Saturday Night Live, Hollywood Comedy, and American Culture: by J. Whalley

By J. Whalley

Saturday evening dwell, Hollywood Comedy, and American tradition sheds new mild at the ways that Saturday evening reside s confrontational, boundary-pushing procedure spilled over into movie construction, contributing to a few of the most important hits in Hollywood background, akin to nationwide Lampoon s Animal condominium, Ghostbusters, and Beverly Hills Cop. Jim Whalley additionally considers how SNL has tailored to fulfill the desires of next generations, launching the movie careers of Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell and others within the method. Supported through broad archival study, a few of Hollywood s hottest comedians are positioned into the contexts of movie and tv comedian traditions and social and cultural traits in American lifestyles.

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56 In the first season an appeal was made for viewers to send in their own short films, with the cheerful proviso that, in doing so, they waived all rights to their material (eventually three were shown). In season three, an “anyone can host” contest was launched, where viewers could write in to argue why they should be given the chance to appear. Five genuine finalists were then selected and presented on the show and subjected to a postal vote. ” Having finally broken into television, the baby boomers had set about removing some of the barriers that had previously alienated their generation from the medium.

As the Michaels’ Playboy quote suggests, there is a question of the extent to which SNL was able to use its uniquely attractive audience to disregard the codes of conduct that governed the rest of television, or whether, noticing the dividends the show was returning, and with no meaningful numbers of alternative viewers to upset at such an hour, NBC unofficially turned a blind eye. But regardless of the show’s actual revolutionary worth, what seems clear is that it was in the interests of all involved that SNL appear to be a renegade element.

As internal political pressure started to outweigh the economic benefits, CBS chose to end their association, publicly contributing further to the rift between the young and television. Very much the product of NBC’s smoke-filled boardroom deliberations, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In (1968–73) approached the problem from the opposite angle. Again using the variety format, the show was more formally daring, being largely assembled from rapidly edited oneline gags and featuring costumes and sets that ref lected contemporary youth culture.

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