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  • Accidentally Correct Writing:
    • The season 34 episode had a sketch about people who would benefit from the 2008 bailout that happened when the global economic meltdown was still fresh. Darrell Hammond and Casey Wilson played a couple named Herbert and Marion Sandler (no relation to Adam) who screwed Wachovia Bank out of a lot of money and profited from the economic meltdown. Now, considering that there were two other fictional characters introduced before them, you'd expect Herbert and Marion to be fakes, too, right? Not in this case: turns out Herbert and Marion Sandler were real people who did exactly what the sketch said they did (Lorne Michaels didn't realize this until after the sketch aired), making the brief clip of them being described as "People who should be shot" by a lower-third graphic tasteless (which explains why the NBC website video and the televised reruns got rid of that scene in the "2008 Bailout" sketch. When Netflix aired the sketch as part of their Saturday Night Live 2000s collection, they aired the scene with Herbert and Marion Sandler, but got rid of the "People who should be shot" lower-third and removed Herbert's line thanking the government for letting them get away with their crime).
    • Chevy Chase had a joke on Weekend Update about the murder of performer "Professor Backwards" (who was able to read, write and speak backwards written words). Chase said he wasn't saved because people ignored his cries of "Pleh Pleh". Chase later apologized, saying he had no idea there was such a performer and that he had actually been murdered.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • The Tidal power outage sketch has Jay Pharaoh claiming that Chloe the intern (played by Ariana Grande) is Latino, but then she says "that's a common mistake, I'm just really really Italian."
  • Approval of God: Famously, Arnold Schwarzenegger to Hans and Franz, despite their Catch-Phrase being mistakenly attributed to him... at first.
  • The Cast Showoff: 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).
    • Maya Rudolph 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 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 Chris Hemsworth 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.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • There is a common misconception that Steve Martin (one of SNL's most frequent hosts) was a cast member. He was on Lorne Michaels' failed ABC sketch show The New Show, but he was never an SNL cast member.
    • Tina Fey'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.
  • Creator Backlash: Eddie Murphy refuses to acknowledge his characters from the show (Gumby as a faded, Jewish comedian, Mr. Robinsonnote , Buckwheat, etc), though they are some of his most enduring legacy.
  • Dawson Casting: Many sketches in which the cast members play teens or children (usually if they're making fun of a live-action kids' show or have a sketch featuring a family with kids or a sketch about kids or teens). Obviously unavoidable, but it has become prevalent in latter-day seasons where most of the cast members currently hired are younger than the show itself (starting with Kenan Thompson, who was born three years after SNL premiered).
  • Dueling Shows: ABC's Fridays, SCTV Network 90, The New Show, In Living Color!, House of Buggin, The WB's Hype, FOX's Saturday Night Special, and FOX's MADtv, to name a few — all of which were canned for one reason or another:
    • 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 hopped to NBC. Unfortunately, Fridays ended up suffering from a timeslot change thanks to Nightline and a failed attempt at trying to beat Dallas in the ratings as a primetime sketch show. It was canceled after its second seasonnote . The show did rerun on the USA Network in the late 1980s, but got pulled for reasons unknown and 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 Shout! Factory — 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.
    • 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 Eddie Murphy left for a movie career and Joe Piscopo left due to exhaustion, Lorne Michaels decided to create a new version of SNL for NBC. The show included a lot of '70s-era SNL hosts like Buck Henry and Steve Martin, 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 Living Color was Screwed by the Network from Executive Meddling over censorship and eventually died when the Wayans siblings left and Jim Carrey pursued a movie career. A revival was planned for 2012, but due to negative test audience reactions and fears it would only last one season, it's been shelved until it can be fixed. As of now, it looks as if an In Living Color reboot will never happen.
    • House of Buggin, Saturday Night Special, and Hype weren't received warmly by critics and ended up being canceled as quickly as they premiered.
    • 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 MADtv coming back as a cable show, but, unless one were to count the Cartoon Network sketch show MAD and Comedy Central's Key & Peele, MADtv as viewers know it is gone.
    • Almost Live! lasted 15 years and kickstarted Bill Nye's television career, but got cancelled as ratings dropped heavily in later years, and a new company bought the hosting station in Seattle.
    • The only competition Saturday Night Live has these days in terms of ratings and quality are: [adult swim]'s Saturday anime line-up, The Daily Show with Jon Stewartnote , The Colbert Reportnote , Comedy Central's comedian-headlined sketch shows, like Inside Amy Schumer and Key & Peele, and Internet-based comedy troupes (some of which can be found on YouTube) and humor sites, like CollegeHumor and Funny Or Die.
