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.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
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Did You Know?
In October 1980, Lorne Michaels
and most of the original cast members, who had since left the show, reunited to put together a special that would parody the upcoming Presidential election between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. The special was to air live on November 1, 1980. A few days before the special was to air, Carter and Reagan decided to do another televised debate on November 1. Live coverage of the debate forced NBC to reschedule. NBC offered Michaels the chance to do the special the following week. He refused because it would have been after the election, and the material would no longer be topical. See more
...almost everything. Live television is largely exempt from the usual rules of goofs. See more
Actor Christian Slater was let out of prison for one night to attend the premiere of his new movie Hard Rain. Fifteen minutes into the film, Mr. Slater asked to be escorted back to prison.
In recent years, episodes are often reedited for syndication and rebroadcast, often with skits and/or individual jokes that were taped during dress rehearsal being substituted for segments that either didn't work the first time, or were considered offensive. See more
(closing theme song)
Composed by Howard Shore See more