SNL: The Legacy of Comedy

When you think of comedy, you think of some of the most iconic movies and television shows ever. The Office, Family Guy, The Late Show. Programs like these hold a special place in our hearts and possibly impact our daily lives. Yet, one show has constantly driven the comedy industry, and many comedians and actors have the same goal of reaching there. For 48 years, NBC has reserved its Saturday night timeslot for one of the most iconic programs ever. First aired on October 11, 1975, the program formerly known as NBC’s Saturday Night featured skits and sketches from some of America’s most famous comedians. The show had a high ceiling and drew a large audience early on, and the results of its early popularity have shown as the program enters Season 48. 

SNL, over the years, has garnered a lot of attention for the themes in their sketches. Many have applauded but also criticized their parody of political and pop culture. They portray these figures in a very satirical way, whether it be James Austin Johnson’s Donald Trump or Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton. The preface of SNL is to use satirical humor to connect to an audience and write original skits, showcasing your talent as a comedian. Saturday Night Live is the pinnacle of live comedic television. Equipped with its outstanding list of awards, the reputation and legacy of SNL is one of the best in all entertainment.

Of course, not all good things last forever. The strength of SNL has changed, and the cast has differed year to year, but the show still has a cult following, and instant classic skits arise now and then. One of the most praised segments of SNL today is Weekend Update. With hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che, Weekend Update is set up like a newsroom, featuring satirical drops on current events. The segment has gained the reputation of being one of the most popular on the show and is usually the most replayed part of each episode. Overall, Saturday Night Live will forever be remembered as a marquee program in comedy, and for however long the program continues, will continue to inspire generations of comedians and actors.

5 thoughts on “SNL: The Legacy of Comedy

  1. CADEN P

    SNL is something I never really understood but the review and how it grew and why made it easy to understand and I really liked the way you included other shows in the first paragraph as reference.


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