  • Edited for Syndication: Sometimes the 90-minute NBC reruns will either have sketches or segments edited out due to a current event that turned the sketch into a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment note  or censorship complaints note . Other times, parts will be edited (or replaced with dress rehearsal versions) because of miscues, accidental use of the F-(or S-)word, or just the simple fact that the dress rehearsal version was done better (and includes funnier jokes that were either botched on-camera or omitted due to time constraints).
    • SNL when shown in syndication on cable (Comedy Central, E!, VH-1, 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.
    • Netflix had all the episodes of SNL from season's one to 38, though the episodes included in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s collections are pared down to only the best segments and sketches (and the musical performances have been cut due to copyright issues). For reasons unknown, the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s collections have been pulled, and the only episodes left on Netflix are the episodes from seasons 37 to 38. XFinity Streampix also had seasons one to 38 (and season 39, though that's part of the regular On-Demand program), but dropped them as well.
  • Fake Brit: Several times of course, but one standout example is a spoof of The Great British Bakeoff wherein the only real Brit in there is Special Guest Emily Blunt.
  • Fan Nickname: The SNL girl group uses "Nasty Girls" at times, but according to fans it's "Fifth Harmony in ten years".
  • Harpo Does Something Funny:
    • Defied. Improvising is a good way to find yourself banned from the show by Lorne Michaels if you're a guest (unless something really goes wrong and you have to do something to keep the dead air at bay). Just ask Adrien Brody (who introduced musical guest Sean Paul while dressed as a rudeboy and rambling in a Jamaican accent when he hosted during the penultimate episode of season 28note ).
    • Damon Wayans had a rather dull part as a prison guard in a "Mr. Monopoly" sketch (based on the game). He decided to ad-lib and play the character as a gay stereotype (who sounded like his Blaine Edwards character from the "Men on Film" sketches). He was immediately fired by Lorne Michaels, which is why he was available when In Living Color! premiered.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: Various game show skits over the years have recycled sounds, generally ones from whatever they're parodying; some of the Celebrity Jeopardy! skits have utilized the "Fast money board reveal noise" from Family Feud, and the "square reveal" noise from Classic Concentration (which also aired on NBC and was hosted by Alex Trebek); both of those noises in-turn originated from the short-lived Trivia Trap. One mid-90s skit (not Jeopardy) even recycled "Tuning Up" by Ken Aldin, better known as the 70s theme of Pyramid, albeit sped-up and high-pitched.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Averted with Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler who all appeared pregnant in SNL sketches before going on maternity leave (some of which had their pregnancies written in the sketches, such as the case with Amy Poehler in the "I'm No Angel" Perfume Commercial parody on the Josh Brolin/Adele episode of Season 34 and a sketch where Ana Gasteyer played Elizabeth Hurley, who was also pregnant at the time). Tina Fey, however, didn't appear in any sketches for the first couple episodes of Season 31 because of maternity leave. However, when Tina Fey hosted the 700th episode (on season 36), this trope was zigzagged. Some sketches (like the monologue, "The Little Mermaid Meets bin Laden's Corpse" sketch and the "2012 Presidential Candidates" sketch, where Fey once again appears as her doppelganger Sarah Palin) had Tina Fey's pregnancy hidden (albeit poorly in the "Little Mermaid Sketch" — you can tell she's pregnant because of her large breasts peeking out of the seashell bra and the beginnings of her baby bump can be seen between the seashell bra and her mermaid tail half); others (like some of the commercial bumpers and the "Home Pregnancy Video" sketch) had her pregnant for all to see.
  • Hostility on the Set:
    • Chevy Chase was disliked by his costars, particularly when he got famous (it got to the point where everyone hid so they wouldn't have to share an elevator with him). He had a rivalry with John Belushi that went back to their days on National Lampoon Radio and by the time he left, he couldn't even get on with Lorne Michaels. When he returned to host the show in the third season, Belushi allegedly egged Bill Murray into provoking Chase. This resulted in the two hurling insults at each other, which escalated into a near brawl moments before they went onstage that was broken up by Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Chase's antagonistic behaviour towards his coworkers when he hosted in 1985 and 1997 resulted in him being banned from hosting the show.
    • In a 2011 interview, Jane Curtin accused Belushi of being a misogynist who sabotaged sketches by female writers by not performing them to his full capacity. She described him and Aykroyd as the "bully boys" of the show.
