Live From New York: The SNL Quiz


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"Saturday Night Live" has been around for more than 40 seasons. Take our quiz and see if you’re a superfan or livin’ in a van down by the river.

What year did the sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" debut?

The first "Saturday Night Live" episode aired on Oct. 11, 1975. The original cast members were John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Jane Curtain.


Who is the Canadian-born comedy writer that created "Saturday Night Live"?

Lorne Michaels is the creator of "Saturday Night Live." Michaels was born Nov. 17, 1944, in Toronto, Canada, as Lorne Michael Lipowitz.


What network is host to the comedy show "Saturday Night Live"?

NBC is the network home of "Saturday Night Live." The National Broadcasting Company was founded in 1926 by David Sarnoff as the nation's first permanent radio network.


Which U.S. president is Chevy Chase best known for portraying on "Saturday Night Live?"

Original "Saturday Night Live" cast member Chevy Chase often played President Ford during the inaugural season of the show. Chase left the popular show after only one season to pursue a movie career.


Who hosted the debut episode of "Saturday Night Live?"

Comedian George Carlin hosted the October 1975 debut episode of "Saturday Night Live." The first episode had two musical guests, Billy Preston and Janis Ian.


Which early "Saturday Night Live" cast member played character Samurai Futaba?

Comedian John Belushi played Samurai Futaba on "Saturday Night Live." Belushi was a regular cast member from its debut in 1975 until leaving the show for a film career in 1979.


Who was the youngest host of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"?

A 7-year-old Drew Barrymore hosted "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 20, 1982. The actress has gone on to host the show a total of five times.


President Gerald Ford delivered the "Saturday Night Live" opening line, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night."

On April 17, 1976, President Gerald Ford delivered the line, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night" via a taped segment for the show. Ron Nessen, President Ford's press secretary, hosted the April 17, 1976, episode.


What musical guest tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on "Saturday Night Live?"

During the Oct. 3, 1992, episode of "Saturday Night Live," Sinead O' Connor tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II. NBC received 4,484 complaints about the Sinead O' Connor incident and 725 calls in support of the singer.


What is the name of the troupe of comedians and actors featured on "Saturday Night Live?"

The ever-changing group of actors and comedians featured on "Saturday Night Live" is called The Not Ready for Prime Time Players. More than 140 performers have worked as cast members on "Saturday Night Live."


Who was the oldest person to host "Saturday Night Live"?

Actress Ruth Gordon was the oldest person to host "Saturday Night Live." Gordon was 80 when she hosted in January 1977.


What "Saturday Night Live" cast member played the character The Church Lady?

Actor Dana Carvey played The Church Lady on "Saturday Night Live." Carvey was a cast member from 1986 to 1993 and has hosted the show several times since his departure.


Who is the youngest cast member to appear on "Saturday Night Live?"

Anthony Michael Hall at the age of 17 was the youngest cast member to join "Saturday Night Live." Hall performed on the show from 1985 to 1986.


Who has appeared 16 times as the host of "Saturday Night Live"?

Actor Alec Baldwin has hosted "Saturday Night Live" a record-setting 16 times. Baldwin first hosted the show in 1990 while promoting the release of the movie "The Hunt for Red October."


What studio is "Saturday Night Live" filmed in at Rockefeller Center?

"Saturday Night Live" is filmed in studio 8H in the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City. The studio is suspended by cables from the floor above to eliminate vibrations from the subway.


Actor and comedian Steve Martin is a "Saturday Night Live" cast alumni.

Steve Martin was never an actual cast member of "Saturday Night Live." Martin has hosted the show 15 times and has made several surprise appearances but has never been on the SNL staff.


What actress played the consumer affairs reporter Roseanne Roseannadanna on 'Saturday Night Live?"

Gilda Radner played the brash and tactless character Roseanna Roseannadanna on "Saturday Night Live." Radner was a "Saturday Night Live" cast member from 1975 to 1980 and won an Outstanding Performance Emmy for her work on the show.


What is the most successful movie based on a "Saturday Night Live" sketch?

"Wayne's World" is the most successful movie based on "Saturday Night Live" characters. Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar are played by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey respectively. The comedy grossed over $180 million worldwide.


What was "Saturday Night Live" originally named?

When "Saturday Night Live" first aired in 1975 it was known as "NBC's Saturday Night." In 1975 ABC already had a show called "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell." When the ABC show ended NBC purchased the naming rights and from 1977 on it has been called "Saturday Night Live."


Which iconic Chris Farley character ended his motivational speeches with the line "…when you're living in van down by the river?"

Chris Farley as character Matt Foley, delivered the line "…when you're living in a van down by the river." Chris Farley died of a drug overdose at the age of 33, the same age and cause of death as his comic idol, John Belushi.


Who was the first female head writer of "Saturday Night Live?"

Tina Fey was the first woman to be named head writer of "Saturday Night Live." Fey was head writer for 130 episodes from 1999 until leaving the show in 2006.


Who was the first cast member to be born after "Saturday Night Live" premiered?

Kenan Thompson was the first cast member born after the 1975 premiere of "Saturday Night Live." Thompson was born May 10, 1978, nearly three years after the Oct. 11, 1975, debut episode of the show.


Which cast member spent 14 years on "Saturday Night Live"?

Working on "Saturday Night Live" from 1995 to 2009, Darrell Hammond currently has the longest run as a cast member. Hammond is back on the show as announcer replacing the late Don Pardo.


Who was the first female host of "Saturday Night Live"?

Actress Candice Bergen was the first woman to host "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 8, 1975. Bergen also became the first woman to host the show five times.


What "Saturday Night Live" cast member played the character Operaman?

Actor Adam Sandler showcased his music talents playing Operaman on "Saturday Night Live." Sandler, a cast member from 1990 to 1995, went on to a lucrative film career with leading roles in dozens movies.


Which Beatle has never appeared on "Saturday Night Live"?

John Lennon is the only Beatle to never appear on "Saturday Night Live." During the April 24, 1976, episode, show producer and creator Lorne Michaels offered to pay the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on "Saturday Night Live."


How many sets of brothers have been cast members on "Saturday Night Live"?

There have been three sets of brothers to work as cast members on "Saturday Night Live:" John and James Belushi, Dan and Peter Aykroyd and Bill and Brian Doyle-Murray.


Famous tenor Luciano Pavarotti has appeared on "Saturday Night Live" as a musical guest.

Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti indeed appeared as musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" on Dec. 12, 1998.


Who is the oldest cast member to join "Saturday Night Live"?

At 47, Leslie Jones is currently the oldest cast member to join "Saturday Night Live." Michael McKean and George Coe were both 46 years old when they joined the show.


Who is the highest-paid cast member in the history of "Saturday Night Live?"

Will Ferrell became the highest-paid "Saturday Night Live" cast member when he received a salary of $350,000 for the 2001-2002 season. Ferrell was a cast member of the show from 1995 to 2006.


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