Saturday Night Live (season 15)

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Saturday Night Live (season 15)
The title card for the fifteenth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original network NBC
Original release September 30, 1989 (1989-09-30) – May 19, 1990 (1990-05-19)
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The fifteenth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 30, 1989, and May 19, 1990.

Very few changes were made before and during the season. Ben Stiller, after appearing in four episodes of Season 14, had left due to creative differences with Lorne Michaels.[citation needed] Mike Myers was upgraded to repertory status mid-season.

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.[citation needed] 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.

A live special commemorating the fifteen seasons of SNL was aired September 24, 1989, before the start of the season.

This was the final season for Dunn and Jon Lovitz.


bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



No. in
Host(s)  Musical guest(s)  Original air date 
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
Aaron Neville
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

Quincy Jones' monologue consists of a performance of Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" by an expanded SNL Band.

Jones joins the musical guests in performing "Back on the Block" and "Wee B. Dooinit."
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 McDonald's (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."

Mike Myers is upgraded to repertory status starting with this episode.

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

Technotronic performs "Pump Up the Jam" and "Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)."

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."
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 "Blues Before & After."
284 18 Alec Baldwin The B-52's April 21, 1990

The B-52's performs "Cosmic Thing" and "Channel Z."

This episode featured the first appearance of both David Spade and Rob Schneider.
285 19 Andrew Dice Clay Julee Cruise
Spanic Boys
May 12, 1990

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.[citation needed] Castmember Nora Dunn would also protest and did not appear in the episode due to Clay's profane jokes about women. During the monologue, Clay acknowledged that "Comic Relief" was airing on the same night (on HBO) and he would be donating his earnings from hosting SNL to Comic Relief. Later in the episode, the show briefly displayed the phone number for viewers wishing to donate to Comic Relief.[citation needed]
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."


Title  Original air date 
"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[1] and Paul Simon performs. Vintage musical clips include performances from David Bowie and Elvis Costello.[1] John Belushi and Gilda Radner receive tributes in the special.


  1. ^ a b "September 1989" Rolling Stone magazine, 14–28 December 1989, page 120