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May 10, 1990 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hot-selling pop singer Sinead O'Connor decided Wednesday to pull out of her scheduled appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, saying she did not want to appear on the same program with guest host Andrew Dice Clay.
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September 4, 2009 | Associated Press
"Saturday Night Live" will begin its fall season with two new cast members. A person close to the show confirmed that Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad have joined the show. The person requested anonymity because NBC has not made an official announcement. Both comedians have connections to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the L.A.- and New York-based comedy theater. Slate previously partnered with Gabe Liedman for the comedy show "Gabe & Jenny." Pedrad, born in Tehran, previously had a one-woman show, "Me, Myself & Iran."
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May 16, 1990 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be the night when Andrew Dice Clay came out of the wild kingdom of cable to face the nation for the first time on network TV and answer the question, for now at least: Is he really as vile as all that? But the image that lingers in mind after "Saturday Night Live" signed off isn't that of Clay's Lords of Flatbush swagger, his adolescent jokes, his soft shape and washerwoman's gelid arms, his cue-card acting, or his languid, faintly aggrieved Bensonhurst voice.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2008 | Associated Press
John McCain was a hit on "Saturday Night Live," just not as big a hit as his running mate. The Republican, who poked fun at his presidential campaign's financial shortcomings and his reputation as a political maverick in Saturday's appearance, led the show to its second-best overnight ratings since a December 1997 holiday episode. NBC estimated that when the final national viewer estimate is known later this week, it will be a little less than 12 million people. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's appearance two weeks ago was seen by 15 million people, according to Nielsen Media Research.
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February 19, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Wayne's World" isn't the first movie to spin off from a TV series, and it certainly won't be the last. But cable television, a new element in the marketing mix, may have helped push the movie-length version of the popular "Saturday Night Live" skit to its record-breaking $18.1-million opening over the four-day Presidents' Day holiday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1989
One of the amazing things about the history of "Saturday Night Live" is how consistently good--or at least novel--it's been through all its chapters, and how awful it's been at the same time. It never was a vehicle of true dissent, as it pretended to be; it tried to slicker us with attitude and broad recognition jokes instead. It rarely offered meaning or content, and for a comedy show whose purpose was to entertain, it certainly hung out a lot of its dreary backstage laundry.
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August 7, 2004 | Associated Press
Bill Clinton has been all over television promoting his new book, "My Life," but his itinerary won't include "Saturday Night Live." The former president has turned down an invitation to be guest host of the NBC comedy series next season, spokesman Marc Liepis confirmed Friday. No reason was given for Clinton rejecting the offer.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2003 | From Associated Press
Democrat Al Sharpton, whose one-liners and pointed rhetoric have added laughs to the presidential campaign, will host the TV show "Saturday Night Live" next month. Sharpton will host the Dec. 6 show, which will feature singer Pink as the musical guest. It could be a natural fit for the preacher, who often uses humor to promote his long-shot candidacy and is known to crack up his rivals during debates.
NATIONAL
December 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Al Sharpton busted some James Brown moves on his "Saturday Night Live" appearance, but not everyone had a chance to see them. Several NBC affiliates refused to carry "Saturday Night Live" with Sharpton as host for fear it would activate federal "equal time provisions" and compel them to offer air time to the eight other Democratic presidential hopefuls.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1992 | Chris Willman \f7
How did "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels persuade Bruce Springsteen to make his live TV debut next weekend on his show? "I've been asking with some regularity since 1975--and this is the first time he's said yes," says Michaels. Why now?
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April 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The father of TV comic Cheri Oteri was stabbed to death in Nashville and a country songwriter has been arrested, police said Monday. Richard William Fagan, 61, was charged with criminal homicide in the Saturday night death of his roommate, Gaetano Thomas Oteri, 69, police said. His daughter was a cast member of "Saturday Night Live." It appears that Oteri died from a "significant laceration" to his wrist caused by Fagan's knife, police spokesman Don Aaron said. Fagan is listed as co-writer on hits by singer John Michael Montgomery, including "Sold (the Grundy County Auction Incident)
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January 1, 2007 | From Reuters
Chevy Chase, who portrayed Gerald Ford as a klutz on "Saturday Night Live," says he does not enjoy the renewed attention the ex-president's death has brought him. "I'm just a guy who made some fun of Gerald Ford in 1976, and I prefer to be left alone, really," the 63-year-old comedian said last week from a Colorado ski resort where he had been skiing with his daughter. Chase said he gets upset when people say that Ford "made" his career.
NEWS
October 6, 2005 | Geoff Boucher
Ashlee Simpson may still have a bad taste in her mouth when it comes to "Saturday Night Live," but the pop star is scheduled to return this weekend to the scene of her lip-synching fiasco of last year. Lorne Michaels, the "SNL" executive producer, said Wednesday he debated whether to bring the singer back but ultimately decided she had suffered enough. "Look, she really screwed up and it had a profound effect on her career," he said in an interview.
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January 15, 2005 | Associated Press
For a "character actor," Paul Giamatti is certainly getting a lot of front-man gigs. The "Sideways" star will host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 22. It will be the actor's "SNL" debut, with Ludacris to appear as the musical guest. Up for a Golden Globe this Sunday night, Giamatti already received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for best actor.
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August 7, 2004 | Associated Press
Bill Clinton has been all over television promoting his new book, "My Life," but his itinerary won't include "Saturday Night Live." The former president has turned down an invitation to be guest host of the NBC comedy series next season, spokesman Marc Liepis confirmed Friday. No reason was given for Clinton rejecting the offer.
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July 21, 2004 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
By calling state Democrats "girlie men" for blocking his budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pioneered a new era in politics: converting "Saturday Night Live" skits into partisan slogans. How long before other politicians start borrowing catchphrases from "SNL"? Surely, the immortal words of Wayne and Garth, Emily Litella and the Church Lady can be mined for pithy ad campaigns and speeches. Here are some possibilities:
BUSINESS
June 25, 1990 | From United Press International
'Saturday Night Live' Comedienne: "Saturday Night Live" regular Victoria Jackson was sued in Los Angeles Superior Court by Brillstein Co., which seeks more than $18,000. The breach-of-contract case claims that Jackson agreed in early 1987 to pay the company a 15% commission from employment obtained for her by the management firm, plus 15% on increases in her compensation. For the 1989-90 season, Jackson got a "substantial increase" in pay to $6,000 per episode for 20 shows, the suit says.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 1989
By spreading the American flag on the floor to be walked upon, California Institute of the Arts student Adam Greene says he's "standing up for free speech" ("Uproar 'Round the Flag," Metro, March 7). So, what's your message, Mr. Greene? Don't you like the design? Do you find this country so repugnant that it deserves to have its national symbol trampled? Just what is it you're saying? Well, most people agree that it's a pretty nice looking flag.
NATIONAL
December 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Al Sharpton busted some James Brown moves on his "Saturday Night Live" appearance, but not everyone had a chance to see them. Several NBC affiliates refused to carry "Saturday Night Live" with Sharpton as host for fear it would activate federal "equal time provisions" and compel them to offer air time to the eight other Democratic presidential hopefuls.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2003 | From Associated Press
Democrat Al Sharpton, whose one-liners and pointed rhetoric have added laughs to the presidential campaign, will host the TV show "Saturday Night Live" next month. Sharpton will host the Dec. 6 show, which will feature singer Pink as the musical guest. It could be a natural fit for the preacher, who often uses humor to promote his long-shot candidacy and is known to crack up his rivals during debates.
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