Saturday Night Live (season 18)
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|Saturday Night Live (season 18)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||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 six 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.
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
|Host||Musical guest(s)||Original air date|
|327||1||Nicolas Cage||Bobby Brown||September 26, 1992|
|328||2||Tim Robbins||Sinéad O'Connor||October 3, 1992|
|329||3||Joe Pesci||The Spin Doctors||October 10, 1992|
|330||4||Christopher Walken||Arrested Development||October 24, 1992|
|331||5||Catherine O'Hara||10,000 Maniacs||October 31, 1992|
|332||6||Michael Keaton||Morrissey||November 14, 1992|
|333||7||Sinbad||Sade||November 21, 1992|
|334||8||Tom Arnold||Neil Young||December 5, 1992|
|335||9||Glenn Close||The Black Crowes||December 12, 1992|
|336||10||Danny DeVito||Bon Jovi||January 9, 1993|
|337||11||Harvey Keitel||Madonna||January 16, 1993|
|338||12||Luke Perry||Mick Jagger||February 6, 1993|
|339||13||Alec Baldwin||Paul McCartney||February 13, 1993|
|340||14||Bill Murray||Sting||February 20, 1993|
|341||15||John Goodman||Mary J. Blige||March 13, 1993|
|342||16||Miranda Richardson||Soul Asylum||March 20, 1993|
|343||17||Jason Alexander||Peter Gabriel||April 10, 1993|
|344||18||Kirstie Alley||Lenny Kravitz||April 17, 1993|
|345||19||Christina Applegate||Midnight Oil||May 8, 1993|
|346||20||Kevin Kline||Willie Nelson & Paul Simon||May 15, 1993|
|Title||Original air date|
|"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.
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- "Season 18: Episode 1". Saturday Night Live Transcripts. September 26, 1992.
- Saturday Night Live: Season 18, Episode 2 – Tim Robbins/Sinéad O'Connor on IMDb
- Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, pp. 369-371.
- Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 264. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
- "Air Date: December 5th, 1992". SNL Transcripts.
- "Season 18: Episode 20". Saturday Night Live Transcripts.