to find yourself banned
from the script too much is a sure way for a cast member to get fired or for show by Creator/LorneMichaels if you're a guest host (unless something really goes wrong and you have to be permanently banned.do something to keep the dead air at bay). Just ask Creator/AdrienBrody (who introduced musical guest Sean Paul while dressed as a rudeboy and rambling in a Jamaican accent when he hosted during the penultimate episode of season 28[[note]]2002-2003[[/note]]).
** Damon Wayans had a rather dull part as a prison guard in a "Mr. Monopoly" sketch (based on the game). He decided to ad-lib and play the character as a gay stereotype (who sounded like his Blaine Edwards character from the "Men on Film" sketches). He was immediately fired by Lorne Michaels, which is why he was available when ''Series/InLivingColor'' premiered.
26th Nov '16 12:49:35 PM LarryMullen
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* HideYourPregnancy: Averted with Ana Gasteyer, Creator/MayaRudolph, and Creator/AmyPoehler who all appeared pregnant in ''SNL'' sketches before going on maternity leave (some of which had their pregnancies written in the sketches, such as the case with Amy Poehler in the "I'm No Angel" PerfumeCommercial parody on the Josh Brolin/Adele episode of Season 34 and a sketch where Ana Gasteyer played Elizabeth Hurley, who was also pregnant at the time). Creator/TinaFey, however, didn't appear in any sketches for the first couple episodes of Season 31 because of maternity leave. However, when Tina Fey hosted the 700th episode (on season 36), this trope was zigzagged. Some sketches (like the monologue, "The Little Mermaid Meets bin Laden's Corpse" sketch and the "2012 Presidential Candidates" sketch, where Fey once again appears as her doppelganger SarahPalin) had Tina Fey's pregnancy hidden (albeit poorly in the "Little Mermaid Sketch" -- [[SpecialEffectsFailure you can tell she's pregnant because of her large breasts peeking out of the seashell bra and the beginnings of her baby bump can be seen between the seashell bra and her mermaid tail half]]); others (like some of the commercial bumpers and the "Home Pregnancy Video" sketch) had her pregnant for all to see.
23rd Nov '16 1:14:29 PM AlternativeCola
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* '''Brad Hall''' and '''Julia-Louis Dreyfus''': The only ''SNL'' cast members to be married to each other. Hall was on the show from 1982 to 1984 (spanning seasons eight and nine, though he was fired from his stint as Weekend Update anchor and replaced with whoever was the episode host at the time[[note]]originally, it was going to be Tim Kazurinsky, but Kazurinsky was friends with Hall and didn't want to betray him[[/note]]) while his wife stayed on until season ten, when everyone was fired and NBC had plans to cancel the show until LorneMichaels decided to return.

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* '''Brad Hall''' and '''Julia-Louis Dreyfus''': '''Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus''': The only ''SNL'' cast members to be married to each other. Hall was on the show from 1982 to 1984 (spanning seasons eight and nine, though he was fired from his stint as Weekend Update anchor and replaced with whoever was the episode host at the time[[note]]originally, it was going to be Tim Kazurinsky, but Kazurinsky was friends with Hall and didn't want to betray him[[/note]]) while his wife stayed on until season ten, when everyone was fired and NBC had plans to cancel the show until LorneMichaels decided to return.
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