Saturday Night Live (abbreviated as SNL) is a late-night sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. It premiered on NBC, a terrestrial television network, on October 11, 1975 under the title NBC's Saturday Night. The show usually satirizes contemporary American popular culture and politics. Saturday Night Live features a two-tiered cast: the repertory members, also known as the "Not Ready for Prime-Time Players", and newer cast members, known as "Featured Players."
A typical episode of SNL will feature a single host, who delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast. While the format also features a musical guest, and a number of episodes have featured celebrity cameos, the focus of the show is the guest host.
George Carlin was first to host the show; Candice Bergen was the first woman to host the show a few weeks later and again hosted only six weeks after that. Guests that host five times (or more) are members of the Five-Timers Club that originated on December 8, 1990, when Tom Hanks became the seventh person to host their fifth episode. Occasionally, a host will also be the musical guest, such as first seen with Paul Simon on October 18, 1975, and most recently, Halsey in 2019.
Saturday Night Live has featured a wide array of hosts and musical guests. George Carlin served as the show's first host in October 1975; three episodes later, Candice Bergen became the first female host and the first to host more than once. Actor Alec Baldwin holds the record for most times hosting, having performed the duty on seventeen different occasions since 1990; Baldwin took the record from actor Steve Martin who has hosted fifteen times since 1976.
Several former cast members have returned to take on hosting duties. Original cast member Chevy Chase has hosted the most times, eight in total. Tina Fey follows behind, having hosted six times, while Bill Murray has hosted five times. On December 11, 1982, Eddie Murphy became the only person to host while still a member of the cast, filling the role at the last minute when the scheduled host (his 48 Hours co-star Nick Nolte) became ill.
Musical guests can be solo acts or bands, who perform two to three musical numbers. Occasionally, the musical guest has also simultaneously served as the host. Paul Simon was the first example, hosting and performing on the second episode on October 18, 1975. As of May 19, 2012, Dave Grohl is the most frequent musical guest, performing on eleven shows since 1992.
In 1982, at age 7, Drew Barrymore became the youngest person to host the show. Actress Betty White is the oldest person to host, having done so at 88 years of age on May 8, 2010. Concerned about White's age and possible fatigue, her episode had Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler on standby to replace her; White went on to appear in every sketch. In 2000, singer Britney Spears became the youngest person to both host and simultaneously serve as the show's musical guest, at 18 years and 161 days old.
In addition to making cameo appearances, political figures have also hosted the show. Donald Trump, who hosted in 2004 (promoting the reality TV hit The Apprentice) and again in 2015 as a presidential hopeful, is the only host who eventually became President. Al Gore hosted in 2002, the only former Vice President to do so. Presidential candidates, either former, current, or future, have served as hosts: in addition to Trump and Gore, there was Ralph Nader in 1977, Jesse Jackson and George McGovern in 1984, Steve Forbes in 1996, Rudy Giuliani in 1997, John McCain in 2002, and Al Sharpton in 2003.
The Five-Timers Club is the group of performers who have hosted SNL at least five times. The club was first mentioned on the show on December 8, 1990 by Tom Hanks who, in his monologue, touched upon the fact that it was his fifth appearance as host:
Believe it or not, this is the fifth Saturday Night Live I have been lucky enough to host. Now, the first time you do the show, you can't believe you're here. You just can't believe it. Your head buzzes with excitement. The second time you do the show, it means you were funny enough to be asked back – and you're pushing a movie. The third time you do the show, the second time didn't go so well, and you have something to prove to yourself. The fourth time you do the show, you're just blatantly pushing a movie. But the fifth time you do the show is the most special time of all, because you get this [holds up a card] ...a membership card in the Five-Timers Club. Come with me... [walks off the stage] I'm gonna give you a chance to look in on one of the most exclusive clubs in the world.
