34 Surprising Things About Saturday Night Live.

This article is based on "40 Saturday Night Live Facts for Season 40", "37 Things You May Not Know About Saturday Night Live", "Mindhole Blowers: 30 Fascinating Facts About Saturday Night Live", and "25 Kickass and Interesting Facts About SNL". If you're interested in reading more, check out the links at the bottom of the article.



2/34 Despite being asked by producers to not do so, Cypress Hill's DJ smoked marijuana during the band's performance. Cypress Hill has since been banned from the show.

3/34 Creator Lorne Michaels pitched the show as Monty Python meets 60 Minutes.

4/34 The least successful film based on an SNL character is It's Pat which grossed $60,000 in 1994. The most successful? Wayne's World which made more than $180 million in 1992.

5/34 In 1993 Louis C.K. auditioned for the show but didn't make the cut. Instead he was offered a job writing for Late Night with Conan O'Brien - a job that later earned him an Emmy nomination.

6/34 Five cast members are from outside North America: Tony Rosato from Italy, Pamela Stephenson from New Zealand, Morwenna Banks from the UK, Horatio Sanz from Chile, and Nasim Pedrad from Iran.

7/34 Darrell Hammond has the record for saying "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!" the most times: seventy.

8/34 Damon Wayans was fired from the show when he played a police officer as gay when the character was original straight and it wasn't appropriate in the sketch.

9/34 Original cast member Gilda Radner died on the day of the fourteenth season's finale.

10/34 Three cast members have been fired only to be re-hired again: John Belushi, Tim Meadows, and Chris Parnell.

11/34 The 2008 episode where Sarah Palin appears as herself was the show's highest rated since Nancy Kerrigan's cameo in 1994.



12/34 Anthony Michael Hall was the youngest cast member to be hired on the show at the age of 17.

13/34 There have only been four directors in the show's history: Dave Wilson, Paul Miller, Beth McCarthy-Miller, and Don Roy King

14/34 Darrell Hammond had the longest run on Saturday Night Live, appearing in 14 seasons.

15/34 Only one episode has been cancelled in the show's history. In October 1986 an episode featuring Roseanne Arquette was pushed back because of the extra innings in the World Series that night. The episode still taped "live" but wasn't aired until three weeks later.

16/34 Alec Baldwin has hosted the show more than anyone else with a record 16 episodes as host.

17/34 Steve Martin is the only person to host a season premiere, season finale, and Christmas special.

18/34 Three sets of siblings have appeared on the show: John & James Belushi, Dan & Peter Aykroyd, and Bill Murray & Brian Doyle-Murray.

19/34 Will Ferrell is the highest paid cast member in SNL history. For the 2001-2002 season he received a $350,000 salary.

20/34 SNL is the 40th longest running TV show in the United States, having been on the air for 41 years as of 2016.

21/34 Saturday Night Live has been awarded 42 Primetime Emmys, 2 Peabody's, and 3 Writer Guild of America Awards. It has received 156 Primetime Emmy nominations, the most of any show nominated show.

22/34 In 2000 SNL and radio host Tom Joyner were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.



23/34 Tiny Fey is the first female head writer in the show's history.

24/34 Matt Leblanc is the only Friends cast member to never host an episode.

25/34 The show was originally named NBC's Saturday Night because there was already a show on air called Saturday Night Live with Howard Cossell. When that show ended in 1976 NBC changed the sketchy comedy show to be Saturday Night Live.

26/34 Gilda Radner was the first cast member to be hired for the show.

27/34 The Conehead characters were ranked as #15 in TV Guide's 25 Sci-Fi Legends.

28/34 No one has ever had a correct answer in the Celebrity Jeopardy component.

29/34 The standard "SNL" abbreviation for Saturday Night Live was first used in 1995.

30/34 Nine cast members have hailed from Canada: Dan & Peter Aykroyd, Paul Shaffer, Robin Duke, Martin Short, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Norm MacDonald, and Mark McKinney.

31/34 Kenan Thompson was the first cast member to be born after the show premiered.

32/34 The 1975 episode featuring Candice Bergen was the lowest rated episode of the show's history.

33/34 Abby Elliot is the first child of a former cast member to be cast on the show. Her father Chris Elliot was on the show from 1994-1995.

34/34 When Harry Shearer left the show in 1985 he claimed it was for creative differences. He would later explain, "I was creative... and they were different."

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