Saturday Night Live

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  • "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" Saturday Night Live is a sketch comedy show that has run since the fall of 1975. Many now-famous actors and actresses such as Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Paul Shaffer, Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Martin Short, Damon Wayans, Joan Cusack, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Miller, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Conan O'Brien, Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, David Spade, Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Norm MacDonald, Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, and Kristen Wiig got their start from Saturday Night Live. SNL is still unique amongst other sketch shows because of the fact that it has always been live. Also known as: "NBC's Saturday Night" from October 11, 1975 to July 31, 1976. "Saturday Night" from September 18, 1976 to March 19, 1977. "Saturday Night Live" since March 26, 1977. "Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow!"moreless

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  • S 41 : Ep 13

    Melissa McCarthy; Kanye West

    Airs 2/13/16

  • S 41 : Ep 12

    Larry David; The 1975

    Airing Tomorrow

  • S 41 : Ep 11

    Ronda Rousey; Selena Gomez

    Aired 1/23/16

  • S 41 : Ep 10

    Adam Driver; Chris Stapleton

    Aired 1/16/16

  • S 41 : Ep 9

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

    Aired 12/19/15

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  • Michael Che


  • Colin Jost


  • Sasheer Zamata


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  • Quotes (1217)

    • Buckwheat: (singing) Wookin' Pa Nub in all da wong paces. Wookin ' Pa Nub. Mel Brandt: Once Buckwheat sings a song, it's eternally his.

    • Chris: If my father didn't harass my mother, I wouldn't be here!

    • Tim Russert: (to Senator McCain about President Bush) What if he forgets to run?

    • Sean Connery: I'll take "The Rapists" for $200. Alex Trebek: That's "Therapists". You normally drink water out of one of these. (Sean Connery buzzes) Sean Connery? Sean Connery: A leather glove. Alex Trebek: No. (Minnie Driver buzzes) Minnie Driver? Minnie Driver: A toilet. Alex Trebek: That is awful. (Jeff Goldblum buzzes) Jeff Goldblum? (Goldblum points to his buzzer in wonder as he looks at the audience. Buzzes again and time runs out.) Alex Trebek: And you're an idiot.

    • Chevy Chase: Our final story tonight concerns the birth of a baby sandpiper at the Washington Zoo. It's the first such birth in captivity on record. The pip made its debut at 9:18 this morning, weighing in at just under fourteen grams, and, according to zoo officials, resembled its mother quite closely. The name given our fuzzy little friend? Simply "Pip". One humourous note: the bird was stepped on and crushed to death this afternoon by Goggles, the baby hippo born in captivity last Wednesday.

    • Chevy Chase: (President) Ford was on the campaign trail, announcing in Detroit that he had written his own campaign slogan. The slogan: "If He's So Dumb, How Come He's President?"

    • George Carlin: Thank you! Talk about a live show! It's nice to see you, welcome, and thanks for joining us- live! Um... I'm kinda glad that we're on at night, so that we're not competing with all the football and baseball. So many, man... and this is the time of year when there's both, you know? Football's kinda nice, they changed it a little bit- they moved the hash marks in. Guys found it and smoked them, anyway! But you know, football wants to be the number-one sport, the national pastime. And I think it already is, really, because football represents something we are- we are Europe Junior. When you get right down to it, we're Europe Junior. We play a Europe game. What was the Europe game? (high voice) "Let's take their land away from them! You'll be the pink, on up; we'll be blue, the red and the green!" Ground acquisition. And that's what football is, football's a ground acquisition game. You knock the crap out of eleven guys and take their land away from them. Of course, we only do it ten yards at a time. That's the way we did it with the Indians- we won it little by little. First down in Ohio, Midwest to go!

    • George Carlin: The term Jumbo Shrimp has always amazed me. What is a Jumbo Shrimp? I mean, it's like Military Intelligence- the words don't go together, man.

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    • In Latin America, this special aired in September 5, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television.

    • In Latin America, this special aired on October 25, 2008, on Sony Entertainment Television.

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Tina Fey.

    • Steve Martin is the first frequent host to receive his own "Best-of" DVD.

    • In Latin America, this special aired on July 26, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television.

    • In Latin America, this special aired on September 13, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television.

    • The Culps segment was recycled from the first prime-time extra which aired in 2001.

    • A "View" Sketch with Cameron Diaz airs in this special. It is replaced with a Barbara Walters montage on the DVD release.

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    Trivia (485)

    • During the "Replacement Nude Model" sketch, when Terrence Maddox appears for the first time, you can hear an audience member saying "He looks like a refugee!"

    • Instead of using the normal cast (with the exception of Bill Hader,) each slot in the opening credits was replaced by a cartoon. Characters in the opening credits were: "Bill Clinton Santa Claus Jesus Christ Bambi Darlene Love Mr. T Michael Jackson Musical Guest- The Ex-Presidents And Your Hosts...........THE AMBIGUOUSLY GAY DUO!!!!!!!!!!!"

    • Bill Hader is the only actual cast member included in the credits, probably as a gag.

    • Billy Crystal was supposed to be a special guest on this broadcast, but his performance was cut in dress rehearsal.

    • Goof: In the Academy of Betters Careers commercial parody, George Coe cites 94 as the "Area Code of…Ceylon." The 94 is correct international calling code, but that country had changed its name to Sri Lanka long before.

