Saturday Night Live (season 21)
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|Saturday Night Live (season 21)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||September 30, 1995– May 18, 1996|
SNL once again dodged cancellation from season twenty's low ratings and scathing reviews about the show's decline in quality. The cast was mostly overhauled.
The season was home to the Rage Against the Machine incident. On April 13, 1996, the band was the musical guest, and was scheduled to perform two songs. The show was hosted that night by ex-Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Steve Forbes. According to RATM guitarist Tom Morello, "RATM wanted to stand in sharp juxtaposition to a billionaire telling jokes and promoting his flat tax by making our own statement." To this end, the band hung two upside-down American flags from their amplifiers. Seconds before they took the stage to perform "Bulls on Parade", SNL and NBC sent stagehands in to pull the flags down. Following the removal of the flags during the first performance, the band was approached by SNL and NBC officials and ordered to immediately leave the building. Upon hearing this, bassist Tim Commerford reportedly stormed Forbes's dressing room, throwing shreds from one of the torn down flags. Morello noted that members of the Saturday Night Live cast and crew, whom he declined to name, "expressed solidarity with our actions, and a sense of shame that their show had censored the performance."
Only five cast members: Norm Macdonald, Mark McKinney, Tim Meadows, Molly Shannon and David Spade returned to the show from the previous season. Although Spade returned to the show, he had more of a diminished role, very rarely appearing in sketches except for Spade in America, a "Weekend Update" segment hosted by Spade that debuted at the start of the season and was featured in all but five episodes.
Molly Shannon was upgraded to repertory status.
This would be the final season for David Spade. Spade had agreed to stay only for a year so that he could be a bridge between the old and new casts. Newcomers David Koechner and Nancy Walls were also let go after this season.
bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor
|Host||Musical guest||Original air date|
|387||1||Mariel Hemingway||Blues Traveler||September 30, 1995|
|388||2||Chevy Chase||Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories||October 7, 1995|
|389||3||David Schwimmer||Natalie Merchant||October 21, 1995|
|390||4||Gabriel Byrne||Alanis Morissette||October 28, 1995|
|391||5||Quentin Tarantino||The Smashing Pumpkins||November 11, 1995|
|392||6||Laura Leighton||Rancid||November 18, 1995|
|393||7||Anthony Edwards||Foo Fighters||December 2, 1995|
|394||8||David Alan Grier||Silverchair||December 9, 1995|
|395||9||Madeline Kahn||Bush||December 16, 1995|
|396||10||Christopher Walken||Joan Osborne||January 13, 1996|
|397||11||Alec Baldwin||Tori Amos||January 20, 1996|
|398||12||Danny Aiello||Coolio||February 10, 1996|
|399||13||Tom Arnold||Tupac Shakur||February 17, 1996|
|400||14||Elle Macpherson||Sting||February 24, 1996|
|401||15||John Goodman||Everclear||March 16, 1996|
|402||16||Phil Hartman||Gin Blossoms||March 23, 1996|
|403||17||Steve Forbes||Rage Against the Machine||April 13, 1996|
|404||18||Teri Hatcher||Dave Matthews Band||April 20, 1996|
|405||19||Christine Baranski||The Cure||May 11, 1996|
|406||20||Jim Carrey||Soundgarden||May 18, 1996|
- Anon., Saturday Night Live Incident, Public release and distribution. Retrieved November 12, 2007.
- "Rage Against the Machine". The Flag Burning Page. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- Shales, Tom (2003). Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live. Back Bay. ISBN 0-316-73565-5.