    • Murray and Gilda Radner had an affair that ended so badly that they couldn't be in the same room together. Tellingly, she only mentions him once in passing in her autobiography.
    • The 1986-7 season was plagued with dramatic behind-the-scenes ego battles, and tensions eventually forced out Nora Dunn. Victoria Jackson has been critical of Jan Hooks and especially Dunn, who was romantically involved with Lorne Michaels at the time.
  • In Memoriam: SNL often pays tribute to deceased cast members and guest hosts. Sometimes, they'll have a photo and a moment of silence (like they did with Charles Rocketnote  and Don Pardo), but other times, they'll take time off from the laughs to say goodbye and do a memorial piece:
    • When John Belushi died in 1982, a rerun of a season seven episode had a monologue from Brian Doyle-Murray, 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).
    • Gilda Radner had died the same day of the 1988-89 season finale, so instead of his planned monologue, host Steve Martin replayed a 1978 sketch featuring himself and Radner.
    • When George Carlin died in June 2008, rather than rerun a 2008 episode hosted by Ellen Page, the very first episode of SNL, which was hosted by Carlin, was aired instead.
    • Jan Hooks also received a tribute on October 11, 2014 (the episode hosted by Bill Hader and the 39th anniversary of the show's first episode) with a reprise of a skit she performed with the also deceased Phil Hartman ("Love is a Dream," a Tom Schiller-written short film about an elderly woman who visits a bank vault to wear her old jewelry and is transported into a musical where she dances with a prince who turns out to be the bank's elderly security guard).
      • The same short was showed in the 25th anniversary special in 2000, as a tribute after the tragic death of Phil Hartman. Jon Lovitz and Jan Hooks presented the skit (visibily grieved), together with the main cast of the Hartman's era (Nora Dunn, Victoria Jackson, Kevin Nealon, Dennis Miller and Mike Myers; Dana Carvey wasn't present).
    • The 40th anniversary special featured a lengthy tribute, presented by Bill Murray with Leon Pendarvis at the piano, to all the deceased SNL cast and crew members in the show's history (from cast members like Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Phil Hartman, and Jan Hooks, to behind-the-scenes people like Tom Davis, Michael O'Donoghuenote , Dave Wilson, Bernie Brillstein, and Don Pardo). But to keep things from being too depressing, the final tribute was to cast member Jon Lovitz. The cameras then cut to a very alive and confused Lovitz sitting in the audience. A similar gag occurred during Steve Martin's opening monologue.
      • At the end of the segment, Bill Murray give the audience one last death notice that came later to included it properly on the tribute.
    Bill Murray: (in a respectful and solemn manner) This just came in from Spain. Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Kate McKinnon, who plays a Dirty Old Woman half the time, is lesbian.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Zigzagged. Seasons one to five are available uncut and uncensored on DVD, but every season after thatnote  is a bit of a struggle to legally find. NBC once aired older SNL episodes after Showtime at the Apollonote  until 2007. Comedy Central and E! aired the 1980s to the early 2000s episodes (as does VH-1 Classicnote , but regular VH1 only airs the late-2000s into the New-Teens episodes). Netflix once had every episode from seasons one to 38 (and even then, seasons six to 38 had sketches and musical performances cut for licensing issues, the sketches not being memorable/funny enough to be included, and/or particular performances being too controversial to air) and Hulu only airs the recent episodes. If you want to see an old episode of Saturday Night Live these days, your best bets are semi-legal tape/DVD trades, torrenting, or watching the collections of memorable sketches on YouTube, Yahoo Screen, and NBC's webpage for SNL.
  • Missing Episode: In its 40 years, there have been times where the show was put on hiatus due to the Writers' Guild of America going on strike (specifically in 1981, 1985, 1988, and 2007-08). Because of this, a lot of planned episodes were never written — or were written but never performed. One particularly sad example is a planned 1988 episode that was supposed to be hosted by Gilda Radner from the original "Not Ready for Primetime Players" cast. Sadly, because of the strike and Radner's death from ovarian cancer, this episode has never been made and never will be.
    • One missing episode that was actually produced was Chevy Chase/Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, which aired in April 1981. Originally intended to start the revised second half of season 6 (after Jean Doumanian was replaced by Dick Ebersol, and a number of her cast members were fired), a writer's strike cut the season short. This episode has gone unseen in its original form since 1981. Its lone Comedy Central airing was heavily re-edited, and contained material from other season 6 episodes in place of a few original sketches (mostly dress rehearsal sketches and some rerun sketches from past episodes). The Netflix and XFinity Streampix versions had it as close to the original version as possible (only the musical performances by Jr. Walker and the All-Stars and Gail Matthius's musical number as Irene Cara were cut).
