Saturday Night Live


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Saturday Night Live first aired on 11 October 1975 on NBC and has continued since to hold that spot in the line-up despite major cast changes, turmoil in the production offices and variable ratings. A comedy-variety show with an emphasis on satire and current issues, the program has been a staple element of NBC's dominance of late-night programming since its inception.

The program was developed by Dick Ebersol with producer Lorne Michaels in 1975 as a result of NBC's search for a show for its Saturday late night slot. The network had long enjoyed dominance of the weekday late night slot with The Tonight Show and sought to continue that success in the unused weekend time period. With the approval of Johnny Carson, whose influence at the network was strong, Ebersol and Michaels debuted their show, which was intended to attract the 18-to-34 age demographic.

The regulars on the show have always been relative unknowns in the comedy field. The first cast (The Not Ready for Prime Time Players) included Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris, all of them from the New York and Toronto comedy scenes. Featuring a different guest host each week (comedian George Carlin was the first) and a different musical guest as well, the programs reflected a non-traditional approach to television comedy from the start. The cast and writers combined the satirical with the silly and non-sensical, not unlike Monty Python's Flying Circus, one of Michael's admitted influences.

The program was produced live from NBC's studio 8-H for 90 minutes. This difficult schedule and pressure-filled production environment has resulted in some classic comedy sketches and some abysmally dull moments over the years. Creating comedy in such a situation is difficult at best and the audience was always aware when the show was running dry (usually in the last half hour). But this sense of the immediate and the unforeseen also gave the show its needed edge. By returning to TV's live roots, Saturday Night Live gave its audiences an element of adventure with each program. It acquainted the generations who never experienced live television programming in the 1950s with the sense of theatre missing from pre-recorded programming.

For the performers, crew and writers, the show was a test of skill and dedication. The show has undergone several major changes since its beginning. The most obvious of these were the cast changes. SNL's first "star," Chevy Chase, left the show in the second season for Hollywood. Aykroyd and Belushi followed in 1979. The rest of the original cast, including Bill Murray who replaced Chase, left when Lorne Michaels decided to leave the show after the 1979-80 season. Michaels' departure created wide-spread doubt about the viability of the show without him and his cast of favorites. Jean Doumanian was chosen as producer and her tenure lasted less than a year. With the critics attacking the show's diminished satirical edge and the lackluster replacement performers, NBC enticed Ebersol to return as producer in the spring of 1981. Ebersol managed to attract some of the original staff for the 1981-82 season, particularly writer Michael O'Donoghue. With the addition of Eddie Murphy, the show began to regain some of its strength, always based in its focus on a young audience and the use of relevant material.

Michaels rejoined the show as producer in 1985 and oversaw a second classic period of Saturday Night Live. With talented performers such as Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman, the program regained much of its early edge and attitude. But the nature of the the program is that the people who make it funny (the performers and writers) are the ones who tend to move on after a few years of the grind of producing a weekly live show. As the program moved into the 1990s, this trend still affected the quality. But Michaels' presence established a continuity which reassured the network and provided some stability for the audience.

From the beginning, Saturday Night Live provided America with some of its most popular characters and catch-phrases. Radner's Roseanne Roseannadana ("It's always something") and Emily Litella ("Never mind"), Belushi's Samurai, Aykroyd's Jimmy Carter, Murphy's Mr. Robinson, Billy Crystal's Fernando ("You look mahvelous"), Martin Short's Ed Grimley, Lovitz's pathological liar, Carvey's Church Lady ("Isn't that special?") and Carvey and Kevin Nealon's Hans and Franz have all left marks on popular culture. The program's regular news spot has been done by Chase, Curtin, Aykroyd, Nealon and Dennis Miller, among others and, at its best, provided sharp comic commentary on current events. It was particularly strong with Miller as the reader.

Saturday Night Live has seen many of its cast members move on to success in other venues. Chase, Aykroyd, Murray, Murphy and Crystal have all enjoyed considerable movie success. Short, Lovitz, Carvey, Jim Belushi, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley and Joe Piscopo have been mildly successful in films. Curtin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hooks and Phil Hartman moved on to other television shows.

As a stage for satire, few other American programs match Saturday Night Live. As an outlet for current music, the show has featured acts from every popular musical genre and has hosted both old and new artists (from Paul Simon, the Rolling Stones and George Harrison to REM and Sinead O'Connor.) Due to its longevity, SNL has crossed generational lines and made the culture of a younger audience available to their elders (and the opposite is also true). Ultimately, Saturday Night Live must be considered one of the most distinctive and significant programs in the history of U.S. television.

-Geoffrey Hammill

FURTHER READING

Barol, Bill, and Jennifer Foote. "Saturday Night Lives!" Newsweek (New York), 25 September 1989.

Beatts, Anne, and John Head, editors. Saturday Night Live. New York: Avon, 1977.

Cader, Michael, editor. Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Boston, Massachusetts: Cader Books, 1994.

Corliss, Richard. "Party on, Wayne-from TV to Movies." Time (New York), 2 March 1992.

Cullingford, Elizabeth Butler. "Seamus and Sinead: From 'Limbo' to Saturday Night Live by Way of Hush-A-Bye-Baby." Colby Quarterly (Waterville, Maine), March 1994.

Greenfield, Jeff. "Live from New York." New York, 19 April 1993.

Harkness, John. "Out of the Joke Box." Sight and Sound (Leicestershire, England), March 1994.

Hill, Doug, and Keff Weingrad. Saturday Night: A Backstage History Of Saturday Night Live. New York: Beech Tree, 1986.

Myers, Mike, and Robin Ruzan. Wayne's World: Extreme Close-Up. New York: Hyperion, 1991.

Partridge, Marianne, editor. Rolling Stone Visits Saturday Night Live. Garden City, New York: Dolphin, 1979.

Saltzman, Joe. "The Agony and the Ecstasy: Live Television Comedy." USA Today Magazine (New York), November 1987.

