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Weekend Update

Weekend Update is a Saturday Night Live sketch which comments on and parodies current events. It is the show's longest running recurring sketch, having been on since the show's first broadcast, and is typically presented in the middle of the show immediately after the first musical performance. Each season one or two of the players is cast in the role of news anchor, telling jokes based on current events and acting as host(s) for occasional editorials, commentaries, or other performances by other cast members or guests. It is often credited with pioneering the fake news format that has since been adapted by many shows worldwide, such as The Daily Show and Canada's long running This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... // The Seventies In 1974, NBC Tonight Show host Johnny Carson requested that the weekend broadcasts of “Best of Carson” come to an end (back then The Tonight Show was a 90-minute program), so that Carson could take 2 weeknights off and air repeats on those nights rather than on... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... // Dick Ebersol left the show after the 1984-85 season, when the network refused his request to shut the program down entirely for 6 months and shift much of the material onto tape, not live broadcast. ... The period of 1990 to 1995 was a time of great transition and contrasts for Saturday Night Live. ... // The Late Nineties 1995-96 was a milestone year, marking the last season for David Spade, but also the debuts of a strong batch of new recruits — Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, David Koechner, Cheri Oteri, Nancy Walls, Chris Kattan and Colin Quinn. ... // This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the history of Saturday Night Live 2005-2010. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Parody of Back to the Future In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Highlights The so-called iTunes Law, which Apple has called state-sponsored piracy, is approved by the French Parliament (coat of arms pictured). ... See also: Listed chronologically, Listed by cast member Listed alphabetically A Annoying Man (Jon Lovitz) Appalachian Emergency Room (Seth Meyers, Chris Parnell, and various others) April May June (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) Ashley Ashley (Nora Dunn) Astronaut Jones (Tracy Morgan) The Atteburys (Ana Gasteyer, Mark McKinney/Will Ferrell) Audience McGee (Adam... A news anchor (US,Can. ... Highlights The so-called iTunes Law, which Apple has called state-sponsored piracy, is approved by the French Parliament (coat of arms pictured). ... Look up editorial, op-ed in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cast members of Saturday Night Live. ... Distorted news or planted news are terms in journalism for two deviated aspects of the wider news media wherein media outlets deliberately present false data, evidence, or sources as factual, in contradiction to the ethical practices in professional journalism. ... The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning half-hour American satiric news television program produced by and run on the Comedy Central cable television network. ... This Hour Has 22 Minutes is a weekly Canadian television comedy that airs on CBC Television. ...

Contents

In the Beginning

The Chevy Chase Era (1975-1976)

Chevy Chase, the original anchor of Weekend Update (1975-76).
Chevy Chase, the original anchor of Weekend Update (1975-76).

Weekend Update was created by original anchor Chevy Chase and SNL writer Herb Sargent, and appeared on the first SNL broadcast on October 11, 1975. Chase popularized several catch phrases during the segment, such as his "I'm Chevy Chase and you're not" greeting, which parodied WABC-TV anchor Roger Grimsby's opening catchphrase: "Good evening, I'm Roger Grimsby, here now the news."; and his repeated announcement that "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead." In addition, the practice of a picture insert of a person simultaneously giving the news read in sign language for the hearing impaired was parodied by Garrett Morris. Chase would sometimes repeat the top story at the end of the segment, while Morris simply cupped his mouth and shouted the headline more loudly. Source: http://ultrawarp. ... Source: http://ultrawarp. ... Chevy Chase (born Cornelius Crane Chase on October 8, 1943) is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. ... Chevy Chase (born Cornelius Crane Chase on October 8, 1943) is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. ... Herb Sargent (July 15, 1923-May 6, 2005) was an Emmy-winning television wrier and producer for such comedy shows as The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. ... October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1975. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... WABC-TV, channel 7, is the flagship station of the Walt Disney Company-owned American Broadcasting Company, located in New York City. ... Roger Grimsby (September 23, 1928 – June 23, 1995) was an American news anchor and actor. ... The death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco during the first season of Saturday Night Live in 1975 served as the source of one of the first catch phrases from SNL to enter the general lexicon. ... Sign language interpreter on stage A sign language (also signed language) is a language which uses manual communication instead of sound to convey meaning - simultaneously combining handshapes, orientation and movement of the hands, arms or body, and facial expressions to express fluidly a speakers thoughts. ... This article is about hearing impairment in the pathological sense. ... Garrett Morris (born February 1, 1937) is an American comedian and actor from New Orleans, Louisiana. ...


