History Trivia / SaturdayNightLive

24th Jun '16 6:19:10 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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* '''Tim Meadows''', the longest-serving black male cast member (1990-2000). He wasn't that popular in his early years on the show, but became popular in the mid-to-late 1990s when Lorne fired most of the season 20 cast and revamped the show for season 21. As of 2014, Kenan Thompson has broken Tim Meadows' record for longest-running black cast member with 12 seasons under his belt.
12th Jun '16 7:47:55 PM wittylibrarian
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** In April 1976, during the first season, [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/75/75rbeatles.phtml Lorne Michaels offers TheBeatles a ridiculously low sum of $3000.00 to reunite and perform on the show]]. Unknown to him, PaulMcCartney was in town visiting with JohnLennon, both of them saw that skit, and the two of them ''seriously considered'' racing down to the studio for an impromptu appearance. [[http://www.beatlesbible.com/1976/04/24/john-lennon-paul-mccartney-saturday-night-live-lorne-michaels/ They ended up not going because they were just "too tired."]]
19th May '16 8:24:32 PM nombretomado
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** On the episode hosted by [[MyNameIsEarl Jason Lee]], there was a "Falconer" sketch where a landowner (Lee) appears and calls Forte's character (the Falconer) a "dickhead" instead of a "dickweed". While Lee corrects himself, Forte ad-libs that he is neither a dickweed or a dickhead.

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** On the episode hosted by [[MyNameIsEarl [[Series/MyNameIsEarl Jason Lee]], there was a "Falconer" sketch where a landowner (Lee) appears and calls Forte's character (the Falconer) a "dickhead" instead of a "dickweed". While Lee corrects himself, Forte ad-libs that he is neither a dickweed or a dickhead.
18th May '16 6:46:46 AM pgj1997
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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 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 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 ShoutFactory 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.
2nd May '16 4:50:46 AM aye_amber
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* A movie centered on Stefon (Bill Hader's burnt-out ClubKid character) was planned by Bill Hader and John Mulaney, but later scrapped when they couldn't make it work. According to Bill Hader, the movie would have been centered on Stefon coming out to his parents, a blue collar couple from the Bronx[[note]]though, according to Weekend Update, Stefon's mother is known as "Ms. Stefon" and his father is DavidBowie, though the Bronx couple could be his adopted parents[[/note]] who are in denial that he is gay, though most Stefon fans are content with having the Weekend Update segment where Creator/SethMeyers saves Stefon from marrying Anderson Cooper on the season 38 finale hosted by Ben Affleck with musical guest Music/KanyeWest as the closest thing to a Stefon movie (similar to the AmbiguouslyGay Duo example above).

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* A movie centered on Stefon (Bill Hader's burnt-out ClubKid character) was planned by Bill Hader and John Mulaney, but later scrapped when they couldn't make it work. According to Bill Hader, the movie would have been centered on Stefon coming out to his parents, a blue collar couple from the Bronx[[note]]though, according to Weekend Update, Stefon's mother is known as "Ms. Stefon" and his father is DavidBowie, Music/DavidBowie, though the Bronx couple could be his adopted parents[[/note]] who are in denial that he is gay, though most Stefon fans are content with having the Weekend Update segment where Creator/SethMeyers saves Stefon from marrying Anderson Cooper on the season 38 finale hosted by Ben Affleck with musical guest Music/KanyeWest as the closest thing to a Stefon movie (similar to the AmbiguouslyGay Duo example above).
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.
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