Highlights
Garrett Morris on one of his most beloved Saturday Night Live characters - the news announcer for the hard of hearing, created by Chevy Chase
01:04
George Carlin on hosting the very first Saturday Night Live and his cocaine use
04:15
Dick Ebersol on Richard Pryor's word association skit when hosting Saturday Night Live
00:43
Jane Curtin on the first episode of Saturday Night Live
01:53
Don Pardo on an SNL skit where he plays "Ron Lardo" and recites his famous line "It's Saturday Night Live"
01:43
Anne Beatts on how she and Michael O'Donoghue worked to get John Belushi (who'd done the "National Lampoon Radio Hour") in the original cast of Saturday Night Live, despite producer Lorne Michael's reservations
01:49
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Jason Alexander

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Jason Alexander on hosting Saturday Night Live
04:13

Beatrice Arthur

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Beatrice Arthur on regretting guest hosting on Saturday Night Live (airdate: November 17, 1979)
00:30

Anne Beatts

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Anne Beatts on her first impressions of Saturday Night Live writer Marilyn Suzanne Miller and Michael O'Donoghue's initial "cold feet" at the prospect of working in TV
00:52
Anne Beatts on her initial disinterest in writing for TV, having been offered a job (with O'Donoghue) from producer Lorne Michaels (who eventually convinced her) for Saturday Night (Live)
02:04
Anne Beatts on her "combative" interview with Lorne Michaels, in which she resisted the idea of being hired for Saturday Night Live
01:30
Anne Beatts on the development of Saturday Night (Live) by Lorne Michaels and NBC executive Dick Ebersol's role in it
01:39
Anne Beatts on how she and Michael O'Donoghue worked to get John Belushi (who'd done the "National Lampoon Radio Hour") in the original cast of Saturday Night Live, despite producer Lorne Michael's reservations
01:49
Anne Beatts on how she and Michael O'Donoghue wanted Bill Murray and Mimi Kennedy for the initial cast on Saturday Night Live— but those slots went to Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin
00:51
Anne Beatts on a typical workweek on Saturday Night Live during her tenure in the 1970s to early 80s
04:16
Anne Beatts on the female writers that worked on Saturday Night Live during her tenure from the 1970s to early 80s
00:59
Anne Beatts on original Saturday Night Live cast member Chevy Chase's talent
00:43
Anne Beatts on her complex relationship with original Saturday Night Live cast member John Belushi (who was a friend but also wanted to see the female staff writers fired)
01:15
Anne Beatts on original (and sole African-American) Saturday Night Live cast member Garrett Morris and how he was used on the show
02:10
Anne Beatts on original Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner and her stage presence
02:11
Writer Anne Beatts on original Saturday Night Live cast member Laraine Newman and her comedic talent
01:39
Anne Beatts on Bill Murray's addition to the Saturday Night Live cast, the breakout "Nerds sketch," and how she feels he was thanking her for the sketch when he guest-starred later on Square Pegs
00:56
Anne Beatts on the difficulty in getting praise from Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels
01:37
Anne Beatts on the popularity of Saturday Night Live in the early years, that was made clear during the show's New Orleans remote
01:50
Anne Beatts on Saturday Night Live guest host Lily Tomlin (and John Belushi's refusal to perform in one particular sketch)
01:46
Anne Beatts on a Saturday Night Live sketch about Patty Hearst (with guest host Lily Tomlin) that was objected to by Standards and Practices
00:40
Anne Beatts on Standards and Practices' concerns over slang expressions on Saturday Night Live
00:40
Anne Beatts on two Saturday Night Live sketches that had Standards and Practices issues— a Jesus sketch and a "Nerds" Christmas pageant sketch
03:24
Anne Beatts on using her producing experience on Saturday Night Live to her advantage on Square Pegs
02:29
Anne Beatts on the special Saturday Night Live 25, and a joke she wrote for Chevy Chase
02:22
Anne Beatts on watching Saturday Night Live in later years
00:26
Anne Beatts on her writing sensibilities
01:47
Anne Beatts on a favorite career moment for her, while working on Saturday Night Live
01:30

George Bodenheimer

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George Bodenheimer on Saturday Night Live spoofs of ESPN
01:08
George Bodenheimer on Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers hosting The ESPY Awards
00:56

Peter Boyle

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Peter Boyle on hosting Saturday Night Live during the show's first year
01:28

Bernie Brillstein

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Manager Bernie Brillstein on The Muppets appearance on Saturday Night Live
00:44
Bernie Brillstein on meeting Lorne Michaels and the beginnings of Saturday Night Live
07:40
Bernie Brillstein on Lorne Michaels assembling the cast of Saturday Night Live
02:08
Bernie Brillstein on the production and original cast of Saturday Night Live
09:16
Bernie Brillstein on the many casts of and production of Saturday Night Live
28:02

George Carlin

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George Carlin on hosting the very first Saturday Night Live and his cocaine use
04:15

Dick Cavett

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Dick Cavett on hosting Saturday Night Live
01:04

Art Clokey

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Art Clokey on Eddie Murphy's parody of "Gumby" on Saturday Night Live and the Gumby episode "Small Planets"
06:30

William Clotworthy

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William Clotworthy on joining Standards & Practices at NBC, and getting assigned to Saturday Night Live
07:58
William Clotworthy on Charles Rocket and censorship on Saturday Night Live when Rocket swore live on air
03:08
William Clotworthy on doing Standards and Practices for Saturday Night Live; on drug humor, pressure from outside groups, and a typical work week
23:45
William Clotworthy on the famous "Nude beach" sketch on Saturday Night Live
02:07
William Clotworthy on Saturday Night Live' s production schedule, Lorne Michaels, and the cast of the show
27:33
William Clotworthy on working with cast members of Saturday Night Live, on retiring
16:29

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on participating in "The Real Women of SNL" sketch on Saturday Night Live's The Women of SNL special
01:03