The Jane Curtin Era (1976-1980)

Jane Curtin anchoring Weekend Update.
Jane Curtin anchoring Weekend Update.

Jane Curtin replaced Chase a few shows into Season 2 when he left in 1976 and remained as anchor until 1980. Curtin finished Season 2 solo, but was paired with a co-anchors Dan Aykroyd (1977-78) and Bill Murray (1978-1980). A frequent feature of Update during this time was Point-Counterpoint, in which Curtin and Aykroyd made vicious and humorously inappropriate ad hominem attacks on each other's positions on a variety of topics, in a parody of the 60 Minutes segment of the same name which pitted conservative James J. Kilpatrick and liberal Shana Alexander during the 1970s. Aykroyd regularly began his reply with "Jane, you ignorant slut," which became another of the many SNL catch phrases. Other popular running features were John Belushi giving editorials which become increasingly hysterical until he is raving at the end; Gilda Radner's characters Emily Litella launching a tirade on a subject she misheard yet again and Roseanne Roseannadanna giving obnoxiously irrelevant editorials. (see also Saturday Night Live characters appearing on Weekend Update). During Curtin's tenure as host, she opened each Weekend Update segment with Grimsby's "Here now the news" sign-on, and closed with "That's the news, goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow." Image File history File links JanecurtainWeekendUpdate. ... Image File history File links JanecurtainWeekendUpdate. ... Jane Curtin - Promo Picture from 3rd Rock from the Sun Jane Therese Curtin (born September 6, 1947) is an American actress and comedian, from Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1981. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1980. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning American comedian and actor. ... See also: 1977 in television, other events of 1978, 1979 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1978-79 American network television schedule. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1980. ... It has been suggested that Personal attack be merged into this article or section. ... 60 Minutes is an investigative television newsmagazine on United States television, which has run on CBS News since 1968. ... James J. Kilpatrick is a conservative columnist. ... Shana Alexander (October 6, 1925 - June 23, 2005) was an American columnist. ... Template:A year The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an Emmy award winning American actor, comedian and singer most notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoons Animal House and The Blues Brothers. ... Gilda Radners Live From New York LP cover Gilda Susan Radner (28 June 1946 – 20 May 1989) was an American comedian and actress, best known for her five years as part of the original cast of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live. ... Emily Litella, created and portrayed by the late comedienne Gilda Radner (1946-1989) Emily Litella was a fictional character played by comedian Gilda Radner (1946-1989) on Saturday Night Live (SNL), a weekly late-night 90-minute live comedy-variety show on the American NBC network. ... Roseanne Roseannadanna was a character created and portrayed by Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live and later in Radners live one-woman shows. ... Weekend Update has been a platform for Saturday Night Live characters to grow and gain popularity ever since Gilda Radner used it to create Emily Litella and Roseanne Roseannadanna. ...


After Lorne Michaels

The Charles Rocket Era (1980-1981)

Charles Rocket anchoring Weekend Update.
Charles Rocket anchoring Weekend Update.

Much like the rest of SNL, the segment floundered somewhat after the departure of the original cast and producer Lorne Michaels in 1980, though it was arguably the "high point" of the show in an otherwise dismal season. Charles Rocket (later teamed with Gail Matthius) anchored during the ill-fated one-season tenure of new executive producer Jean Doumanian. After Rocket was fired from the show in 1981, he appeared one final time for the 03/07/81 broadcast. Chevy Chase hosted the show, and anchored WU on 04/11/81, the final show of the sixth season (he had done the same during his two previous times hosting, in 1978 and 1980). Image File history File links CharlesrocketWeekendUpdate. ... Image File history File links CharlesrocketWeekendUpdate. ... Charles Rocket, born Charles Adams Claverie (August 24, 1949 – October 7, 2005), was an American film and television actor, most notable for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live as well as for his appearance as the villain Nicholas Andre in Dumb & Dumber. ... Lorne Michaels (born Lorne Michael Lipowitz on November 17, 1944) is an Emmy-winning Canadian-born television producer, writer and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the various film and TV projects that spun off from it. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1980. ... Charles Rocket, born Charles Adams Claverie (August 24, 1949 – October 7, 2005), was an American film and television actor, most notable for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live as well as for his appearance as the villain Nicholas Andre in Dumb & Dumber. ... Gail Matthius, born in 1953, is an American actress and voice actress. ... Jean Doumanian (born c. ... March 7 is the 66th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (67th in leap years). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


SNL Newsbreak (1981-1982)

Brian Doyle-Murray anchoring Weekend Update.
Brian Doyle-Murray anchoring Weekend Update.

