How SNL Became the Most Successful Comedy Show Ever

September 29, 2014 2:04 PM

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There’s a fun game I like to play called “Spot the Saturday Night Live Alum.” It’s a simple game, usually played when I’m watching a TV show or movie and suddenly think, “Was Billy Murray on Saturday Night Live or was he just friends with everyone who was?” (Answer: Of course he was. It’s his Caddyshack director and Ghostbusters co-star Harold Ramis who wasn’t.)

The game can be trickier than you’d think. Who on Showtime’s Shameless came from SNL? That would be Joan Cusack, a cast member for one season in the 1980s. Anthony Michael Hall connects the show to pretty much every 1980s teen movie. Steve Higgens, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show announcer and the inspi...

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