History Trivia / SaturdayNightLive

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** The season got off to a bad start with critics[[note]]deservedly, considering it was rife with the sort of humor exemplified by a sketch in the season premiere about an Army unit of gay soldiers stationed at ... [[LamePun Fort Dix]]![[/note]] and didn't get better, as Rocket's ''Weekend Update'' appearances, despite his background doing that sort of spoof news, were often so devoid of laughs as to be painful, and sketches like the "Leather Weather" bit that made the previous season's vomitorium sketch look inspired in comparison. Doumanian insisted on booking Malcolm [=McDowell=] as host despite the network's concern that he was (at the time) too obscure for most of the audience.

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** The season got off to a bad start with critics[[note]]deservedly, considering it was rife with the sort of humor exemplified by a sketch in the season premiere about an Army unit of gay soldiers stationed at ... [[LamePun Fort Dix]]![[/note]] and didn't get better, as Rocket's ''Weekend Update'' appearances, despite his background doing that sort of spoof news, were often so devoid of laughs as to be painful, and sketches like the "Leather Weather" bit that made the previous season's vomitorium sketch look inspired in comparison. Doumanian insisted on booking Malcolm [=McDowell=] Creator/MalcolmMcDowell as host despite the network's concern that he was (at the time) too obscure for most of the audience.



