Saturday Night Live

Season 20 Episode 1

Steve Martin/Eric Clapton

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Sep 24, 1994 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • During Weekend Update, Gil Graham (Adam Sandler) does a guest commentary on the hottest concerts of the summer. When Gil's done, Norm says, "Adam Sandler... Adam Sand- Gil Graham, I'm sorry. Gil Graham."

    • During the Clinton Auditions, Chris Elliott flubs and calls Dave Wilson "Hal." Hal Gurnee was the longtime director of David Letterman's talk show, which Elliott appeared on.

  • Quotes

    • Voice of Dave Wilson: Are you ready, David?
      David Spade: Yeah, sure. Let's try it.
      (cut to exterior, White House)
      Announcer: The following is a message from President Bill Clinton.
      (dissolve to interior, Oval Office, David Spade dressed like President Bill Clinton)
      President Bill Clinton: Okay, fellow Americans. Bill Clinton here. You want to know how I solved the Haiti crisis? Listen up. First, I called Jimmy Carter. (mimes dialing phone) Beep-boop-bop-boop-beep-bop-beep! "Jimmy. Bill. Sick of being a loser, one-term president everyone feels sorry for? (snidely) Uh, then get down to Haiti! It's called doing something useful - look into it."

  • Notes

    • This would be the last time Steve Martin would host for nearly twelve years.

    • This is the first episode with these credits:

      a i
      d g
      r h
      1975 u (20) t 1995
      s. l i v e .

    • Martin Short was originally supposed to host this episode, but he backed out a few weeks ahead of time.

    • Norm MacDonald becoms a full time cast member in this episode.

    • In the sketch "Bill Clinton Auditions," cast members Chris Farley, David Spade, Chris Elliott, Adam Sandler, and Tim Meadows auditioned to to take Phil Hartman's place as Bill Clinton. Michael McKean ended up playing Clinton for the rest of the season until he left and Darrell Hammond joined the cast.

    • Janeane Garofalo and Chris Elliott join the repertory cast, while Laura Kightlinger hops onboard as a featured player.

    • This is the first episode featuring "Weekend Update with Norm Macdonald."

  • Allusions

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