Buck Henry: Uh.. I’m sorry, ladies and gentlemen, we were worried about this. Uh.. Steve has been under enormous pressure, he’s very tense. He hasn’t performed live in front of an audience in.. sixteen years. And, well, as you can see, he’s just maybe a little bit too excited.
I’m Buck Henry. Steve was supposed to introduce the great moments from 1985 to the present.
[ Steve continues to whoop and hollar behind Buck ]
Buck Henry: If Steve were introducing this segment, I’m sure he’d say that the last four years have introduced characters that have become part of the American venacular, a venacular enriched by the same kind of thoughtful writing and inspired performance that we’ve come to expect from “Saturday Night”. So, just sit back, as Steve would say if he could, and relax, throw your feet up and enjoy some of these great moments from the “Saturday Night” group that’s going to take you and me into the 90’s.
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.