Dick Ebersol, executive producer of SNL from 1981 to 1985, didn't make the renamed SNL Newsbreak segment a high priority. The anchor position changed hands frequently, especially during the 1981 season which saw anchor Brian Doyle-Murray teamed first with Mary Gross, then going solo for three months, then back with Mary Gross for one more month before finally being teamed with Christine Ebersole for the remainder of the season. However, both Doyle-Murray and Ebersole were gone by the next year. Image File history File links DoylemurrayWeekendUpdate. ... Image File history File links DoylemurrayWeekendUpdate. ... Brian Doyle-Murray (born October 31, 1945) is an American comedian and actor from Chicago, Illinois. ... Duncan Dick Ebersol (born July 28, 1947 in Torrington, Connecticut) is an American radio and TV manager. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1981. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1985. ... Brian Doyle-Murray (born October 31, 1945) is an American comedian and actor from Chicago, Illinois. ... Mary Gross (born March 25, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American comedian and actress best known for her four-year stint on Saturday Night Live from 1981 to 1985. ... Christine Erbersole Christine Ebersole (b. ...


Saturday Night News

The Brad Hall Era (1982-1983)

Brad Hall anchoring Weekend Update.
Brad Hall anchoring Weekend Update.

Brad Hall took over the desk of Saturday Night News (as it came to be known) for the 1982 and most of the 1983 season. Though he could master the straightforward delivery style of actual news anchors, he was at best mildly received by the audience. Ebersol quietly toyed with the idea of replacing Hall, at one point even offering the job to Hall's fellow cast member and friend Tim Kazurinsky, who turned down the position, seeing the offer as somewhat underhanded. Regardless, Ebersol sacked Hall of his position at the desk at the end of 1983. Image File history File links Hall. ... Image File history File links Hall. ... Hall anchoring Weekend Update Brad Hall (born March 21, 1958, Santa Barbara, California) is an American writer and actor, best known as a Saturday Night Live news anchor on Saturday Night News. ... Hall anchoring Weekend Update Brad Hall (born March 21, 1958, Santa Barbara, California) is an American writer and actor, best known as a Saturday Night Live news anchor on Saturday Night News. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1982. ... // February 8 - Minipops premieres on Channel 4 in the UK. Though a ratings success, it is canceled after the first series due to heavy media criticism. ... Tim Kazurinsky (born March 3, 1950 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania) is a comedian best known for performances on the NBC show Saturday Night Live. ...


Guest Anchors (1983-1984)

For the rest of the 1983-1984 season, and into the next, there was no regular anchor at all, and both cast members and SNL guest hosts took turns at the chair (Hall himself left the show at the end of the 1983-84 season).


The Christopher Guest Era (1984-1985)

Christopher Guest on Weekend Update.
Christopher Guest on Weekend Update.

In December 1984, Christopher Guest became the new permanent anchor, although his tenure was short-lived, as Guest (as well as the rest of the cast) was off the show by next season.
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The Return of Weekend Update

The Dennis Miller Era (1985-1991)

Dennis Miller, who had a 6 year tenure from 1985 - 1991
Dennis Miller, who had a 6 year tenure from 1985 - 1991

In 1985, Michaels returned to the show, bringing back the Weekend Update name with him. The new anchor was the acerbic Dennis Miller, who made the segment his own and remained in the chair for six years. The opening was a parody of the NBC News openings of the mid-1980s, using different songs to open the sequence. Miller's six year tenure as anchor was the longest in SNL's history until Tina Fey tied and later surpassed his record during the 2005-2006 season. Miller opened the segments by saying "Good evening, I'm Dennis Miller and what can I tell ya?" and signed off by saying "That's the news, and I'm outta here!" Image File history File links SNLDennisMiller. ... Image File history File links SNLDennisMiller. ... Dennis Miller (born November 3, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American comedian, political commentator, television personality, and talk radio host. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1985. ... Dennis Miller (born November 3, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American comedian, political commentator, television personality, and talk radio host. ... NBC News plug 2002-Today. ... The 1980s refers to the years of and between 1980 and 1989. ... Elizabeth Stamatina Tina Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American writer, comedian and actress working in the film and television industries. ...


Miller left in 1991; his long success with the segment (whose formula has continued to be a staple of his own series' since leaving SNL) made naming a replacement a challenge, especially considering that Dennis brought respectability back to the segment, after the creative quagmire it had been in. This is a list of television-related events in 1991. ...