* "[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]", the PilotEpisode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', was originally shot as a 60-minute one-off movie, supposedly at cost of almost a million pounds. There were rumors the BBC was going to junk it, and they did... by asking Creator/MarkGatiss and Creator/StevenMoffat to turn it into a series pilot instead. But that required making it longer, and they didn't think they could maintain a consistent feel since they couldn't get their original cinematographer back. So ''they shot the whole thing over''.
** The reshoot didn't go smoothly. It turned out to be during the coldest winter in Britain in 30 years, with many scenes taking place outdoors (and at night as well). Creator/BenedictCumberbatch came down with what he thought was just the flu but turned out to be potentially life-threatening pneumonia, for which he had to be hospitalized. Not to be outdone, Creator/MartinFreeman fell while getting out of his ride to the set one day and broke his wrist, requiring that his hand be placed in a cast between takes.
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* TroubledProduction: The fifth and sixth seasons together count as this:
** At the beginning of the fifth season, despite the departure of Creator/DanAykroyd and Creator/JohnBelushi, the show was still riding high, one of NBC's few successes at the time. However, all was not well with the cast and crew. Many were burned out from four very intense years and the fame they had accumulated in the process, secretly hoping this season would be the last, at least for a while. Creator/LorneMichaels took the unusual step of scheduling a preseason retreat at Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York. Significantly, though, none of the major cast members or writers attended.
** With Aykroyd and Belushi gone, the show relied a great deal on Creator/BillMurray to carry the load. This stressed him out a great deal, and he often used the role to do deals with Lorne ... he'd do, say, another Nick the Lounge Singer sketch ''if'' Lorne agreed to another sketch he wanted to do, or booked this band or that guest host. Despite this star power, Murray would often succumb to fits of Irish temper, walking off the set during blocking sessions on Friday or even on Thursdays, saying he was quitting ... only to return in time for dress rehearsal on Saturday, and nailing his performance live.
** He [[TakeThat took out his anger]] with Belushi and Aykroyd in a ''Weekend Update'' review of ''Film/NineteenFortyOne'' in December. Noting that Creator/CarrieFisher and Creator/ChristopherLee, "two old friends of mine" who had previously appeared on the show, were in the cast, he excoriated them for doing the movie, wondered what they had been thinking and said they should have never left the show, to much knowing laughter from the audience. Instead of seeing their movie, he recommended audiences go see ''Film/{{Meatballs}}'', his successful debut from the previous summer, again.
** Murray wasn't the only one who missed Aykroyd and Belushi. During the infamous vomitorium sketch, considered the nadir of the show's first five seasons, Creator/AlFranken nearly missed his cue to come on as a bratty young boy because he was musing aloud offstage as to how this would have been a perfect part for John.
** Creator/HarryShearer had been added to the cast and writing staff as a replacement. He quickly clashed with Lorne and alienated the other writers over his vision for the show, which he felt, in the absence of two big stars, should focus more on the sort of ensemble-based humor that he did in his later movies and his second stint in the cast a few years later, rather than the kind of recurring-character, CatchPhrase-based humor it had come to specialize in. While no one agreed with him exactly, the show's writers eventually did try to rise to the challenge and take more risks as a way of making up for the loss of Aykroyd and Belushi.[[note]]One of them even remembers the time as "our bravest season"[[/note]]
** The heavy drug use that later claimed Belushi's life was also taking its toll on the cast and crew. Where they had during earlier seasons generally relaxed and developed their comedy surrounded by clouds of pot smoke, now to keep up with the pace they worked at they snorted line after line of coke during the day ... with the attendant effect on everyone's temper and ego. Creator/GarrettMorris was heavy into freebasing, sometimes going on paranoid rants during rehearsals and at one point convinced an invisible robot was controlling him. Creator/LaraineNewman, on the other hand, cooped herself up in her dressing room where she slept off her drug binges, emerging only for blocking, dress, and the show. Creator/GildaRadner's bulimia only got worse. By Christmas, almost everyone involved with the show was hoping [[FinaleSeason this season would be the last]].
** During the latter half of the season, Lorne became preoccupied with his contract renegotiations, despite being upset slightly with his manager for also representing one of the creators of ABC's competing ''Series/{{Fridays}}'', and at NBC for having forced Herb Schlosser, ''SNL''[='=]s best friend in the executive ranks, out when Fred Silverman had taken over the previous year. He was hoping to be able to take at least a year off, along with others, with the possibility of doing some specials. NBC wanted the show to continue for a sixth season as it was not only doing poorly in the ratings, it had taken a huge financial hit when President Carter chose to boycott that summer's Olympics. If the show did go on, Michaels wanted the season to start only after that fall's election, as it had in 1976, and would commit to no more than six episodes (NBC in turn wanted at least 17). He was pushing them toward hiring either James Downey or Franken & Davis as producers as they were writers, and the show's producer ''had'' to be able to understand its writers. The network put the talks on the back burner as NBC was focusing on keeping Creator/JohnnyCarson, who had publicly expressed his discontent with the current state of affairs, on board.
** After they succeeded at that, they turned to Lorne. All they seemed interested in doing was offering him more money, incensing Lorne and his manager, who had given NBC plenty of time to go over their much more specific demands. NBC was also upset that Gilda Radner nixed Fred Silverman's idea for a VarietyShow she would host, since she did not want to leave ''SNL'' and could not handle two shows at once.
** In May 1980 Lorne requested a meeting with Silverman. The network head put it off because he had stayed up all night the night before putting together the fall schedule for a presentation to the affiliates' board of governors, which did ''not'' go well for him. Lorne gave the network 24 hours to come up with a final offer. He was able to meet with Silverman briefly to start working things out, and they scheduled another meeting for the next week.
** But during the ensuing show that Saturday night, Franken rewrote his "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Limo_For_A_Lame-O A Limo for A Lame-O]]" ''Update'' commentary into an even stronger TheReasonYouSuckSpeech directed at Silverman ''after'' Barbara Gallagher, the NBC executive in charge of comedy and late-night programming, had asked him to tone it down, because Franken, unaware of the specifics of the situation, felt Silverman had deliberately blown Lorne off. After it aired, Silverman called the studio in a fury, looking for the other executives, and then canceled his meeting with Michaels, assuming Lorne had let Franken deliver the speech on purpose as retaliation for the missed meeting.
** Postcards requesting Franken be provided with limo service in response to his commentary flooded Silverman's office the next week. Silverman, who did not appreciate Belushi's take on him but tolerated it because of the comedian's talent, had no such ambivalence toward Franken, whose humor he had always considered somewhat mean. He refused to accept Franken's apology and has reportedly never forgiven him.