Doug Herzog with Emerson College

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Doug Herzog on the early influence of Saturday Night Live on his career and on the explosion of cable television
03:04

Robert Conrad

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Robert Conrad on hosting Saturday Night Live
00:49

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on being cast on Saturday Night Live
02:18
Jane Curtin on the "boys club" atmosphere at the original Saturday Night Live
01:08
Jane Curtin on her first impression of Lorne Michaels when she was cast on Saturday Night Live
01:02
Jane Curtin on the first episode of Saturday Night Live
01:53
Jane Curtin on the early Saturday Night Live writers
01:01
Jane Curtin on working with Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live
01:25
Jane Curtin on working with John Belushi on Saturday Night Live
02:59
Jane Curtin on working with Gilda Radner and Laraine Newman on Saturday Night Live
01:54
Jane Curtin on working with Garrett Morris on Saturday Night Live
02:23
Jane Curtin on working with Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live and doing "Weekend Update"
03:01
Jane Curtin on working with Bill Murray on Saturday Night Live
00:46
Jane Curtin on participating in Saturday Night Live's "Coneheads" sketches 
01:52
Jane Curtin on playing the mother in "The Nerds" sketches on Saturday Night Live
01:27
Jane Curtin on the politics of Saturday Night Live and favorite guest hosts
01:38
Jane Curtin on the culture of Saturday Night Live in the '70s
02:22
Jane Curtin on leaving Saturday Night Live in 1980
01:04
Jane Curtin on the legacy of the first five years of Saturday Night Live
01:10
Jane Curtin on returning to Saturday Night Live for the reunion specials and working with Tina Fey
02:07

Joe DeTullio

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Joe DeTullio on working with the basic lack of budget restrictions for production design on Saturday Night Live
02:37
Joe DeTullio on being assigned to work at Saturday Night Live, and on his various other assignments as an NBC page
05:44
Joe DeTullio on his initial impressions of Saturday Night Live when he began as a page there
02:29
Joe DeTullio on realizing he wanted to work at Saturday Night Live, and going to work in the press department
02:32
Joe DeTullio on being offered an acting role right after he started at Saturday Night Live
07:27
Joe DeTullio on his duties in the Saturday Night Live publicity department, and on showing interest in the design department
04:52
Joe DeTullio on making his way into the design department at Saturday Night Live
03:13
Joe DeTullio on working with the Saturday Night Live night crew, building sets for the show
03:46
Joe DeTullio on his first year in the art department at Saturday Night Live and on reference materials he used in the days before the internet
06:30
Joe DeTullio on collecting and organizing reference materials and drawings for the Saturday Night Live art department
10:14
Joe DeTullio on Saturday Night Live generally not recycling sets, and on the logistics of moving the sets in and out of the building and studio
03:43
Joe DeTullio on a typical workweek for the art department of Saturday Night Live
07:16
Joe DeTullio on dividing up the work among the four main members of the Saturday Night Live art department
04:53
Joe DeTullio on overseeing the construction of the sets for Saturday Night Live
05:11
Joe DeTullio on generating the graphics needed for sketches on Saturday Night Live
02:10
Joe DeTullio on the use of duratrans on Saturday Night Live
01:35
Joe DeTullio on the challenge of making the art design as true to the original thing it's based on as possible with time restraints on Saturday Night Live
04:45
Joe DeTullio on working hard on a set, only to have the sketch cut before air on Saturday Night Live
03:56
Joe DeTullio on prioritizing which Saturday Night Live sets will be built first in a given week, and on the logistics of the job
04:13
Joe DeTullio on Stiegelbauer Associates being the scenic shop for Saturday Night Live, and on the carpenters who build the sets
05:00
Joe DeTullio on coordinating the trucks for delivery and unloading of sets for Saturday Night Live
01:18
Joe DeTullio on the great pressures and challenges of the Saturday Night Live art department, and on trying to accommodate all needs and requests from the creative team
04:07
Joe DeTullio on the importance of the team of carpenters who build the sets for Saturday Night Live
01:00
Joe DeTullio on his duties on show day for Saturday Night Live and on collaborating with his department
02:49
Joe DeTullio on how he enjoys working construction in the shop, as well as doing the design
02:23
Joe DeTullio on the evolution of the "home base" set of Saturday Night Live
03:21
Joe DeTullio on designing the Grand Central Station-themed "home base" set for Saturday Night Live
09:03
Joe DeTullio on the challenge of getting the right light bulbs for the Grand Central Station-themed "home base" set for Saturday Night Live
02:10
Joe DeTullio on the music stage of the Grand Central Station-themed "home base" set for Saturday Night Live
03:56
Joe DeTullio on the clocks on the the Grand Central Station-themed "home base" set for Saturday Night Live
08:41
Joe DeTullio on elements he wanted to incorporate into his Grand Central Station-themed "home base" set for Saturday Night Live but wasn't able to
02:21
Joe DeTullio on the longevity of his Grand Central Station-themed "home base" set for Saturday Night Live, and on feedback on the design from Lorne Michaels and others
04:42
Joe DeTullio on the Saturday Night Live "home base" set's relationship to New York City
02:53
Joe DeTullio on favorite sets he has designed for Saturday Night Live, including "Brian Fellow's Safari Planet"
04:44
Joe DeTullio on the kinds of sketches he doesn't particularly like designing for on Saturday Night Live
02:14
Joe DeTullio on the Royal Wedding sketch from the season 43 finale of Saturday Night Live
05:44
Joe DeTullio on being nominated for Emmy Awards for Saturday Night Live
00:34
Joe DeTullio on occasional budget limitations on Saturday Night Live
01:10
Joe DeTullio on production design's interaction with other departments on Saturday Night Live
07:44
Joe DeTullio on his longevity in his position on Saturday Night Live
02:19
Joe DeTullio on working with the production design team at Saturday Night Live, and on dealing with the stress of the job
04:53

