How ‘SNL’ turned into a ‘SNAPSHOT’ for the GOP
Posted On August 9, 2021
On the evening of April 30, 1994, at 8:20 p.m., a group of Republicans in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives were discussing whether to pass a state budget.
That’s when the show “Saturday Night Live” began.
And it was there that the first “SNL” sketch was conceived.
“It was the first sketch I wrote, and I did the whole thing,” Stewart told the New York Times.
“I was in New York and had to be in New Jersey by 8:30 or 8:40 to go out and meet with the people who had come to the Capitol and get their signatures.
And they came from Pennsylvania.
And I thought, I’m going to make it look like a comedy show.”
The first SNL sketch is now the most watched show in television history.
But its creators had little idea of the political significance of the show’s opening monologue.
In the 1980s, when “SNLA” debuted, it was a little-known sketch that mocked a Republican mayor in Pennsylvania.
Then, when the first SNLA sketch featured a woman in the audience, it became a rallying cry for Democratic voters.
Stewart wrote the show to highlight the “political power of comedy,” but he also wanted to “make people laugh.”
“And I think that, because of that, it’s probably more popular than most other things that we’ve written,” Stewart said.
“People are going to be laughing at it because it’s funny, and they’re going to look at it and think, this is so funny.
They’re going, I wonder what’s going on?
And they’re just going to say, ‘I wonder what you’re talking about?’
And that’s the end of it.”
Stewart’s sketch that aired that night was called “The Daily Show.”
It featured Stewart as a correspondent for “SNLL,” and he brought in “The Simpsons” writers Jon and Marge Simpson as writers.
He even had an appearance by Marge and Jon on stage.
Stewart joked that he was the one who coined the phrase “SNALLS.”
But it wasn’t the first time he’d used it.
In his book “The Art of Comedy,” Stewart wrote that he’d done a skit that would be aired on “SNOW.”
“I had a skittishness,” he said.
But Stewart had been “watching SNALLS” for three years, so he was already familiar with the formula.
“So I thought it was perfect,” Stewart recalled.
“And so I wrote it.
I thought this is really funny.
I said, ‘Let’s just do this.’
And we did it.
And that was it.”
In the sketch, he made fun of “The Weather Channel,” the “Daily Show,” and the “SNLM.”
The “Daily” sketch featured Jon and Bart Simpson as two friends who go on an “SNOLF” talk show.
Stewart was impressed with how “SNAM” turned into “SNLS.”
“They’re a bit of a comedy-sport show,” Stewart joked.
“You’re watching SNL, you’re watching ‘SNAM,’ you’re on the weather channel.
And then the weather show goes on and on and there’s this big news bulletin.
It’s like a sports broadcast.
And so you have to take the weather in stride.
And there’s one moment when they’re talking on ‘SNALLES’ and it’s like, ‘Oh, this one’s going to go off the air.
This one’s really going to blow up.’
And they start talking about ‘SNLL.’
And then you know, it turns out that they were going to talk about ‘the weather’ on the show, and it was going to really blow up.”
Stewart also joked that “SNELLS” was an extension of “SNALL.”
“It’s a great idea, I think,” Stewart laughed.
Stewart, who was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended Georgetown University. “
SNL became a staple of the television landscape.
Stewart, who was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended Georgetown University.
He graduated from Georgetown in 1982.
His first job out of high school was as a waiter at the Lincoln Club in Washington.
After college, Stewart went on to do radio, radio, TV, and commercials.
He later began a comedy career as a writer for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and later, as host of the Comedy Central series “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.”
Stewart was named the host of “Weekend Update” and “Parks and Recreation” in 1993.
Stewart left the show in 2006 to focus on the “Saturday Show” and the writing of his book.
He died of lung cancer in December 2018. “