Saturday Night Live celebrates its 37th anniversary today (having premiered October 11, 1975). As an improv comic (See me most Friday nights at Dallas Comedy House!), I’ve always been most fascinated by the show when the entire cast works together as an ensemble instead of relying on a few power players. With that in mind, here are my top 5 favorite SNL casts.
Season 15 (1989-1990)
This was the season Mike Meyers was added to an already stellar cast that included Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Jon Lovitz, and Victoria Jackson (before she went crazy). It was also the first season that I started watching Saturday Night Live (Question: Should 8 year olds be allowed to watch SNL?).
Season 26 (2000-2001)
Season 26 was the height of the ensemble cast that included Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, and Tina Fey. It was also the year that required MORE COWBELL!
Season 35 (2009-2010)
The cast from this season is one of the best examples of an ensemble cast working together to make everybody else look amazing. One of the prime examples of this is the "What Up With That?" sketch. While it mostly features Kenan Thompson, members of the main cast Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis aren't above playing a sax player and an old school 80s hip hop dancer in the background.
Season 3 (1977-1978)
The third season is where Saturday Night Live really found its legs and solidified itself as a Saturday night institution. This is also the first season to be completely without Chevy Chase who alienated his coworkers. Bill Murray filled a gap that solidified the entire group.
Season 19 (1993-1994)
This was a polarizing time in SNL's history as it was mostly viewed as an ego-fueled boys' club. However, you can't deny that Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, David Spade, and Rob Schneider made a formidable comedy team.
What have been some of your favorite SNL ensembles and sketches?