Danny DeVito

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Danny DeVito on his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live after Taxi was cancelled and before it was picked up again on NBC

Phil Donahue

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Phil Donahue on being parodied on Saturday Night Live
02:11

Dick Ebersol

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Dick Ebersol on the time slot that would become Saturday Night Live
03:57
Dick Ebersol on coming up with the format for Saturday Night Live
22:30
Dick Ebersol on the buildup to, casting, and premiere of Saturday Night Live
01:01:39
Dick Ebersol on the hosts and music on Saturday Night Live
17:54
Dick Ebersol on Brandon Tartikoff's role in Ebersol's return to Saturday Night Live; on reviving the show
17:54
Dick Ebersol on a typical week of putting together an episode of Saturday Night Live
01:00:56
Dick Ebersol on dress rehearsal and the live show of Saturday Night Live
21:19

Stephanie Edwards

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Stephanie Edwards on Betty White's 2010 performance on Saturday Night Live
00:47

Tom Freston

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Tom Freston on Saturday Night Live spoofing Behind the Music
00:33

Michael Gelman

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Michael Gelman on the parodies of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and Live with Regis and Kelly on Saturday Night Live
01:00

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on the "Jon Hamm's John Ham" sketch on Saturday Night Live
00:31
Jon Hamm on watching Saturday Night Live when he was young
00:46
Jon Hamm on his first time hosting Saturday Night Live in 2008
00:27
Jon Hamm on his experiences doing live television on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock
03:14
Jon Hamm on parodying Mad Men's "Don Draper" on Saturday Night Live
01:06

Buck Henry

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Buck Henry on how he was asked to host Saturday Night Live by Lorne Michaels
Buck Henry on his Saturday Night Live character "Uncle Roy"
Buck Henry on the Saturday Night Live skit "Stunt Baby"
Buck Henry on the Saturday Night Live skits with John Belushi and the "Samurai Stock Broker" episode when he was seriously injured
Buck Henry on the creative process on Saturday Night Live ; being a frequent guest-host on SNL
Buck Henry on some of his favorite SNL sketches, "Lord and Lady Douchebag"
Buck Henry on the SNL live remote broadcast from Mardi Gras in 1977
01:43
Buck Henry on the last time he hosted SNL in 1989 and on the new version of the show he helped Lorne Michaels create after his hiatus
04:14

Gwen Ifill

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Gwen Ifill on Queen Latifah playing her in a Saturday Night Live sketch
01:08

Don Roy King

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Don Roy King on being hired by Lorne Michaels to direct Saturday Night Live
06:05
Don Roy King on working with Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live, and on learning to direct the show
04:58
Don Roy King on his first Saturday Night Live directing job, and on his role as director on the show
04:42
Don Roy King on the key crew members he works with on Saturday Night Live
03:24
Don Roy King on a typical work week on Saturday Night Live, and on Ludacris hosting the show
08:48
Don Roy King on working with the guest hosts of Saturday Night Live, and on the show dealing with politics
06:50
Don Roy King on working with Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live
02:22
Don Roy King on a typical work week on Saturday Night Live
06:35
Don Roy King on working with the designers, music groups, and cue cards on Saturday Night Live
06:58
Don Roy King on rehearsing sketches on Saturday Night Live
04:32
Don Roy King on working with the musical acts of Saturday Night Live
03:00
Don Roy King on dealing with last minute changes before going live on-air while directing Saturday Night Live
09:35
Don Roy King on the dress rehearsal and going live on-air on Saturday Night Live
09:04
Don Roy King on what he does after a Saturday Night Live broadcast, and on how writers and cast members leaving the show impacts it
06:02
Don Roy King on his comfort level with directing Saturday Night Live, and on winning Emmy Awards for the show
03:43
Don Roy King on what makes a sucessful episode of Saturday Night Live from a directing standpoint
03:44
Don Roy King on directing Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special
05:41
Don Roy King on the legacy of Saturday Night Live
01:28

Lisa Kudrow

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Lisa Kudrow on auditioning for Saturday Night Live for Lorne Michaels while she was at The Groundlings (Julia Louis-Dreyfus got the part instead), and on later hosting the show
04:22

Louise Lasser

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Louise Lasser on hosting Saturday Night Live, and on Norman Lear's reaction to the show
04:37

Lucy Lawless

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Lucy Lawless on hosting Saturday Night Live
03:05

Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis on Saturday Night Live
00:14

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on getting cast on Saturday Night Live after a play performance
01:35
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the state of Saturday Night Live when she joined the cast and what she learned from the show
03:11
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on not quite finding her groove on Saturday Night Live
00:46
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her first time doing live television on Saturday Night Live
01:58
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her favorite memories from Saturday Night Live - meeting guest hosts
03:05
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on why she left Saturday Night Live
00:48
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on hosting Saturday Night Live in 2006 and 2007
03:37

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on guest-hosting Saturday Night Live
05:30

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on being unit manager for Saturday Night Live  for a few weeks in 1977
04:27
Stewart MacGregory on returning to Saturday Night Live in 1981
03:16

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall on appearing on Saturday Night Live
06:34

