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Not-so-brief History of SNL
The First Few Seasons

Back in 1974, Johnny Carson, host of The Tonight Show, wanted the weekend broadcasts of "Best of Carson" to be cancelled, and to fill the 90-minute gap, NBC brought up Dick Ebersol- a protégé of ABC Sports president Roone Arledge- to make a 90-minute late-night variety show. Ebersol's first act was hiring a Canadian producer named Lorne Michaels to run the show. He was given Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center for the set of SNL. The first show aired on October 11, 1975, but was originally called NBC's Saturday Night; ABC had a program named Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell. When ABC's show went off the air, NBC changed the show's name to Saturday Night Live. (And picked up Bill Murray from Howard Cosell.)

The original concept for SNL was to feature young comedians, live musical performances, and short skits. Instead of having one permanent host, Lorne decided to have a different guest host each week, isntead of the original permanent-host-to-be, Albert Brooks, who claims it was his idea for a new guest host each week. The first SNL cast members were Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi (Who later died March 5, 1982), Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, and Garrett Morris, and the original theme music was written by Howard Shore, who later on became an Academy Award-winner. There was also an SNL band which included Paul Shaffer, who is now the leader of the "Late Night" band, which is hosted by David Letterman.

Lorne had already fought network executives to accept his version of the show (One of the executives saw the SNL band in blue jeans and asked when their tuxedos would arrive). Lorne even remarked that he knew what the "Ingredients [of SNL] would be, but not the proportions," and that the show would have to "find itself" on-air. The SNL band were hardly seen in the program, but later became the focus of the show, with the guest host and musical act playing a secondary role. But Chevy Chase, one of the original members, did not have a good relationship with most of the other cast members. (And still, Chevy Chase became the first breakout star of SNL, covering the fronts of famous magazines and having in-depth interviews within them)

Chevy and John Belushi had a rivalry which went back to "National Lampoon", and by the second season, he didn't even get along with Lorne Michaels. Chevy returned to host SNl several times after leaving the cast to play roles in movies, but relations with the cast members were strained, some of which hid so they didn't have to be in the same elevator with him. In 1978, Chevy even got into a fight with Bill Murray moments before broadcast and in 1985 suggested a sketch where Terry Sweeney, a cast member, plays a performer who gets AIDS and then shows the audience how much weight he loses each week, which horrified many of the cast members. Bill Murray replaced Chevy in 1977 when he starred in movies.

By the second season, SNL had turned into a television phenomenon, and after the 1978-1979 season, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd departed the cast to make the movie version of the Blues Brothers. But in the final season, the last of the original crew still on SNL developed serious problems. Drugs overtook most of the cast, writers and Lorne himself. A bodyguard stood outside the studio gates just to warn Lorne if the cops were coming. Laraine Newman had developed a serious eating disorder and drug addiction and Garrett Morris literally lost his mind on another drug addiction, where he hallucinated, running and screaming on set because he thought there was an "invisible robot" on his shoulder that was always watching him. He begged the crew to get it off him.

In 1980, SNL was in its fifth season, and Lorne wanted to take a six-month break. NBC refused to run reruns for six months and Lorne took his name off the show and left at the end of the season along with most of the cast members and writers who followed him in loyalty. The rest of the cast appeared together for the last time in May, 1980 for the final episode of the season. The host, Buck Henry (Who hosted 10 other times), and cast bid farewell that night. At the end of the episode, Henry gave a short farewell speech and Henry signed off saying, "Goodnight... and goodbye...". Henry and the cast left through the studio exit and the camera turned to the On-Air sign, which shut off, signaling the end of the season and the end of an era.

Saturday Night Live did indeed rise again along with the help of Lorne Michaels, who came back in 1985.
Today, SNL is the one of the longest running shows on television and has won more than two Emmys.

You're walking through the Rockefeller studio where Saturday Night Live is taped, the ending music still playing a bit and the audience leaving their seats to go outside and talk about the great show they just saw. But you walk towards the stage instead out the exit where everyone else is going. Why? Remember? You want to see Jimmy Fallon! Or his other name you just heard of... Myfallon. You guess it's just a nickname or something. You walk past the On-Air sign, whose light just went off and to the side of the stage.

...Who's that? You realize it's Myfallon talking with some of the other cast members. The rest leave and Myfallon turns to the stage and spots you. Oh boy. He stands there in all his you-are-his-fan glory, his usual red and white striped tie on, his black hair spiked and his brown eyes... staring at you and getting closer. Oh no... What should you do? Hide!

Hey. Staying after the show, huh? Yeah, it's weird... there's no one else from the audience that's staying after... The dark grey Lupe says.
You look from side to side and realize he's talking to you! Hm. You nod your head yes. Myfallon nods back.

Yeah. So, what are you doing? I suppose you wanted an autograph? He laughed, but all in good fun.
Actually... no, you didn't. Oh, who cares. You shrug in a yes sort of way. Myfallon scoots around the floor a bit and appears back in front of you, now holding some paper and a pen. He scribbles his... name down, and gives you the paper, smiling. You take it and smile back.
Myfallon looks over your sholder at the big clock they keep in the studio.Hm. I don't need to go anywhere for a while... He squints.