The Kevin Nealon Era (1991-1994)

Kevin Nealon took over with his low-key style and delivery reminiscent of former anchor Brad Hall. However, the audience welcomed Nealon, with his "Mr. Subliminal" character and as the straightman in many highlights such as "Operaman" and "Cajun Man" (with both characters being played by Adam Sandler), and Chris Farley's "Bennett Brauer" character. Nealon had a three-year stint at the Update desk before requesting his departure, as he felt his time behind the desk was drawing away from other acting opportunities on the show. Nealon returned for his final season in 1994, making him the only solo anchor to return the following season after having been relieved of his Update duties (albeit voluntarily). Nealon signed off with the tag line "I'm Kevin Nealon, and that's news to me." Kevin Nealon Kevin Nealon (born November 18, 1953 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American comedian and actor best known for the characters he played on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995. ... Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and musician. ... Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1994. ...


The Norm MacDonald Era (1994-1997)

Norm MacDonald, quite possibly the most controversial Weekend Update anchor in the history of Saturday Night Live.
Norm MacDonald, quite possibly the most controversial Weekend Update anchor in the history of Saturday Night Live.

Nealon's successor was Norm MacDonald, who began the segment with "I'm Norm MacDonald, and here's the fake news." Chevy Chase once deemed MacDonald the only anchor since Chase himself to have "done it right". MacDonald's sometimes controversial comedic style differed greatly from other anchors before and since. He relied heavily on running gags (such as repeated references to Frank Stallone, David Hasselhoff, and Demi Moore's breasts), stereotypes, and general outrageousness, including audacious attacks on public figures such as O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson. His smirking, deadpan delivery inspired devoted fans as well as ardent opponents. Image File history File links Normmacdonald-weekendupdate. ... Image File history File links Normmacdonald-weekendupdate. ... Norman Gene Macdonald (born October 17, 1963 in Quebec City) was an actor and comedian. ... Norm MacDonald Norman Gene MacDonald (born October 17, 1963) is a bilingual Canadian actor and comedian. ... Distorted news or planted news are terms in journalism for two deviated aspects of the wider news media wherein media outlets deliberately present false data, evidence, or sources as factual, in contradiction to the ethical practices in professional journalism. ... Frank Stallone, Jr. ... David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland), nicknamed The Hoff, is a tall (64 or 193 cm) American actor, singer and songwriter who is best known for his lead roles on Knight Rider and Baywatch. ... Demi Moore (born Demetria Gene Guynes on November 11, 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico) is an American actress. ... Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947, San Francisco, California, United States) also known by his initials O.J. and his nickname The Juice, is a retired American football player who achieved stardom at the collegiate and professional levels. ... For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ...


Much like the 1980 season many years earlier, Weekend Update during MacDonald's first year at the desk was considered a "high-point" in a season when ratings, substance and laughter were lacking. By 1997, however, it appeared to some that his style had grown stale. On certain nights he would preside over entire Update sketches receiving nothing more than a few minor chuckles from the studio audience. His stint as Weekend Update anchor ended in controversy in December 1997, when he was sacked upon the insistence of NBC West Coast Executive Don Ohlmeyer, who, ironically, had earlier pushed Lorne to put MacDonald behind the Update desk in 1994. Ohlmeyer, a friend of Simpson's, was reportedly upset by MacDonald's frequent jokes at the expense of the former football player. This is a list of television-related events in 1980. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... Don Ohlmeyer (born circa 1945) is an American television producer and former president of the NBC networks West Coast division. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1994. ...


The Colin Quinn Era (1998-2000)

Colin Quinn during the Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live.
Colin Quinn during the Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live.

MacDonald was replaced by Colin Quinn, who started on the first episode of 1998 and served through the 1999-2000 season. At the beginning of his first show, Quinn gave a short monologue implying that Norm had shown him "the ropes" to being a Weekend Update anchor. Quinn asked the audience if they had ever gone to their favorite bar looking for their favorite bartender and found out the bartender had been replaced (by a less qualified man named "Steve"). After a brief pause, Quinn looked flatly at the audience and proclaimed, "Well I'm Steve." Image File history File links Colinquinnsnl. ... Image File history File links Colinquinnsnl. ... Colin Quinn Colin Quinn (born June 6, 1959) is a Irish-American comedian, best known for his five years in the cast of Saturday Night Live. ... Colin Quinn Colin Quinn (born June 6, 1959) is a Irish-American comedian, best known for his five years in the cast of Saturday Night Live. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1998. ...


