Saturday Night Live

About the Show

"Saturday Night Live," NBC's Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase, enters its 39th season in September for another year of laughs, surprises and great performances.

Since its inception in 1975, "SNL" has launched the careers of many of the brightest comedy performers of their generation. As The New York Times noted on the occasion of the show's Emmy-winning 25th Anniversary special in 1999, "in defiance of both time and show business convention, 'SNL' is still the most pervasive influence on the art of comedy in contemporary culture." At the close of the century, "Saturday Night Live" placed seventh on Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 100 Entertainers of the past fifty years.

The program has won 40 Emmy Awards and now holds the title for the most nominated television show in Emmy history with 156 nominations. "SNL" has been honored twice, in 1990 and 2009, with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and cited as "truly a national institution." "Saturday Night Live" was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the National Association of Broadcasters, and the show continues to garner the highest ratings of any late-night television program, entertaining millions each week.

"SNL" sketches still bear repeating on Monday mornings. With live show surprises, especially those timed to the election - from Barack Obama's surprise walk-on, Hillary Clinton's performance opposite Amy Poehler and Senator John McCain's "Weekend Update" appearance - "SNL" is making headlines and influencing the political dialogue while skewering it at the same time. Beyond politics, the show's cast of recurring characters and its take on pop culture targets remain spot-on. The addition of the show's Emmy Award-winning SNL Digital Shorts continues to keep the show as current today as it was when it debuted.

"Saturday Night Live," which premiered October 11, 1975, is broadcast live from NBC's famed Studio 8H in New York City's Rockefeller Center. The program is a production of Broadway Video in association with SNL Studios. Lorne Michaels is the executive producer.

Cast Bios

Vanessa Bayer
Aidy Bryant
Taran Killam
Kate McKinnon
Bobby Moynihan
Nasim Pedrad
Jay Pharoah
Cecily Strong
Kenan Thompson
Beck Bennett
Colin Jost
John Milhiser
Kyle Mooney
Mike O'Brien
Noël Wells
Brooks Wheelan
Sasheer Zamata
Lorne Michaels

Credits

Day and Time

Saturdays on NBC (11:30pm - 1:00am EST)

Premiere Date

October 11, 1975
,
September 28, 2013

Executive Producer

Lorne Michaels

Director

Don Roy King

Supervising Producer

Ken Aymong

Producer

Rhys Thomas
,
Steve Higgins
,
Erik Kenward

Head Writer

Rob Klein

Writer

Kent Sublette
,
LaKendra Tookes
,
Zach Kanin
,
Bryan Tucker
,
Erik Kenward
,
Lorne Michaels
,
James Anderson
,
Claire Mulaney
,
Michael Che
,
Katie Rich
,
Mikey Day
,
James Downey
,
Steve Higgins
,
Leslie Jones
,
Josh Patten
,
Paula Pell
,
Tim Robinson
,
Chris Kelly
,
Marika Sawyer
,
Sarah Schneider
,
Pete Schultz
,
John Solomon

Production Designer

Eugene Lee
,
Akira Yoshimura
,
Keith Ian Raywood
,
N. Joseph De Tullio

Music Director

Lenny Pickett
,
Leon Pendarvis
,
Eli Brueggemann

Costume Designer

Tom Broecker
,
Eric Justian

Announcer

Don Pardo

Origination

NBC Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center

Developed By

Produced by SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video