Saturday Night Live (season 15)
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|Saturday Night Live Season 15|
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 15th season.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original run||September 30, 1989 – May 19, 1990|
|List of Saturday Night Live episodes|
Saturday Night Live aired its fifteenth season during the 1989 - 1990 television season on NBC. The 15th season started off with a anniversary special on September 24, 1989 and ended on May 19, 1990. 21 episodes were produced, including the anniversary special.
Two cast changes were made this season. Ben Stiller, after appearing in five episodes of Season 14, left due to creative differences with Lorne Michaels. Mike Myers was upgraded to repertory status.
This season saw the first hosting gigs of three celebrities who would go on to be frequent SNL hosts: John Goodman (who auditioned to be a castmember on SNL during the 1980-1981 season and frequently cameoed on SNL in the mid-1990s as Linda Tripp), Christopher Walken (whose sketch "The Continental" had been a staple in six of the seven episodes hosted by Walken), and Alec Baldwin (who went on to break John Goodman's hosting record in 2006 and, as of October 2011,[dated info] surpassed Steve Martin as the most frequent SNL host).
The episode hosted by Andrew Dice Clay was boycotted by Nora Dunn, due to Clay's profane jokes about women. The original musical guest for the episode, Sinéad O'Connor, joined Dunn in her boycott, and was replaced by Julee Cruise and The Spanic Boys.
This was the final season for Dunn and Jon Lovitz.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|267||1||Bruce Willis||Neil Young||September 30, 1989|
|Young performs "Rockin' in the Free World," "The Needle and the Damage Done" and "No More."|
|268||2||Rick Moranis||Rickie Lee Jones||October 7, 1989|
|Jones performs "Satellites" and "Ghetto of My Mind."|
|269||3||Kathleen Turner||Billy Joel||October 21, 1989|
|Joel performs "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "The Downeaster Alexa."|
|270||4||James Woods||Don Henley||October 28, 1989|
|Henley performs "The Last Worthless Evening" and "The Boys of Summer."|
|271||5||Chris Evert||Eurythmics||November 11, 1989|
|Eurythmics performs "Angel" and "(My My) Baby's Gonna Cry."|
|272||6||Woody Harrelson||David Byrne||November 18, 1989|
|Byrne performs "Dirty Old Town" and "Loco de Amor."|
|273||7||John Goodman||k.d. lang||December 2, 1989|
|k.d. lang & The Reclines performs "Pullin' Back the Reins" and "Johnny Get Angry."|
|274||8||Robert Wagner||Linda Ronstadt
|December 9, 1989|
|Ronstadt and Neville perform "Don't Know Much" and "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby."|
|275||9||Andie MacDowell||Tracy Chapman||December 16, 1989|
|Chapman performs "Give Me One Reason," which wouldn't be released until 1995, and "All That You Have."|
|276||10||Ed O'Neill||Harry Connick, Jr.||January 13, 1990|
Maury Povich cameos during the monologue
Kirsten Dunst appears in this episode as a girl in the Bizilady commercial.Connick Jr. performs "It Had to Be You" and "It's All Right with Me."
|277||11||Christopher Walken||Bonnie Raitt||January 20, 1990|
The first appearance of "The Continental" series of sketches.Raitt performs "Have a Heart" and "Thing Called Love."
|278||12||Quincy Jones||Tevin Campbell
Kool Moe Dee
Big Daddy Kane
|February 10, 1990|
|279||13||Tom Hanks||Aerosmith||February 17, 1990|
Aerosmith play themselves on the popular sketch "Wayne's World," in which they perform the theme song.
Sketches include: Donald vs. Ivana Trump, Tom Hanks open, Russian McDonalds (commercial parody), Wayne's World, Tales of Ribaldry, Weekend Update, Girl Watchers: Cruise, closing credits. Aerosmith performs "Janie's Got a Gun" and "Monkey on My Back."This episode was released as part of the three-episode "Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition" VHS (1992).
|280||14||Fred Savage||Technotronic||February 24, 1990|
|Rosie Perez made an appearance as one of the dancers in the second performance.|
|281||15||Rob Lowe||The Pogues||March 17, 1990|
The Pogues performs "White City" and "Body."Chevy Chase makes a cameo appearance.
|282||16||Debra Winger||Eric Clapton||March 24, 1990|
|Clapton performs "No Alibis," "Pretending" and "Wonderful Tonight."|
|283||17||Corbin Bernsen||The Smithereens||April 14, 1990|
|The Smithereens performs "A Girl Like You" and "Blue Before & After."|
|284||18||Alec Baldwin||The B-52's||April 21, 1990|
|David Spade's first appearance, as an extra.|
|285||19||Andrew Dice Clay||Julee Cruise
|May 12, 1990|
Rob Schneider makes his first appearance in a minor role.
The Spanic Boys performs "Keep On Walking."
Cruise performs "Falling."Sinéad O'Connor was originally scheduled as the musical guest, but pulled out in protest against the controversial host, Andrew Dice Clay. Castmember Nora Dunn would also protest and did not appear in the episode due to Clay's profane jokes about women.
|286||20||Candice Bergen||The Notting Hillbillies||May 19, 1990|
This is Nora Dunn and Jon Lovitz's final episode as cast members.The Notting Hillbillies performs "Railroad Worksong" and "Love You Too Much."
|1||"15th Anniversary Special"||September 24, 1989|
|A special celebrating the 15th anniversary of the show. A long list of cast members, guest hosts, and other special people honor the show's anniversary. Chevy Chase and Garrett Morris appear in the cold open, debating about whether or not Chase is too old to open the show with a pratfall (as he had routinely done when he had been a cast member). Tom Hanks performs the opening monologue, which pokes fun at the cliches of SNL opening monologues in general. Prince and Paul Simon performs. Vintage musical clips include performances from David Bowie and Elvis Costello. John Belushi and Gilda Radner receive tributes in the special.|
- "September 1989" Rolling Stone magazine, 14–28 December 1989, page 120