History YMMV / SaturdayNightLive

18th Jul '17 11:07:49 PM Chris116
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** Creator/JimCummings (1980s and 1990s voice actor for many of the cartoons you probably remember from your childhood: ''Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers'', ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'', ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', etc) voiced Gargamel on the TV Funhouse cartoon parodying ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' and ''The Anna Nicole Show''.

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** Creator/JimCummings (1980s and 1990s voice (voice actor for many of the cartoons you probably remember from your childhood: ''Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers'', ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'', ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', etc) voiced Gargamel on the TV Funhouse cartoon parodying ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' and ''The Anna Nicole Show''.
18th Jul '17 10:30:34 PM Chris116
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* SignatureScene: Creator/KateMcKinnon's emotionally charged cover of "Hallelujah" for Season 42. It even got a big CallBack in the season finale's cold open.
15th Jul '17 5:17:56 PM ClintEastwood
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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.


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* 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), Creator/JoanCusack, 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, 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'', ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'', ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', etc) voiced Gargamel on the TV Funhouse cartoon parodying ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' and ''The Anna Nicole Show''.
10th Jul '17 4:28:59 AM Adept
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* PanderingToTheBase: When Bill Hader hosted the show in 2014, a new Puppetry 101 skit with his puppet Tony was done, as Bill had appeared on HowardStern's show shortly before that episode, and Stern told him that the previous skit with Tony was his favorite of all time. Bill even hinted that Tony may make a comeback when he hosts, and even said if he did, people could thank HowardStern for it.

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* PanderingToTheBase: When Bill Hader hosted the show in 2014, a new Puppetry 101 skit with his puppet Tony was done, as Bill had appeared on HowardStern's Creator/HowardStern's show shortly before that episode, and Stern told him that the previous skit with Tony was his favorite of all time. Bill even hinted that Tony may make a comeback when he hosts, and even said if he did, people could thank HowardStern Howard Stern for it.
6th Jul '17 6:03:26 AM AaronHong
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* ThePollyanna: Willie, Kenan Thompson's recurring character on Weekend Update. His whole shtick is recounting horrific memories of his life to Michael Che, his neighbor. And yet, he never once complains about them and is always so undyingly optimistic that you just want to give the guy a hug. Also counts as an IronWoobie.



* TheWoobie: Willie, Kenan Thompson's recurring character on Weekend Update. His whole shtick is recounting horrific memories of his life to Michael Che, his neighbor. And yet, he never once complains about them and is always so undyingly optimistic that you just want to give the guy a hug. Also counts as an IronWoobie.

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* TheWoobie: Willie, Kenan Thompson's recurring character on Weekend Update. His whole shtick is recounting horrific memories of his life to Michael Che, his neighbor. And yet, he never once complains about them and is always so undyingly optimistic that you Creator/KateMckinnon as Olya Povlatsky, a Russian woman from a small village that's basically a death sentence with an area code. It goes well beyond just want a HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, as she's shown to give the guy be a hug. Also counts as an IronWoobie.DeathSeeker at times.
-->"This is how I wake up every single morning, just watch." (mimes sleeping, then CatapultNightmare and sobbing uncontrollably)
8th Jun '17 5:57:16 AM jormis29
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** Season 11 from 1985-86 also counts, since this was when Lorne Michaels came back and tried to assemble a cast of semi-famous people to be cast members[[note]]Though Season 11 did have a few carryover cast that survived to season 12 (NoraDunn, JonLovitz, and DennisMiller. A Whitney Brown continued to be a "featured" cast member up to season 13, as well).[[/note]], only to almost get canned due to plummeting Nielsen ratings. According to the book "Live From New York: The Uncensored History of ''Saturday Night Live''", a lot of the staff (including Creator/AlFranken and then-future ''TheSimpsons'' writer George Meyer) view Season 11 as terrible because the first episode hosted by {{Music/Madonna}} wasn't well-received, which led to plummeting ratings and reviews stating that ''SNL''[='s=] new cast at the time wasn't funny, the writing was too weird and thin, and the show as a whole has run its course and needed to end.

