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>
It's "NBC's Saturday Night"! (used until 19 March 1977)
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Did You Know?
While most of the musical performances on the show are indeed live, a few have been lip-synced, and several have been taped in advance. The first lip-sync was ABBA
on 15 November 1975. The first prerecorded performance was Carly Simon
on 08 May 1976, because she was nervous to sing in front of a live audience. On the October 23, 2004 episode, Ashlee Simpson
revealed that she was lip-syncing during her second performance when the same vocal track for her first performance was accidentally replayed. An embarrassed Simpson walked off the stage and the show quickly cut to commercial. See more
...almost everything. Live television is largely exempt from the usual rules of goofs. See more
Do you know what these are, boys and girls? These are drums. Do you know where drums come from? They come from Africa.
[Sits down, begins playing and singing
It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight...
This is how you answer a phone in my neighborhood. WHAT IS IT? LOUD? NAH, THAT AIN'T LOUD; THIS IS LOUD!
[Blows a whistle into the phone, sits down and begins playing the drums again
[Beating on the door
Robinson! Robinson! I told you to stop beatin' them drums!
(closing theme song)
Composed by Howard Shore See more