History Trivia / SaturdayNightLive

22nd Apr '16 7:26:58 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy[=/=]RetroactiveRecognition: Did you know that Creator/GilbertGottfried was a cast member (and probably more jarring, Gottfried's voice had some semblance of volume control. You can hear the screechy, obnoxious voice he's currently known for, but for the most part at that time, Gottfried actually was soft-spoken)? How about Anthony Michael Hall (''SNL'''s youngest cast member at 17 years old), Creator/HarryShearer, Randy Quaid, Creator/RobertDowneyJr (his uncle is Jim Downey, a one-time feature player and a former writer on the show), Joan Cusack, Creator/SarahSilverman (who sadly, wasn't given a chance to showcase her sweet, yet horribly un-PC humor when she was on ''SNL''), Creator/JaneaneGarofalo (who left the show due to backstage tensions and refuses to talk about her time on the show), [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]], Creator/BenStiller, and Damon Wayans (who was fired from his short stint as feature player due to making a minor character he was playing sound CampGay, of which Lorne Michaels didn't approve. Coincidentally, that CampGay voice he used for his character is the same one he would later use on "In Living Color"'s "Men on Film" sketches)?

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* HeyItsThatGuy[=/=]RetroactiveRecognition: RetroactiveRecognition: Did you know that Creator/GilbertGottfried was a cast member (and probably more jarring, Gottfried's voice had some semblance of volume control. You can hear the screechy, obnoxious voice he's currently known for, but for the most part at that time, Gottfried actually was soft-spoken)? How about Anthony Michael Hall (''SNL'''s youngest cast member at 17 years old), Creator/HarryShearer, Randy Quaid, Creator/RobertDowneyJr (his uncle is Jim Downey, a one-time feature player and a former writer on the show), Joan Cusack, Creator/SarahSilverman (who sadly, wasn't given a chance to showcase her sweet, yet horribly un-PC humor when she was on ''SNL''), Creator/JaneaneGarofalo (who left the show due to backstage tensions and refuses to talk about her time on the show), [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]], Creator/BenStiller, and Damon Wayans (who was fired from his short stint as feature player due to making a minor character he was playing sound CampGay, of which Lorne Michaels didn't approve. Coincidentally, that CampGay voice he used for his character is the same one he would later use on "In Living Color"'s "Men on Film" sketches)?
4th Apr '16 10:34:21 PM Adept
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** ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' serving 14 years as ''SNL''[='s=] worthiest late-night sketch show rival was canned in 2009 due to low ratings and budget constraints. There was word of ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' coming back as a cable show, but, unless one were to count the Cartoon Network sketch show ''MAD'' and Creator/ComedyCentral's ''KeyAndPeele'', ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' as viewers know it is gone.

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** ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' serving 14 years as ''SNL''[='s=] worthiest late-night sketch show rival was canned in 2009 due to low ratings and budget constraints. There was word of ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' coming back as a cable show, but, unless one were to count the Cartoon Network sketch show ''MAD'' and Creator/ComedyCentral's ''KeyAndPeele'', ''Series/KeyAndPeele'', ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' as viewers know it is gone.
23rd Mar '16 4:39:18 PM nombretomado
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** The only competition ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' has these days in terms of ratings and quality are: Creator/AdultSwim's Saturday anime line-up, ''The Daily Show with Jon Stewart''[[note]]which doesn't air on weekends[[/note]], ''The Colbert Report''[[note]]also a weekday-only show[[/note]], ComedyCentral's comedian-headlined sketch shows, like ''Inside Amy Schumer'' and ''KeyAndPeele'', and Internet-based comedy troupes (some of which can be found on YouTube) and humor sites, like College Humor and Funny or Die.

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** The only competition ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' has these days in terms of ratings and quality are: Creator/AdultSwim's Saturday anime line-up, ''The Daily Show with Jon Stewart''[[note]]which doesn't air on weekends[[/note]], ''The Colbert Report''[[note]]also a weekday-only show[[/note]], ComedyCentral's Comedy Central's comedian-headlined sketch shows, like ''Inside Amy Schumer'' and ''KeyAndPeele'', ''Series/KeyAndPeele'', and Internet-based comedy troupes (some of which can be found on YouTube) and humor sites, like College Humor and Funny or Die.



