Saturday Night Live was created by Lorne Michaels. He produced and wrote for the show from 1975 to 1980, and he has been the Executive Producer as well as one of the show's wr…iters since 1985. The cast during the first season, referred to collectively as The Not Ready for Prime Time Players, was... .
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Chevy Chase The first episode aired on October 11, 1975. Musical guests were Billy Preston and Janis Ian, and the Host was George Carlin. The first person to say, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" was Chevy Chase. (MORE)
More or less, yes, though since World War II Friday night is equally - or more - possible, Saturday night as "date night" goes back to when a six day work week was typical for… most people. Saturday night was the "night out" because you didn't have to get up for work the next day. (MORE)