| October 11, 1975|
Season 1 episode
|Musical Guest(s)|| Billy Preston|
|Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s)|| Billy Preston:|
"Nothing From Nothing"
"In The Winter"
|Next Episode||October 18, 1975|
On October 11, 1975, the first episode of then called "NBC's Saturday Night" aired. It was hosted by George Carlin. Carlin never performed in any sketches, only to perform stand-up throughout the show.
The Not Ready For Primetime PlayersEdit
- Dan Aykroyd
- John Belushi
- Chevy Chase
- George Coe
- Jane Curtin
- Garret Morris
- Laraine Newman
- Michael O'Donoghue
- Gilda Radner
Bit Players (Uncredited)Edit
- Richard Belzer
- Jacqueline Carlin
- Wendy Craig
- Tom Davis
- Al Franken
- Neil Levy
- Tom Schiller
- Akira Yoshimura
- Don Pardo accidentally misannounces the cast as The Not For Ready Prime Time Players.
- Carlin wanted to wear a t-shirt, but the network wanted him to wear a suit. As a compromise, Carlin wore a vest and jacket over his t-shirt, and hosted the show while reportedly stoned out of his mind.
- Carlin only appears on stage to perform stand-up or introduce the evening's musical guests.
- With the show running long at dress rehearsal, it was suggested that Lorne Michaels cut Kaufman's performance. He chose to cut a stand-up routine from Billy Crystal instead. Though peeved, Crystal did return later in the season to do another stand-up act.
- Weekend Update has undergone many personnel - and, on occasion, title - changes over the years, but has remained the one segment that appears on every episode of "Saturday Night Live."
- The Muppets account for one of the strangest periods in SNL history, their appearance on the show a result of Jim Henson trying to shop out his puppets to adult audiences prior to producing "The Muppet Show." They were generally disliked by the cast and writers, often dumped upon Al Franken, Tom Davis and Alan Zwiebel to be written for. When referring to the Muppets, Michael O'Donaghue was often quoted as saying, "I won't write for felt."
- Albert Brooks was offered the opportunity to host SNL every week. Because he wanted to write and produce short films instead, he suggested that the show use a different host each week. Being from California, Brooks failed to see the merit of doing a live show, suggesting instead that they tape the show twice without stopping tape earlier in the day, and playing the best of both performances in the show's time slot. Though the show is filmed live each week, the dress rehearsals and live performances would often be edited together for repeats aired later in the season.
- There was little audience reaction to the sketch, which writers blamed on a faulty PA system. Even though the network advised no more Bee sketches, Lorne Michaels thought the bit was funny and original and insisted on bringing the Bees back each week, making them SNL's first recurring characters.
- By the 1990's, three-blade razors became a reality on the consumer market.
|Saturday Night Live episode||Followed by:|
October 18, 1975