Beth McCarthy-Miller

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Beth McCarthy-Miller on replacing Dave Wilson as director on Saturday Night Live
06:18
Beth McCarthy-Miller on the changes she brought to Saturday Night Live as director and the "rules" of directing live comedy
02:45
Beth McCarthy-Miller on the differences between directing live comedy and pre-recorded comedy
02:37
Beth McCarthy-Miller on the relationship between the director and the writers on Saturday Night Live
03:33
Beth McCarthy-Miller on on-air mishaps on Saturday Night Live and the stress of directing it
03:40
Beth McCarthy-Miller on working with the cast of Saturday Night Live and a typical production week on the show
03:38
Beth McCarthy-Miller on her favorite Saturday Night Live sketches
02:33
Beth McCarthy-Miller on working with Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live
03:38
Beth McCarthy-Miller on being a woman working on Saturday Night Live
02:44
Beth McCarthy-Miller on working with Tina Fey as head writer of Saturday Night Live
02:20
Beth McCarthy-Miller on working with Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Live
02:00
Beth McCarthy-Miller on directing Saturday Night Live in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and directing America: A Tribute to Heroes
08:40
Beth McCarthy-Miller on directing the Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special
01:45
Beth McCarthy-Miller on what makes a good Saturday Night Live host
03:32
Beth McCarthy-Miller on Ashlee Simpson's lip synch error on Saturday Night Live
03:44
Beth McCarthy-Miller on her favorite musical moments from her tenure at Saturday Night Live
01:52
Beth McCarthy-Miller on leaving Saturday Night Live
01:31
Beth McCarthy-Miller on her favorite memories of Saturday Night Live
02:55
Beth McCarthy-Miller on the legacy of Saturday Night Live
00:33

Don Mischer

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Don Mischer on getting 2 job offers: one for Saturday Night Live, one for a new show with Howard Cosell and Roone Arledge
06:13

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on Fridays comparisons to Saturday Night Live
00:51
John Moffitt on turning down the chance to direct Saturday Night Live at its beginning
02:36

Garrett Morris

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Garrett Morris on one of his most beloved Saturday Night Live characters - the news announcer for the hard of hearing, created by Chevy Chase
01:04
Garrett Morris on working as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live
29:00
Garrett Morris on memories of working with Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live
09:08
Garrett Morris on one of his most beloved Saturday Night Live characters - "Chico Escuela", created by Bill Murray and Brian Doyle Murray
03:20
Garrett Morris on his Saturday Night Live characters and cast-mates
28:55

Bill Mumy

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Bill Mumy on his music career and the novelty song "Fish Heads"
05:13

Laraine Newman

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Laraine Newman on being cast on Saturday Night Live
05:46
Laraine Newman on the first episode of Saturday Night Live
03:42
Laraine Newman on her favorite Saturday Night Live sketches
03:12
Laraine Newman on the bee sketches on Saturday Night Live
00:59
Laraine Newman on her Groundlings characters that carried over to Saturday Night Live
02:35
Laraine Newman on the early weeks of Saturday Night Live
05:44
Laraine Newman on working with Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live
01:35
Laraine Newman on the on-air personas of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on Saturday Night Live and dealing with NBC Standards and Practices 
03:08
Laraine Newman on performing live on Saturday Night Live
03:15
Laraine Newman on her fame from Saturday Night Live and who the show appealed to
03:51
Laraine Newman on promotions for Saturday Night Live
01:08
Laraine Newman on a typical production week for Saturday Night Live and working with the writers
02:01
Laraine Newman on working with Michael O'Donoghue and the other writers on Saturday Night Live
02:34
Laraine Newman on creating characters for Saturday Night Live
03:16
Laraine Newman on the challenges of Saturday Night Live and her relationships with the other cast members
02:39
Laraine Newman on fan encounters during her time on Saturday Night Live
01:58
Laraine Newman on her recurring Saturday Night Live  characters and memorable sketches
07:41
Laraine Newman on the Saturday Night Live sketch "Mr. Death"
02:21
Laraine Newman on the Saturday Night Live sketch "Theodora of York"
01:31
Laraine Newman on the "Uncle Roy" sketch on Saturday Night Live
01:25
Laraine Newman on her favorite Saturday Night Live  hosts and musical guests
03:18
Laraine Newman on leaving Saturday Night Live in 1980
02:32

Don Ohlmeyer

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Don Ohlmeyer on removing Norm MacDonald from SNL's "Weekend Update"
01:48
Executive Don Ohlmeyer on the decision to pull Norm MacDonald from Saturday Night Live 's "Weekend Update"
08:05

Suze Orman

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Suze Orman on how she handled meeting Kristen Wiig after seeing her parody on SNL and how much she enjoyed it

Don Pardo

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Don Pardo on becoming the announcer on Saturday Night Live; on meeting Lorne Michaels
01:37
Don Pardo on the beginning of Saturday Night Live and how the announcer gig was described to him
02:41
Don Pardo on flubbing the opening for the very first Saturday Night Live show - misstating the Not Ready for Prime Time players
01:43
Don Pardo on an SNL skit where he plays "Ron Lardo" and recites his famous line "It's Saturday Night Live"
01:43
Don Pardo on the initial reaction to SNL; on what rehearsals were like
03:43
Don Pardo on working at Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center for SNL
06:49
Don Pardo on his SNL recollections; on Tina Fey, and Dick Ebersol; on Lorne Michaels leaving the show and his replacement, Jean Doumanian
06:13

Jacques Pépin

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Jacques Pépin on appearing on Tomorrow with Julia Child when she cut her finger, later parodied on Saturday Night Live
04:00

Keith Raywood

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Keith Raywood on his first art director job for the feature "Easy Money," which years later led to his being hired at Saturday Night Live
06:20
Keith Raywood on working on Lorne Michaels' The New Show, and on going to work for Saturday Night Live in 1985
02:33
Keith Raywood on his early years as art director on Saturday Night Live, and on early sets he designed
07:39
Keith Raywood on considering leaving Saturday Night Live after his fifth year, and on becoming credited as a production designer
04:02
Keith Raywood on wining Emmy Awards for his work on the MTV Video Music Awards and Saturday Night Live
06:56

Rob Reiner

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Rob Reiner on hosting the third Saturday Night Live telecast
03:50

Joan Rivers

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Joan Rivers on guest-hosting Saturday Night Live
01:12

Richard Schiff

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Richard Schiff on appearing in a West Wing sketch on Saturday Night Live
01:06

