On the outside, Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a wildly popular sketch comedy show known for its goofy characters and hilarious live performances. However, like any show, what goes on behind the scenes is a different world than what we see on T.V. As one of the longest-running shows in television history, you can bet SNL has its fair share of stories. From cast pranks to horrible hosts, there’s no shortage of juicy SNL dirt to dig into. Today, we are just looking at just 10 of them. Number 8 is going to devastate Steven Seagal fans.
10. Nobody Liked Chevy Chase
It sounds hard to believe, but Chevy Chase is not a popular guy. He often plays that loveable goof in his movies, but SNL history tells a different story. During his tenure, Chase was disliked among cast and crew alike. He even got into a fight with the great Bill Murray. Thankfully, John Belushi and Dan Akroyd were there to break it up.
9. SNL Writers Pee In Jars
According to former writer and cast member Tiny Fey, behind the scenes at SNL wasn’t always such a glorious sight. She stated the often overworked writers were so lazy, that they developed some unique habits. Among these, were special jars kept in the office for the sole purpose of holding urine. That’s right. The writers were too lazy to even use the bathroom.
8. Steven Seagal Is Banned From SNL
If one person hated Steven Seagal, that’s a different story. However, the martial arts “master” was so despised by cast, crew and audience members that executive producer Lorne Michaels had to step in. Apparently, it wasn’t pleasant for Seagal either, as he voluntarily blacklisted himself from SNL for life. This is just the beginning of SNL controversy. Stick around for number five and see a secret that will destroy your concept of television altogether.
7. SNL Cast Members Love Fooling Around
Put a bunch of comedic actors into a room and odds are you’re going to get a lot of joking around. One famous example of this came at the expense of Bill Hader. When Bill Hader went on to do a sketch, writer John Mulaney would often change up the lines so Hader was reading something fresh on the spot. This caused Hader to break character and openly laugh on screen.
6. SNL Isn’t Always Live
Sure, when you watch the sketches, those are live. However, not all performing artists are gifted with the gift of improvisation. Many musicians on SNL will perform live, however some tape their performances in advance. This proved to be a costly choice for Ashlee Simpson. In 2004, Simpson was caught lip-syncing to a previously recorded track live on the show. Her infamous “jig” off the stage certainly didn’t help with the recovery.