Saturday Night Live Debuted On This Day in 1975 with Host George Carlin


On the very first Saturday Night Live broadcast, on Oct. 11, 1975, George Carlin hosted and Billy Preston and Janice Ian were the musical guests.

Carlin laid on the audience his famous routine comparing the “toughness” of football to the “niceness” of baseball.

Preston performed “Nothing From Nothing,” and Ian performed her hit of the day “At Seventeen.”

George Carlin monologue on SNL #1 

In the beginning, 44 years ago, the repertory was comprised of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Garret Morris Laraine Newman, Michael O’Donoghue, George Coe and Gilda Radner.

Check out clips and an interview with talk show host, Tom Snyder here.