** That also ended Franken and Davis's chance of producing the show in Lorne's absence. That season's [[SeasonFinale last episode]], two weeks later, had some of the hallmarks of a SeriesFinale. While Creator/BuckHenry promised the show would go on in his opening monologue, he also introduced a purported "new cast",[[note]]actually longtime backstage employees of the show[[/note]] and in the final shot of the end credits the "On Air" sign was shown flickering out. NBC had no intention of allowing that to happen, and continued to look for a new producer. Gallagher suggested her friend, the show's longtime associate producer Jean Doumanian, and after being offered the job on the provision she not disclose it if she accepted, she did so.
** When Michaels, who not only had been trying to recruit Doumanian to work for him but had warned the network that not only was she not a writer as he had suggested a replacement be, no one presently associated with the show's creative side would work for her if she ''was'' the producer,[[note]]Franken in particular hated her for insisting on a writing credit during that season's Radio/BobAndRay [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas special]] after she added two lines to one sketch[[/note]] found out a month later that not only had the network disregarded his advice but had provisionally hired Doumanian while still making a last-ditch effort to bring him back, he went ballistic, both at NBC and Doumanian, whom he has reportedly never spoken to since, much less forgiven.
* Thus started the show's sixth season, widely remembered as ''SNL''[='=]s first DorkAge:
** The cast, all severely burnt out, left. Whether the writers did so as well or were fired depends on who tells the story. Some of them have said the word came down that Doumanian wanted them all out by the end of July, while she says that three writers who agreed to stay on under her changed their minds once Lorne found out she had been hired. In any event, the offices were stripped bare by August ... Creator/JoePiscopo recalled that not even the pencils had been left behind.
** To be fair to the oft-maligned Doumanian, she thus had only ten weeks to put together a new writing staff and cast, a task which Lorne had had almost a year to do before the show's first season. And she had to do this on a third of the budget the show's fifth season had had, since not only was NBC pinching pennies, she had no established stars. Nonetheless, she managed to pass on up-and-coming talent like Creator/JimCarrey and Creator/JohnGoodman, and only hired Creator/EddieMurphy after others lobbied her hard for him.
** However, that's as far as fairness goes. The putative stars of her cast - Denny Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried and Charles Rocket - acted like they had it made just by virtue of being on ''Saturday Night Live'', and to others it showed. At the end of a meeting after the cast and writers had worked on material for several weeks, Doumanian asked if anyone had any comments or suggestions. Piscopo, dismayed by what he had seen so far, was about to suggest she fire everyone and start over, until Dillon spoke up that she didn't like having white wine in her dressing room and wanted a bottle of red instead. At that point he realized the problem went all the way to the top.
** Dillon's request pointed to Lorne's concerns about Doumanian, her associate producer credit notwithstanding, not being a writer as having been on target. She had mainly been responsible for guest relations during the previous five seasons, and the care she devoted to their needs assured that no guest ever refused to return because they had been neglected in that department. But she was at sea with the writers. Many recall her notes primarily being limited to "make it funnier" or "It isn't hip enough" (and no, those aren't paraphrases, they are ''direct quotes''); many writers seriously wondered if she was even reading what they sent her, based on the size of the pile on her desk. At one point she handed down a requirement that every sketch have three jokes ''per page''. Unlike Lorne, she also decided to actively enforce NBC's policy forbidding drug use on company property, even posting signs to this effect, further alienating those who felt more comfortable writing after they had smoked a joint or two. Barry Blaustein recalls that he had barely settled into his desk on his first day when another writer came into his office with a petition demanding Doumanian be fired.
** The season got off to a bad start with critics[[note]]deservedly, considering it was rife with the sort of humor exemplified by a sketch in the season premiere about an Army unit of gay soldiers stationed at ... [[LamePun Fort Dix]]![[/note]] and didn't get better, as Rocket's ''Weekend Update'' appearances, despite his background doing that sort of spoof news, were often so devoid of laughs as to be painful, and sketches like the "Leather Weather" bit that made the previous season's vomitorium sketch look inspired in comparison. Doumanian insisted on booking Malcolm [=McDowell=] as host despite the network's concern that he was (at the time) too obscure for most of the audience.
** About two-thirds of the way through the season, the cast started to gel as Dillon, Rocket and Gottfried realized that comedy was something that, like the original cast, they had to work at no matter how talented they were. An episode hosted by Karen Black managed to be consistently funny. Murphy started to emerge.
** But then came the infamous show hosted by ''Series/{{Dallas}}''[='=]s Charlene Tilton, which had a RunningGag parodying the "Who Shot J.R." plotline of her show with brief intercuts in which every cast member supposedly had a reason to kill Rocket, and he was finally shot just before the last commercial break. With, unusually, a few minutes more left than expected, they gathered on stage and [[ThrowItIn improvised]] before [[TheReveal learning who had shot Rocket]]. Tilton asked a wheelchair-bound Rocket how he felt, and he answered "I'd like to know [[PrecisionFStrike who the fuck]] did it" ... on ''live air''.
** That sealed Doumanian's fate. Three weeks later, on what would be the last show she produced, Murray returned as the first member of the original cast to guest host. The show went well enough, but at the end, he apologized to all his former castmates, even Belushi and Aykroyd, for what he had just done. Afterwards, he refused to embrace all of the cast except Murphy, quite blatantly turning away from Rocket in the process.
** Dick Ebersol was hired to replace Doumanian; he fired all the cast except Piscopo and Murphy, and all the writers except Blaustein. After almost two months, he was able to produce one show, hosted by Creator/ChevyChase. Its most notable moment was [[BookEnds another]] ''Weekend Update'' commentary by Franken, in which he recounted the events of the past year and proposed another write-in campaign to NBC, this time telling them to "put this tired old format to sleep", until Chevy "reminded" him that he and Davis were due to host the show next week (actually, as they both knew, that was the end of the season as that year's writer's strike was imminent).
* "[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]", the PilotEpisode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', was originally shot as a 60-minute one-off movie, supposedly at cost of almost a million pounds. There were rumors the BBC was going to junk it, and they did... by asking Creator/MarkGatiss and Creator/StevenMoffat to turn it into a series pilot instead. But that required making it longer, and they didn't think they could maintain a consistent feel since they couldn't get their original cinematographer back. So ''they shot the whole thing over''.
** The reshoot didn't go smoothly. It turned out to be during the coldest winter in Britain in 30 years, with many scenes taking place outdoors (and at night as well). Creator/BenedictCumberbatch came down with what he thought was just the flu but turned out to be potentially life-threatening pneumonia, for which he had to be hospitalized. Not to be outdone, Creator/MartinFreeman fell while getting out of his ride to the set one day and broke his wrist, requiring that his hand be placed in a cast between takes.