** ''SNL'' when shown in syndication on cable (ComedyCentral, E!, VH1, and VH1 Classic) are all cut down to an hour, trimming out all the sketches and Weekend Update jokes that are considered weak and paring down the musical performances to one (though some also cut the musical performances, like the Lucy Lawless episode from season 24 that doesn't have Elliott Smith's sole performance). The NBC reruns of the current episodes that air at 10:00pm (eastern time) are shown the same way.

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** ''SNL'' when shown in syndication on cable (ComedyCentral, (Creator/ComedyCentral, E!, VH1, and VH1 Classic) are all cut down to an hour, trimming out all the sketches and Weekend Update jokes that are considered weak and paring down the musical performances to one (though some also cut the musical performances, like the Lucy Lawless episode from season 24 that doesn't have Elliott Smith's sole performance). The NBC reruns of the current episodes that air at 10:00pm (eastern time) are shown the same way.



** Season 11 (the 1985-1986 season) is also a season everyone would like to forget, most especially for the writers at the time (who would go on to write for ''TheSimpsons'' during its GoldenAge) who simply didn't know how to create funny material for the cast hired at the time. Unlike season six, season 11 has aired in reruns on ComedyCentral, Comedy Channel in Canada, NBC (during its NBC All Night block on Saturdays), and E! and, while being regarded as the weirdest/most disconnected season, has been VindicatedByHistory for the most part and does have memorable moments/performances/facts -- specifically, Terry Sweeney as Nancy Reagan, DennisMiller reviving Weekend Update with his brand of snarky humor, the fact that most of the writers would later be famous for ''TheSimpsons'', Danitra Vance's characters[[note]]even though Vance was often typecast as slave girls, pregnant teen girls, welfare moms, and black women with low-level jobs, like secretaries, nurses, and waitresses[[/note]], and the fact that the show had the actor who would later be known for playing Iron Man (Creator/RobertDowneyJr).

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** Season 11 (the 1985-1986 season) is also a season everyone would like to forget, most especially for the writers at the time (who would go on to write for ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' during its GoldenAge) who simply didn't know how to create funny material for the cast hired at the time. Unlike season six, season 11 has aired in reruns on ComedyCentral, Creator/ComedyCentral, Comedy Channel in Canada, NBC (during its NBC All Night block on Saturdays), and E! and, while being regarded as the weirdest/most disconnected season, has been VindicatedByHistory for the most part and does have memorable moments/performances/facts -- specifically, Terry Sweeney as Nancy Reagan, DennisMiller reviving Weekend Update with his brand of snarky humor, the fact that most of the writers would later be famous for ''TheSimpsons'', Danitra Vance's characters[[note]]even though Vance was often typecast as slave girls, pregnant teen girls, welfare moms, and black women with low-level jobs, like secretaries, nurses, and waitresses[[/note]], and the fact that the show had the actor who would later be known for playing Iron Man (Creator/RobertDowneyJr).
18th Mar '16 10:35:11 PM Hossmeister
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9th Mar '16 10:42:05 PM jormis29
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* John Roberts (the voice of [[Series/BobsBurgers Linda Belcher]]): Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins. Had John Roberts been chosen, he wouldn't have been the voice of Linda Belcher for ''Bob's Burgers'' and he would have been the second male homosexual cast member hired on ''SNL''. A homosexual cast member wouldn't be hired until season 37 with Kate [=McKinnon=] (who is a lesbian), but as of 2013, there have been no male homosexual cast members hired besides Terry Sweeney from the 1985-1986 cast.

