SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE {15TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW} (TV)

Summary

This comedy/variety special celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of the live, late-night comedy series "Saturday Night Live." The program includes performances by musical guests Prince, Paul Simon, and G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live Band, and clips from past shows featuring former cast members Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, John Belushi, Laraine Newman, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Jim Belushi, Eddie Murphy (as Velvet Jones, Buckwheat, and Mr. Rogers), Billy Crystal, Rich Hall, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Martin Short, Brad Hall, Robin Duke, and Mary Gross, and current cast members Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, and Victoria Jackson, with Michael O'Donoghue, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin, Julian Bond, George Harrison, Eric Idle, Robert Klein, Elliot Gould, Paul Simon, Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, William Shatner, Sean Penn, John Malkovich, Madeline Kahn and producer Lorne Michaels. As the program begins, Michaels, Curtin, Piscopo, and Morris try to convince Chase he is too old to perform the famous fall that opened many of the shows in the 1970s. Program highlights include the following: Hanks delivers the opening monologue and introduces clips from early shows featuring "The Not Ready for Prime Time Players" and others; Guest and Short introduce clips from 1985; Steve Martin and Buck Henry introduce clips from 1985 to the present; Curtin and Newman introduce clips featuring the late Gilda Radner; Aykroyd and Jim Belushi introduce clips featuring the late John Belushi; Crystal introduces a montage of short clips featuring past musical guests, including Fine Young Cannibals, Cowboy Junkies, Bobby McFerrin, Tracy Chapman, Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, Randy Newman, 10,000 Maniacs, Randy Travis, Cher, Sting, Simply Red, Roy Orbison, Suzanne Vega, Anita Baker, The Pretenders, Buster Poindexter, Laurie Anderson, Simple Minds, The Cars, Spinal Tap, Men at Work, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Squeeze, The Clash, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Blondie, Bette Midler, Linda Ronstadt, Pheoebe Snow, Rickey Lee Jones, Gregory Hines, Eubie Blake, David Byrne, Devo, Mick Jagger, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Leo Sayer, James Taylor, Leon Redbone, and Simon and Garfunkel; "Weekend Update" host Dennis Miller comments on clips of SNL political skits, including one featuring Jesse Jackson; Mary Tyler Moore introduces clips that demonstrate SNL's irreverent humor, featuring Matthew Broderick and Buck Henry; and Charlton Heston reads a letter humorously criticizing SNL. The program also includes "SNL Moment" segments presented by Hooks, Susan Saint James, and O.J. Simpson, and SNL commercials for Radner's "Olfab's: Hey You! The Perfume for One-Night Stands," Aykroyd's "Bass-o-matic," and a First Citiwide Change Bank commercial. Other clips include Murray as an out-of-shape Hercules in a takeoff on low-budget foreign films; Simon dressed in turkey costume; and Gary Weis's film short of lounge singers performing "Misty," introduced by Gould. As the program concludes, Robin Williams performs a stand-up routine and banters with famous audience members, and Bruce Willis makes closing remarks.

Details

  • NETWORK: NBC
  • DATE: September 24, 1989 Sunday 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 2:01:06
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T91:0013
  • GENRE: Comedy/Variety
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Comedy
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1975-
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Lorne Michaels … Executive Producer
    • James Downey … Producer, Writer
    • Al Franken … Producer, Writer
    • Dinah Minot … Co-Producer
    • Dave Wilson … Director
    • Gary Weis … Direction (Misc.), Short Film by
    • Herb Sargent … Writer
    • Tom Schiller … Writer
    • Robert Smigel … Writer
    • Ken Aymong … Production (Misc.), Executive in charge of production
    • Smith, G.E. and the Saturday Night Live Band … Music Group
    • Leon Pendarvis … Conductor, For The Live Band
    • Del Gatto, Lew … Music (Misc. Credits), Arranger for The Live Band
    • G.E. Smith … Music (Misc. Credits), Music Director, Instrumentalist, Guitarist
    • Cheryl Hardwick … Music (Misc. Credits), Music Director, Instrumentalist
    • John B. Zonars … Music (Misc. Credits), Music Coordinator
    • Crusher Bennett … Instrumentalist
    • Alex Foster … Instrumentalist
    • Earl Gardner … Instrumentalist
    • Chris Parker … Instrumentalist
    • Lenny Pickett … Instrumentalist
    • Steve Turre … Instrumentalist
    • T-Bone Wolk (musician) … Instrumentalist
    • Prince (See also: Prince, The Artist Formerly Known as) … Singer
    • Paul Simon … Singer
    • Tom Hanks … Host
    • Christopher Guest … Cast
    • Martin Short … Cast
    • Steve Martin … Cast
    • Buck Henry … Cast
    • Billy Crystal … Cast
    • Jane Curtin … Cast
    • Laraine Newman … Cast
    • Dennis Miller … Cast
    • Mary Tyler Moore … Cast
    • Dan Aykroyd … Cast
    • Jim Belushi … Cast
    • Jerry Hall … Cast
    • Robin Williams … Cast
    • Bruce Willis … Cast
    • Charlton Heston … Cast
    • Victoria Jackson … Cast
    • Kevin Nealon … Cast
    • Garrett Morris … Cast
    • Joe Piscopo … Cast
    • Lorne Michaels … Cast
    • Chevy Chase … Cast
    • Jan Hooks … Cast
    • Saint James, Susan … Cast
    • O.J. Simpson … Cast
    • Joan Cusack … Cast
    • Joe Dicso … Cast
    • Sam Kinison … Cast
    • John Belushi
    • Julian Bond
    • Matthew Broderick
    • Dana Carvey
    • Robin Duke
    • Nora Dunn
    • Elliott Gould
    • Mary Gross
    • Brad Hall
    • Rich Hall
    • George Harris
    • Phil Hartman
    • Jan Hooks
    • Eric Idle
    • Jesse Jackson
    • Madeline Kahn
    • Andy Kaufman
    • Robert Klein
    • John Lithgow
    • Jon Lovitz
    • John Malkovich
    • Eddie Murphy
    • Bill Murray
    • Don Novello
    • Michael O'Donoghue
    • Sean Penn
    • Randy Quaid
    • Gilda Radner
    • William Shatner
    • Harry Shearer