** Burt Reynolds himself once talked with Norm [=MacDonald=] about a ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' sketch where the real Burt would come out and punch Norm in the face, then the real Burt would take over and be worse than the fake one. This ended up not happening when Norm got fired.

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** Burt Reynolds Creator/BurtReynolds himself once talked with Norm [=MacDonald=] about a ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' sketch where the real Burt would come out and punch Norm in the face, then the real Burt would take over and be worse than the fake one. This ended up not happening when Norm got fired.
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* ActorSharedBackground:
** The Tidal power outage sketch has Jay Pharaoh claiming that Chloe the intern (played by Music/ArianaGrande) is Latino, but then she says "that's a common mistake, I'm just really really Italian."
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** Martin Freeman did a ''Hobbit'' parody of ''Series/TheOffice'', having played Tim in the latter.
** A promo for the March 11, 2017 episode starring Scarlett Johanssen featured Beck Bennett in the promos. Beck played the boyfriend of Scarlett's character in Sing who later dumped her and you can tell she's still bitter about it.

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** Martin Freeman Creator/MartinFreeman did a ''Hobbit'' ''Film/TheHobbit'' parody of ''Series/TheOffice'', having played Tim in the latter.
** A promo for the March 11, 2017 episode starring Scarlett Johanssen Creator/ScarlettJohanssen featured Beck Bennett in the promos. Beck played the boyfriend of Scarlett's character in Sing who later dumped her and you can tell she's still bitter about it.



