History Trivia / SaturdayNightLive

30th Mar '17 8:41:00 AM Chris116
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* ThrowItIn: Being always [[AC:LIVE]] leaves a lot of things improvised on the set, often with the actors cracking up.

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* ThrowItIn: Being always [[AC:LIVE]] leaves a lot of things improvised on the set, often with the actors cracking up. Even though Lorne hates improv and is almost certain to fire/ban you for doing it, he's been known to let it slide in extreme cases.


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** In the March 11, 2017 Scarlett Johansson episode, a sketch featured a device around a (live) dog's neck that translated his thoughts, with Beck Bennett voicing the dog from off-stage. However, midway through the sketch, the dog actually took the prop off of himself, with Scarlett having to put the prop back on. It worked marvelously well, as the dog character was ranting at Scarlett, thus ripping off the device was totally in-character, and Beck rolled with it by ad-libbing the dog as saying "ugh get it off of me!"
11th Mar '17 10:30:31 PM Bluemargay
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** 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.
28th Feb '17 3:07:02 PM Tabs
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** [[ProductPlacement/LiveActionFilms The live action films page of product placement.]]

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** [[ProductPlacement/LiveActionFilms The live action films page of product placement.]]ProductPlacement.LiveActionFilms (Film/WaynesWorld)
22nd Feb '17 7:07:22 PM gewunomox
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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."]]

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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 Music/PaulMcCartney was in town visiting with JohnLennon, Music/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."]]
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.
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