Actress Louise Lasser was allegedly the first person to be banned from the show. She was invited to host at the end of the show’s first season in 1976. She started rambling about her fear of appearing on live television in the opening monologue and then locked herself in her dressing room. The only person who managed to get her to come out was Chevy Chase, but even then, the show did not go well.
Lasser, for her part, claims she wasn’t banned, there were simply disagreements about the content. She said, “They wrote sketches for me and I didn’t want to do them, because they were salacious — you know how Saturday Night Live is.”
Lorne Michaels Got into It with Louis CK
When Louis C.K. was at the top of his game, he was invited to host Saturday Night Live for the second time. During his appearance, he wanted to do a 12-minute monologue on the show, although usually, monologues are only 5 or 6 minutes long.
Lorne Michaels told him to shorten it and Louis C.K. became livid, asking Michaels what would happen if he just did the monologue the way he wanted to. Michaels responded by saying: "Then we’ll know that you’re very undisciplined and unprofessional." The two eventually managed to come to an agreement and settled on a 7-minute monologue.
Darrell Hammond Was on SNL for 14 Seasons
Former cast member Darrell Hammond was on the show for the longest time period, from 1995 to 2009. When he left the show, Hammond was 53, and the oldest cast member in SNL history.
During his incredibly long run, he impersonated an impressive 107 different celebrities, but the one he did the most and was most famous for was Bill Clinton. Since 2014, Hammond has been back on the show, but this time as the announcer.
SNL: The Movie
In the late 1980s, someone thought it would be a good idea to make an SNL movie. The fact that every episode is already feature-length did not stop the writers, including Conan O’Brien, Robert Smigel, Al Franken, and Greg Daniels, from creating a script titled The Saturday Night Live Movie.
Split side claims the movie was intended as a full-length feature featuring sketches about going to the movies. Seems like Lorne Michaels didn’t love the idea, because he pulled the plug on the project soon after returning to the show.
Steve Martin Was the Show’s Most Invited Guest
Although he never became an actual member of the cast, Steve Martin has appeared on Saturday Night Live many times. He leads the chart in a number of times hosting, second only to Alec Baldwin, and is the only person to have hosted a season premiere, season finale, and a holiday episode.
Martin and former cast member, Gilda Radner, were extremely close, and he was scheduled to host on the day that he heard that she had passed away from ovarian cancer. He opted not to perform the opening monologue, and instead, with tears in his eyes, opened with an old sketch in which he and Radner were dancing as Fred Astaire and Cyd Charise.