** ''Weekend Update'' in the Louis CK episode points out how UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump was one of the few people defending Bill o'Reilly after his allegations of sexual misconduct. Naturally, the next sketch has Creator/AlecBaldwin playing Bill.

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** ''Weekend Update'' in the Louis CK Creator/LouisCK episode points out how UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump was one of the few people defending Bill o'Reilly after his allegations of sexual misconduct. Naturally, the next sketch has Creator/AlecBaldwin playing Bill.
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* TheCastShowoff: There have been past cast members who have proved that they can do more than just funny characters and spot-on celebrity impressions:
** Garrett Morris was a talented singer who would occasionally get to sing classical music on the show. One segment featured Morris singing a Schubert aria whle captions rolled on the screen explaining that the show only let him sing because everyone was scared of him.
** Charles Rocket from the Jean Doumanian era was an accordion player (on the Season Six premiere, there was a sketch where he played a deranged man who killed his dates with accordion music, only to get killed by bagpipe players) and an actual news anchor (making Rocket the first and, so far, only Weekend Update anchor who actually had experience as an actual news anchor).
** Creator/MayaRudolph has shown off her singing ability (she was in a band prior to being on ''SNL'' and had parents who were involved in the music industry; her mom, Minnie Riperton, is best known for the hit song, and famous high note, "Lovin' You", a song conceived as a lullaby for baby Maya).
** Fred Armisen is another cast member who has shown he has music ability (plays drums and guitar, though whenever he played Liberace, he faked playing the piano).
** A. Whitney Brown (a writer-cum-feature player from 1985 to 1991 who often appeared on Weekend Update's "The Big Picture" segment) can juggle, as seen in [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/271790 this video]], a talent he picked up while doing time in a Texas prison.
** Jason Sudeikis was a basketball player for the University of Kansas, so that scene on the [=LeBron=] James episode from Season 33 where he plays a boom mike operator who challenges James to a game of basketball was just an excuse for Jason to show off his moves.
** More recently, the Creator/ChrisHemsworth episode allowed Cecily Strong to show some considerable pipes in the "Sing Along" sketch.
** Cecily Strong speaks French, which she used following the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, delivering a tribute message in French as well as English.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer:
** There is a common misconception that Creator/SteveMartin (one of ''SNL''[='s=] most frequent hosts) was a cast member. He was on LorneMichaels' failed ABC sketch show ''The New Show'', but he was never an ''SNL'' cast member.
** Creator/TinaFey's monologue begins with her saying she is excited to do all of her characters, but she she then says didn't have any. She actually had three original characters and some celebrity impressions she did twice
** During the ''40th Anniversary Special'', Martin Short mentioned that he only hosted ''SNL'' once. He actually hosted at least three times at that point.



* 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)?
** ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' fans might be surprised to discover that Jeff Richards and Taran Killam (two feature players who only spent one year on ''[=MADtv=]'' before leaving) were/are on this show. Jeff Richards was on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' from 2000-01 before crossing over to ''SNL'', where he stayed from 2001 to the early half of 2004. Taran Killam also appeared on ''[=MADtv=]'' in 2001 (becoming the youngest cast member on that show at age 19) and was let go a year later. Nine years after appearing on ''[=MADtv=]'', he became one of four new feature players for ''SNL''.
*** Killam had started in sketch comedy even before that, appearing as Spalding in ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' sketch "Moody's Point".
** [[WesternAnimation/KaBlam Noah Segan]] (Henry from ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'') was on a few episodes in the 1990s episodes when the sketch called for a real child and not a [[DawsonCasting 20- or 30-something cast member dressed as a kid]].
** Maraka, the ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' parody on the episode hosted by Peyton Manning, voiced [[WesternAnimation/{{Doug}} Judy Funnie]].
** Creator/StephenColbert ([[Series/TheColbertReport yes]], [[Series/TheDailyShow that one]]) wrote for the show and did voicework for ''The AmbiguouslyGay Duo'' (and appeared as Brain-io on the live-action version of ''The Ambiguously Gay Duo'').
** 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 ''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 ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}'' (on ''Robotomy'', she was the voice of Miss Crunshine, the Sunshine Class teacher).
** Creator/JimCummings (1980s and 1990s voice actor for many of the cartoons you probably remember from your childhood: ''Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers'', ''Taz-Mania'', ''Goof Troop'', etc) voiced Gargamel on the TV Funhouse cartoon parodying ''The Smurfs'' and ''The Anna Nicole Show''.



