In 1985, Michaels came back to show but none of the cast from the previous year
returned, so he had to rebuild the entire show again. The season was terrible and
the show was almost cancelled. But he was given the chance to save it once again.
He fired almost all of the staff and hired new staff such as Phil Hartman, Dana
Carvey, Jan Hooks and Dennis Miller. The next year was remarkably better than the
year before. The show was saved and NBC put their faith back in Michaels and he has
sustained that relationship for more than 30 years and is still in charge of the show.
Michaels has also directed movies such as All You Need is Cash and has made other
movies based on skits from Saturday Night Live. The most popular of these is Wayne's
The show consists of a cast, the SNL Band, a host and one band that will perform that night.
The Saturday Night Live Band, also known as "The Live Band," usually consists of three
saxophones, one trombone, one trumpet, and a rhythm section featuring two keyboards,
a guitar, bass, drums, and an extra percussionist. This band plays in between commercial breaks
and people that are at the live show get to hear the band play during commercial breaks.
The host and the band that plays that night are usually selected on popular culture and how
significant they are at the time. The show is performed at the GE Building at 30 Rockafeller
Plaza on floors 8 and 9. It used to be a radio brodcasting station for the NBC Symphony Orchestra
so the studio, according to Michael's, has perfect acoustics. While the show is performed on the
8th and 9th floors, the writing of the show takes place on the 17th floor of "30 Rock."
The show plans to be up and running for as long as possible and to continue to be a
live entertainment show that people can watch and enjoy. Thanks to Lorne Michaels, this
show is still alive and well. Without him, there would be no Saturday Night Live.