I am going to date myself here … It was October 11th 1975 it was a Saturday night and I was a freshman at Ricks College. I was in the TV lounge and we hear this.
The 1st Saturday night live and I knew then my life would never be the same. The show influenced so much of my life with so many talented performers
The first season included Chevy Chase Dan Ackroyd, John Bulushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Garret Morris, Laraine Newman and George Coe (only one show).
One great Saturday night live memory would come the next year still at Ricks but not in front of a TV but sitting in the arena at Ricks waiting to see The Carpenters in concert when the warm up act came out with a Banjo and a fake arrowhead on his head. It was Steve Martin and the next Saturday there he was on Saturday night live.
Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers , Dana Carvey, Tina Fey, Seth Myers, Amy Poelher, Mya Rudolph , Jimmy Fallon , Will Ferrel, Tracy Morgan, David Spade, Chris Rock, Juila Louis-Dreyfus are just a few of the names that are still influencing pop culture and comedy jut think of the catch phrases we still use today
“Buh-bye” (David Spade as Total Bastard Airlines flight attendant)
“I’m Chevy Chase – and you’re not” (Chevy Chase as anchor on Weekend Update)
“Schwing!” (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as metalheads Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar on Wayne’s World)
“You look – mahvelous” (Billy Crystal as Fernando)
“Baseball has been berry, berry good to me.” (Garrett Morris as baseball player Chico Escuela)
“Yeeaah, that’s the ticket.” (Jon Lovitz as Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar)
It’s always something.” (Gilda Radner as Roseanne Roseannadanna)
Ve just vant to pump – you up!” (Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon as Hans & Franz)
“Talk amongst yourselves.” (Mike Myers as Coffee Talk host Linda Richman)
“I’m Gumby, dammit!” (Eddie Murphy as Gumby)
“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!” (Al Franken from Daily Affirmations With Stuart Smalley)
“Strategery.” (Will Ferrell as presidential candidate George W. Bush)
“We like ourselves, don’t we?” (Dana Carvey as The Church Lady)
“…Not!” (uttered by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar following any statement on Wayne’s World)
“I can see Russia from my house.” (Tina Fey as vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin)
Daaaaa Beeeears!” (Bill Swerski’s superfans)
“”It’s always something.” (Gilda Radner as Roseanne Roseannadanna)
To be honest there was always a way to see which of my friends had been watching Saturday Night live. On Sunday mornings at Church you would see the guys shaking their bodies like Steve Martin and Dan Akroyd and the 2 WILD AND CRAZY GUYS! All we had to do was to use any one of the catch phrases and you would hear the giggles of a bunch of WILD AND CRAZY GUYS LOOKING FOR THE FOXES!
Thankfully later the Church Lady would come along to save us…