Saturday Night Live! came on air, on NBC, on October 11, 1975. It was a sketch comedy/variety show that was created by Lorne Michaels and has been a major hit ever since. In today’s post, I want to talk about how this live television variety show became the show it is.
Saturday Night Live! has new celebrity hosts every single week as well as a musical guests as well. On top of that, they also have a full-time cast of their own that helps in the sketches that the hosts do that week. Most comedian’s starting out in the entertainment industry normally start out on SNL before they go out on their own. Some of the biggest celebrities to come out of SNL are Jimmy Fallon, Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, Kristin Wiig and Amy Poehler, just to name a few. The list of famous movie and TV comedians that have come out of SNL is already massive, and it continues to grow every year.
SNL has become so influential in the politics as well. In recent years, the way that the SNL cast has portrayed different politicians during an election has cost some of them their win in an election, even though most of the impersonations are completely true. The political candidate, I think, was the most affected by the impersonation of them on SNL was Tina Fey when she was Sarah Palin during the 2008 election season. Tina Fey looked like her so much, and was so spot on, that people actually that Tina Fey WAS ACTUALLY Sarah Palin during SNL skits (watch Tina Fey and Sarah Palin scary similarities here).
The amount of influence that SNL has is unbelievable, and I don’t see them loosing their credibility anytime soon. They have had this momentum since their start in the 1975 and it as continued to grow. Now in 2017, so many people stay up to watch SNL, and in some cases learn about what is going on in the world through this show. It may be a variety comedy show, but their is so much people are learning from watching this show and it is amazing to see. They are now in Season 42, and that accomplishment is amazing. I can’t wait to see how far they will go.