After Hanks gave his monologue, the show segued to a sketch featuring Hanks, Steve Martin, Elliott Gould, and Paul Simon in the richly appointed club. Martin and Gould were both five-time hosts; Simon had only hosted four episodes, but was accepted as a member due to his numerous appearances as a musical guest. The Five-Timers Club was mentioned to have a swimming pool with perfect 80 degree waters. The food that is served there is named after SNL performers. Then-Saturday Night Live writer Conan O'Brien portrayed Sean, the doorman of the club. Jon Lovitz appears as a club waiter. Ralph Nader appears as a former SNL host trying to get into the Five-Timers Club only for Lovitz to tell him and his group to leave.
The second time the Five-Timers Club was mentioned was when Danny DeVito was inducted in 1993. The Club was mentioned again after the mark was reached by hosts John Goodman (1994), Alec Baldwin (1994), Christopher Walken (2001), Drew Barrymore (2007), Justin Timberlake (2013), Ben Affleck (2013), Scarlett Johansson (2017), Melissa McCarthy (2017), and Dwayne Johnson (2017).
Justin Timberlake's monologue from March 9, 2013 featured the reappearance of the richly appointed club. The sketch features Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, and Candice Bergen. There were portraits of John Goodman and Drew Barrymore in the Five-Timers Club's Hall of Portraits. The staff at the Five-Timers Club are former cast members, with Dan Aykroyd (1975–79) and Martin Short (1984–85) appearing as the club's bartender and waiter, respectively. Future cast member Mike O'Brien makes an appearance as the doorman who greets Timberlake. The entertainment at the Five-Timers Club involves making the current SNL performers fight each other to the death, with Bobby Moynihan shown fighting Taran Killam. When Melissa McCarthy hosted the show for the fifth time, five-timers club member Steve Martin appeared in the goodnights to welcome her to the club. When Dwayne Johnson hosted the show for the fifth time, Five-Timers Club members Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin appeared in the monologue to welcome him to the club.
On November 3, 2018, the club is seen again as part of the monologue of actor/director Jonah Hill. He is taken there by Five-Timer Tina Fey (her first appearance in the lounge). Once in, he is greeted by Candace Bergen and Drew Barrymore. Seeing no men in the club, Hill wonders if it's "Ladies Night." He is told by Fey that the other men "are not allowed in right now" because of presumed harassment problems. Kenan Thompson, working as staff that night, brings Bergen a drink called a "Pete Davidson." Eventually, Thompson brings Hill his jacket, which has been re-designed by the women in a more feminine cut.
Steve Martin was the fastest to join the Five-Timers club, hosting five times in only 546 days. Buck Henry is the only other member to join in less than four years, hosting five times in 671 days, although, in keeping with his persona on the show of being an undesirable or boring host, is said not to have been told about the club itself. The following people are members of the Five-Timers Club. There are only three former cast members in the Five Timers Club: Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Tina Fey, and Tina Fey is the only female cast member in the club.
