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History of SNL Essay

  • Submitted by: CJLavergne
  • on November 12, 2008
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 1,586 words

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Saturday Night Live was and is the start for many actors and comedians. People like Steve Martin, John Blushi and David Spade got their start on SNL. It was also the start for many movies, like the Blues Brothers and Wayne's World. Saturday Night Live debuted on October 11, 1975 with comedian, George Carlin hosting. 2008 is its 34 season and has 640 Number of episodes to date. This Saturday would be its 641. SNL is one of the longest-running network programs in American television history. Without SNL we would be over 100 comedians fewer some including
Bill Murray, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murpy, Dan Aykroyd, David Spade, Billy Crystal, Mike Myers, John Belushi, Will Ferrell, Martin Short, Steve Martin, And many more.

For those of you who have not seen SNL. Saturday Night Live is a 90-Minute comedy/variety show, which airs live weekly on Saturdays, SNL is broadcast in the US on NBC, and has been broadcast on NBC since the start. Each week, SNL's cast is joined by a celebrity Guest Host, and a Musical Guest. The show's first episode aired on October 11, 1975, with comedian George Carlin as host, and Billy Preston and Janis Ian as Musical Guests.

Each week usually goes like this: The first sketch of the night is aired before the opening credits/montage. This is known as the Cold Opening. At the end of the cold opening, one of the characters/castmembers will shout out "Live, From New York, It's Saturday Night!" (as has been done since the beginning of the show), thus beginning the show. After which, the Opening Credits are played, with announcer Don Pardo announcing all of the castmembers' names, as the Saturday Night Live Band plays the opening theme and pictures of the cast (and New York).
At the end of the montage, the guest host comes out onstage and delivers a monologue, sometimes which will include appearances by cast members and "audience members". Following the monologue is a commercial parody. immediately after, are real commercials and the first...

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