    • For reasons unknown, the season 27 episode hosted by Alec Baldwin with musical guest P.O.D. only aired once. Some of the sketches from that episode were seen, however, on the SNL clip show episode, "The Best of Alec Baldwin." The episode was shown on Netflix streaming, albeit edited to remove P.O.D.'s performances.
  • Old Shame:
    • The 12 episodes produced by Jean Doumanian during the 1980-81 season has been barred from syndication (in America, barring the Bill Murray episode that aired on Comedy Central in the 1990s and the Jamie Lee Curtis episode that aired on NBC in 2005; Canada's Comedy Network has aired all of Jean Doumanian's episodes) in America due to how poorly it was received by viewers and the network. Netflix did have the Jean Doumanian episodes (albeit edited to only the bestnote  performances and to get rid of the musical performances due to copyright reasons. Also, Charles Rocket's "fuck" in "I'd like to know who the fuck did it" was bleeped out, and has been ever since) and two episodes (one hosted by Robert Hays and the infamous Charlene Tilton episode) aired during VH-1 Classics SNL Rewind marathon (again, edited down to one-hour episodes).
    • 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 The Simpsons during its Golden Age) 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 Comedy Central, 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 Vindicated by History for the most part and does have memorable moments/performances/facts — specifically, Terry Sweeney as Nancy Reagan, Dennis Miller reviving Weekend Update with his brand of snarky humor, the fact that most of the writers would later be famous for The Simpsons, Danitra Vance's charactersnote , and the fact that the show had the actor who would later be known for playing Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.).
    • Janeane Garofalo described her time on the show as the most miserable of her life, citing the sexist, juvenile and homophobic humour of the sketches as why she left midway through season twenty. On an {{HBO special, she said it was like "...being the Indian who was given the smallpox-infested blankets by the white settlers").
  • Only Barely Renewed: Having NBC exec Dick Ebersol take over as producer was probably the only thing that saved it from getting the ax after season 6. NBC did in fact cancel the show after season 10, before Brandon Tartikoff decided that it was worth another shot if he could talk Lorne Michaels into coming back to produce. The plan worked.
  • Post-Script Season: More of a mid-script season if there's such a thing. The infamous and memetic political upheavals of early 2017 led to the SNL crew making a special half-hour Summer Edition of Weekendnote  Update well before the actual premiere of season 43.
  • Production Posse / Those Two Actors: Chances are if a SNL cast member is working on a movie or television show, one or more other people associated with SNL will be involved as well. In fact, there have been a number of collaborative duos and groups that have come about because of SNL. Some noteworthy examples are:
    • Dan Aykroyd/John Belushi
    • Chris Farley/David Spade
    • Will Ferrell/David Koechner/Adam McKay
    • Tina Fey/Amy Poehler
    • Tim Herlihy/Adam Sandler/Rob Schneider/Robert Smigel.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor:
    Anyway, it’s the second to last episode of the season, and Nora, uh, you know, she caused a lot of trouble and she was very hard to get along with, so [SNL] wasn’t going to ask her back, anyway. And it’s the [second to] last show, and she goes to the press and says, I’m not doing this show. He’s against women, and I’m not doing it. And this is how the press works, and I’m telling you, I’m on the inside of this. They don’t know this story. They don’t know she’s just doing it to get press. It’s her last hurrah. They’re not asking her back on the show.
    • Comedy writer Katie Rich was fired from the show after Tweeting a joke that President Donald Trump's son Barron would become "the world's first homeschool shooter." Rich later deleted the tweet and apologized, but the backlash from Trump's supporters forced NBC to fire her. Fortunately for her, Dan Harmon swooped in and hired her as a writer on Rick and Morty, all the while arguing the irony that the same people that voted for Trump to rally against political correctness also wanted her fired, and that they considered Rich's comments to be worse than Trump's even though the office of President was held to a much higher standard than that of a comedy TV writer.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus became the only cast members who married each other.
    • Bill Murray and Gilda Radner had an affair that ended badly.
  • Similarly Named Works: SNL has always been an NBC show, but confusingly and rather bizarrely in its first year (as NBC's Saturday Night and Saturday Night) it competed with a completely different show on ABC, also named Saturday Night Live and hosted by Howard Cosell. When the ABC version of Saturday Night Live became a flop, the NBC version took the show's name (and Bill Murray) for their own.