|First appearance||Fifth appearance||Time to reach club||Most recent hosting appearance|
|Buck Henry||10||January 17, 1976||November 19, 1977||1 year, 306 days||May 24, 1980|
|Steve Martin||15||October 23, 1976||April 22, 1978||1 year, 181 days||January 31, 2009|
|Elliott Gould||6||January 10, 1976||February 16, 1980||4 years, 37 days||November 15, 1980|
|Paul Simon||4[a][b]||October 18, 1975||May 10, 1986||10 years, 204 days||December 19, 1987|
|Chevy Chase||8||February 18, 1978||December 6, 1986||8 years, 291 days||February 15, 1997|
|Candice Bergen||5||November 8, 1975||May 19, 1990||14 years, 192 days||May 19, 1990|
|Tom Hanks||9||December 14, 1985||December 8, 1990||4 years, 359 days||October 22, 2016|
|Danny DeVito||6||May 15, 1982||January 9, 1993||10 years, 239 days||December 11, 1999|
|John Goodman||13||December 2, 1989||May 7, 1994||4 years, 156 days||December 14, 2013|
|Alec Baldwin||17||April 21, 1990||December 10, 1994||4 years, 233 days||February 11, 2017|
|Bill Murray||5||March 7, 1981||February 20, 1999||17 years, 350 days||February 20, 1999|
|Christopher Walken||7||January 20, 1990||May 19, 2001||11 years, 119 days||April 5, 2008|
|Drew Barrymore||6||November 20, 1982||February 3, 2007||24 years, 75 days||October 10, 2009|
|Justin Timberlake||5[c]||October 11, 2003||March 9, 2013||9 years, 149 days||March 9, 2013|
|Ben Affleck||5||February 19, 2000||May 18, 2013||13 years, 88 days||May 18, 2013|
|Tina Fey||6||February 23, 2008||December 19, 2015||7 years, 299 days||May 19, 2018|
|Scarlett Johansson||5||January 14, 2006||March 11, 2017||11 years, 56 days||March 11, 2017|
|Melissa McCarthy||5||October 1, 2011||May 13, 2017||5 years, 224 days||May 13, 2017|
|Dwayne Johnson||5||March 18, 2000||May 20, 2017||17 years, 63 days||May 20, 2017|
|Jonah Hill||5||March 15, 2008||November 3, 2018||10 years, 233 days||November 3, 2018|
a Simon has only guest-hosted four times but has been included in both Five-Timers Club sketches. The show credits him as co-host of the 100th episode even though a host is not officially credited in the opening sequence. His fifth appearance on the show was as a musical guest.
b Out of his four appearances as host, Simon acted as both host and musical guest during one episode.
c Out of his five appearances as host, Timberlake acted as both host and musical guest during three episodes.
The Five-Timers Club has been referenced in other media since its creation in 1990. The entertainment channel E! placed it at No. 22 on its list of SNL top moments. The club was also referenced by Fox Sports as the basis behind the creation of the "Favre Backup Club" which seeks to be the "NFL's equivalent" to the Five-Timers Club.
Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a late-night sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. It premiered on NBC, a terrestrial television network, on October 11, 1975 under the title NBC's Saturday Night. The show often satirizes contemporary American popular culture and politics. Saturday Night Live features a two-tiered cast: the repertory members, also known as the "Not Ready for Prime-Time Players," and newer cast members, known as "Featured Players." Each week, the show features a host, often a well-known celebrity, who delivers an opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast. A musical guest is also invited to perform several sets (usually two, and occasionally more). Every so often a host or musical guest will fill both roles. With the exception of Season 7 and several other rare cases, the show has begun with a cold open that ends with someone breaking character and proclaiming "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"
Saturday Night Live is one of the longest running network programs in American television history, with over 800 episodes broadcast over the span of 43 seasons. A number of the show's sketches have been developed into feature films, including The Blues Brothers, Wayne's World, A Night at the Roxbury, Superstar, Coneheads, and MacGruber.
Seasons 1 through 5 are available on DVD in Region 1. Various Saturday Night Live sketches are available in several new media formats, including streaming on Hulu and Netflix. Selected sketches and segments are also available for purchase at the iTunes Store to download and playback on home computers and certain iPod and iPhone models.List of Saturday Night Live guests (A–D)
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Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television variety show.
Saturday Night Live may also refer to:
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell, a comedy-variety program on the channel ABC 1975–76
Saturday Night Live Japan, 2012
Saturday Night Live Korea, a South Korean adaptation on channel tvN
Saturday Night Live from Milano, an Italian adaptation 2006–2011
Saturday Night Live (Spain), 2009
Saturday Night Live bil Arabi, an Arabic-language adaptation 2016–2018
Le Saturday Night Live, a French adaptation on the channel M6
SNL Québec, a French-language Canadian adaptation 2014–2015Saturday Night Live cast members
As of September 2018, the late-night live variety series Saturday Night Live (SNL) has featured 151 cast members. The ensemble was originally referred to as the "Not Ready For Prime Time Players."Tom Brady
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