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TV Tonight: "Live From New York: The First Five Years of 'Saturday Night Live'"

TV Tonight: "Live From New York: The First Five Years of 'Saturday Night Live'"

Tonight, NBC is giving us a chance to go back to the era that launched a zillion comedy careers: the early years of "Saturday Night Live." The network is re-airing "Live from New York: The First Five Years of 'Saturday Night Live,'" the first in its series of documentaries about the show, which covers the era from the show's 1975 premiere up through 1980.

The "'Saturday Night Live' in the '90s" documentary that premiered in May featured the bits of "SNL" that I know best, but the first five years are what laid the groundwork for the show to become a comedy empire. The documentary includes interviews with original performers Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd as well as early guest hosts Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin, among many others. Players of more recent years, such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jimmy Fallon, also chime in with their thoughts about what made early "SNL" so great.

My knowledge of this early era is spotty at best, so I'll definitely be TiVo-ing this and keeping it handy. The special airs tonight at 8 p.m., but in the meantime, to watch Steve Martin's classic "King Tut" song from 1978,


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megnmac megnmac 9 years
I felt like I'd already seen it. All of it. Was it a reclipping? Like, I'd already seen that exact clip of Ackroyd being a dj right after the comment that he's the only person that they'd met that could have been a python... I guess there's really only so much work put into these recaps, but I wish they'd show more clips that I haven't seen 800 times....
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
they totally showed a land shark clip! Love it! It wasn't the candy gram one, but it is still funny
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 9 years
I just love Steve Martin, even if he does make some really bad movies. :)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I am so happy you told us about this Buzz! I love John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Gilda funny! *knock knock* Person: Who is it? Landshark: Candy gram Person: Oh, I have a candy gram oh boy! *door opens* Person: AHHHHHHHH! *landshark pretensd to eat person* Making fun of Jaws of course hahahahaha. I hope they show that one!
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
I really wish I had been older (hell, I wasn't even born until three years into the show) to appreciate all the humor back then.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Classic! Thanks for posting this; I needed a good laugh in the middle of the day. Looking forward to watching tonight!
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
The show was so dark and almost scary back then for me. Plus, I just didn't get the jokes, because they were about drugs & politics and I was so little. Today, it's all about pop culture, with an occasional political joke. Quite a difference.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
Awesome....the best years
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