Saturday Night Live: 1989-1990


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  Season 15: 1989-1990

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  • Dana Carvey
  • Nora Dunn
  • Phil Hartman
  • Jan Hooks
  • Victoria Jackson
  • Jon Lovitz
  • Dennis Miller
  • Mike Myers
  • Kevin Nealon
  • Featuring:

  • A. Whitney Brown
  • Al Franken
  • Episodes

  • 09/24/89: 15th Anniversary Special
  • 09/30/89: Bruce Willis / Neil Young
  • 10/07/89: Rick Moranis / Rickie Lee Jones
  • 10/21/89: Kathleen Turner / Billy Joel
  • 10/28/89: James Woods / Don Henley
  • 11/11/89: Chris Evert / Eurythmics
  • 11/18/89: Woody Harrelson / David Byrne
  • 12/02/89: John Goodman / k.d. lang & The Reclines
  • 12/09/89: Robert Wagner / Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville
  • 12/16/89: Andie MacDowell / Tracy Chapman
  • 01/13/90: Ed O’Neill / Harry Connick, Jr.
  • 01/20/90: Christopher Walken / Bonnie Raitt
  • 02/10/90: Quincy Jones / Tevin Campbell & Kool Moe Dee & Big Daddy Kane
  • 02/17/90: Tom Hanks / Aerosmith
  • 02/24/90: Fred Savage / Technotronic
  • 03/17/90: Rob Lowe / The Pogues
  • 03/24/90: Debra Winger / Eric Clapton
  • 04/14/90: Corbin Bernsen / The Smithereens
  • 04/21/90: Alec Baldwin / The B-52’s
  • 05/12/90: Andrew Dice Clay / Julee Cruise, Spanic Boys
  • 05/19/90: Candice Bergen / The Notting Hillbillies
  • Summary1989 marked the beginning of the 15th season of “Saturday Night Live,” though the celebration began on a sad note. On the night of May 20th, 1989, the 14th season finale, Steve Martin delivered the sad news during his monologue, that original cast member Gilda Radner had died of ovarian cancer earlier that day. With mourning in his eyes, Steve presented a clip from his April 22nd, 1978 hosting of him and Gilda “Dancing in the Dark” to instant audience applause. Later, during the 15th Anniversary Special, Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman presented a series of clips of Gilda’s performances.

    Despite the sad news, the 15th season of “Saturday Night Live” brought many new laughs to compete with all the previous laughs performed on the show. It also features the debuts of frequent 90’s hosts John Goodman, Alec Baldwin and Christopher Walken, three mostly dramatic actors who show that they can be just as funny as original repeat hosts Steve Martin and Buck Henry. And for the first time in its history, “SNL” is boycotted by one of its cast members (Nora Dunn) when foul-mouthed comedian Andrew “Dice” Clay is asked to host the show.

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    Author: Don Roy King

    Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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