    • Don Pardo introduces the cast as "The NOT FOR Ready Prime Time Players."

    • With 11 song performances, this is by and large an all-music episode (and still holds the record for most musical performances in a single SNL episode). Chevy Chase appeared in three sketches and the rest of "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" appeared only in the sketch "The Bees Have Been Cut."

    • Goof: The podium microphone Rob Reiner used during the sketch "Fashion Mistake Show" apparently malfunctioned. A minute or so into the sketch, Rob is seen tapping the mic, then he shares the podium's other mic with Penny Marshall for the remainder of the sketch.

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    Allusions (171)

    • Chevy Chase: Our top story tonight: dedication ceremonies for the new Teamsters Union Headquarters building took place today in Detroit, where Union President Fitzsimmons was reported to have said that former President Jimmy Hoffa would always be a cornerstone in the organization.
      After Hoffa's sudden disappearance, it was widely rumored that he had been killed by the mafia and buried under certain buildings. In this reference, the word "cornerstone" has a double-meaning.

    • Chevy Chase: Our top story tonight- Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. This would become one of Chevy's trademark lines, and although Franco's prolonged death struggle inspired it, so too did the actions of a New York Post writer. The Post held an inside contest at the start of each year, in which reporters selected which prominent figure they expected to die before the year was out. This contest, known as the "Ghoul Pool," awarded $300 to the reporter whose selection died earlier than any other reporter's. When Franco became deathly ill early in 1975, a Post reporter thought he had $300 for sure. In fact, he had counted his Spanish chick before it hatched. As a weakened Franco continued his brave struggle with the Grim Reaper, another Post reporter's pick had died. With his Ghoul Pool winnings gone, the Franco man completed a fake Post headline claiming, FRANCO STILL DEAD.

    • In another portion of the “Weekend Update” sketch, Laraine Newman, on a “live remote” at Times Square, was reporting on how the area was desolate and nothing was going on in the lead-up to the annual New Year’s celebration, and Chevy Chase was repeatedly asking her why this was so. In all likelihood, Chevy on this occasion was spoofing the late, legendary New York news anchor Jim Jensen (1926-1999), who was a fixture on WCBS-TV (Channel 2) from 1964 to 1995. Jensen was known for asking probing questions to reporters on the field or at the news desk about the stories they were covering, and more than once they risked embarrassing themselves on the air when they didn’t have the answers to his questions at the very moment he was asking them.

    • Chevy Chase: (on phone) Hello, Angola? Very hard to hear you... (pause) Angelo?! During the segment in this edition of "Weekend Update" where Chevy is attempting to reach a correspondent in Angola to describe the brutal conflict there, he ends up on the phone with Angelo's Pizzeria (with stock footage of a pizza parlor shown on the big screen at frame right) instead. Like with Chevy's fake "file reports," this was probably also a dig at some of the shoddy news reporting practices alleged to have been engaged in the late 1960's by New York television station WPIX (Channel 11) and the resulting reputation that haunted the station for many years afterward, as described elsewhere in the Episode Allusions section.

    • This edition of "Weekend Update" also marked the beginning of a frequent running gag which will be used for much of the rest of Chevy Chase's run as an "SNL" regular, in which he would introduce a file report, whereby an offscreen voice is heard describing the story in detail to different "artist's renditions" which largely looked like child's drawings, and in the last second of the report the "reporter" was revealed to be Chevy himself, using an assumed name and holding his nose to get the effect of reports transmitted through phone lines. Later editions would show clips of old black-and-white cartoons, stop-motion puppet animation or one-reelers, that would all be passed off at different times as file footage. This is likely a parody of the reputation accrued by the news division of New York television station WPIX (Channel 11) in the late 1960's in the wake of accusations that the station had falsified its news reports, the specifics of which included old stock footage being shown with the words "Via Satellite" emblazoned on the screen, or a "live report" by phone supposedly from a foreign location such as Prague when, in fact, the report was actually filed from a pay-telephone booth in Manhattan. Such slipshod practices actually led to a decade-long challenge to the license of the station's owner/operator, WPIX Inc. (a division of the New York Daily News), beginning in 1969, that was filed with the FCC by a group called Forum Communications, Inc., which was led by future NBC News president Lawrence Grossman. It took many years - and changes in news director and news staff - for Channel 11 to turn its news reputation around, and by the time WPIX Inc. and the Daily News finally won their license fight in 1979, the station became the first independent New York television station to win an Emmy Award for outstanding news coverage.

    • Food (Frank Oz): "If I'm not fresh, I'm outta business!"
      This line refers to a commercial for Wonder Bread which ran at the time. The tagline had two loaves of bread with animated faces talking to each other: "If we're not fresh..." "We're outta business!"

    • Mrs. Zimmerman: ...and your pantyhose is wrinkly like the elephant's! This refers to a memorable commercial for L'Eggs Pantyhose from the mid-70's where a women's young daughter embarrasses her when visiting the zoo by telling her that her pantyhose was "wrinkly like the elephant's".

    • The name of fictional NBC executive Herb Goodman (as played by Elliott Gould in the "Star Trek" sketch) is in all likelihood an hybrid of the names of two real-life NBC executives, Herb Schlosser (president of the network from 1974 to 1978) and Julian Goodman (who was network president from 1966 to 1974 and chairman of the board from 1974 to 1978).

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