Saturday Night Live: 1995-1996

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  Season 21: 1995-1996

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  • Jim Breuer
  • Will Ferrell
  • Darrell Hammond
  • David Koechner
  • Norm MacDonald
  • Mark McKinney
  • Tim Meadows
  • Cheri Oteri
  • Molly Shannon
  • David Spade
  • Nancy Walls
  • Featuring:

  • Chris Kattan (first: 03/16/96)
  • Colin Quinn
  • Fred Wolf
  • Episodes

  • 09/30/95: Mariel Hemingway / Blues Traveler
  • 10/07/95: Chevy Chase / Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
  • 10/21/95: David Schwimmer / Natalie Merchant
  • 10/28/95: Gabriel Byrne / Alanis Morissette
  • 11/11/95: Quentin Tarantino / The Smashing Pumpkins
  • 11/18/95: Laura Leighton / Rancid
  • 12/02/95: Anthony Edwards / Foo Fighters
  • 12/09/95: David Alan Grier / Silverchair
  • 12/16/95: Madeline Kahn / Bush
  • 01/13/96: Christopher Walken / Joan Osborne
  • 01/20/96: Alec Baldwin / Tori Amos
  • 02/10/96: Danny Aiello / Coolio
  • 02/17/96: Tom Arnold / Tupac Shakur
  • 02/24/96: Elle MacPherson / Sting
  • 03/16/96: John Goodman / Everclear
  • 03/23/96: Phil Hartman / Gin Blossoms
  • 04/13/96: Steve Forbes / Rage Against The Machine
  • 04/20/96: Teri Hatcher / Dave Matthews Band
  • 05/11/96: Christine Baranski / The Cure
  • 05/18/96: Jim Carrey / Soundgarden
  • SummaryAfter 20 years of laughs, SNL seemed on hard times, having fallen into the trap of predictable and uninspired comedy. Producer Lorne Michaels was left with no choice but to rebuild his cast – something he hadn’t done for almost ten seasons, but needed to do fast.

    Of the 1994 cast, Kevin Nealon finally retired after nine seasons, while cast members Adam Sandler and Chris Farley were released of their contracts and allowed to venture to Hollywood to produce and star in overhyped movie vehicles. Lorne even fired the much underused Tim Meadows, but decided to rehire him at the last minute in order to balance the cast. A lucky move for Meadows, who finally started appearing in more sketches this era than he did the last.

    Holding on to Tim Meadows and three other cast members (Norm MacDonald, Mark McKinney and David Spade), as well as one promising featured player (Molly Shannon), Lorne brought in six new performers (Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, David Koechner, Cheri Oteri and Nancy Walls) who would bring unpredictable comedy back to the show. This season’s “Wake Up & Smile” sketch is perhaps the greatest evidence of that claim.

    They take a little getting used to, but this group proved to be the start of a new direction for SNL.

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     Saturday Night Live Transcripts

      Season 21: Episode 1

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    Air Date:


    Musical Guest:

    Special Guests:


    Bit Players:

    September 30th, 1995

    Mariel Hemingway

    Blues Traveler


    Beth McCarthy-Miller

    Lorne Michaels

    Steve Higgins

    Adam McKay
    O.J. TodaySummary: Bill McDonald (Will Ferrell) and the O.J. coverage gang segue to footage of Johnnie Cochran (Tim Meadows) dissuading use of the “evidence card” during the O.J. Simpson trial.

    Recurring Characters: Bill McDonald, Johnnie Cochran, Robert Shapiro, F. Lee Bailey, Barry Scheck, Judge Lance Ito.


    MontageNote: Prince (during the time he changed his name to a symbol) was scheduled as musical guest, but he backed out at the last minute.

    Mariel Hemingway’s MonologueSummary: Mariel Hemingway introduces viewers to the new cast of “Saturday Night Live”, focusing her attention on all the women and planting them with kisses.


    A.M. AleSummary: Why wait until the afternoon, when you start your morning off right.


    Get Off The Shed!Summary: Dad Frank Henderson (Will Ferrell) threatens kids during backyard barbecue.

    Recurring Characters: Frank Henderson


    NightlineSummary: Colin Powell (Tim Meadows) gloats over Bob Dole (Norm MacDonald) during “Nightline” interview with Ted Koppell (Darrell Hammond).

    Recurring Characters: Ted Koppel, Bob Dole.


    Leg Up!Summary: Elizabeth Berkeley (Hemingway) shocks hosts Ann Miller (Molly Shannon) and Debby Reynolds (Cheri Oteri) with a pole dance demonstration.

    Recurring Characters: Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller.


    Weekend Update with Norm MacDonaldSummary: Nancy Walls reads a handful of news stories that elicit sad head-shaking from herself and Norm MacDonald.

    Blues Traveler performs “Run-Around”

    The TelephoneSummary: A housewife (Mariel Hemingway) asks her husband (Will Ferrell) to help get her off the phone with talkative relatives, but his attempts border more on creepy and disturbing than helpful.


    Spade in AmericaSummary: David Spade makes snide comments about the Unabomber and no-show musical guest, Prince.

    A&E BiographySummary: Host Jack Perkins (Darrell Hammond) offers the biography of Mariel Hemingway, who won her “Central Park West” role in favor of an acting quartet.

    Recurring Characters: Jack Perkins.

    Fuzzy Memories

    Blues Traveler performs “Hook”

    The Chicken Lady ShowSummary: The Chicken Lady (Mark McKinney) engage in discussion with other fetishists.


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