Saturday Night Live (season 16)
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|Saturday Night Live (season 16)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||September 29, 1990– May 18, 1991|
The 16th season of SNL was a transitional one: Several longtime cast members left, and a large number of additions were made to the roster. To ensure that he was not short on talent (and to avoid repeating Jean Doumanian's mistake—and Lorne Michaels's previous mistake in the case of the 1985-1986 cast—of hiring a cast of new, inexperienced cast members with little to no comedic chemistry), Michaels chose to retain most of the late 1980s cast while in the process of hiring the people that would make up the early 1990s cast. At one point during the season, sixteen people were listed as cast members or featured players.
Extensive changes occurred before the start of the season. Nora Dunn and Jon Lovitz were both dropped from the show. Following her boycott of the episode hosted by Andrew Dice Clay the previous season, Dunn was not in good standing with Lorne Michaels. Dunn's initial five-year contract expired at the end of the previous season, but Lorne Michaels chose not to extend it due to the boycott controversy.
Before the season began, Jon Lovitz requested time off so he could film Mom and Dad Save the World, which would cause him to miss the first several episodes of the season. Michaels refused, because he did not view this to be fair to the other cast members. Lovitz subsequently quit. However, he made several cameo appearances throughout the 16th season.
With Dunn and Lovitz gone, Michaels was put in an awkward situation. Most of the cast had been on the show for five seasons. He did not want to be put in the spot of having to replace the entire cast all at once (as not to repeat Jean Doumanian's folly from her stint as executive producer in the early 1980s after the original cast left, or Michaels' own, similar mistake from the 1985-1986 season). Instead, Michaels promoted writers Rob Schneider and David Spade to the cast and hired Chris Farley, Chris Rock, and Julia Sweeney. He then hired Tim Meadows and Adam Sandler to the cast mid season.
Starting with this season, the cast was divided into three groups. A middle group was created, and this new category would be introduced with the word "with," following the introduction of the repertory players. The first cast members added to the new group were Chris Farley and Chris Rock, with Tim Meadows and Julia Sweeney added mid-season.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
Season 16 would prove to be the final year for O'Brien and Odenkirk as Saturday Night Live writers. O'Brien left to write for The Simpsons, and would later host NBC's Late Night and Tonight Show late night talk shows. Odenkirk would go on to write for future cast member Chris Elliott's Get a Life and The Dennis Miller Show as well as The Ben Stiller Show, for which he was also a cast member. In 1995, he would co-create and co-star on HBO's Mr. Show with Bob and David.
|Host||Musical guest||Original air date|
|287||1||Kyle MacLachlan||Sinéad O'Connor||September 29, 1990|
|288||2||Susan Lucci||Hothouse Flowers||October 6, 1990|
|I Can See Clearly Now."|
|289||3||George Steinbrenner||Morris Day & The Time||October 20, 1990|
|The Time performs "Jerk Out" and "Chocolate."|
|290||4||Patrick Swayze||Mariah Carey||October 27, 1990|
Swayze's wife, Lisa Niemi, appears during the monologue and dances with her husband.
Mariah Carey performs "Vision of Love" and "Vanishing."
Rob Schneider's first episode as a cast member.Episode contains the "Chippendales" sketch, where Swayze and Chris Farley play competing Chippendales dancers.
|291||5||Jimmy Smits||World Party||November 10, 1990|
World Party performs "Way Down Now" and "Ship of Fools."Contains the first "The Dark Side with Nat X" sketch.
|292||6||Dennis Hopper||Paul Simon||November 17, 1990|
|293||7||John Goodman||Faith No More||December 1, 1990|
|Faith No More performs "Epic" and "From Out of Nowhere."|
|294||8||Tom Hanks||Edie Brickell & New Bohemians||December 8, 1990|
Paul Simon, Steve Martin, and Elliott Gould make cameo appearances as members of the "Five Timer's Club"; Jon Lovitz cameos as a waiter, Conan O'Brien as a doorman and Ralph Nader appears as a onetime former host trying to get into the club. Nader also appears in the Global Warming Christmas Special sketch.
Tony Randall makes a cameo appearance in the Game Beaters/Mr. Short Term Memory sketch.
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians perform "Woyaho" and "He Said."Uncredited first appearance of Adam Sandler during the Sabra Shopping Network sketch
|295||9||Dennis Quaid||The Neville Brothers||December 15, 1990|
|296||10||Joe Mantegna||Vanilla Ice||January 12, 1991|
Debut of "Bill Swerski's Superfans" sketch series.Vanilla Ice performs "Ice Ice Baby" and "Play That Funky Music."
|297||11||Sting||Sting||January 19, 1991|
Sting was originally asked to host in October, he wanted a later date because he figured the World Series would be too much of a distraction.Contains the first "Richmeister" and "Coffee Talk" sketches, as well as the "Sinatra Group" sketch.
|298||12||Kevin Bacon||INXS||February 9, 1991|
|Bitter Tears" and "Suicide Blonde."|
|299||13||Roseanne Barr||Deee-Lite||February 16, 1991|
|Bootsy Collins & The Rubber Band.|
|300||14||Alec Baldwin||Whitney Houston||February 23, 1991|
Evander Holyfield appears in a pre-taped commercial parody sketch.Whitney Houston performs "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and "All the Man That I Need."
|301||15||Michael J. Fox||The Black Crowes||March 16, 1991|
|302||16||Jeremy Irons||Fishbone||March 23, 1991|
Boxer Donovan "Razor" Ruddock makes cameo appearances during Weekend Update and during a commercial parody sketch.Fishbone performs "Sunless Saturday" and "Everyday Sunshine".
|303||17||Catherine O'Hara||R.E.M.||April 13, 1991|
Former cast member Randy Quaid makes a cameo appearance.R.E.M. performs "Losing My Religion" and "Shiny Happy People." Kate Pierson of The B-52's performed with R.E.M. on the latter number.
|304||18||Steven Seagal||Michael Bolton||April 20, 1991|
|Michael Bolton performs "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" and "Time, Love and Tenderness."|
|305||19||Delta Burke||Chris Isaak||May 11, 1991|
Coffee Talk with Mike MyersThis episode was released as part of the three-episode "Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition" VHS (1992).
|306||20||George Wendt||Elvis Costello||May 18, 1991|
Bill Swerski's SuperfansElvis Costello performs "The Other Side of Summer" and "So Like Candy."