Happy 45th Birthday, “Saturday Night Live”

We just wanted to take a minute to say one big giant happy birthday to the mainstay of network comedy, “Saturday Night Live.” It first aired on October 11th 1975 on NBC.

The very first sketch that aired on the created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol sketch show featured Michael O’Donoghue and John Bellushi.

Watch that here.

Some other notable moments from the episode include:

  • Billy Preston performs “Nothing from Nothing” and “Fancy Lady.” Janis Ian performs “At Seventeen” and “In the Winter.”
  • The cold open features John Belushi as a foreign man learning English being taught by writer Michael O’Donoghue. Following this sketch, Chevy Chase appeared with a headset on and bellows the first “Live From New York, It’s Saturday Night!”
  • As host, George Carlin performs stand-up, introduced the musical guests and conducted the goodnight segment. Carlin performed three monologues, including “Baseball-Football.”
  • Andy Kaufman appears in a segment consisting of him playing the Mighty Mouse theme on a record player.
  • Valri Bromfield makes a guest appearance. Jacqueline Carlin appeared as the mother in the “New Dad Insurance” sketch and as the woman with a book in the “Academy of Better Careers” sketch. Wendy Craig appeared as the salesman in the “Academy of Better Careers” sketch. Richard Belzer (the show’s warm-up comedian), writer Tom Davis and talent coordinator Neil Levy appear as jurors in the “Courtroom” sketch.
  • Sketches include the Bees; the Albert Brooks film, “The Impossible Truth;” “Trojan Horse Home Security;” “Triple-Trac;” and The Land of Gorch, with Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Rhonda Hansome, and Alice Tweedy.
  • Paul Simon appears to promote his appearance as host the following week.
  • Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Michael O’Donoghue, and Gilda Radner’s first episode as cast members
  • George Coe’s only episode as a cast member.

So, happiest of birthdays to SNL!


Mary Anne Butler: Mary Anne Butler (Mab) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), Bleeding Cool (where she was News Editor), and now NerdBot as News Editor. Over the past 10 years, she’s built a reputation at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. Though she be but little, she is fierce.