History of Saturday Night Live
A paper which gives a thorough history of the popular show “Saturday Night Live” that has been a staple in American culture since the 1970s.
The paper examines the history of the American show, “Saturday Night Live”, including specific examples of skits and actors (and the importance of both in the shaping of the show). The paper covers the content of the show and the reasons why it is still so popular today.
“Herb Schlosser, president of the National Broadcasting Company, was desperate. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was airing six nights a week, with reruns on Saturday nights. Both Carson and Schlosser wanted to get rid of the reruns, and produce a late night program that would appeal to the generation that grew up with Beaver Cleaver. Schlosser hired a man named Dick Ebersol to oversee the creation of such a show. Ebersol turned to Lorne Michaels, simply giving him almost complete freedom and control. Within six months, Michaels had gathered a cast, the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players,” and a show was literally thrown together. Critics said that the show would be a dismal failure, because none of the young target audience was going to sit home on Saturday Night to watch television (Hill and Weingrad 36). But when Chevy Chase stepped onto the stage on October 11, 1975, and said, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night! He marked the start of the longest running television comedy show to date, proving all the critics wrong (Fitzgerald 390).