Mr. Saturday Night

By: sonofabeach96

Nov 17 2015

Category: Uncategorized


On this date, in 1944, Lorne Lipowitz, better known as Lorne Michaels, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He is, of course, the creator and long-time producer of Saturday Night Live.  He has also been a writer, actor, and comedian, often appearing in skits during SNL episodes.  He’s also produced The Tonight Show since 2014.

Michaels began his career as a writer and broadcaster for CBC radio in 1966.  He moved to LA in 1968 and began working as a writer for Laugh-In and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show.  He, along with NBC exec Dick Ebersol, created NBC’s Saturday Night in 1975, later changing its name to Saturday Night Live in 1977.  The show has long been know for it’s irreverent parodies, unpredictable nature, and has launched the careers of some of the most successful comedians of all-time. The show has been nominated for 156 Emmy’s, winning 36.

SNL has run continuously for 40 years and shows no signs of slowing down.  There have been nearly 800 episodes aired this far.  Of course, everyone has their favorite skits, recurring characters, hosts, and casts.  The original cast is usually mentioned as one of the best with the likes of Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray.  But countless stars have been created over the years, including Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Jimmy Fallon,Martin Short, Will Ferrell, and Tina Fey to name but a few.

And the hosts?  Oh, the hosts.  The list of hosts is more impressive than that of former cast members.  Everyone who’s someone has hosted, some multiple times.  Alec Baldwin is currently the record holder for most appearances as host with 16, overtaking Steve Martin’s 15.  His “Scweddy Balls” skit is still one of my all-time favorites. The hosts are always topical and come from a wide range of backgrounds, from actors to politicians, pop-culture to music.  It’s widely seen as career validating to be invited to host and an honor to be host multiple times.

To me though, the list that’s most impressive is that of the former musical guests.  The roll-call of those who’ve performed live on the show is a who’s-who of musicians for the past 4 decades.  The roster includes AC/DC, The Allman Brothers, U2, Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Sting, Paul Simon.  I could go on and on and on.  One fact that may surprise some is that Dave Grohl has been the most frequent musical guest with 11 appearances.  A full list of guest musicians, which episodes they appeared on, and what songs they played can be found at Rate Your Music.

So, in honor of Mr. Michaels and his wonderful creation, my songs of the day all come from past performers on this amazing piece of Americana.

“Rebel Rebel” by David Bowie

“Space Is The Place” by Sun Ra

“Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney

“Can’t Let Go” by Lucinda Williams

“Peaches en Regalia” by Frank Zappa

“Territorial Pissings” by Nirvana

“I’m Amazed” by My Morning Jacket

“Eggs & Sausages” by Tom Waits

“Silver and Gold” by Neil Young

“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers

“Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys

and, from the first show post-9/11

“The Boxer” by Paul Simon (Simon and Garfunkel)





7 comments on “Mr. Saturday Night”

  1. Grew up on SNL. Faithfully, every Saturday night. I still remember a very…odd skit with a guy in speedos and a dog in a pool…no seriously, it was kinda messed…

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    • I remember that I think. Will Ferrell playing one of those ambulance chasing lawyers going against dogs?

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      • No…it was some ‘extra’ that I didn’t recognize, in a speedo, lifting a dog out of the pool…the dog was licking his face and it had very weird sexual innuendo feel to it. And I will never forget when Robert Downey was let out of jail to perform, they even made a skit about the legal system letting coke heads out of jail to perform on live t.v.

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      • Love how irreverent it is. Not really too concerned about who they may peeve. Gotta love it. 🙂

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