Saturday Night Live (season 18)

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Saturday Night Live (season 18)
The title card for the eighteenth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original channel NBC
Original run September 26, 1992 (1992-09-26) – May 15, 1993 (1993-05-15)
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The eighteenth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 26, 1992, and May 15, 1993.

Many changes happened before the start of the season. Long term cast member Victoria Jackson left the show after 6 seasons. Newer cast members Beth Cahill and Siobhan Fallon were both fired to make room in the cast.

Unlike the past two seasons Lorne Michaels did not hire any new cast members. Rob Schneider was upgraded to repertory status. Ellen Cleghorne, Tim Meadows, Adam Sandler, and David Spade remained in the middle category. Melanie Hutsell was promoted to the middle category. Robert Smigel remained as a featured cast member.

Long term cast member Dana Carvey decided to leave the show mid season. This would also be the final season for Chris Rock and Robert Smigel.

After three years with the show, Rock decided to quit the show at the end of the season. Rock had become frustrated with never quite finding a voice on the show and wanted to instead focus on his stand-up career. Writer and featured player Smigel left to become the head writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, but would later return to the show in 1996 to write and produce the "TV Funhouse" cartoons.

This was also the last season to feature three separate categories for cast members. Starting next season, the show returned to the original "repertory" and "featured" cast lists.

This season was also home to one of SNL's most infamous moments: Sinéad O'Connor tore a photograph of Pope John Paul II at the end of her second performance on the episode hosted by Tim Robbins.

Due to the success of the film Wayne's World, Michaels decided it was a good idea to jump onto the popularity of the film and make more movies based on SNL characters. However, none would prove to be as successful as Wayne's World, critically or commercially.


bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



Saturday Night Live season 18 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
327 1 Nicolas Cage Bobby Brown September 26, 1992

Bobby Brown performs "Humpin' Around" and "Good Enough".[1]

Guest appearances by Jan Hooks and Cher.
328 2 Tim Robbins Sinéad O'Connor October 3, 1992

Sinéad O'Connor performs "Success Has Made a Failure of Our Home" and the Bob Marley song "War".[2]

At the end of her second song, "War", Sinéad O'Connor held up a picture of Pope John Paul II, exclaimed, "Fight the real enemy," and tore the picture to pieces. During the earlier rehearsal taping, O'Connor held up a picture of a starving African child before leaving the stage. Director Dave Wilson gave the order to not light up the audience applause light following "War," as he felt she had "railroaded" the crew and producers.[3] The segment marked one of only a few times that a sketch or performance ended with a quiet studio.[3]
329 3 Joe Pesci The Spin Doctors October 10, 1992

The Spin Doctors performs "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and "Jimmy Olsen's Blues".

During his monologue, Pesci displays the photo of Pope John Paul II that Sinéad O'Connor had infamously destroyed during the previous week's episode, now taped back together.

Pesci's frequent collaborators, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, appear in the closing sketch.
330 4 Christopher Walken Arrested Development October 24, 1992

Arrested Development performs "Tennessee" and "People Everyday."

Guest appearance by Jan Hooks, who portrays Sinéad O'Connor in two sketches.
331 5 Catherine O'Hara 10,000 Maniacs October 31, 1992
10,000 Maniacs performs "These Are Days" and "Candy Everybody Wants."
332 6 Michael Keaton Morrissey November 14, 1992
Morrissey performs "Glamorous Glue" and "Suedehead."
333 7 Sinbad Sade November 21, 1992

Adam Sandler debuts "The Thanksgiving Song" during the Weekend Update segment.

Sade performs "No Ordinary Love" and "Cherish the Day."
334 8 Tom Arnold Neil Young December 5, 1992

Neil Young performs "From Hank to Hendrix" and "Harvest Moon" from Harvest Moon.[4]

Guest appearances by Rosanne Barr, George Wendt and Mike Ditka.

Gary Oldman was the original host for this episode, but then later he had to cancel.
335 9 Glenn Close The Black Crowes December 12, 1992

Jon Lovitz cameos during "Weekend Update."

