Saturday Night Live: 1990-1991


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  Season 16: 1990-1991

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

  • A. Whitney Brown
  • Chris Farley
  • Al Franken
  • Tim Meadows (first: 02/09/91)
  • Chris Rock
  • Adam Sandler (first: 02/09/91)
  • Rob Schneider
  • David Spade
  • Julia Sweeney
  • Episodes

  • 09/29/90: Kyle McLachlan / Sinead O’Connor
  • 10/06/90: Susan Lucci / Hothouse Flowers
  • 10/20/90: George Steinbrenner / The Time
  • 10/27/90: Patrick Swayze / Mariah Carey
  • 11/10/90: Jimmy Smits / World Party
  • 11/17/90: Dennis Hopper / Paul Simon
  • 12/01/90: John Goodman / Faith No More
  • 12/08/90: Tom Hanks / Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
  • 12/15/90: Dennis Quaid / The Neville Brothers
  • 01/12/91: Joe Mantegna / Vanilla Ice
  • 01/19/91: Sting
  • 02/09/91: Kevin Bacon / INXS
  • 02/16/91: Roseanne Barr / Deee-Lite with Bootsy Collins & The Rubber Band
  • 02/23/91: Alec Baldwin / Whitney Houston
  • 03/16/91: Michael J. Fox / Black Crowes
  • 03/23/91: Jeremy Irons / Fishbone
  • 04/13/91: Catherine O’Hara / R.E.M.
  • 04/20/91: Steven Seagal / Michael Bolton
  • 05/11/91: Delta Burke / Chris Isaak
  • 05/18/91: George Wendt / Elvis Costello
  • SummaryWhy take chances?

    Producer Lorne Michaels had played the game before – cast members perform on “Saturday Night Live” for a few seasons, then leave the show to pursue careers in Hollywood or other walks of entertainment. Chevy Chase left in 1976; Aykroyd and Belushi left in 1979; even Eddie Murphy (though not under Lorne’s reign) left in 1984.

    It had been five full seasons since Lorne Michaels returned to “Saturday Night Live”, and there was danger of his current cast following the dreams of his original cast – in fact, Jon Lovitz and Nora Dunn didn’t return this season, so it was time for Lorne to think about discovering new talent for the show. Instead of finding himself stuck at the last minute, Lorne decided to overpopulate the cast, as a precaution. Along with the returning familiar faces of Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, Dennis Miller, Mike Myers and Kevin Nealon, Lorne brought in new talent Chris Farley and Chris Rock, as well as aspiring performers below them such as David Spade, Adam Sandler, Tim Meadows, Rob Schneider and Julia Sweeney. If any of the remaining longtime veterans left the show, there would be plenty of performers available to take their places.

    The end result? A comedy explosion, exposing “Saturday Night Live” to some of its wildest, funniest and most unforgettable moments ever.

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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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