Herbert S. Schlosser

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Herbert S. Schlosser on how Saturday Night Live came to be, and on Tomorrow with Tom Snyder
13:07
Herbert S. Schlosser on his role on Saturday Night Live once it started
02:02
Herbert S. Schlosser on Saturday Night Live dealing with NBC standards and practices
04:25
Herbert S. Schlosser on Chevy Chase leaving Saturday Night Live after his first year
02:59
Herbert S. Schlosser on his biggest contribution to Saturday Night Live, and on the longevity of the show
01:54

Paul Shaffer

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Music Director Paul Shaffer on being friends with Brian Doyle-Murray and Bill Murray when he first came to New York, and collaborating with Bill on his nightclub club singer bit (which he later used on SNL)
02:41
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on being hired for Saturday Night Live by music director Howard Shore
01:17
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on his experiences during the early days of Saturday Night Live and the Wednesday brainstorming sessions of that era
02:20
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on John Belushi's Joe Cocker musical parodies
02:35
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on the problem encountered by musical guest John Sebastian while performing the Welcome Back, Kotter theme song on Saturday Night Live (and producer Lorne Michaels stepping in live on the air to ask him to start over)
01:27
Paul Shaffer on working with Bill Murray on "the lounge singer" sketches on Saturday Night Live
06:48
Paul Shaffer on the development of "The Blues Brothers" on Saturday Night Live 
11:58
Paul Shaffer on Garrett Morris and his Tina Turner sketches; which led to his Don Kirshner impressions on Saturday Night Live
04:34
Paul Shaffer on the "prison follies" sketches on Saturday Night Live
01:11
Paul Shaffer on working with Saturday Night Live's Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, and Laraine Newman
05:56
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on the bee costumes from the early days of Saturday Night Live
00:55
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on writer Marilyn Suzanne Miller's Shirley Temple Black sketch and how it led to an on-screen credit for him
03:37
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on his early duties on Saturday Night Live and how they changed
00:42
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on how Lorne Michaels geared the schedule of Saturday Night Live to the evening hours
01:14
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on how Lorne Michaels gave the creators of sketches full producing powers
01:41
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on the "Chevy's Girls" girl group sketch
02:50
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on Chevy Chase's penchant for pratfalls and the injury he sustained once (doing a Gerald Ford sketch)
00:48
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on Elvis Costello's appearance on Saturday Night Live when he changed songs mid-set
01:52
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on Patti Smith's musical guest appearance on Saturday Night Live
01:11
Paul Shaffer on Saturday Night Live's "Video Vixens" musical sketches
02:05
Paul Shaffer on Chevy Chase
01:19
Paul Shaffer on Bill Murray
01:35
Paul Shaffer on becoming a castmember on Saturday Night Live and accidentally swearing during a live broadcast
05:24
Paul Shaffer on leaving Saturday Night Live after five years
01:39

George Shapiro

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George Shapiro on how Andy Kaufman got the gig on Saturday Night Live
00:38
George Shapiro on disagreeing with Andy Kaufman's inter-gender wrestling on television
02:37
George Shapiro on Andy Kaufman reading The Great Gatsby on Saturday Night Live
01:19

William Shatner

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William Shatner on the experience of hosting Saturday Night Live
06:46

G.E. Smith

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G.E. Smith on becoming music director for Saturday Night Live
02:49
G.E. Smith on the early bands playing live on Saturday Night Live
00:58
G.E. Smith on playing guitar for Hall & Oates and appearing with them on Saturday Night Live
03:47
G.E. Smith on his duties as music director on Saturday Night Live
01:30
G.E. Smith on working for Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live
01:05
G.E. Smith on assembling the band for Saturday Night Live and the sound of the band during his tenure
02:57
G.E. Smith on how it felt playing in the studio on Saturday Night Live and his early performances on the show
02:24
G.E. Smith on the set-up in Studio 8H where the band played on Saturday Night Live and playing during commercial breaks
05:02
G.E. Smith on creating musical arrangements for Saturday Night Live
03:18
G.E. Smith on his influence on Lorne Michaels in booking musical guests for Saturday Night Live
02:24
G.E. Smith on a typical work week on Saturday Night Live and working with the likes of Chris Farley and Nirvana
08:19
G.E. Smith on Robert Mitchum hosting Saturday Night Live
03:51
G.E. Smith on the Saturday Night Live band backing up the musical guests
01:07
G.E. Smith on working with Eddie Van Halen on Saturday Night Live
03:44
G.E. Smith on working with Keith Richards on Saturday Night Live
02:10
G.E. Smith on working with Al Green on Saturday Night Live
01:18
G.E. Smith on Buddy Guy sitting in with the band on Saturday Night Live
00:40
G.E. Smith on working with Paul Simon on Saturday Night Live
01:17
G.E. Smith on The Replacements appearing on Saturday Night Live
01:33
G.E. Smith on Bryan Ferry appearing on Saturday Night Live
02:29
G.E. Smith on working with Sting and Elvis Costello on Saturday Night Live
01:48
G.E. Smith on working with Mick Jagger and Tracy Chapman on Saturday Night Live
01:47
G.E. Smith on working with Cypress Hill on Saturday Night Live
01:06
G.E. Smith on working with Aerosmith and writing the "Wayne's World" theme on Saturday Night Live
01:38
G.E. Smith on working with Eric Clapton on Saturday Night Live
03:15
G.E. Smith on the infamous Sinead O'Connor "Pope ripping" incident on Saturday Night Live
02:00
G.E. Smith on his favorite musical moments on Saturday Night Live and the show becoming more corporate
02:20
G.E. Smith on Miley Cyrus on Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
01:15
G.E. Smith on leaving Saturday Night Live in 1995
01:35
G.E. Smith on his greatest contribution to Saturday Night Live
01:31
G.E. Smith on the logistics of touring with Bob Dylan while still appearing on Saturday Night Live
01:13

Herbert F. Solow

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Herbert F. Solow on the Star Trek sketch for Saturday Night Live
00:17

