"Ladies and gentlemen, Betty White!" That was Don Pardo's introduction on the May 8, 2010 episode of Saturday Night Live when Betty White hosted at the age of 88—the oldest SNL host in the show's 43-year run. Think you know SNL inside and out? Test your knowledge with these trivia questions about other SNL hosts.
Who Was the First Host to Also Be the Musical Guest? On October 18, 1975, Paul Simon became the first person to host SNL and also perform as a musical guest in the show's second episode ever. Joining him were Phoebe Snow, Randy Newman, and Simon's long-time collaborator and bandmate, Art Garfunkel. As a close friend of showrunner Lorne Michaels, Simon has hosted the show a total of four times and performed on it as a musical guest eight times. He has also cameoed on the show five different times.
Which Cast Member was the First to Say "Live From New York, It's Saturday Night"? SNL has long been a way for up and coming comics to skyrocket into stardom and the original cast of the show is no exception: Laraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, and Chevy Chase made up the original "Not Ready for Prime-Time Players." But it was Chase who holds the honor of saying the famous line in the show's premiere episode. At the end of the first sketch, "Wolverines," Chase walks on dressed as a stagehand and says the line that has made it to 847 episodes to-date.
Who Was the First Cast Member Born After the Show Premiered? SNL debuted on October 11, 1975, and went through 28 seasons before getting a cast member younger than the show. It wasn't until 2003 when Kenan Thompson joined the cast at the age of 25 that the program had an actor in its repertoire younger than the show itself. Kenan is now the longest-serving cast member in SNL history, surpassing Darrell Hammond in 2017. He also stripped Hammond of another SNL record: the most celebrity impressions. Hammond, who is now the narrator of the show, acted as 107 different celebrities during his 14 years on the cast. To-date, Kenan has done 136.
What Comedian Made History This Year as the First Black Female Comedian to Host SNL In the Show's 43 Seasons? Back in November 2017, comedian Tiffany Haddish from the film Girl's Trip became the first black female comedian to host Saturday Night Live. She joined 12 other black women—including Maya Rudolph, Halle Berry, Kerry Washington, and Queen Latifah—who had previously hosted the show. Haddish's story is an endearing one: the comedian auditioned for the cast of the show three times throughout her career and never made it. Following her success in film and stand-up, she was invited to host and made history.