Saturday Night Live

Season 11 Episode 1

Madonna/Simple Minds

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Nov 09, 1985 on NBC
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Madonna/Simple Minds
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Live from New York, it's... Anthony Michael Hall!

Sketches include: "SNL Drug Tests," "You're Going To Hell," "National Inquirer Theatre," "The Reagans Meet Charles and Di," "Critic" (film), "The Jones Brothers," "El Spectaculare De Marika," Penn and Teller perform a magic act, "Pinklisting," "The Limits of the Imagination," and "Cabrini Green's Coloring Book."

Simple Minds performed "Alive and Kicking."moreless

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    Simple Minds

    Simple Minds

    Themselves

    Guest Star

    Brandon Tartikoff

    Brandon Tartikoff

    Himself

    Guest Star

    Al Franken

    Al Franken

    Himself

    Recurring Role

    Teller

    Teller

    Himself

    Recurring Role

    Penn Jillette

    Penn Jillette

    Himself

    Recurring Role

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • Announcer: Yes, you're going to Hell. For the life of false values, empty ambitions and raw greed, you've earned the agony of eternal torment. You're going to burn, no doubt about it.

    • NOTES (16)

      • Don Novello rejoins the cast (albeit as a featured player) after a five-year hiatus.

      • With this broadcast, Danitra Vance became the first African-American woman to join the cast of SNL as a repertory player. (Yvonne Hudson was the first black female SNL cast member, Hudson was only a featured player on the 1980-1981 season and was never promoted to repertory status.)

      • At the age of 17, Anthony Michael Hall became the youngest cast member in SNL history with this broadcast.

      • This season saw the first --and so far, only-- time that SNL has ever had an openly gay male cast member, Terry Sweeney. Sweeney previously worked on SNL as a writer during the ill-fated sixth season.

      • This is the first time since Season 6 (and only the second time ever) that the entire cast was replaced before the start of the season.

      • Beginning with this season, repeat broadcasts of episodes have considerable changes to their live counterparts aside from segment reshuffling and sketches being added or dropped to the running order from other broadcasts (which was usually non-host material from episodes with no repeat broadcasts).

        Dress rehearsal versions of sketches or music performances now appear in repeat broadcasts. As well, material from dress rehearsal that did not make it to the live show occasionally replaces other sketches entirely. As well, the audio is now remixed for the rerun, with slight "sweetening" added to the audience reaction in places. The other noticeable change to the post-1985 broadcasts is that the bumpers, which are usually silent or have minimal music in the live broadcasts, now have the band audibly finishing the song as the show comes back from commercial.

      • In the original live broadcast, the "Weekend Update" opening titles use the generic block font used in most of SNL's superimposed titles. This is changed to the more familiar graphic (done in the style of the NBC Nightly News logo of the time) for the rerun.

      • According to the book Live From New York, during the "Pinklisting" sketch, a stage light fell into an empty pool that was on the set, causing Terry Sweeney to shriek and nearly fall out of his chair. This was not planned for the sketch. On a side note, in Live from New York, Damon Wayans, who only appeared in the "Jones Brothers" fake commercial in this episode, was erroneously credited with telling this story.

      • Simple Minds only performed once in the original live broadcast, but a dress rehearsal performance of "Sanctify Yourself" appears in lieu of the cold opening and the filmed sketch "Critic."

      • Beginning with this season, SNL alternated with WWF Wrestling's "Saturday Night Main Event" on Saturday nights on NBC. These two shows would literally tag-team until June 1992.

      • The cold opening of this episode aired only once. Brandon Tartikoff gives the new cast urine tests and is waiting for Anthony Michael Hall to return with his sample. The NBC censors felt this skit was in poor taste and would not allow it to be shown in repeats, despite the fact that more offensive material has been shown repeatedly throughout the show's history. Coincidentally, Hall and fellow cast member Robert Downey, Jr. would battle drug problems throughout the 90's.

      • The show returns with a new theme that will be used until the 1993-1994 season, along with a "cookie-cutter" montage that will be used until the Tom Hanks/Sade episode. The new backdrop this season resembles Times Square. The official montage (the one used for the rest of the season) was used for this episode only in repeats.

      • Joan Cusack, Robert Downey Jr., Nora Dunn, Anthony Michael Hall, John Lovitz, Dennis Miller, Randy Quaid, Terry Sweeney, Danitra Vance and featured players Dan Vitale and Damon Wayans open up the "new" Lorne Michaels era as his selected cast. This episode marks the second time SNL has opened the season with an entirely new cast, the results are not much different to what happened in the 1980-1981 season.

      • For this season only, Al Franken and Tom Davis serve as consulting producers. Both would leave at the end of the season and return as writers in 1987.

      • This episode marks the return of Lorne Michaels as the producer of Saturday Night Live and the beginning of Jim Downey's lengthy stint as head writer and producer.

      • This is the first episode featuring "Weekend Update with Dennis Miller"

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