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An in depth look at the golden era of Saturday Night Live. A weekly chronological deep dive into the first five seasons of SNL; one of the most historic and influential shows in television history.
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Buck Henry becomes the first member of the yet-to-be-coined Five Timers Club as he returns once again to host this week's Saturday Night Live. Season 1 favorite Leon Redbone is also back as the musical guest. It is a bit of an odd episode as much of it is dedicated to introducing viewers to, and getting them familiar with, the five finalists for the "Anyone Can Host" contest.The Saturday Night Network's Jon Schneider is the first member of OUR Five Timers Club as he continues to accompa...
Music legend Ray Charles pulls double duty this week hosting AND performing (a lot) on this episode of Saturday Night Live. Not only does Charles sing some of his classic hits, but also does an admirable job in the sketches in which he is a part of.Special Guest, Franklyn Ajaye, performs a stand up set and BOTH spend more time on their feet than Broderick Crawford. So there's that. Subscribe today! And follow us on social media on X (Twitter), Instagram, and Facebook.
A classic, perhaps ALL-TIME, episode of Saturday Night Live with host Charles Grodin, who didn't know there would actually be an audience (or...that the show was live)!Grodin brings his own unique humor and sensibilities to this episode that is also packed with some all-time classic sketches - many with recurring characters and the introduction of a couple of the most famous ones.Don't worry SNL fans, Paul Simon returns (this time with The Persuasions) to the show as does The SNL in Review's ...
Once again, Saturday Night Live puts the show in the hands of a host not known for their comedic chops. Hugh Hefner (in pajamas and w/ pipe) not only hosts the show this week, but his presence is felt throughout as the show leans VERY heavily into the fact that Hef is Hef. There are some stand out performances by Laraine and Bill in this episode as they do wonderful impressions of some classic film stars. Andy Kaufman is also back for the first time in a long time, and Libby Titus (...
Madeline Kahn is BACK!!! The host of one of the best episodes of season 1 returns! Can she make this episode as wonderful as her last? Will she sing? Will she do anything other than sing?In many ways this episode is very hit or miss, except when it comes to Taj Mahal! His performance (sadly...only one) is ON POINT!!!Subscribe today! And follow us on social media on X (Twitter), Instagram, and Facebook.
Saturday Night Live is back!!! Is there a better way to kick of the new season than having Steve Martin as the host? We think not.Season 3 brings with it a larger budget which in turn means higher production value: better costumes, better sets, & extras in scenes NOT played by the writing staff. It's a whole new look for the show as it vaults into the mainstream consciousness.We see the debut of the Festrunk brothers, the Franken & Davis Show, a new look to Weekend Update, and s...
Do you think you have what it takes to host "The Not Ready for Prime Time Podcast?" Listen to find out how to enter for your chance to host an episode this upcoming season!Subscribe today! And follow us on social media on X (Twitter), Instagram, and Facebook.
Season 2 Recap