  • Talking to Himself: The Sarah Silverman monologue in 2015 leads up to Sarah taking questions from archive footage of herself when she was just the plant in the audience, more than once.
  • Throw It In: Being always 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.
    • A famous one being a simple costume change for the "More Cowbell" sketch. During rehearsals the cast admitted it wasn't really working out, then for the live performance Will Ferrell changed his shirt to something about two sizes too small and everything just snowballed from there.
    • Another famous one from the 1970s — Gilda Radner and episode host Candice Bergen are in this sketch that's really a public service announcement for the Right to Stupidity. Bergen accidentally calls Radner "Fern", which is Bergen's character's name. After much cracking up, Gilda flips the sketch around so that way Bergen's character's the stupid one and not her.
    • On the episode hosted by 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.
    • In a sketch entitled Black History Minute, Eddie Murphy was playing an Angry Black Man 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!"
    • During a Scorpion King sketch with The Rock, he accidentally skipped several lines. However, having made his name with his ability with a microphone on live TV, he kept his cool and somehow seamlessly linked his lines back together, then told the audience, "Don't worry, I've got this!"
    • In the infamous first Matt Foley sketch with Chris Farley, near the end Matt tumbles over and breaks the table. This was purely accidental; Farley tripped and crashed into the table, and it went from there, thankfully managing to continue the sketch uninterrupted. The moment was so memorable though that most later Foley sketches had the character crashing into walls or breaking the furniture.
    • Seth Meyers ripping up Jebidiah Atkinson's (played by Taran Killam) note card on Weekend Update after the latter ended up flubbing a joke about A Christmas Carol.
    • During a "What Up With That" sketch, Sam Jackson dropped two no-no curse words (which he blamed Kenan Thompson for not cutting him off earlier), which Kenan ran with without breaking stride.
    Thompson: Well, that's all the time we have! I want to thank my guest, the incredible Samuel L. Jackson!
    Jackson: Hey, fuck y—*stops himself*
    Thompson (as Cole): HEY!
    Jackson: That's bullshit!
    Thompson: Come on, now, Sam! (beat) That costs money!
    • 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!"
  • Troubled Production: The fifth and sixth seasons together count as this.
    • The fifth season, the last to feature any of the original cast members as regulars, was very nearly the series' last ever.
      • At the beginning of the fifth season, despite the departure of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, 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. Lorne Michaels 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 Bill Murray 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 took out his anger with Belushi and Aykroyd in a Weekend Update review of 1941 in December. Noting that Carrie Fisher and Christopher Lee, "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 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, Al Franken 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.
      • Harry Shearer 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, Catch-Phrase-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 
      • 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. Garrett Morris was heavy into freebasing, sometimes going on paranoid rants during rehearsals and at one point convinced an invisible robot was controlling him. Laraine Newman, 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. Gilda Radner's bulimia only got worse. By Christmas, almost everyone involved with the show was hoping 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 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 Johnny Carson, 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 Variety Show 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 "A Limo for A Lame-O" Update commentary into an even stronger "The Reason You Suck" Speech 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 last episode, two weeks later, had some of the hallmarks of a Series Finale. While Buck Henry promised the show would go on in his opening monologue, he also introduced a purported "new cast",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  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 Dork Age:
      • 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 ... Joe Piscopo 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 Jim Carrey and John Goodman, and only hired Eddie Murphy 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 criticsnote  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 Dallas's Charlene Tilton, which had a Running Gag 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 improvised before learning who had shot Rocket. Tilton asked a wheelchair-bound Rocket how he felt, and he answered "I'd like to know 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 Chevy Chase. Its most notable moment was 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).
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Inevitable for such a topical show. The sketches and musical guests will date an episode to the year and even the very week it aired. Sometimes, this borders on We're Still Relevant, Dammit!, but, much like South Park and MAD Magazine in its heyday, this show tries to avoid being behind the times.
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own page.
  • Write Who You Know: A lot of SNL's recurring characters are actually based on people that either the writers or the cast members have encountered in life:
    • Jay Pharoah's Principal Frye, the wheezing high school principal of Booker T. Washington High who constantly interrupts assemblies with news of some kind of disaster happening at the school, is actually based on the principal from Pharoah's high school in Chesapeake, Virginia. The only thing that's changed is the name: the principal's name in real life is James while the character Jay Pharoah plays is named Daniel.
    • Bill Hader's Stefon character is actually based on two people: a wannabe club promoter John Mulaney (the writer behind the Stefon segments on Weekend Update) met while in New York (and the wannabe club owner's email), and a barista Bill Hader met who actually looked, dressed, and spoke like Stefon. It's one of those stories that you don't want to believe is real, considering Stefon's character, but it is.