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** Season 11 from 1985-86 also counts, since this was when Lorne Michaels came back and tried to assemble a cast of semi-famous people to be cast members[[note]]Though Season 11 did have a few carryover cast that survived to season 12 (NoraDunn, JonLovitz, (Creator/NoraDunn, Creator/JonLovitz, and DennisMiller.Creator/DennisMiller. A Whitney Brown continued to be a "featured" cast member up to season 13, as well).[[/note]], only to almost get canned due to plummeting Nielsen ratings. According to the book "Live From New York: The Uncensored History of ''Saturday Night Live''", a lot of the staff (including Creator/AlFranken and then-future ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' writer George Meyer) view Season 11 as terrible because the first episode hosted by {{Music/Madonna}} wasn't well-received, which led to plummeting ratings and reviews stating that ''SNL''[='s=] new cast at the time wasn't funny, the writing was too weird and thin, and the show as a whole has run its course and needed to end.
10th May '17 12:39:46 PM Tabs
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* WereStillRelevantDammit: Considering the series is 40 years old and its heyday is long LOOOONG passed it's no surprise that they'll latch onto whatever the Topic of the Month is. ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'', Ferguson, Drawing the Prophet Muhammad, etc etc etc.
10th May '17 12:26:12 PM Tabs
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* SpecialEffectsFailure: ''SNL'' has always been known for flimsy sets, cheap costumes, and obvious StockFootage (LorneMichaels even said on an ''E!'' special about ''SNL'''s history that the show had this problem), especially in the 1970s and 1980s episodes (not so much in the episodes of the 1990s, the 2000s, and the 20-Teens, but it does crop up occasionally). More recent seasons have occasionally added in bad {{Chroma Key}}ing as well. Some sketches have used this and ended with the cheap set getting destroyed in some way.

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* SpecialEffectsFailure: Zigzagged. ''SNL'' has always been known for flimsy sets, cheap costumes, and obvious StockFootage (LorneMichaels even said on an ''E!'' special about ''SNL'''s history that the show had this problem), especially in the 1970s and 1980s episodes (not episodes. This doesn't happen so much in the episodes of the 1990s, the 1990s and 2000s, and the 20-Teens, 20-Teens have been [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a57SeLZFLj0 fairly good with the visual effects given the close deadlines]], but it still does crop up occasionally).occasionally. More recent seasons have occasionally added in bad {{Chroma Key}}ing as well. Some sketches have used this and ended with the cheap set getting destroyed in some way.
30th Apr '17 1:40:15 PM geekgecko
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** After Trump bashed the show for its SeinfieldIsUnfunny reputation due to an episode that parodied a debate during the 2016 Presidential Election, complete with a steady stream of [[TakeThat Take Thats]] against him, the show's reputation ended up rising massively and finally [[ {{Irony}} broke out of said reputation]]. Under his very controversial presidency, the shows' newfound reputation continued to rise.

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** After Trump bashed the show for its SeinfieldIsUnfunny SeinfeldIsUnfunny reputation due to an episode that parodied a debate during the 2016 Presidential Election, complete with a steady stream of [[TakeThat Take Thats]] against him, the show's reputation ended up rising massively and finally [[ {{Irony}} [[{{Irony}} broke out of said reputation]]. Under his very controversial presidency, the shows' newfound reputation continued to rise.



* WinBackTheCrowd: After a long period of being seen as [[SeinfieldIsUnfunny stale and worn-out]], the show massively regained its lost popularity during the 2016 Presidential Elections and the Trump Administration, likely due to the heated political climate during the former and the massive controversy surrounding the latter. This in turn ended up getting the show [[http://www.avclub.com/article/saturday-night-live-enjoying-its-highest-ratings-o-249926 its highest ratings in over 20 years]].

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* WinBackTheCrowd: After a long period of being seen as [[SeinfieldIsUnfunny [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny stale and worn-out]], the show massively regained its lost popularity during the 2016 Presidential Elections and the Trump Administration, likely due to the heated political climate during the former and the massive controversy surrounding the latter. This in turn ended up getting the show [[http://www.avclub.com/article/saturday-night-live-enjoying-its-highest-ratings-o-249926 its highest ratings in over 20 years]].
30th Apr '17 1:40:15 PM geekgecko
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