A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

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Won 58 Primetime Emmys. Another 68 wins & 338 nominations. See more awards »
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 Himself - Announcer / ... 727 episodes, 1975-2014
Lenny Pickett ...
 Himself - Bandleader / ... 416 episodes, 1985-2012
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A late-night comedy show featuring several short skits, parodies of television commercials, a live guest band, and a pop-cultural guest host each week. Many of the SNL players have spun off successful independent comedy and/or movie careers from here. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Live from New York, it's Saturday Night! See more »

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11 October 1975 (USA)  »

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NBC's Saturday Night  »

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Jason Sudeikis auditioned to anchor Weekend Update while he was still a writer on the show in 2004. In 2006, it was reported that Sudeikis would take over Weekend Update, but Seth Meyers was hired instead. See more »

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...almost everything. Live television is largely exempt from the usual rules of goofs. See more »

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[about the 1997 Marlins-Indians World Series]
Norm Macdonald: Well, you've said a lot about the mascots, Harry, but what about the players?
Harry Caray: They won't be a factor, Norm. Trust me.
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Featured in Chopped Off: The Man Who Lost His Penis (2006) See more »

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(closing theme song)
Composed by Howard Shore
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Notice how everyone said it was better before.
24 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SNL is always described as something that used to be good. Like Super Bowl Commercials, the audience always remembers that one good example from ten years ago, but they can hardly stand to watch the show today. Why? Because SNL is not well done. Part of this is due to the fact that they have to produce a show each week and they don't have enough talent to actually make a show. What they do have is one or two good actors who don't suck at performing awful writing.

The only reason the show is still on TV is because of presidential elections. Politics are a low hanging fruit for comedians. When they don't have material, they rant about some politician or political group. Most terrible comedians focus only on politics and eventually end up being unfunny when the party they don't bash comes into power(Margaret Cho would be a good example of this). SNL has used this to hedge the audience against the awful years.

SNL hopes for presidential elections to pull their ratings out of the gutter. When people think of politics, SNL can easily pander to the left while insulting the right. This allows them to focus all their talent and money on political years. If the political year ends up with a left leaning president, they usually go down in ratings because they don't make fun of the president (they tend to be liberals so they don't want to be mean to their party affiliation). When a Conservative gets into office, then the show ratings go up because they actually go after those politicians.

After the political races are done and the show has to go back to the mundane, we find ourselves watching the show and saying, "It was better back during the (insert decade here). It get's really boring and eventually people stop watching. SNL should have gone off the air years ago. The only reason someone would say there is nothing else on during a Saturday night is because that person still watches network television in a world where you can watch any show at any time. SNL is a dinosaur and should probably be extinct.


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