    • Julia Sweeney's androgynous Pat character was actually based on a woman Julia saw who looked so much like a man that Sweeney questioned her gender.
    • One of Kristen Wiig's characters was "Aunt Linda", who appeared on Weekend Update to review/complain about new movies. Kristen Wiig got the idea for the character from a woman she saw on a airplane, who was very confused by the in-flight movie (The Matrix, in case you were wondering) and very vocal about her confusion.
    • Mike Myers' recurring sketch Coffee Talk With Linda Richman was based on his mother-in-law, Linda Richman.
    • Dana Carvey based Garth Algar (from Wayne's World) on his brother Brad.

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    Casting Trivia 
  • Tina Fey: the first female head writer on SNL. She holds the record for the longest running Weekend Update anchorwoman on SNL (though Seth Meyers broke the overall record held by Dennis Miller and Fey was on maternity leave for a few episodes, she is still considered the longest-running female Weekend Update anchor).
  • Harry Shearer: the only cast member to be such for two non-consecutive seasons (1979-80 note  and 1984-85 note ), making him the Grover Cleveland of SNL. Also the only cast member to be a regular cast member on another long-running American comedy show that heavily influenced modern pop culture, is considered a goldmine of modern satire and memorable catchphrases, memes, and comic moments, and whose humor and quality has been called into question in every year it's run (specifically the recent episodes vs. the older ones) — The Simpsonsnote 
  • Seth Meyers, the only cast member to have a family member who was on a rival show (Josh Meyers, his younger brother, was on MADtv for the show's eighth and ninth seasons). Meyers is now the longest-running male cast member on the show following Darrell Hammond's departure in 2009 (Meyers has been on the show since 2001, but he didn't become popular until he replaced Tina Fey as Weekend Update anchor). Meyers has now beaten Dennis Miller as longest-running Weekend Update anchor (and is the second Weekend Update anchor after Charles Rocket to alternate between having a female co-anchor and doing the segment by himself).
  • Eddie Murphy, 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 disinterestednote .
  • Darrell Hammond, the cast member with the most celebrity impersonations (107, with Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump, most of George W. Bush's Cabinet [particularly Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney], Hardball host Chris Matthews, and Sean Connery as his most frequent and most popular)note , the last cast member hired in the 1990s to leave the show (Hammond left at the end of Season 34), the oldest cast member to leave the show (Hammond was 55 when he left the show), and the longest-running white male cast member at 14 seasons. With the death of Don Pardo in August 2014, Darrell Hammond has been hired back to the show, this time, as the new announcer (appropriately, considering that he sometimes filled in for Pardo whenever he was sick or otherwise unavailable and Hammond's Pardo impression is almost like the real thing. Ironically, Darrell Hammond decided not to do a Pardo impersonation for his role as announcer, both out of respect and the fact that SNL is always trying to reinvent itself).
  • Joan Cusack (from the 1985-1986 season) and Kristen Wiig (who was on show from 2005 to 2012) are the only female cast members to be nominated for Academy Awards; Cusack, twice (for Best Supporting Actress in Working Girl and In & Out), and Wiig, once (for Best Original Screenplay, as the co-writer of Bridesmaids).
  • Jason Sudeikis (2005-2013) and Paul Brittain (2010-2012): Both are nephews to two sitcom actors who have hosted the show more than once. Jason Sudeikis's uncle is George Wendt (Norm from Cheers), who first hosted during the 1985-1986 season note  and made frequent appearances in the 1990s as one of Bob Swerski's "Super Fans"; Paul Brittain is the nephew of Bob Newhart, who first hosted during the 1979-1980 season note  and hosted again during the notoriously awful 20th season.
  • Al Franken: The first — and so far only — SNL cast member who is now a U.S. Senator.
  • John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Michael O Donoghue, Laraine Newman, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin,Garrett Morris and George Coe: The original Not Ready For Prime Time Players, a.k.a. the debut cast on October 11, 1975. When the show premiered the sketch comedy was only one part of the larger whole, and the cast was billed all at once as a group in the opening credits. They would soon be regarded as a unique collection of comic talent and today are still looked at as one of the best casts (the Hartman-Carvey era from roughly 1986-1993 is another contender). After Chase became the first departure early in the 1976-77 season, he was replaced by Bill Murray, who became one of the biggest stars the show has ever created.
