History Trivia / SaturdayNightLive

21st Aug '16 12:56:18 PM nombretomado
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** ''The New Show'': Once upon a time in the mid-1980s, while Dick Ebersol was struggling to keep his version of ''Saturday Night Live'' afloat after EddieMurphy left for a movie career and Joe Piscopo left due to exhaustion, Creator/LorneMichaels decided to create a new version of ''SNL'' for NBC. The show included a lot of '70s-era ''SNL'' hosts like Buck Henry and Creator/SteveMartin, but sadly, even with a talented cast at the helm, the show was a failure. It only lasted two months (January 1984 to March 1984) and made Lorne rethink his decision of leaving ''SNL'', prompting an initially shaky, but overall satisfying return to the show in November 1985.

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** ''The New Show'': Once upon a time in the mid-1980s, while Dick Ebersol was struggling to keep his version of ''Saturday Night Live'' afloat after EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy left for a movie career and Joe Piscopo left due to exhaustion, Creator/LorneMichaels decided to create a new version of ''SNL'' for NBC. The show included a lot of '70s-era ''SNL'' hosts like Buck Henry and Creator/SteveMartin, but sadly, even with a talented cast at the helm, the show was a failure. It only lasted two months (January 1984 to March 1984) and made Lorne rethink his decision of leaving ''SNL'', prompting an initially shaky, but overall satisfying return to the show in November 1985.



** In a sketch entitled ''Black History Minute'', EddieMurphy was playing an AngryBlackMan giving a hectoring monologue to the camera. At one point he stumbled over some words, and a couple of audience members tittered. Without breaking character, he addressed the crowd: "So I messed up. Shut up!"

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** In a sketch entitled ''Black History Minute'', EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy was playing an AngryBlackMan giving a hectoring monologue to the camera. At one point he stumbled over some words, and a couple of audience members tittered. Without breaking character, he addressed the crowd: "So I messed up. Shut up!"



* '''EddieMurphy''', the first black ''SNL'' cast member to be famous, the youngest black male cast member to be hired (Murphy was only 19 when he joined the 1980-1981 cast) and the only host to host an episode while still a cast member specifically the December 11, 1982 show that was '''supposed''' to be helmed by Nick Nolte, but Nolte was too hungover from partying to make it to rehearsals, so Murphy took over...much to the shock and anger of the cast, who felt that Eddie Murphy was overtaking the show (even his overexposed-on-the-show partner-in-crime Joe Piscopo thought Eddie was hogging the spotlight too much). Murphy's star power was obvious enough that he survived the 1981 purge of the Jean Doumanian cast (along with Joe Piscopo), and he quickly became probably the biggest star the show has ever created. Murphy left the show in 1984 for a wildly successful film career. He boycotted ''SNL'' after David Spade made an unflattering joke about him during a "Weekend Update" segment in the 1990s but returned for the show's 40th anniversary special... although even then, he didn't do any skits or comedy bits and some observers thought he looked a bit disinterested[[note]]Norm [=McDonald=] later explained Murphy was originally supposed to play Bill Cosby during the ''Celebrity Jeopardy'' sketch, but felt uncomfortable mocking Cosby and backed out close to airtime, which left him with nothing to do except for a brief, off-the-cuff monologue praising the show. Kenan Thompson wound up doing Murphy's role in the sketch.[[/note]].

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* '''EddieMurphy''', '''Creator/EddieMurphy''', the first black ''SNL'' cast member to be famous, the youngest black male cast member to be hired (Murphy was only 19 when he joined the 1980-1981 cast) and the only host to host an episode while still a cast member specifically the December 11, 1982 show that was '''supposed''' to be helmed by Nick Nolte, but Nolte was too hungover from partying to make it to rehearsals, so Murphy took over...much to the shock and anger of the cast, who felt that Eddie Murphy was overtaking the show (even his overexposed-on-the-show partner-in-crime Joe Piscopo thought Eddie was hogging the spotlight too much). Murphy's star power was obvious enough that he survived the 1981 purge of the Jean Doumanian cast (along with Joe Piscopo), and he quickly became probably the biggest star the show has ever created. Murphy left the show in 1984 for a wildly successful film career. He boycotted ''SNL'' after David Spade made an unflattering joke about him during a "Weekend Update" segment in the 1990s but returned for the show's 40th anniversary special... although even then, he didn't do any skits or comedy bits and some observers thought he looked a bit disinterested[[note]]Norm [=McDonald=] later explained Murphy was originally supposed to play Bill Cosby during the ''Celebrity Jeopardy'' sketch, but felt uncomfortable mocking Cosby and backed out close to airtime, which left him with nothing to do except for a brief, off-the-cuff monologue praising the show. Kenan Thompson wound up doing Murphy's role in the sketch.[[/note]].



* 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]].

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* 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.Creator/EddieMurphy. Also, Robert Townsend [[IdiotBall forgot to sign his contract]].



* The cast of ''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.

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* The cast of ''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 Creator/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.
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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