The Black Crowes performs "Sometimes Salvation" and "Non-Fiction."
336 10 Danny DeVito Bon Jovi January 9, 1993

Guest appearances by Jan Hooks, George Wendt, Joe Mantegna, and Mike Ditka.

Bon Jovi performs "Bed of Roses" and "Wanted Dead or Alive."
337 11 Harvey Keitel Madonna January 16, 1993

Madonna performs "Fever" and "Bad Girl". During "Bad Girl," she imitated Sinéad O'Connor's actions from earlier in the season by ripping a photo and yelling "Fight the real enemy". The photo Madonna used, however, was of Joey Buttafuoco. She additionally appeared in the Clinton Inauguration sketch.

Guest appearance by Jan Hooks as Hillary Clinton.
338 12 Luke Perry Mick Jagger February 6, 1993

Dana Carvey's final episode as a cast member.

Guest appearances by Jan Hooks (as Hillary Clinton) and Giorgio Armani.

Mick Jagger appears on "Point/Counterpoint" on "Weekend Update" as Keith Richards, with Mike Myers playing Jagger. He also performs "Sweet Thing" and "Don't Tear Me Up".
339 13 Alec Baldwin Paul McCartney February 13, 1993

Paul McCartney performs "Get Out of My Way" and "Biker Like an Icon" from Off the Ground, as well as The Beatles song "Hey Jude." McCartney appears during the monologue, the "Mimic" sketch, the "Chris Farley Show" sketch and Weekend Update.

Linda McCartney performs alongside Paul McCartney during the musical segments and appears during Weekend Update.
340 14 Bill Murray Sting February 20, 1993

Steve Martin makes a cameo appearance during "Weekend Update with Kevin Nealon," specifically during "Hollywood Minute" as David Spade criticizes Martin's current movie at the time, "Leap of Faith." Spade leaves and Martin takes over, criticizing Spade's lack of film career.

Sting performs "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You", "Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)", and "Every Breath You Take".

Guest appearance by Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci.
341 15 John Goodman Mary J. Blige March 13, 1993
Mary J. Blige performs "Reminisce" and "Sweet Thing."
342 16 Miranda Richardson Soul Asylum March 20, 1993
Soul Asylum performs "Somebody to Shove" and "Black Gold."
343 17 Jason Alexander Peter Gabriel April 10, 1993
Gabriel performs "Steam" and "In Your Eyes."
344 18 Kirstie Alley Lenny Kravitz April 17, 1993
Lenny Kravitz performs "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and "Always on the Run".
345 19 Christina Applegate Midnight Oil May 8, 1993

This episode features the first Matt Foley sketch.

Midnight Oil performs "Truganini" and "My Country".
346 20 Kevin Kline Willie Nelson
Paul Simon
May 15, 1993

Willie Nelson and Paul Simon perform "Graceland" and "Still Is Still Moving To Me."[5]

Guest appearances by Jan Hooks (as Hillary Clinton), and Dan Aykroyd.

Chris Rock and Robert Smigel's final episode as cast members.


# Special Original airdate
1 "SNL Presidential Bash" November 1, 1992
This special featured some of SNL's best political sketches throughout its 18-year run. Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman hosted the special as George Bush, Ross Perot and Bill Clinton, respectively. Sketches include "The Pepsi Syndrome", "Ask President Carter", "Debate '92", and "Stockdale's Joyride."

Coneheads film[edit]

Coneheads, a film based on the popular Coneheads sketches that appeared on the show in the 1970s, was released on July 23, 1993. Cast members Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Jon Lovitz, Michael McKean, Tim Meadows, Garret Morris, Kevin Nealon, Laraine Newman, Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Julia Sweeney all appear in the film. The film did not do well at the box office and was largely panned by critics.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Season 18: Episode 1". Saturday Night Live Transcripts. September 26, 1992. 
  2. ^ Saturday Night Live: Season 18, Episode 2 – Tim Robbins/Sinéad O'Connor at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ a b Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, pp. 369-371.
  4. ^ "Air Date: December 5th, 1992". SNL Transcripts. 
  5. ^ "Season 18: Episode 20". Saturday Night Live Transcripts.