During his time behind the Update desk, Quinn presided over much of the highly publicized Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal, the Microsoft Anti-Trust Trial, and the Elian Gonzalez controversy. However, he was typecast as a boorish New Yorker, and his consistent mumbling and fumbling of words made him only moderately popular with the audience. His sign-off was "I'm Colin Quinn, that's my story and I'm sticking to it." Quinn left the show in 2000.
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The Return to Dual Anchors

The Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon Era (2000-2004)

Over the summer of 2000, cast members auditioned to be replacements. Among the candidates were comics Kevin Brennan and Jeffrey Ross, and two duos: Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell; and Jimmy Fallon and writer Tina Fey. The latter group got the nod, and they made their first on-air appearance that October. The Fallon-Fey team caught on with viewers and the press quickly, especially younger viewers, and both anchors appeared on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly in 2002. However, Fallon was criticized for his inability to keep a straight face while delivering jokes (during his time on the show, he had a similar problem when appearing in sketches). Fallon ended each Weekend Update sketch by throwing his pen at the camera (almost certainly a homage to late night talk show host David Letterman), and cheering if he managed to hit it. However, the team always remained popular with the audience, both in the studio and at home. This is a list of television-related events in 2000. ... Kevin Brennan is the name of several notable people: Kevin Brennan (politician) (born 1959), British Labour Party politician and MP. Kevin Brennan (comedian) (born 1960), American comedian. ... Jeffrey Ross is a stand-up comedian, actor & director who currently provides the voice for the beagle Buddy in the MTV2 Sicemation animated satire program Where My Dogs At?. As a stand-up comic, Jeffrey has appeared TV shows like The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show... Ana Kristina Gasteyer (born May 4, 1967) is an American actress and comedian. ... Joined SNL 1998 Status Repertory Web Page [1] Thomas Christopher Chris Parnell (born February 5, 1967 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an actor and comedian who was Saturday Night Live cast member in 1998-2001 and 2002-2006. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Elizabeth Stamatina Tina Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American writer, comedian and actress working in the film and television industries. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ... David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947 is an award-winning American television personality, late night talk show host, television producer, Indy Racing League car owner and philanthropist. ...


Recurring features of the Fallon/Fey updates included the "Update Door", a door on the left of the set where celebrities, as impersonated by SNL cast members, would walk through to do a commentary, a segment called "Terrible ReEnactments" in which Chris Kattan would do a intentionally bad re-enactment of a news story that had occured during the week (usually the story involved a celebrity being injured) and regular appearances from Jeff Richards's Drunk Girl character. Christopher Lee Kattan (born October 19, 1970) is a comedian, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


The Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Era (2004-2006)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the anchors of Weekend Update from 2004-2006.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the anchors of Weekend Update from 2004-2006.

After a popular four-year run, Fallon left to pursue a film career in 2004, and was replaced by Fey's longtime friend and fellow cast member Amy Poehler as co-anchor, giving the sketch its first two-woman anchor team. The all-female pairing won praise from many critics, but some critics said they felt the segment was beginning to take after The Daily Show, relying heavily on political humor and video footage, especially during the 2004-2005 season. In addition, some people believed that Fey, who by this time had mainstream success with the movie Mean Girls, had become somewhat bored with Update, as most of her jokes questioned the intelligence of George W. Bush, and Poehler, like Fallon before her, was criticized for her constant giggling and ad-libbing between jokes. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler from Weekend Update, taken from an episode aired 10/23/2004. ... Tina Fey and Amy Poehler from Weekend Update, taken from an episode aired 10/23/2004. ... Elizabeth Stamatina Tina Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American writer, comedian and actress working in the film and television industries. ... Amy Poehler in SNLs opening credits. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2004. ... Amy Poehler in SNLs opening credits. ... The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning half-hour American satiric news television program produced by and run on the Comedy Central cable television network. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2004. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2005. ... Mean Girls is a 2004 film written by (and co-starring) Tina Fey. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...


The 2005 season began with Poehler returning behind the desk, however Fey temporarily left the show after giving birth to her first child, and was replaced briefly by Horatio Sanz as co-anchor. Fey returned to the show in October for the season's third live episode. The 2005-06 season finale's Weekend Update ended with an apparent sendoff for Fey, who is now writing and starring in a prime time sitcom, 30 Rock, that premiered on NBC in October 2006. Fey officially announced her departure from SNL in July 2006. This is a list of television-related events in 2005. ... Joined SNL 1998 Status Repertory Web Page [1] Horatio Sanz (he used to be a porn star and his stage name was Fellatio Sanz) (born June 4, 1969) is a comedian and actor who is best known as a former cast member of Saturday Night Live. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... This article is about the TV series. ...


