Has it really been 40 years? Believe it or not, Saturday Night Live is celebrating 40 years on the air. The man that made this possible, producer Lorne Michaels. Michaels was just a 30-year-old Canadian, with no live TV experience, since then, it has been a roller coaster of high and low ratings, and the coming and going of several talented people.
In 1975, the first Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time players were of course: Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, , Chevy Chase, Jane Curtain , Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Lorraine Newman, and Gilda Radner.
Those who auditioned for Lorne Michaels, and did not make it: Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow, and Jim Carrey. He has admitted in an interview that he regretted not hiring these four talents.
As I write this article, I have an episode of SNL playing on Netflix. It is cast member Bill Hader’s last episode as he has decided to leave. Watching Hader hug his fellow cast mates, as the credits roll, you can see most of them very near tears. I myself, a huge Bill Hader fan, am also choked up just watching them.
Here’s hoping they last another 40 years.