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Kevin Nealon Recalls His First Night on 'SNL' and Why Hans and Franz Is His Favorite Sketch

13 February 2015 1:28 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

For 40 years, Saturday Night Live has helped launch the careers of some of the biggest comedy performers. Among them is Kevin Nealon, who appeared on the show for eight seasons (1986-1995). Et caught up with the SNL alum before the 40th anniversary special, and the actor shared what he remembers most about the show that started it all.

"When I look back on that time, [what stands out is] the excitement," Nealon said. "The excitement of being on live TV and having the option to do do topical things and the rush of it all."

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"I'll never forget the first year on that show from the cold opening Live from NY and the rush to get changed and getting back out there it was nonstop for 90 minutes," he added.

His first show was met with more than just a rush-- the actor recalled just how nerve wracking his debut »

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