Saturday Night Live season 8

The eighth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 25, 1982, and May 14, 1983.

Saturday Night Live
Season 8
The title card for the eighth season of Saturday Night Live.
No. of episodes20
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 25, 1982 (1982-09-25) –
May 14, 1983 (1983-05-14)
Season chronology
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List of episodes

Format changes edit

Dick Ebersol brought back the show's cold openings that ended with "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" and the monologues by the hosts. Ebersol also changed Weekend Update's name for the second time, to Saturday Night News. Since Brian Doyle-Murray and Christine Ebersole had both been dropped, a new anchor was needed for the segment. Brad Hall got the gig and became the new anchor.

Notable moments edit

Notable moments of this season included Drew Barrymore hosting the show—the youngest ever person to host. During the episode, the audience at home was given the chance to vote on whether or not Andy Kaufman should be banned from the show. The vote was conducted by a 1-900 number. At the end of the show, Kaufman was banned from ever performing on SNL again.

Another notable moment was when Eddie Murphy hosted the show. Murphy substituted for his 48 Hours co-star Nick Nolte. Murphy became the only person to have hosted the show while still a cast member. He announced "Live from New York, it's the Eddie Murphy Show!"

Cast edit

Before the start of the season. Brian Doyle-Murray, Christine Ebersole and Tony Rosato were dropped and replaced by Brad Hall, Gary Kroeger and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Cast roster edit

Repertory players

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

Writers edit

Before the season, Paul Barrosse was added as a writer.

This season's writers were Paul Barrosse, Barry W. Blaustein, Robin Duke, Ellen L. Fogle, Nate Herman, Tim Kazurinsky, Andy Kurtzman, Eddie Murphy, Pamela Norris, Margaret Oberman, Joe Piscopo, David Sheffield, Andrew Smith, Bob Tischler, Tracy Tormé and Eliot Wald. The head writers were Bob Tischler and Andrew Smith.

Episodes edit

No. in
Host(s)Musical guest(s)Original air date
1401Chevy ChaseQueenSeptember 25, 1982 (1982-09-25)

1412Louis Gossett Jr.George Thorogood & the DestroyersOctober 2, 1982 (1982-10-02)

1423Ron HowardThe ClashOctober 9, 1982 (1982-10-09)

1434Howard HessemanMen at WorkOctober 23, 1982 (1982-10-23)

1445Michael KeatonThe New Joe Jackson BandOctober 30, 1982 (1982-10-30)

1456Robert BlakeKenny LogginsNovember 13, 1982 (1982-11-13)

  • Kenny Loggins performs "Heart to Heart" and "I Gotta Try".[1]
  • Merv Griffin appeared in the cold opening.
  • During the week, Blake was very hard to work with and reportedly threw a crumpled script into the face of cast member/writer Gary Kroeger. Blake would be banned from ever hosting again.
1467Drew BarrymoreSqueezeNovember 20, 1982 (1982-11-20)

  • Squeeze performs "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)".[1]
  • At age 7, Barrymore is the youngest person to host Saturday Night Live.
  • During this episode, the audience at home was given the chance to vote on whether or not Andy Kaufman, a regular guest on SNL, should be banned from the show. The vote was conducted via a 1-900 number. At the end of the night, the people had spoken, and Kaufman was banned from ever performing on SNL again.
1478The Smothers BrothersLaura BraniganDecember 4, 1982 (1982-12-04)

  • Laura Branigan performs "Gloria" and "Living a Lie".[1]
1489Eddie MurphyLionel RichieDecember 11, 1982 (1982-12-11)

14910Lily TomlinTomlin as Purvis HawkinsJanuary 22, 1983 (1983-01-22)

  • Lily Tomlin acts as both host and musical guest for this episode.
  • Tomlin (as Hawkins) performs "We Care"[2]
  • As Murphy did the episode before, Tomlin opens the show by announcing: "Live from New York, it's the Lily Tomlin Show!"
  • Andy Kaufman makes a guest appearance in a pre-taped segment, ostensibly as "bought commercial time" since this is the only way he can still get to appear on SNL. It would be the last time Kaufman would appear on any form on SNL.
  • Guest appearances by Bob and Doug McKenzie to promote the following week's show.
15011Rick Moranis
Dave Thomas
The BusBoysJanuary 29, 1983 (1983-01-29)

  • The BusBoys perform "The Boys Are Back in Town" and "New Shoes".[1]
15112Sid CaesarJoe Cocker
Jennifer Warnes
February 5, 1983 (1983-02-05)

15213Howard HessemanTom Petty & The HeartbreakersFebruary 19, 1983 (1983-02-19)

15314Beau Bridges
Jeff Bridges
Randy NewmanFebruary 26, 1983 (1983-02-26)

  • Randy Newman performs "I Love L.A." and "Real Emotional Girl".[1]
  • Lloyd Bridges appeared via telephone in the monologue, telling his sons to "put on the gloves to settle their differences like they used to as children."
15415Bruce DernLeon RedboneMarch 12, 1983 (1983-03-12)

  • Leon Redbone performs "Sweet Sue", "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I Ain't Got Nobody".[1]
  • This show features the death of Buckwheat which would carry on to next week's episode.
15516Robert GuillaumeDuran DuranMarch 19, 1983 (1983-03-19)

15617Joan RiversMusical YouthApril 9, 1983 (1983-04-09)

15718Susan Saint JamesMichael McDonaldApril 16, 1983 (1983-04-16)

  • Michael McDonald performs "If That's What It Takes" and "I Can Let Go Now".[1]
  • Guest appearance by Steven Wright.
15819Stevie WonderStevie WonderMay 7, 1983 (1983-05-07)

15920Ed KochKevin Rowland
Dexys Midnight Runners
May 14, 1983 (1983-05-14)

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
  2. ^