The two anchors from this era appeared around the end of the political film Man of the Year (2006) (starring Robin Williams) with this sketch making an appearance as well. Coincidentally, Williams was once a special guest on Weekend Update (when it was Saturday Night News) as an anchor. Man of the Year is a comedy movie directed by Barry Levinson and featuring an ensemble cast with Robin Williams in the lead role. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ...


The Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers Era (2006-Present)

Amy Poehler has continued with new co-anchor Seth Meyers for the 2006-2007 season.[1] Amy Poehler in SNLs opening credits. ... Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) is an American actor and comedian best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live (SNL). ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2007. ...


During the season, Poehler had somewhat improved her anchoring style, becoming more deadpan in her delivery and reducing the amount of giggling she did in between jokes. Meyers, in his first season as co-anchor, seemed to mirror past anchors Nealon and MacDonald in his style, and generally received good reviews, but some viewers criticized him for doing a number of jokes in which he linked the Islam faith with terrorism. Islam (Arabic:  ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. ... Terrorist redirects here. ...


Weekend Update anchors

A total of 30 people have anchored the Weekend Update desk...some more memorable than others. Below is a complete list of any and all who have served as an anchor at one time, or another, and the season(s) which they served. Note that throughout most of 1984 different cast members, special guests, or the weekly host handled the task. Those individuals - denoted in italics - are also listed below:


Season 1 (1975-76):

Season 2 (1976-77): Chevy Chase (born Cornelius Crane Chase on October 8, 1943) is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. ...

  • Weekend Update with Chevy Chase (Last: 30 OCT 1976)
  • Weekend Update with Jane Curtin (First: 25 SEP 1976)
  • Weekend Update with Jane Curtin and Buck Henry (20 FEB 1977)[2]

Chase began the season as anchor on September 18, but missed the next two episodes due to an injury sustained while performing a sketch in the season's first episode. He was replaced by Curtin during his absence. Chase returned to the show (and to the Weekend Update desk) October 16-30. Jane Curtin permanently took over Weekend Update beginning November 13. Buck Henry co-anchored with Curtin on the Mardi Gras special. Jane Curtin - Promo Picture from 3rd Rock from the Sun Jane Therese Curtin (born September 6, 1947) is an American actress and comedian, from Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Buck Henry Zuckerman (born December 9, 1930 in New York, New York) is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his work in television, film, comedy, and satire. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 62 days remaining. ... November 13 is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 48 days remaining. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Shrove Tuesday. ...


Season 3 (1977-78):'

Seasons 4 & 5 (1978-80): Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ...

Season 6 (1980-81): William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning American comedian and actor. ...

  • Weekend Update with Charles Rocket
  • Weekend Update with Charles Rocket and Gail Matthius (10 JAN 1981 - 21 FEB 1981)
  • SNL NewsLine with Charles Rocket (07 MAR 1981)
  • Weekend Update with Chevy Chase (11 APR 1981)

Season 7 (1981-82): Charles Rocket, born Charles Adams Claverie (August 24, 1949 – October 7, 2005), was an American film and television actor, most notable for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live as well as for his appearance as the villain Nicholas Andre in Dumb & Dumber. ... Gail Matthius, born in 1953, is an American actress and voice actress. ...

  • SNL NewsBreak with Brian Doyle-Murray and Mary Gross (03 OCT 1981 - 17 OCT 1981)
  • SNL NewsBreak with Brian Doyle-Murray (31 OCT 1981 - 06 FEB 1982)
  • SNL NewsBreak with Brian Doyle-Murray and Mary Gross (20 FEB 1982 - 20 MAR 1982)
  • SNL NewsBreak with Brian Doyle-Murray and Christine Ebersole (27 MAR 1982 - 22 MAY 1982)

Season 8 (1982-83): Brian Doyle-Murray (born October 31, 1945) is an American comedian and actor from Chicago, Illinois. ... Mary Gross (born March 25, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American comedian and actress best known for her four-year stint on Saturday Night Live from 1981 to 1985. ... Christine Erbersole Christine Ebersole (b. ...

Season 9 (1983-84): (Cast member unless otherwise noted) Hall anchoring Weekend Update Brad Hall (born March 21, 1958, Santa Barbara, California) is an American writer and actor, best known as a Saturday Night Live news anchor on Saturday Night News. ...

