By Jake Gallagher.
Dan Akyroyd. John Belushi. Chevy Chase. Bill Murray. They were the male half of Lorne Michaels’ merry band of late night misfits – a team of previously unknown comedians, thrust into the national spotlight each Saturday night, bringing their own brand of revolutionary sketch comedy to the American public. Some would go on to bigger movie roles, some would fade into obscurity, but for those glorious first few seasons in the late seventies, the original “Not Ready for Primetime Players” crashed into NBC’s Saturday Night programming and changed television forever. The skits were raw and real, and so were the actors performing them. They weren’t polished Hollywood stars with powdered cheeks. They wore slim blue jeans, beat up military jackets, and high sleeved t-shirts. For the first time on (not quite) prime time, young adults could turn on the TV and see people that actually looked just like them on the screen. The look and style of early SNL was a big factor in the show’s initial success. And, thinking back on it now, the performers’ everyman appearance was just as groundbreaking – and inspiring – as the humor itself.
A classic 70s SNL outfit:
Aspesi Waxed Canvas M-65 Jacket
Jungmaven Yarn Dyed Pocket Tee
Left Field NYC Kuroki Mills Chelsea Jeans
Cause and Effect Thin Dress Belt
Shoes Like Pottery Low Top Vulcanized Sneakers
Jake Gallagher is a writer currently living in Manhattan. He focuses on back stories and the historical side of menswear at his site Wax-Wane.com. You can also follow him on Twitter.