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  • Melissa Villaseñor
    Melissa Villaseñor (born October 9, 1987) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and impressionist. Prior to becoming a full-time comedian, she worked as a cashier in a retail store in Prairie Ridg...
  • Norm Macdonald
    Norman Gene Macdonald (born October 17, 1959) is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor. He is known for his five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live , which included anch...
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    Michael Anthony Hall, known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, film producer, and director who starred in several teen-oriented films of the 1980s. Hall began his career in c...
  • Dave Grohl
    David Eric "Dave" Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter who is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter for Foo Fighters; ...
  • Amy Poehler
    Amy Meredith Poehler /ˈpoʊlər/ (born September 16, 1971) is an American comedian, actress and voice actress. She was a cast member on the NBC television entertainment show Saturday Night Live from 2001...

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a live US-American late-night television sketch comedy and variety show developed by Lorne Michaels and Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC, a terrestrial television network in the United States, on October 11, 1975.

Lorne Michaels had a vision: to bring live late-night comedy/variety to television. NBC was playing reruns of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on Saturday nights, but wanted to feature new programming instead. And so, SNL was born, albeit under the name NBC's Saturday Night, since sportscaster Howard Cosell was already using the name Saturday Night Live for his own prime-time comedy/variety show. Michaels also parodied Cosell's cast, who had been named "The Prime Time Players," by billing his own cast as the "Not Ready For Prime Time Players."


Saturday Night Live is one of the longest-running network television programs in the United States with over 780 episodes broadcast over the span of 40 seasons as of 2015. A number of the show's sketches have been developed into feature films.


Throughout its more than three decades on air, Saturday Night Live has received a number of awards, including 36 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and three Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2000, it was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. It was ranked tenth on TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time" list, and in 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME." As of 2015, the show had received a total of 156 Emmy nominations, the most by a single series in television history. The live aspect of the show has resulted in several controversies and acts of censorship, with mistakes and intentional acts of sabotage by performers and guests alike.

List of cast members on Wikipedia

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  • Jenny Slate
  • Nasim Pedrad

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Five-Timers Club

Facetiously dubbed by Tom Hanks in 1990 as "one of the most exclusive clubs in the world," the performers who have either hosted or appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live at least five times are often given special recognition on the show.

List of Five-Timers on Wikipedia