  • Michael McKean, the oldest male to be hired as a cast member (he was 46 years old when he first joined the cast near the end of the 19th season).
    • Technically, George Coe was the oldest of all male cast members, as he was hired at 46 years and 155 days, while McKeanwas a mere 46 years and 147 days. However, Coe was a founding cast member hired at the insistence of NBC (who didn't feel the cast should all be young people), he wasn't featured much and was only credited as a cast member for three episodes, one of which he didn't even feature in. McKean, however, was hired when SNL was already its own entity and Lorne Michaels was directly responsible for hiring him.
  • Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Peter Aykroyd, and John Belushi and Jim Belushi are the only three sets of brothers to both be in the cast. In the case of the Murray brothers, the younger of the two was hired first. Brian Doyle-Murray originally was only hired as a writer, but became a featured player during the fifth season, making he and Bill the only brothers who were cast members at the same time. He then went back to being a writer only for the sixth season, but rejoined the cast (again as a featured player) for the seventh season. John and Jim Belushi were the only two brothers who were both repertory players, but in fairness, during the time Jim Belushi joined the show, there were no featured players. He joined the cast a couple of years after his older brother's death.
  • Terry Sweeney: As of 2014, Sweeney is the only male homosexual cast member ever hired, as well as the first openly gay cast member to be hired (his lover is Lanier Laney, who, coincidentally, is Terry Sweeney's comedy writing partner and was a writer on SNL in its 11th season. The two are often credited together as seen in Tripping the Rift, MADtv, and The WB!'s short-lived sketch show, Hype) and one of two cast members who used to be writers for Jean Doumanian's abysmal sixth season (the other was Bill Murray's brother, Brian Doyle-Murray). Not only is Terry Sweeney the first and only openly gay male homosexual cast member on SNL, he's also the first openly gay male actor ever to appear on American television (this was back in the 1980s, when being open about your homosexuality was still considered a career killer — especially since the mid-1980s was when everyone worried about the AIDS epidemic).
  • Anthony Michael Hallno relation to Brad or Rich Hall, and those two guys aren't related to each other, either: the youngest white male SNL cast member (Eddie Murphy is the youngest black male cast member ever to be hired, at 19 years old), and youngest cast member ever hired overall. Hall was only 17 when he joined the 1985-1986 cast.
  • Abby Elliott, the first (and so far only) cast member who is the child of another cast member (her father is Chris Elliott, who was on Saturday Night Live during its 20th season [1994-1995]). Chris' own father was Bob Elliott of Bob & Ray (who appeared on a Christmas episode of SNL in 1978), making it three generations of Elliotts who have appeared on the show in some capacity. Elliott was also the youngest female cast member in the show's history (21 and five months when she first appeared as a cast member in 2009), beating out Julia Louis-Dreyfus (21 and eight months when she first came on the show in 1982). Her departure from the show in 2012 makes her the only member of the Elliott family who has been on SNL the longest (her grandfather cameoed in one episode and her father was on the show for a seasonnote ), with four years (2008 to 2012) under her belt.
  • Jeff Richards, the first cast member who was also a MADtv cast member (Richards was on MADtv from 2000-01, then left for SNL and stayed on there from 2001 to the middle of the 2003-04 season).
  • Billy Crystal, one of two cast members who hosted prior to being cast on the show (the other was McKean, who also holds the distinction of being the only cast member to host and be a musical guest before becoming a cast member).
  • Rob Riggle, the only member of the frickin' U.S. Marine Corps to be a cast member. Also the third former cast member to become a correspondent on The Daily Show, joining A. Whitney Brown note  and Nancy Walls note .
  • Tony Rosato, Pamela Stephenson, Morwenna Banks, Horatio Sanz, and Nasim Pedrad are the only cast members to be born outside of North Americanote  (Rosato was born in Italy before his parents emigrated to Canada, Stephenson was born in New Zealand and is now an Australian citizen, Banks was originally from England and moved back there after getting fired from SNL, Sanz was born in Chile, and Nasim Pedrad is Iranian-born).
    • Tony Rosato and Robin Duke are also the first former cast members of SCTV to be on Saturday Night Livenote , though the SCTV cast member who crossed over to SNL most people would remember is Martin Short, as he brought his Ed Grimley character from SCTV to SNL. Short is also the only cast member whose recurring character has his own Saturday morning cartoon: The Completely Mental Misadventures Of Ed Grimleynote  and, as of December 2012, is the only Dick Ebersol-era cast member to host three times.