** When 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 JohnBelushi 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).



** 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 ''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 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, Creator/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).
* PlayingGertrude: Just as much as DawsonCasting above. Of special note, Aidy Bryant can get saddled with mature roles (from high school teachers to the wife of Creator/AlecBaldwin, while Mikey Day plays their son) despite being one of the youngest in the cast.

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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 ''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 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, Creator/DennisMiller reviving Weekend Update with his brand of snarky humor, the fact that most of the writers would later be famous for ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/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).
* PlayingGertrude: Just as much as DawsonCasting above. Of special note, Aidy Bryant can get saddled with mature roles (from high school teachers to the wife of Creator/AlecBaldwin, while Mikey Day plays their son) despite being one of the youngest in the cast.
(Creator/RobertDowneyJr).



** Nick Nolte was planned to host a season 8 episode, but Eddie Murphy took over after he fell ill from a hangover. This decision is what confirmed many people's belief that Creator/EddieMurphy (who was in the cast at the time, making him the first and, so far, only cast member to host without actually leaving the cast) was overshadowing everyone else on the show. Even Joe Piscopo (who was just as overexposed as Murphy was) agreed, and Creator/SteveMartin himself came on during the goodnights to call Murphy out on what he did and complain that he wasn't chosen as a substitute host.

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** Nick Nolte Creator/NickNolte was planned to host a season 8 episode, but Eddie Murphy took over after he fell ill from a hangover. This decision is what confirmed many people's belief that Creator/EddieMurphy (who was in the cast at the time, making him the first and, so far, only cast member to host without actually leaving the cast) was overshadowing everyone else on the show. Even Joe Piscopo (who was just as overexposed as Murphy was) agreed, and Creator/SteveMartin himself came on during the goodnights to call Murphy out on what he did and complain that he wasn't chosen as a substitute host.
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* [[Series/MiamiVice Charlie]] [[Film/DCCab Barnett]]: Was given a contract to be an ''SNL'' cast member during the disastrous 1980-1981 season, but, since Barnett was a barely-literate high school dropout, he was self-conscious about his reading skills and missed a script reading. Eddie Murphy took over (after Robert Townsend was passed up) and the rest was history. More about the tragic life of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Barnett_%28comedian%29 this comedian]] in TheOtherWiki.

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* [[Series/MiamiVice Charlie]] [[Film/DCCab Barnett]]: Was given a contract to be an ''SNL'' cast member during the disastrous 1980-1981 season, but, since Barnett was a barely-literate high school dropout, he was self-conscious about his reading skills and missed a script reading. Eddie Murphy took over (after Robert Townsend was passed up) and the rest was history. More about the tragic life of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Barnett_%28comedian%29 this comedian]] in TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Creator/KateMcKinnon, who plays a DirtyOldWoman half the time, is lesbian.
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* FanNickname: The SNL girl group uses "Nasty Girls" at times, but according to fans it's "Music/FifthHarmony in ten years".
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** ''Weekend Update'' in the Louis CK episode points out how UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump was one of the few people defending Bill o'Reilly after his allegations of sexual misconduct. Naturally, the next sketch has Creator/AlecBaldwin playing Bill.



** ''Weekend Update'' in the Louis CK episode points out how UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump was one of the few people defending Bill o'Reilly after his allegations of sexual misconduct. Naturally, the next sketch has Creator/AlecBaldwin playing Bill.
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** ''Weekend Update'' in the Louis CK episode points out how UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump was one of the few people defending Bill o'Reilly after his allegations of sexual misconduct. Naturally, the next sketch has Creator/AlecBaldwin playing Bill.
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