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On This Day In Photos: Saturday Night Live Is Born

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ON this Day In Photos: October 11 1975 – Lorne Michaels and Dick Ebersol’s Saturday Night Live debuts on NBC TV, with George Carlin as the host and guests Janis Ian, Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian and Billy Preston.

Highlights would include:

Bill Murray; Sinéad O’Connor singing the word “evil” while ripping up a [photo of the Pope, Ashley Simpson being caught miming; Rage Against the Machine being censored; Eddie Murphy;

Joe Piscopo: Good evening. I’m Joe Piscopo. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy. We’ve brought together these three people to share with us their members of the day they learned that President Kennedy had been shot. Jim, let’s start with you. What were you doing when you heard President Kennedy had been shot?
James Belushi: Well, I was in college and I was walking across the quad to call and this guy runs up and says ‘President Kennedy has been shot’, so I…
Joe Piscopo: Wait; how old are you?
James Belushi: I’m 26. So anyway, I went looking for a TV and…
Joe Piscopo: Wait a minute. You’re telling us you were in college at age 6?
James Belushi: No, I was 19. Anyway…
Joe Piscopo: WAit a minute! You didn’t know President Kennedy had been shot until eight years ago?
James Belushi: Well, hey now; you know, I was busy with school and girls and playing sports and stuff and I really wasn’t into current events;

Harry Shearer; and

George W. Bush: I’m gonna be around for a long time. On the job, making the tough decisions 24/7. That’s 24 hours a week, 7 months a year.

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