Due to this week being dedicated to the 1970’s, I’m choosing to blog about a crowd favorite: “Saturday Night Live”. Seriously, who doesn’t laugh at this show? In defense of some, it can be controversial but overall it pokes fun at modern issues and stories in relationships, education, politics, etc. “Saturday Night Live” debuted October 11, 1975 as “NBC’s Saturday Night” on NBC network, which at the time, was in a decline. The cast, which always differed, began with Chevy Chase, Belushi and Bill Murray, all of whom exhibit sharp humor and at times, absurd acting. Currently the cast includes Kristin Wiig, Tina Fey, Jay Pharoah, Taran Killam, among a myriad of others. What’s even better than the cast? Forty years later, “SNL” is still thriving and a crowd favorite. It has aired over 800 episodes since its debut and has just entered into its forty-second season!
What I love about “SNL” is its attempts, successful or not, at addressing current issues. Yes, there are sketches that are purely fiction. There are also sketches that are directed towards political campaigns, such as this years race for president. However, the show respects the current events of America. After September 11, 2001, “SNL” removed all political references from their show for the next four years.
A great component of the show is that it is live. The audiences reactions are real, true and heard. The actors do not get retakes and neither do the musicians in their segment of the show. This live factor makes for humorous or controversial television in the event of a mistake or mishap. Specifically speaking when Ashlee Simpson was caught lip syncing while performing a song live. It was controversial in 1992 when Sinead O’Connor was caught ripping a photo of Pope John Paul II to pieces and not realizing the show was live. There are benefits and consequences to a live show, but majority of the situations that were not planned on the live show have benefited the production crew and the audience in the end.
We’ve all seen “SNL” but I would recommend watching an episode from a previous decade!!!
The SNL Original Cast video clip.