Victoria Jackson did fantastic impersonations of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Roseanne Barr on the show’s “Weekend Update” segment. However, she was probably the only member of the SNL cast at the time to be a Christian conservative, and sometimes that didn’t mesh too well with her colleagues.
Jackson went so far as to leave Bible audio cassettes in the other SNL cast members’ mail slots. Not only were the cassettes returned, but the cast members were angry. Jackson defended herself by saying “Maybe I’m overcompensating, because everybody here is dying and going to hell, and I’m supposed to tell them about Jesus.”
President Obama Vetoed a TV Funhouse Episode
You would never expect the creator of a TV show to be able to ask for the president’s opinion on a sketch, would you? Well, Lorne Michaels had that privilege. Apparently, SNL wanted to do a “TV Funhouse” sketch that involved sensitive topics, and Michaels didn’t want to overstep. So, he went to Obama for a fair opinion, saying that “if he had any discomfort with it, I didn’t want it to appear”.
When Michaels showed the sketch to Obama, the ex-president politely said, “It’s funny, but no. I don’t think so.” And that was the end of the TV Funhouse sketch.
Jimmy Fallon Gives the Dirty Details
For its 40th anniversary, SNL threw an epic party and an even more legendary after-party. Fallon told it all in one of his episodes of the Tonight Show, telling how he had met Jerry Seinfeld, Jack Nicholson, Chris Rock and Paul McCartney, and many other A-list peeps.
But as if that weren’t enough, he talked about the after-party, that was held at New York’s famous Plaza Hotel. As per Fallon’s account, he sang drunk alongside McCartney, Prince, and many more, and there was video proof!
Norm MacDonald Really Disliked Chris Kattan
We've heard that Norm MacDonald never liked Chris Kattan for some reason and made a point of showing it.
Then Kattan defended himself by saying that MacDonald “was an as@h&le”. The two didn’t get along at all and often fought during rehearsals. The tension was such that when MacDonald was asked to return to the show as a host, Lorne Michaels made sure Kattan wasn’t there anymore.
Sarah Silverman Injured a Staff Writer
You might have wondered why Sarah Silverman never returned to SNL after only one season. Well, as the story goes, Silverman was present during a rewrite session and got one of those unexplainable urges to stab Al Franken’s hair. Silverman said that all the pencils on the writers’ table looked super sharp and they were just lying there, so she thought it’d be a fun little prank.
Unfortunately, instead of being a poke in the hair, the pencil went into his temple. It looked like she had injured him on purpose. Apparently, Franken just yelled out “Why?!!”, and needless to say, Silverman was never asked back to the show.