If you have been one of the millions of people who have been a faithful follower of Saturday Night Live, then you know how many of our great comedic actors that were catapulted to stardom because of this show. It has probably produced more famous comedians than any one show ever has.
It has been being broadcast live from New York City to most of the country every Saturday night since October 11, 1975. It is also broadcast simultaneously in Canada. It is one of the longest running comedy shows in television history. The show features various comedy skits by its many cast members and always has a guest host and a musical talent.
Lorne Michaels was the show's first producer. NBC decided that the show should be done in New York City at Rockefeller Center. They gave Michael's studio 8H. This studio is well known for being the place where Saturday Night Live is performed each week.
Over the years, the cast members have changed often from season to season. This is largely due to the fact that so many of these actors go on to become movie stars or star in sitcoms on other television shows. The first original cast was one of the best and gave actors like Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtain, Laraine Newman along with the late Gilda Radnor and John Belushi a push towards their other successes.
There are so many great people that have been part of the cast of this show, that it is impossible to list all of them in this short article, but some are so note worthy that they have to be acknowledged. In all fairness, there has probably never been anyone who was a cast member that was not special in their own way.
Martin Short and Dana Carvey are both big stars today and the characters that they played on the show were unforgettable. Short's character, Ed Grimeley and Carvey's character The Church Lady will never be forgotten.
Chris Farley and Phil Hartman, both hilarious, had really just begun their movie careers after the show. Sadly, they followed the fate of two of their predecessors, Radnor and Belushi. David Spade has made many movies as well as played characters in sitcoms. Adam Sandler has enjoyed a very productive movie career.
Chris Rock, Mike Myers, and Eddie Murphy are yet three more who got some of their beginnings on Saturday Night Live. You really could not ask for one show to deliver more entertainment than this show has over the past 32 years.