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* John Roberts (the voice of [[Series/BobsBurgers [[WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers Linda Belcher]]): Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins. Had John Roberts been chosen, he wouldn't have been the voice of Linda Belcher for ''Bob's Burgers'' and he would have been the second male homosexual cast member hired on ''SNL''. A homosexual cast member wouldn't be hired until season 37 with Kate [=McKinnon=] (who is a lesbian), but as of 2013, there have been no male homosexual cast members hired besides Terry Sweeney from the 1985-1986 cast.
9th Mar '16 1:52:05 PM Hossmeister
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* John Roberts (the voice of [[BobsBurgers Linda Belcher]]): Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins. Had John Roberts been chosen, he wouldn't have been the voice of Linda Belcher for ''Bob's Burgers'' and he would have been the second male homosexual cast member hired on ''SNL''. A homosexual cast member wouldn't be hired until season 37 with Kate [=McKinnon=] (who is a lesbian), but as of 2013, there have been no male homosexual cast members hired besides Terry Sweeney from the 1985-1986 cast.

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* John Roberts (the voice of [[BobsBurgers [[Series/BobsBurgers Linda Belcher]]): Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins. Had John Roberts been chosen, he wouldn't have been the voice of Linda Belcher for ''Bob's Burgers'' and he would have been the second male homosexual cast member hired on ''SNL''. A homosexual cast member wouldn't be hired until season 37 with Kate [=McKinnon=] (who is a lesbian), but as of 2013, there have been no male homosexual cast members hired besides Terry Sweeney from the 1985-1986 cast.
15th Feb '16 7:14:30 AM MacronNotes
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5th Feb '16 10:35:45 PM tvinsomne
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* [[Series/TheMindyKalingProject Mindy Kaling]]: Was offered a job as a writer for the 2006-2007 season, but wasn't allowed to break her contract at ''TheOffice'' to take it.

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* [[Series/TheMindyKalingProject Mindy Kaling]]: Creator/MindyKaling: Was offered a job as a writer for the 2006-2007 season, but wasn't allowed to break her contract at ''TheOffice'' to take it.
5th Feb '16 10:34:06 PM tvinsomne
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* John Goodman: Also auditioned for Season 6, but lost out to Joe Piscopo.

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* John Goodman: Creator/JohnGoodman: Also auditioned for Season 6, but lost out to Joe Piscopo.



* Robert Townsend: Also auditioned for season six and was chosen to be a cast member, but everyone else (save Jean Doumanian) saw potential in an up-and-coming stand-up comedian at the time named EddieMurphy. Also, Robert Townsend [[IdiotBall forgot to sign his contract]].

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* Robert Townsend: Creator/RobertTownsend: Also auditioned for season six and was chosen to be a cast member, but everyone else (save Jean Doumanian) saw potential in an up-and-coming stand-up comedian at the time named EddieMurphy. Also, Robert Townsend [[IdiotBall forgot to sign his contract]].



* The cast of ''Fridays'' (Mark Blankfield, Larry David, Michael Richards, Darrow Igus, Maryedith Burrell, Melanie Chartoff, Rich Hall, Brandis Kemp, Bruce Mahler, and John Roarke): When season nine of ''SNL'' ended and Dick Ebersol was trying to look for a way to pump some energy into the show for season ten since EddieMurphy left for a movie career and Joe Piscopo left out of exhaustion, he decided to get some more experienced sketch comedians. His first idea was to get the cast of ''Fridays'' (the early 1980s sketch show that nearly dethroned ''SNL'' as the edgy, late-night weekend sketch show that aired live) to be the new cast of ''SNL''. With the exception of Larry David (who was hired as a show writer for ''SNL'', which he hated, as all of his good pieces ended up in dress rehearsal or airing after Weekend Update, which is where all the experimental, less funny sketches go) and Rich Hall (hired as a cast member for season 10), all of the other cast members of ''Fridays'' declined the offer.
* Geena Davis: Auditioned for Season 10 (1984-1985), but lost to Pamela Stephenson.

