For over 40 years, Saturday Night Live has been breaking boundaries and making history. Since the show’s debut with celebrity guest star George Carlin in 1975, the sketch comedy show has kept mum the details about how the talented cast and crew manages to pull off the 90 minute live show each week without any major snafus … until now. Watch as we pull back the curtain on SNL!
Thanks to a heavy supply of political and entertainment scandals in recent years, SNL’s long-running success has become a major topic of interest. Recent SNL guest stars like Melissa McCarthy and Alec Baldwin in the roles of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and President Trump have elevated SNL ratings and brought the show into the spotlight once again.
The first step for each and every episode is selecting the guest star. Joining the Saturday Night Live team as a writer or production staff is a dream come true for most entertainment industry hopefuls … but being asked to appear as the the week’s celebrity guest or musical star is an opportunity many seasoned professionals jump on without hesitation! Insiders say it’s a difficult gig to grab as Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels is the one who ultimately decides .. and he’s to be finicky to say the least.
It’s rumored that Michaels favors movie stars over television stars when selecting the celebrity host of the week but, in truth, it’s usually based on what’s happening in entertainment right at that moment. And while it’s been suggested that Michaels doesn’t choose television stars because of their tight filming schedules, studio execs have spoken out anonymously to say that they would gladly work around Saturday Night Live’s tight schedule to get their client the publicity and exposure SNL brings.