Narrated by David Bushman, Television and Mass Media Curator for The Paley Center
With comedy sketches, guest hosts, and musical performances, Saturday Night Live resembles one of NBC’s earliest hits, Your Show of Shows, which aired from 1950 to 1954, also live from New York. Both shows are legendary for launching the careers of comedic giants: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, and Neil Simon on Your Show of Shows and Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, and far too many more to name on SNL. While many Saturday Night Live alumni have been lured to Hollywood, others continue to work here in New York, like Tonight’s Jimmy Fallon and Late Night’s Seth Meyers. Martin Short and frequent SNL guest host Steve Martin recently made Only Murders in the Building here for Hulu. Tina Fey’s New York sitcom 30 Rock, airing from 2006 to 2013, a three-time Emmy winner for outstanding comedy series, reunited her with SNL’s Tracy Morgan, and Fey would go on to create another great New York sitcom, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for Netflix in 2015.