I couldn't help but laugh at #4. Sorry, Chevy. I love this list! I can't believe all the big names who auditioned and failed. Thanks, Buzzfeed!
1. George Carlin was the first host in SNL history 37 years ago
2. Lorne Michaels once offered The Beatles $3,000 to reunite on the show. John and Paul were watching and considered hopping in a cab from The Dakota building* on 72nd St, but were "too tired."
*smg009 thank you!
3. Paul McCartney is the only musician to play 4 songs
4. Bill Murray once punched Chevy Chase in the face minutes before his opening monologue
5. Larry David once quit the show because his sketches weren't being used, only to return the next morning as though nothing happened
It was the inspiration for the "Seinfeld" episode "The Revenge."
6. Adam Sandler and Chris Farley were both fired
7. Johnny Knoxville turned down an opportunity to join the cast in 1995. Five years prior to "Jackass"
8. Steve Carell and his wife Nancy Walls both auditioned for the show in 1995
9. Carell was beat out by SNL-legend Will Ferrell
10. Nancy made the cut
11. Stephen Colbert was a writer during the 97-98 season
12. Colbert and Carrell voiced the "Ambiguously Gay Duo"
13. Former cast member Rob Riggle is a Lt. Colonel in the USMC Reserves
14. Chris Parnell is the only cast member to be fired twice
15. Alec Baldwin has hosted 16 times. Most in SNL history.
16. Larry the Lobster on "Spongebob Squarepants" is rumored to have gotten his name from an Eddie Murphy skit.
17. Bob Odenkirk (aka Saul Goodman from "Breaking Bad") created Chris Farley's motivational speaker character Matt Foley.
18. In 1975 Candice Bergen hosted the lowest rated episode in the show's history.
19. Louis C.K. auditioned, and failed to make the cast in 1993.
20. Donald Glover auditioned to play Barack Obama...
21. ...so did Wyatt Cenac...
22. ...and Jordan Peele.
23. John Candy turned down an opportunity to join the cast
24. Matt LeBlanc is the only cast member of "Friends" to never host SNL
25. Cypress Hill was banned from the show for smoking weed during their live performance
26. Steven Seagal was banned for being an asshole to the cast and crew
27. G.E. Smith (aka the mid-90s band leader with awesome hair) was the guitarist for Hall and Oates
28. Kristin Gore, the inventor of the internet's daughter, wrote for the show...
29. ...so did Mel Brooks' son, Max...
30. ...and Regis Philbin's daughter, J.J...
31. ...where she met her husband, Michael Schur (aka the creator of "Parks and Recreation")
32. The show had to drop it's "live" label in favor of a 7-second delay for unpredicable hosts, Richard Pryor and Andrew Dice Clay
33. The worst SNL-inspired film, "It's Pat," made only $60,822 worldwide
34. The show's first-ever cancellation was due to the famous 1986 World Series game when the New York Mets beat the Boston Red Sox due to Bill Buckner's error
Mets pitcher, Ron Darling, apologized to SNL audience the next week.
35. Dane Cook auditioned in 2002, but lost out to Will Forte
36. Kel Mitchell auditioned in 2004, but lost out to his "Goodburger" co-star Kenan Thompson
37. In 1975 SNL made a parody commercial about a 3-bladed razor. Twenty-three years later the Gillette Mach3 debuted