Saturday Night Live has made us laugh for almost three decades now! It propelled the careers of some of our favorite comedians like Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Mike Meyers, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey. So, want to know more about one of America’s favorite shows? We compiled a list of the top 15 interesting facts about the show’s history. Enjoy!
Chevy Chase Is Forever Banned From Hosting
Chevy Chase is permanently banned from hosting Saturday Night Live! Apparently, a number of cast, crew members, and guests complained of being constantly insulted by him. For example, Terry Sweeney stated he made a homophobic comment as a joke but was offended.
Steve Carell’s Wife Was Chosen Over Him
Back in 1995, Steve Carell and his wife Nancy auditioned for the show. Guess what? She was cast and he wasn’t! In the season after she was cast, Steve did some voice acting. When he hosted, later on, he said Will Ferrell beat him out for the role on SNL.
Steve Martin Hosting Record
Steve Martin holds an SNL record! He is the only person ever to host a season premiere, a season finale, and a Christmas show. He’s an awesome host and we can see why they keep asking him back!
Kenan Was Born After The Show Premiered
Kenan Thompson was born on May 10, 1978. He was just 25 when he was hired to join SNL’s 29th season. He is the first cast member who was born after the show premiered in 1975. We think he is a great addition! He is hilarious!
Eddie Murphy’s Cab Crisis
In the early ’80s, Eddie Murphy had to have other cast members help him get a cab home after the show ended. Most cabs wouldn’t stop for a young black man late at night.
Prank Phone Calls
Of course, this happened! Chris Farley was fired from SNL for making prank phone calls late at night from the SNL offices with Adam Sandler. They were also mooning people from a limo shortly after.
Larry David Quit, Then Unquit
Larry David was a writer on the show from 1984-1985. He quit mid-season, only to come back a few days later as if nothing happened. This naturally inspired a Seinfeld episode.
Highest Paid Cast Member
It’s Will Ferrell! He became the highest paid cast member in SNL history in 2001. He received a salary of USD 350,000. Not too shabby!
How About The Ladies!
The first female to host, and host 5 times is none other than Candice Bergen. The only other woman to host 5 times is Drew Barrymore. The first time she hosted was in 1982.
Historic Opening Line
The first cast member to deliver the show’s historic opening line is Chevy Chase. The line “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” is now in every episode.
Jim Carrey was rejected not once, but twice from SNL! The first time was in 1980, and producers hired Charlie Rocket instead. The second time he also got a “no.” He went on to guest host and made a couple of cameos but he was never a full cast member.
Guess Who Was Fired Twice!
This makes what Larry David did look like nothing! Chris Parnell was fired not once, but twice from the show. The first time was in 2001, and the second in 2006. The first time was due to his lack of confidence, and the second was due to a budget cut. He was fired along with Horatio Sanz and Rachel Dratch.
An Awesome Intern
Aubrey Plaza became an SNL intern in 2005. Before then she was taking comedy classes. She auditioned for the show just one year before she landed her role on Parks and Recreation, but was not cast. Too bad!
While many characters and skits have become movies, there still has not been an “SNL movie.” A writing staff developed a script in 1990 and the movie would have been an anthology-style sketch comedy film. The project was abandoned and none of the sketches from the script made it into the show.
The Beatles Almost Pranked Us!
Lorne Michaels once offered The Beatles $3,000 to pretend to reunite on the show. Can you imagine if that would have happened? One time, John and Paul were actually watching the show from a hotel room in New York and considered hopping in a cab to pull the prank. They allegedly were too tired. Too bad!