Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by d*ck Ebersol.
A variety show, also known as variety arts or variety entertainment, is entertainment made up of a variety of acts, especially musical performances and sketch comedy, and is normally introduced by a compère or host.
Lorne Michaels CM is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, comedian, and actor, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live, and producing the Late Night series, and The Tonight Show.
Sketch comedy comprises a series of short comedy scenes or vignettes, called "sketches", commonly between one and ten minutes long.
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The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night.
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The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members.
An episode normally begins with a cold open sketch that ends with someone breaking character and proclaiming, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"
A cold open in a television program or movie is the technique of jumping directly into a story at the beginning or opening of the show before the title sequence or opening credits are shown.
"Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" is a famous phrase typically featured on the American sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, which runs on the NBC broadcast network.
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Many of SNL's cast found national stardom while appearing on the show, and achieved success in film and television, both in front of and behind the camera.
Others associated with the show, such as writers, have gone on to successful careers creating, writing, or starring in TV and film.
Broadcast from Studio 8H at NBC's headquarters in the Comcast Building, SNL has aired 810 episodes since its debut, and began its forty-second season on October 1, 2016, making it one of the longest-running network television programs in the United States.
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The show format has been developed and recreated in several countries, including Canada, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, and Finland, each meeting with different levels of success.
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Successful sketches have seen life outside of the show as feature films, although only two met with critical and financial success: The Blues Brothers and Wayne's World.
A feature film is a film with a running time long enough to be considered the principal or sole film to fill a program.
The show has been marketed in other ways, including home media releases of "best of" and whole seasons, and books and documentaries about behind-the-scenes activities of running and developing the show.
Throughout four decades on air, Saturday Night Live has received a number of awards, including 50 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and three Writers Guild of America Awards.
The Writers Guild of America Awards for outstanding achievements in film, television, radio, and videogames writing, including both fiction and non-fiction categories, have been presented annually by the Writers Guild of America, East and Writers Guild of America, West since 1949.
The George Foster Peabody Awards program, named for American businessman and philanthropist George Peabody, recognizes distinguished and meritorious public service by American radio and television stations, networks, online media, producing organizations, and individuals.
The Primetime Emmy Award is an American award bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming.
In 2000, it was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
The NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame is a yearly honor from the National Association of Broadcasters.
It was ranked tenth in TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time" list, and in 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME".
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As of 2012, it has received 156 Emmy nominations, the most received by any TV show.
The live aspect of the show has resulted in several controversies and acts of censorship, with mistakes and intentional acts of sabotage by performers as well as guests.