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In October 11 1975, was released one of the most iconic comedy shows of all time, ‘Saturday Night Live’. The show is a late-night comedy 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 there.
Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson, Fred Armisen
Creator: Lorne Michaels
To celebrate the 40th birthday, here are some of the curiosities about this show.
- Anthony Michael Hall was the youngest member of SNL at 17 years old.
- When 25-year-old Kenan Thompson (born 1978) was hired for the 29th season (2003-2004), he became the first cast member who was born after the show premiered (1975).
- Abby Elliott, daughter of Chris Elliott, is the first cast member to be the child of a former cast member. Her grandfather, Bob Elliott, made a guest appearance in the fourth-season. At 21 years old, she is the youngest female cast member in the show’s history.
- Tina Fey is the first female head writer in the show’s history.
- Contrary to popular belief, Steve Martin was never a cast member on the show. The misconception stems from the fact that he has hosted the show 15 times, in addition to doing occasional surprise appearances.
- The series was originally commissioned to have just six episodes.
- Michael McKean and Dan Aykroyd are the only people to host, be musical guests (as Spinal Tap and “The Blues Brothers”, respectively) and be cast members.
- In 1995, Steve Carell auditioned for the show along with his wife, Nancy Carell. She was cast but he was not. The following season Carell was cast as the voice of Gary in the recurring animated segment “The Ambiguously Gay Duo”. When he hosted the show in 2005, Carell stated he was beat out for the spot by Will Ferrell.
- John Goodman hosted the show 11 years in a row.
- Candice Bergen was the first female host, the first person to host the show for a second time, and the first woman to host five times. Drew Barrymore has also hosted five times, her first being in 1982.
- Don Pardo’s announcing booth is located in the exact same spot on which legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini’s podium once stood, when he conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra in his famous and long-running series of radio concerts.
- Beginning in 1995, the Saturday Night Live logo used the abbreviation SNL, which became how the show was known.