Jeremy Stevens

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Jeremy Stevens on writing for Saturday Night Live
14:10
Jeremy Stevens on the guest hosts of Saturday Night Live
01:00
Jeremy Stevens on how the press treated Saturday Night Live during his time on the show
01:02
Jeremy Stevens on Charles Rocket saying an expletive live on the air on Saturday Night Live
02:20
Jeremy Stevens on leaving Saturday Night Live
02:33

Bob Vila

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Bob Vila on parodies of This Old House on Saturday Night Live and In Living Color
00:28

Bruce Vilanch

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Bruce Vilanch on why he turned down the opportunity to write for Saturday Night Live

Joseph A. Wapner

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Joseph Wapner on being asked to host Saturday Night Live
00:31

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner on hosting Saturday Night Live
02:53
Malcolm-Jamal Warner on hosting Saturday Night Live
01:43

Keenen Ivory Wayans

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Keenen Ivory Wayans on how In Living Color  was inspired by Saturday Night Live; on wanting to create his own version for people who hadn't gotten a shot
00:36

Fred Willard

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Fred Willard on hosting Saturday Night Live in 1978
05:41

Leo Yoshimura

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Leo Yoshimura on being hired as a production designer on Saturday Night Live alongside Eugene Lee
03:28
Leo Yoshimura on working with Eugene Lee on production designing the first few episodes of Saturday Night Live, and working with the stagehands on the show
04:21
Leo Yoshimura on his and Eugene Lee's early understanding with Lorne Michaels about the production design of Saturday Night Live, and on designing the early home base set
01:20
Leo Yoshimura on production designing the first cold open on Saturday Night Live, "The Wolverines," and on dealing with budgets
03:41
Leo Yoshimura on a typical work week for him on Saturday Night Live
06:37
Leo Yoshimura on playing "Sulu" in several Star Trek parodies on Saturday Night Live over the years, and on lack of representation of Japanese people on television
06:08
Leo Yoshimura on his longevity at Saturday Night Live, and his wanting to continue to work
01:30
Leo Yoshimura on some of his biggest challenges as a production designer on Saturday Night Live
06:57
Leo Yoshimura on working with the crew of Saturday Night Live
00:58
Eugene Lee on how he came to join Saturday Night Live, and on his early experience with the show
11:25
SNL Production Design Team on designing the Saturday Night Live home base set
03:00
SNL Production Design Team on Lorne Michaels' input into the Saturday Night Live home base set
04:44
SNL Production Design Team on the llama running joke on Saturday Night Live
02:03
Keith Raywood on how he became involved with Saturday Night Live, and on his role within the team
04:02
Joe DeTullio on how he joined Saturday Night Live
04:58
SNL Production Design Team on how the team functions together, and on a typical workweek
08:53
SNL Production Design Team on what makes working on Saturday Night Live production design unique
02:43
SNL Production Design Team on their process of collaborating with each other on Saturday Night Live
01:48
SNL Production Design Team on reusing old sets on Saturday Night Live
02:06
SNL Production Design Team on dealing with the tight time constraints of Saturday Night Live, and on their biggest challenges
10:17
SNL Production Design Team on working with the directors of Saturday Night Live, including Dave Wilson, Paul Miller, Beth McCarthy-Miller, and Don Roy King
04:28
SNL Production Design Team on their interaction with various other departments on Saturday Night Live
03:06
SNL Production Design Team on their favorite sets, and on Saturday Night Live being live
04:44
SNL Production Design Team on their longevity staying with Saturday Night Live, and on dealing with crazy weeks
05:53
SNL Production Design Team on dealing with last minute issues on Saturday Night Live, and on mishaps live on air
04:49
SNL Production Design Team on appearing in sketches on Saturday Night Live from time to time, and on the "Weekend Update" set
03:29
SNL Production Design Team on the most fun sets to design for Saturday Night Live
03:01
SNL Production Design Team on working with the musical guests on Saturday Night Live
04:15
SNL Production Design Team on favorite sets they've worked on for Saturday Night Live, and on assessing their job after a given show
02:30
SNL Production Design Team on continuing to work on Saturday Night Live
01:17
SNL Production Design Team on the enduring popularity of Saturday Night Live, and on what keeps them working there
09:27
Eugene Lee on how he came to join Saturday Night Live, and on his early experience with the show
11:25
SNL Production Design Team on designing the Saturday Night Live home base set
03:00
SNL Production Design Team on Lorne Michaels' input into the Saturday Night Live home base set
04:44
SNL Production Design Team on the llama running joke on Saturday Night Live
02:03
Keith Raywood on how he became involved with Saturday Night Live, and on his role within the team
04:02
Joe DeTullio on how he joined Saturday Night Live
04:58
SNL Production Design Team on how the team functions together, and on a typical workweek
08:53
SNL Production Design Team on what makes working on Saturday Night Live production design unique
02:43
SNL Production Design Team on their process of collaborating with each other on Saturday Night Live
01:48
SNL Production Design Team on reusing old sets on Saturday Night Live
02:06
SNL Production Design Team on dealing with the tight time constraints of Saturday Night Live, and on their biggest challenges
10:17
SNL Production Design Team on working with the directors of Saturday Night Live, including Dave Wilson, Paul Miller, Beth McCarthy-Miller, and Don Roy King
04:28
SNL Production Design Team on their interaction with various other departments on Saturday Night Live
03:06
SNL Production Design Team on their favorite sets, and on Saturday Night Live being live
04:44
SNL Production Design Team on their longevity staying with Saturday Night Live, and on dealing with crazy weeks
05:53
SNL Production Design Team on dealing with last minute issues on Saturday Night Live, and on mishaps live on air
04:49
SNL Production Design Team on appearing in sketches on Saturday Night Live from time to time, and on the "Weekend Update" set
03:29
SNL Production Design Team on the most fun sets to design for Saturday Night Live
03:01
SNL Production Design Team on working with the musical guests on Saturday Night Live
04:15
SNL Production Design Team on favorite sets they've worked on for Saturday Night Live, and on assessing their job after a given show
02:30
SNL Production Design Team on continuing to work on Saturday Night Live
01:17
SNL Production Design Team on the enduring popularity of Saturday Night Live, and on what keeps them working there
09:27
Eugene Lee on how he came to join Saturday Night Live, and on his early experience with the show
11:25
SNL Production Design Team on designing the Saturday Night Live home base set
03:00
SNL Production Design Team on Lorne Michaels' input into the Saturday Night Live home base set
04:44
SNL Production Design Team on the llama running joke on Saturday Night Live
02:03
Keith Raywood on how he became involved with Saturday Night Live, and on his role within the team
04:02
Joe DeTullio on how he joined Saturday Night Live
04:58
SNL Production Design Team on how the team functions together, and on a typical workweek
08:53
SNL Production Design Team on what makes working on Saturday Night Live production design unique
02:43
SNL Production Design Team on their process of collaborating with each other on Saturday Night Live
01:48
SNL Production Design Team on reusing old sets on Saturday Night Live
02:06
SNL Production Design Team on dealing with the tight time constraints of Saturday Night Live, and on their biggest challenges
10:17
SNL Production Design Team on working with the directors of Saturday Night Live, including Dave Wilson, Paul Miller, Beth McCarthy-Miller, and Don Roy King
04:28
SNL Production Design Team on their interaction with various other departments on Saturday Night Live
03:06
SNL Production Design Team on their favorite sets, and on Saturday Night Live being live
04:44
SNL Production Design Team on their longevity staying with Saturday Night Live, and on dealing with crazy weeks
05:53
SNL Production Design Team on dealing with last minute issues on Saturday Night Live, and on mishaps live on air
04:49
SNL Production Design Team on appearing in sketches on Saturday Night Live from time to time, and on the "Weekend Update" set
03:29
SNL Production Design Team on the most fun sets to design for Saturday Night Live
03:01
SNL Production Design Team on working with the musical guests on Saturday Night Live
04:15
SNL Production Design Team on favorite sets they've worked on for Saturday Night Live, and on assessing their job after a given show
02:30
SNL Production Design Team on continuing to work on Saturday Night Live
01:17
SNL Production Design Team on the enduring popularity of Saturday Night Live, and on what keeps them working there
09:27

