For those who are unaware, SNL, or Saturday Night Live, is a late-night live sketch comedy show featured on NBC. On air since 1975, the show features a cast of actors, commonly drawn from improvisational comedy groups, who perform a series of sketches parodying pop culture, politics, and daily life. Pre-taped mock advertisements and, more recently, Digital Shorts, are also aired, all while a studio audience laughs at appropriate moments.
The show has seen cast members such as Michael Meyers, John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Pohler, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, David Spade, and…others. Several movies, including the Blues Brothers, Wayne’s World, and Night at the Roxbury were spawned from sketches, as was Dick in a Box, an Emmy winning song by Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island crew.
So, point is, the show’s a hit. No, sorry, that’s an understatement; despite how you may feel about the show in its current state, it’s a piece of truly iconic American television.
Andy Samberg killin it