You look at the clock, too. Wait... you never have anywhere to go. (Hahah.) But Myfallon turns and walks towards a table, turning again and pulling himself up and sitting on it.I'm bored. Want to talk anyway? I suppose you have nowhere to go or nothing to do? Besides, there's no one else around to talk with. This could be fun. The Lupe looks at you with his red-brown eyes.
Woa. You nod yes anyway, smile, walk over and sit on the table next to him as he starts to talk about about anything he wanted to.

About Myfallon
Age : 112353 hours
Owner : Branidi
Gender : Male
Weight : ?
Height : ?
Hit Points : 12/12
Intelligence : 10
Fur : Light Grey
Eye : Brown-red
Hair : Black
Reputation : Randomizing and perturbing

As you can see, I'm pretty well-built... I think. And what's better to do than mess things up and get in people's heads? Anyway, I'm part of the Saturday Night Live cast, if you already didn't know. Er... But. I work with this great cast who are amazing actors and actresses... and of course Lorne Michaels! Where would I be today if he wasn't here...

This guy does it all. Besides the crew and those people. You might think of him as very lawyer-ish Exectutive-Producer-who-hates-everyone, but he's not. He's actually halarious and very nice. Mostly all of the time, 50% of the time. Don't mind the glass of wine. Oh, and Tina Fey helps him a lot, being Head Writer and all."

Tina Fey is great. She's the only one on the cast that is something besides a repertory player. She's also the first female Head Writer ever on SNL. No! I don't love her! ... Anyway, we are both anchors on Weekend Update, one of the shows' longest running "sketch"s, you could say. We go on Weekend Update together, as two anchors. We get to switch off between two to three stories or so, so it's all fair. I even have my own phrase. Sort of. It's really fun, we get to read the news and make it fake.
Sounds fun, right?

I also know a Lupe by the name of Courtney. We haven't known eachother for long, but I trust that she won't murder me in my sleep, so everything's good.

She's a really colorful gal. And by colorful, I mean colorful. And each of her colors mean something. You know what my colors mean? Me neither.

Sure, she isn't part of the cast, but that's proof that I have other friends besides the ones I work with. Courtney's really awesome."

Weekend Update

I don't know all there is to know about the history of Weekend Update, but I'll tell you what I know anyway."

Chevy Chase was the first anchor of Weekend Update, and the creator of it. He had his own phrase too, which was somewhat popular - "I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not." Chevy only stayed on WU for one year. After Chevy, another cast member would fill in the spot, then another and another. This is where me an Tina came from! We replaced Colin Quinn, who left in 2000. Weekend Update has created many famous quotes and phrases, like Chevy's, along with some like "I'm Kevin Nealon, and that's news to me." - Kevin Nealon, and "I'm Norm Macdonald, and now the fake news." - Norm Macdonald."

Weekend Update wasn't always "Weekend Update".

1975 - Weekend Update

1981 - SNL Newsbreak

1982 - Saturday Night News

1985 - Weekend Update

And it has stayed Weekend Update since.

Today, Weekend update with me an Tina is pretty much the same as it was when it started, just now with a different set. I even get a pencil to throw at the camera!"


I've played tons of characters, some that I like better than others."

Some of them include Jarett, a laid-back junior from college, who does webcasts every now and then, who has a crazy best friend Gobi. It would be a miracle if either one of them went an hour without smoking weed. Then there's Pat O'Brien, from The Insider, who doesn't know what his nose does.

There's also Sully, or Pat Sullivan, a guy from Boston, who LOVES the Boston Red Sox (And Nomar Garciaparra), and drinking beer, and gets his friend, Tommy, to follow him around with a camera.
Oh Tommy, please tell me you got that!


Myfallon turns away from you to look at the clock again. Wow, you guys passed a lot of time. He looks back at you.Look at that, I need to go somewhere in a few minutes. Well, I told you it would be fun. I had a good time talking to someone who wasn't a reporter. You aren't a reporter, right? Just kidding... He smiles and jumps off the table as you do too.
He shakes your hand and says,Well, bye. Maybe I'll see you around at another show? He starts to walk off, waiting for an answer.
You nod yes. He gives you a thumbs-up, smiles, and walks away.

Yeah, it was fun. Even though you never said anything.

And you'll probably see him again!

The Real Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon was born September 19, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in Saugerties, New York with his sister and parents. Jimmy attended St. Mary of the Snow, Saugerties High School, and graduated in 1992 at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. He joined SNL in 2000, becoming anchor of Weekend Update and playing various characters. Some famous ones include Joey Mack, Nick Burns, Sully, one of the Bloder Brothers, and Jarett. Jimmy Fallon left SNL in 2004 to pursue a movie career. Jimmy was a sure audience favorite, even if he sometimes lost his character and started laughing in a middle of a sketch.

Before SNL, Jimmy played in The Scheme, which was originally The Entrepreneurs. His Saturday Night Live career led to his roles in movies, such as Taxi, Anything Else, Band of Brothers, Almost Famous, and Fever Pitch. He also released a comedy album, The Bathroom Wall, in 2002. He has co-hosted the 2001 MTV Movie Awards with Kirsten Dunst, and hosted the MTV Video Music Awards the next year alone. He also hosted the 2005 MTV Movie Awards.

Today, Jimmy still lives in New York.


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