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on the first episode of Saturday Night Live following 9/11
01:26

Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel on meeting Lorne Michaels and being hired to write for Saturday Night Live
03:27
Alan Zweibel on jokes he wrote for Lorne Michaels to audition to be a writer on Saturday Night Live
00:57
Alan Zweibel on his experience with NBC's then-vice president of late night, Dick Ebersol, early in his tenure at Saturday Night Live
01:19
Alan Zweibel on the initial cast and writing staff of Saturday Night Live
02:42
Alan Zweibel on initially gravitating toward fellow Saturday Night Live writer Herbert Sargent
02:53
Alan Zweibel on meeting Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live, and on his working relationship with her
05:48
Alan Zweibel on writing the character "Roseanne Roseannadanna" with Gilda Radner for Saturday Night Live, and on their writing process
08:25
Alan Zweibel on the first episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by George Carlin, and on how Lorne Michaels handled it
04:58
Alan Zweibel on Billy Crystal being cut from the first episode of Saturday Night Live
01:28
Alan Zweibel on the live aspect of Saturday Night Live
02:56
Alan Zweibel on fellow Saturday Night Live writer Michael O'Donoghue
04:17
Alan Zweibel on the women on the early writing staff of Saturday Night Live, including Anne Beatts and Marilyn Suzanne Miller
02:38
Alan Zweibel on writing team of Al Franken and Tom Davis on Saturday Night Live
01:21
Alan Zweibel on Chevy Chase being the first breakout star of Saturday Night Live
01:39
Alan Zweibel on a typical production week in the early years of Saturday Night Live
04:06
Alan Zweibel on the disastrous, primetime Saturday Night Live "Live from Mardi Gras" special
03:12
Alan Zweibel on Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live
01:07
Alan Zweibel on John Belushi on Saturday Night Live
01:53
Alan Zweibel on Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman on Saturday Night Live
01:29
Alan Zweibel on Garrett Morris on Saturday Night Live, and on creating and writing his "Chico Escuela" character
02:28
Alan Zweibel on the lack of improvisation by the actors on Saturday Night Live
01:37
Alan Zweibel on the early explosion in the popularity of Saturday Night Live, and on the show winning Emmy Awards
06:36
Alan Zweibel on the impact on Saturday Night Live when Chevy Chase left after the first season, and on John Belushi becoming a breakout star
02:10
Alan Zweibel on Saturday Night Live pieces he wrote that were cut before air
03:36
Alan Zweibel on Saturday Night Live guest-host Milton Berle confirming a big rumor for him
03:47
Alan Zweibel on George Harrison appearing as musical guest the week Paul Simon hosted Saturday Night Live
01:49
Alan Zweibel on co-writing Gilda Radner's "Gilda Live" Broadway show and movie with her
05:04
Alan Zweibel on the fifth season of Saturday Night Live, and on Lorne Michaels announcing he was leaving the show
03:04
Alan Zweibel on being asked to return to Saturday Night Live when Dick Ebersol took over as producer, and on returning to guest-write for the Jesse Jackson episode
01:21
Alan Zweibel on how the culture at Saturday Night Live evolved over time
01:24
Alan Zweibel on working in studio 8H for Saturday Night Live
02:35
Alan Zweibel on learning about production during his time on Saturday Night Live and on the logistics of production on the show
05:11
Alan Zweibel on working with Saturday Night Live director Dave Wilson
02:46
Alan Zweibel on Buck Henry being injured during one of John Belushi's "Samurai" sketches on Saturday Night Live
02:50
Alan Zweibel on what makes Lorne Michaels a strong and capable producer of Saturday Night Live
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