Posted: 10/11/2005 2:54:20 PM EDT
Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute comedy-variety show from NBC which has been broadcast virtually every Saturday night since its debut on October 11, 1975. It is one of the longest-running network entertainment programs in American television history. Each week, the show's cast is joined by a guest host and a musical act.
The show—broadcast from Studio 8H at the GE Building in New York's Rockefeller Center—has been the launching place for some major American comedy stars of the last thirty years. It was created by Dick Ebersol and Lorne Michaels, of whom, the latter—excluding a hiatus from Season 6 through Season 10—has produced and written for the show and remains its executive producer (Jean Doumanian producing most of Season 6, and Ebersol 7–10).
Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Paul Shaffer, Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Martin Short, Damon Wayans, Joan Cusack, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Miller, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Conan O'Brien, Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, David Spade, Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Will Ferrell, and Norm MacDonald got their starts from Saturday Night Live. Dang that's a list of lists!
1. George Carlin/Janis Ian & Billy Preston First aired: 10/11/1975
Guest star: George Carlin (Himself), Janice Ian (Herself), Billy Preston (Himself), Valri Bromfield (Herself), Wendy Craig (Academy of Better Careers Pitchman), Jacqueline Carlin (Mother, in New Dad)
Live from New York, It's... Chevy Chase! Sketches include "Wolverines", "George Carlin's Monologue", "New Dad Insurance", "The Courtroom", "Andy Kaufman", "George Carlin Stand-Up I", "Victims Of Shark Bite", "Jamitol", "Triopenin", "Triopenin", "Triple-Trac", "George Carlin Stand-Up II", "The Impossible Truth", "Bee Hospital", "Academy of Better Careers", "Show Us Your Guns", George Carlin Stand-Up III, and "Trojan Horse Home Security." Billy Preston performed "Nothing for Nothing" and Janis Ian performed "At Seventeen."
1975 was a different time ...