Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The Original Cast of Saturday Night Live

The live show called Saturday Night (later known as Saturday Night Live) premiered on October 11th, 1975. A few days before that, Lorne Michaels took all seven Not Ready for Primetime Players to the Tomarrow with Tom Snyder show to introduce them. For the vantage point of 47 years later, it's hard to imagine that no one had ever heard of these seven people.
Snyder: "What should we look for in your show?"

Michaels: "Anxiety."
Ah, memories. Even when I didn't make it home by 11:30 on a Saturday night, I managed to watch the show wherever I was at the time. But that one time we kept Neilsen diaries, I made sure to watch at home and log it. Open Culture tells us about the beginning of the show, complete with audition on video and a classic sketch by Gilda Radner. (via mental_floss)


xoxoxoBruce said...

I'm puzzled to this day why my wife and my buddies wife got hysterical falling on the floor laughing every time they heard, "Jane, you ignorant slut".
OK the first time wasa surprise, but after a few times they still lost it.

Miss Cellania said...

You pretty much have to be familiar with the personalities and the format of the show Crossfire, which is what they were parodying. It also depends on how high these folks were when SNL's first few seasons ran.

Anonymous said...

I didn't recall Garrett Morris, but must have seen him in this and many other things, as he has a heck of a resume.