  • Saturday Night News with Brad Hall (Last: 21 JAN 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with host Don Rickles (28 JAN 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with host Robin Williams (11 FEB 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with Joe Piscopo (18 FEB 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with special guest Edwin Newman (25 FEB 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with host Billy Crystal (as Fernando Lamas) (17 MAR 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with host Michael Douglas (07 APR 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with host George McGovern (14 APR 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with host Billy Crystal (as Fernando Lamas) (05 MAY 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with special guest Edwin Newman (12 MAY 1984)

Season 10 (1984-85): (Cast member unless otherwise noted) Donald Jay Rickles (born May 8, 1926 in New York City, New York) is an American comedian, film actor, and voice actor. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... Joe Piscopo (born June 17, 1951, Passaic, New Jersey) is an American comedian, known for his work on Saturday Night Live. ... Edwin Newman (born January 25, 1919) is a journalist and writer. ... Billy Crystal (born Israel William Krisstalsterne on March 14, 1947 in Long Beach, New York) is a Jewish American actor, writer, producer, comedian and film director. ... Fernando Lamas (born January 9, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; died October 8, 1982 in Los Angeles, California) was an Argentine actor and director. ... Douglas at the Cinedom Movie Theater in Cologne, Germany, January, 1997 For other people bearing this name, see Michael Douglas (disambiguation). ... George McGovern on May 8, 1972 cover of Time Magazine George Stanley McGovern, Ph. ...

  • Saturday Night News with Billy Crystal (as Fernando Lamas) (06 OCT 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with host Bob Uecker (13 OCT 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with host Jesse Jackson (20 OCT 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with special guest Edwin Newman (03 NOV 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with host George Carlin (10 NOV 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with host Ed Asner (17 NOV 1984)
  • Saturday Night News with Christopher Guest (01 DEC 1984 - 13 APR 1985)

Seasons 11 - 16 (1985-91): Robert George Uecker ((IPA pronunciation: [], a homophone of the card game Euchre)(born January 26, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American former Major League Baseball player, later an award-winning sportscaster, comedian and actor. ... Jesse Louis Jackson (born October 8, 1941) is an American politician, civil rights activist, and Baptist minister. ... George Dennis Carlin (born May 12, 1937 in New York, New York)[2] is a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. ... Edward Asner Edward Ed Asner (born November 15, 1929) is an American Actor best known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and later continued in a spinoff series, Lou Grant. ... Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948), is a British/American comedian, actor, writer, director, composer, and musician known as Christopher Guest. ...

Seasons 17 - 19 (1991-94): Dennis Miller (born November 3, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American comedian, political commentator, television personality, and talk radio host. ...

Seasons 20 - 22 (1994-97): Kevin Nealon Kevin Nealon (born November 18, 1953 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American comedian and actor best known for the characters he played on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995. ...

Season 23 (1997-98): Norman Gene Macdonald (born October 17, 1963 in Quebec City) was an actor and comedian. ...

  • Weekend Update with Norm Macdonald (Last: 13 DEC 1997)
  • Weekend Update with Colin Quinn (First: 10 JAN 1998)

Seasons 24 & 25 (1998-2000): Colin Quinn Colin Quinn (born June 6, 1959) is a Irish-American comedian, best known for his five years in the cast of Saturday Night Live. ...

  • Weekend Update with Colin Quinn

Seasons 26 - 29 (2000-04):

Season 30 (2004-05): This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Elizabeth Stamatina Tina Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American writer, comedian and actress working in the film and television industries. ...

Season 31 (2005-06) Amy Poehler in SNLs opening credits. ...

  • Weekend Update with Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz (Last: 08 OCT 2005) (billed as Weekend Update with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler)
  • Weekend Update with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (First: 22 OCT 2005)

Season 32 (2006-07) Joined SNL 1998 Status Repertory Web Page [1] Horatio Sanz (he used to be a porn star and his stage name was Fellatio Sanz) (born June 4, 1969) is a comedian and actor who is best known as a former cast member of Saturday Night Live. ...

Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) is an American actor and comedian best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live (SNL). ...

Weekend Update anchors: the tote board

As of December 2, 2006

Name Appearances as WU anchor Total number of appearances
As anchor As co-anchor
Tina Fey - 117 117
Dennis Miller 110 1 111
Jane Curtin 20 60 80
Jimmy Fallon - 80 80
Norm Macdonald 69 - 69
Kevin Nealon 61 - 61
Colin Quinn 49 - 49
Amy Poehler - 48 48
Bill Murray - 40 40
Chevy Chase 29 2 31
Brad Hall 30 - 30
Brian Doyle-Murray 8 12 20
Dan Aykroyd - 20 20
Charles Rocket 6 6 12
Christopher Guest 11 - 11
Seth Meyers - 11 11
Christine Ebersole - 6 6
Mary Gross - 6 6
Gail Matthius - 6 6
Edwin Newman 3 - 3
Billy Crystal as Fernando Lamas 3 - 3
Horatio Sanz - 2 2
Ed Asner 1 - 1
George Carlin 1 - 1
Michael Douglas 1 - 1
Buck Henry - 1 1
Jesse Jackson 1 - 1
George McGovern 1 - 1
Joe Piscopo 1 - 1
Don Rickles 1 - 1
Bob Uecker 1 - 1
Robin Williams 1 - 1