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* The cast of ''Fridays'' ''Series/{{Fridays}}'' (Mark Blankfield, Larry David, Michael Richards, Darrow Igus, Maryedith Burrell, Melanie Chartoff, Rich Hall, Brandis Kemp, Bruce Mahler, and John Roarke): When season nine of ''SNL'' ended and Dick Ebersol was trying to look for a way to pump some energy into the show for season ten since EddieMurphy left for a movie career and Joe Piscopo left out of exhaustion, he decided to get some more experienced sketch comedians. His first idea was to get the cast of ''Fridays'' (the early 1980s sketch show that nearly dethroned ''SNL'' as the edgy, late-night weekend sketch show that aired live) to be the new cast of ''SNL''. With the exception of Larry David (who was hired as a show writer for ''SNL'', which he hated, as all of his good pieces ended up in dress rehearsal or airing after Weekend Update, which is where all the experimental, less funny sketches go) and Rich Hall (hired as a cast member for season 10), all of the other cast members of ''Fridays'' declined the offer.
* Geena Davis: Creator/GeenaDavis: Auditioned for Season 10 (1984-1985), but lost to Pamela Stephenson.



* Bonnie Hunt: Auditioned for the 1986-1987 season, but took issue with the male-dominated atmosphere at the time (if only she'd wait until the mid-1990s, when women like TinaFey, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, and Maya Rudolph would prove that women can be just as funny as the men) and was told by Lorne Michaels that she wasn't allowed to improvise.

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* Bonnie Hunt: Creator/BonnieHunt: Auditioned for the 1986-1987 season, but took issue with the male-dominated atmosphere at the time (if only she'd wait until the mid-1990s, when women like TinaFey, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, and Maya Rudolph would prove that women can be just as funny as the men) and was told by Lorne Michaels that she wasn't allowed to improvise.



* Jack [=McBrayer=]: Auditioned for the 2002-2003 season. Lost to Dean Edwards, but Lorne Michaels did keep him in mind when he was casting for ''30 Rock''.

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* Jack [=McBrayer=]: Auditioned for the 2002-2003 season. Lost to Dean Edwards, but Lorne Michaels did keep him in mind when he was casting for ''30 Rock''.''Series/30Rock''.



* Mindy Kaling: Was offered a job as a writer for the 2006-2007 season, but wasn't allowed to break her contract at ''TheOffice'' to take it.

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* [[Series/TheMindyKalingProject Mindy Kaling: Kaling]]: Was offered a job as a writer for the 2006-2007 season, but wasn't allowed to break her contract at ''TheOffice'' to take it.



* Aubrey Plaza: Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins. With her Puerto Rican heritage, Plaza would have been the first Hispanic female cast member if she was hired. Instead, Noel Wells became the first Hispanic female (Wells is a quarter Mexican) in 2013.

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* [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Aubrey Plaza: Plaza]]: Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins. With her Puerto Rican heritage, Plaza would have been the first Hispanic female cast member if she was hired. Instead, Noel Wells became the first Hispanic female (Wells is a quarter Mexican) in 2013.
5th Feb '16 10:28:44 PM tvinsomne
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* Richard Belzer: Even though he was a warm-up comic and one of the writers of the "Not Ready for Primetime" era of ''SNL'' (1975-1980), Belzer actually auditioned to be a cast member. The closest Belzer got to be a cast member was when he had to replace Chevy Chase on Weekend Update after Chase suffered [[GroinAttack a groin injury]] (Chase fell on a podium that didn't have padding on the sides) during the show's first political sketch.
* Mimi Kennedy: Was also a potential cast member during the "Not Ready for Primetime" era, but Lorne thought she was too similar to Gilda Radner in appearance and comic ability.

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* Richard Belzer: Creator/RichardBelzer: Even though he was a warm-up comic and one of the writers of the "Not Ready for Primetime" era of ''SNL'' (1975-1980), Belzer actually auditioned to be a cast member. The closest Belzer got to be a cast member was when he had to replace Chevy Chase on Weekend Update after Chase suffered [[GroinAttack a groin injury]] (Chase fell on a podium that didn't have padding on the sides) during the show's first political sketch.
* [[Series/DharmaAndGreg Mimi Kennedy: Kennedy]]: Was also a potential cast member during the "Not Ready for Primetime" era, but Lorne thought she was too similar to Gilda Radner in appearance and comic ability.
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