| October 11, 1975|
Season 1 episode
|Musical Guest(s)|| Billy Preston|
|Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s)|| Billy Preston:|
"Nothing From Nothing"
"In The Winter"
|Next Episode||October 18, 1975|
On October 11, 1975, the first episode of then called "NBC's Saturday Night" aired. It was hosted by George Carlin with musical guests Billy Preston and Janis Ian. Carlin never performed in any sketches, only to perform stand-up throughout the show.
- Dan Aykroyd
- John Belushi
- Chevy Chase
- George Coe
- Jane Curtin
- Garret Morris
- Laraine Newman
- Michael O'Donoghue
- Gilda Radner
- Jacqueline Carlin
- Richard Belzer
- Tom Davis
- Neil Levy
- Don Pardo
- Tom Schiller
- Akira Yoshimura
- Audrey Peart Dickman
- Al Franken
- Alan Zweibel
- Don Pardo accidentally says the cast as "The Not For Ready Prime Time Players". This is the only montage to list George Coe, though he would make further appearances in the following decade.
- Carlin wanted to wear a t-shirt, but the network wanted him to wear a suit. As a compromise, Carlin wore a vest and jacket over his t-shirt and hosted the show while reportedly stoned out of his mind.
- Carlin only appears on stage to perform stand-up or introduce the evening's musical guests.
- With the show running long at the dress rehearsal, it was suggested that Lorne Michaels cut Kaufman's performance. He chose to cut a stand-up routine from Billy Crystal instead. Though peeved, Crystal did return later in the season to do another stand-up act.
- The Muppets account for one of the strangest periods in SNL history, their appearance on the show a result of Jim Henson trying to shop out his puppets to adult audiences prior to producing "The Muppet Show." They were generally disliked by the cast and writers, often dumped upon Al Franken, Tom Davis, and Alan Zwiebel to be written for. When referring to the Muppets, Michael O'Donaghue was often quoted as saying, "I won't write for felt."
- Albert Brooks was offered the opportunity to host SNL every week. Because he wanted to write and produce short films instead, he suggested that the show use a different host each week. Being from California, Brooks failed to see the merit of doing a live show, suggesting instead that they tape the show twice without stopping tape earlier in the day, and playing the best of both performances in the show's time slot. Though the show is filmed live each week, the dress rehearsals and live performances would often be edited together for repeats aired later in the season.
- There was little audience reaction to the bee sketch, which writers blamed on a faulty PA system. Even though the network advised no more Bee sketches, Lorne Michaels thought the bit was funny and original and insisted on bringing the Bees back each week, making them SNL's first recurring characters.
- By the 1990s, three-blade razors became a reality on the consumer market.
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October 18, 1975