Elizabeth Stamatina Tina Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American writer, comedian and actress working in the film and television industries. ... Dennis Miller (born November 3, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American comedian, political commentator, television personality, and talk radio host. ... Jane Curtin - Promo Picture from 3rd Rock from the Sun Jane Therese Curtin (born September 6, 1947) is an American actress and comedian, from Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Norman Gene Macdonald (born October 17, 1963 in Quebec City) was an actor and comedian. ... Kevin Nealon Kevin Nealon (born November 18, 1953 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American comedian and actor best known for the characters he played on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995. ... Colin Quinn Colin Quinn (born June 6, 1959) is a Irish-American comedian, best known for his five years in the cast of Saturday Night Live. ... Amy Poehler in SNLs opening credits. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning American comedian and actor. ... Chevy Chase (born Cornelius Crane Chase on October 8, 1943) is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. ... Hall anchoring Weekend Update Brad Hall (born March 21, 1958, Santa Barbara, California) is an American writer and actor, best known as a Saturday Night Live news anchor on Saturday Night News. ... Brian Doyle-Murray (born October 31, 1945) is an American comedian and actor from Chicago, Illinois. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Charles Rocket, born Charles Adams Claverie (August 24, 1949 – October 7, 2005), was an American film and television actor, most notable for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live as well as for his appearance as the villain Nicholas Andre in Dumb & Dumber. ... Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948), is a British/American comedian, actor, writer, director, composer, and musician known as Christopher Guest. ... Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) is an American actor and comedian best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live (SNL). ... Christine Erbersole Christine Ebersole (b. ... Mary Gross (born March 25, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American comedian and actress best known for her four-year stint on Saturday Night Live from 1981 to 1985. ... Gail Matthius, born in 1953, is an American actress and voice actress. ... Edwin Newman (born January 25, 1919) is a journalist and writer. ... Billy Crystal (born Israel William Krisstalsterne on March 14, 1947 in Long Beach, New York) is a Jewish American actor, writer, producer, comedian and film director. ... Fernando Lamas (born January 9, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; died October 8, 1982 in Los Angeles, California) was an Argentine actor and director. ... Joined SNL 1998 Status Repertory Web Page [1] Horatio Sanz (he used to be a porn star and his stage name was Fellatio Sanz) (born June 4, 1969) is a comedian and actor who is best known as a former cast member of Saturday Night Live. ... Edward Asner Edward Ed Asner (born November 15, 1929) is an American Actor best known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and later continued in a spinoff series, Lou Grant. ... George Dennis Carlin (born May 12, 1937 in New York, New York)[2] is a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. ... Douglas at the Cinedom Movie Theater in Cologne, Germany, January, 1997 For other people bearing this name, see Michael Douglas (disambiguation). ... Buck Henry Zuckerman (born December 9, 1930 in New York, New York) is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his work in television, film, comedy, and satire. ... Jesse Louis Jackson (born October 8, 1941) is an American politician, civil rights activist, and Baptist minister. ... George McGovern on May 8, 1972 cover of Time Magazine George Stanley McGovern, Ph. ... Joe Piscopo (born June 17, 1951, Passaic, New Jersey) is an American comedian, known for his work on Saturday Night Live. ... Donald Jay Rickles (born May 8, 1926 in New York City, New York) is an American comedian, film actor, and voice actor. ... Robert George Uecker ((IPA pronunciation: [], a homophone of the card game Euchre)(born January 26, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American former Major League Baseball player, later an award-winning sportscaster, comedian and actor. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ...

References

  1. ^ Bauder, David (September 21, 2006). Seth Meyers to co-anchor `SNL's `Update'. Associated Press. Yahoo! News. Retrieved on September 24, 2006.
  2. ^ SNL Transcripts Mardi Gras Special 02-20-77 Weekend Update with Jane Curtin and Buck Henry.

September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... Yahoo! News is an Internet-based news aggregator provided by Yahoo!. It features Top Stories, U.S. National, World, Business, Entertainment, Science, Health, Weather, Most Popular, News Photos, Op/Ed, and Local news. ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

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