Season 2 Recap

2024-03-1937:52

Season 2 of Saturday Night Live has come to a close! There's a lot to discuss about this season as a whole, and Brad and Gary do their best to get to it all. Best Hosts, Best Characters, Best Musical Guests, and of course...Best Bits!Subscribe today! And follow us on social media on X (Twitter), Instagram, and Facebook.
It's the end of the season, but the beginning of the tradition of having Buck Henry host the season finale of SNL! It is a monumental episode in the history of the show and we see many of our favorites return such as The Coneheads, Emily Litella, and (of course with Buck hosting) The Samurai!There's a lot to talk about, including a breakthrough sketch for Bill Murray! So, to make sure we cover it all, we are once again joined by the Buck Henry of The Not Ready for Prime Time Podcast - J...
Who was this week's host of Saturday Night?a) supporting actress with bit part in latest Woody Allen movieb) yet another person from Robert Altman's "Nashville"c) Paul Simon's girlfriendd) all of the aboveIf you answered "d" you would be correct! Shelley Duvall, who's popularity in the spring of 1977 we're still working out, does her best to match wits with the Not Ready for Prime Time Players.Joan Armatrading does a fine job as the musical guest, even if Brad and Gary have a hard time pinpoi...
Eric Idle uses his return to hosting Saturday Night to turn the show into a telethon to "Save Great Britain" (complete with the Queen herself).The episode is VERY Idle-influenced. There are no Coneheads or Samurai, but we do get a Sherry appearance, a lot of British-style comedy, and some interesting musical numbers from Neil Innes. Unfortunately, we also get a couple of performances from Alan Price.Thomas Sena from the SNL Hall of Fame and Pop Culture Five podcasts is back to help sort...
Elliott Gould is BACK! And it SHOULD be a great episode. The debut of Nick the Lounge Singer, an AMAZING piece of physical comedy from Gilda, and...wait for it...they DROP THE COW!! If that wasn't enough, Elliott (as he is want to do) kicks things off with a song and dance number. And yet...something is just not right.The two musical acts probably don't help. One is Elliott Gould's ex-wife's half sister. The other is comprised OF sisters. And, there's a pre...
Georgia State Senator Julian Bond hosts this episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live. If you're not familiar with Julian Bond don't worry - he uses the entirety of the monologue to fill you in.Bond is a decent host (especially for a politician) who isn't afraid to take part in everything this weird and wild episode asks of him. He meets Jimmy Carter AND the Farbers. And if that wasn't enough...Tom Waits offers up a jazz number, Brick brings it, and Gary Weis does a documentary on Patti Smi...
We're back!! The one and only, JACK BURNS (!) is hosting this episode of NBC's Saturday Night...LIVE. In addition to a name change, we are also treated to worlds colliding as The Farbers meet The Coneheads, a very meta sketch that the whole casts gets in on, and a couple of quality musical numbers from Santana! All of this after a monologue which made our guest on the podcast, the incomparable Kirstin Rajala, VERY uncomfortable.Subscribe today! And follow us on social ...
Hey everyone. Sometimes life gets in the way. That has happened to us. We need to take a week or two off. We explain it here. We'll be back at it as soon as we can. In the meantime, catch an old episode you may have skipped. We'll be back in a week or two. Sorry for the delay. If you can...go leave a rating and review. We'll try to live up to them.Subscribe today! And follow us on social media on X (Twitter), Instagram, and Facebook.
Broderick Crawford hosts this week's episode of Saturday Night...Live and the addition of the "LIVE" was so much for Crawford that he fulfills most of his hosting duties from a plush armchair.This is an interesting episode of SNL (that's right, we can call it SNL now) because while the host doesn't play a big role in the episode, you do kind of fall in love with him. Or at least join him for a drink (or three), which he apparently would have been happy to do. His charm lends itself brill...
Sissy Spacek, obviously known for her comedic chops, is this week's host of NBC’s Saturday Night. While nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Carrie, Spacek hosts a very…interesting episode. Full of baton twirling (thanks, Gary Weis) and a next-level performance from Richard Baskin this episode is one to remember…we think, we can’t really remember. Luckily, Seth Abramovitch, of The Hollywood Reporter and "It Happened in Hollywood" podcast, joins us to discuss this one-of-a-...
The one and only Steve Martin is back for his second time (this season) hosting Saturday Night! Special guest Lily Tomlin drops by for two excellent segments (not that he needed the help) and British rockers, The Kinks perform a showstopping greatest hits medley. They are so good it might leave Brad to call them the Best Musical Guest in the show's brief history (condolences to The Band).It is another top notch performance from Steve and the cast as he once again fits seamle...
"I'm going to....8H!" Fresh off his most recent Super Bowl loss (his 3rd in last 4 seasons), Fran Tarkenton takes the stage as host of Saturday Night. The show doesn't let the former NFL-MVP stray too far with a running football gag throughout the episode and Fran playing...well just different versions of Fran Tarkenton all night.Leo Sayers sings two songs (sadly dancing through one of them) and Donny Harper & The Voices of Tomorrow also lend a song to the night's festivities....
Its Saturday Night! And nothing says "hip" and/or "edgy" in 1977 more than Ruth Gordon. And, if that wasn't enough, she brought her good friend Chuck Berry with her (all the way from the 1950s!). Ageism aside, this turns out to be a rather enjoyable episode with many familiar faces (including Mr. Bill & Mr. Mike) and even some new ones! To top things off, special guest Ricky Jay is in the studio to entertain everyone with some great slight of hand work.If we didn't have ...
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