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. Read More