Saturday Night Live (season 18)
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|Saturday Night Live Season 18|
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 18th season.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original run||September 26, 1992 – 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. Ellen Cleghorne, Tim Meadows, Adam Sandler, and David Spade remained in the middle category. Rob Smigel remained as a featured cast member. Rob Schneider was upgraded to repertory status.
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.
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
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|327||1||Nicolas Cage||Bobby Brown||September 26, 1992|
|Jan Hooks and Cher.|
|328||2||Tim Robbins||Sinéad O'Connor||October 3, 1992|
|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. The segment marked one of only a few times that a sketch or performance ended with a quiet studio.|
|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|
|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|
|Sade performs "No Ordinary Love" and "Cherish the Day."|
|334||8||Tom Arnold||Neil Young||December 5, 1992|
|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|
|336||10||Danny DeVito||Bon Jovi||January 9, 1993|
|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.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.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
|May 15, 1993|
|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, 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.
- "Season 18: Episode 1". Saturday Night Live Transcripts. September 26, 1992.
- Saturday Night Live: Season 18, Episode 2 – Tim Robbins/Sinéad O'Connor at the Internet Movie Database
- Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, pp. 369-371.
- "Air Date: December 5th, 1992". SNL Transcripts.
- "Season 18: Episode 20". Saturday Night Live Transcripts.