  • Danitra Vance (a little-known cast member from the same cast as Terry Sweeney [1985-1986]) is not only the first black female cast member who was hired as a repertory player (Yvonne Hudson is technically the first black female cast member ever to be hired on SNL, but Hudson was only hired as a feature player — during Jean Doumanian's notoriously bad sixth season — and not much is known about her either, besides the fact that she was on SNL as a recurring extra, became a feature player, then went back to being an extra until 1984 and hasn't been seen or heard from since), but also the only SNL cast member who had a learning disability (she was dyslexic), the only black female SNL cast member who is deceased (Vance died of breast cancer in 1994), and the first lesbian cast member (though her sexual preference wasn't made known until after she died).
    • 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 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).
    • For the record, SNL has only had four black women in the cast: Hudson, Vance, Ellen Cleghorne (1991-95)note , and Maya Rudolph (2000-07; also the first half-black, half-white cast member. Rudolph is the daughter of singer Minnie Riperton [black] and producer Richard Rudolph [white]). The 2014 hiring of Sasheer Zamata (who was hired after the show came under fire for its Monochrome Casting, despite that Noel Wells is the first Hispanic female cast member hired on the show and when news hit that Seth Meyers would be the next cast member to leave for other projects — namely to replace Jimmy Fallon on his talk show) brings the total up to fivenote . As of 2014, writer Leslie Jonesnote  has now been hired as a feature player, making it the first time in SNL history that more than one black female cast member has been hired in its cast. With Jones and Michael Che as cast members, SNL now has five African-American cast members in its current cast, which is the most they've ever had at any given season note .
      • Leslie Jones is now also the oldest cast member ever hired at 47 years oldnote , beating out Michael McKean (who was 46 when he was hired almost 20 years ago) and the only member of the current cast to be born before Saturday Night Live premiered on television (Leslie Jones was born in September 1967) and the oldest black female cast member ever hired.
  • Aidy Bryant, the first plus-sized female cast membernote , and the new youngest member of the current cast (Aidy Bryant was born in May 1987, making her a month older than the previous youngest female cast member Abby Elliott).
  • Christopher Guest (from the 1984-1985 season — season 10): Is the only SNL cast member who is a member of British nobility (his real title is, "Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest," or "Lord Haden-Guest" for short).
  • Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The only SNL cast members to be married to each other. Hall was on the show from 1982 to 1984 (spanning seasons eight and nine, though he was fired from his stint as Weekend Update anchor and replaced with whoever was the episode host at the timenote ) while his wife stayed on until season ten, when everyone was fired and NBC had plans to cancel the show until Lorne Michaels decided to return.
  • Rich Hall (no relation to Brad or Anthony Michael): The only cast member from Fridays note  to be a cast member on SNL, though Rich Hall wasn't credited as a cast member on Fridays. He, like Michael O'Donoghue on SNL, was a writer who often appeared on-camera performing bits that he wrote himself.
  • Noël Wells: Was the first Hispanic female cast member (Cecily Strong was thought to be the first Hispanic cast member due to her slightly brown complexion and exotic looks), the third Hispanic cast member overall (after Horatio Sanz and Fred Armisen), the second one after Fred Armisen to not be a full-blooded Hispanic, and the second cast member to have ancestry from a Middle Eastern country (Wells is part Tunisiannote  and Nasim Pedrad is Iranian).
    • The most recent Hispanic cast member is Melissa Villaseñor.
  • Kenan Thompson (2003 season onward): From Nickelodeon in his youth (All That and Kenan & Kel), he is the first cast member to be born after the show debuted (Thompson was born in 1978; SNL first came on in 1975), the first cast member to get his start on a Nickelodeon kids' show, and now surpasses Tim Meadowsnote  as the longest-tenured black male cast member.
  • Pete Davidson (2014-present): Davidsonnote  is now the first SNL cast member to be born in the 1990s (Davidson was born in November of 1993) and the youngest member of the current cast at 20 years old (though he did turn 21 two months after he became a cast member), beating both Jay Pharoah and Aidy Bryant (though Pharoah and Bryant are still the youngest African-American and female current cast members respectively).
  • Michael Che: The first African-American Weekend Update anchor as of 2014. His pairing with Colin Jost will make this the second time SNL has had a same-sex Weekend Update team (after Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), the second time SNL has had an interracial Weekend Update team (the first was the temporary hiring of Horatio Sanz with Amy Poehler while Tina Fey was on maternity leave for most of the 2005-2006 season), and the first time the Weekend Update team consisted of two male castmembers instead of one mannote  or one man and one woman note .

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