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Bob and Ray Team Up with Jane, Laraine, and Gilda

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Long ago in From the Archives we took a look at the long career of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding by starting towards [...]

The Lost Roles of Gilda Radner

Lost Roles is a weekly column that takes a particular comedic performer or writer and dives deep into all of their movie and TV projects that came close to happening but didn’t for one reason or another. This week, we turn our attention to beloved and much-missed original SNL castmember Gilda Radner.

I’ve recently noticed that, amongst the current crop of comedians and comedic actors, two of the most often-cited influences are for guys, Bill Murray, and for girls, Gilda Radner. These two members of Saturday Night Live's 70s golden era hold a prolific place in the hearts and minds of those in the comedy community. While Bill [...]

A Look Back at the Filmmakers and Short Films of 'Saturday Night Live'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When one looks at Saturday Night Live as one giant TV show that has aired for more than three decades, it's interesting to see [...]

The Nine Greatest Celebrity Muppet Show Hosts

One of my favorite Not the Nine O'Clock News skits of all-time begins with the Not Team relaxing at home, reading their newspapers. One after another, they read something amazing in the paper — "El Salvador Is Going to Be a Second Vietnam," something about goats and artificial limbs and flamingos — but show little to no emotion. Finally one of them sees something in the paper that excites everyone: "Good Lord…there's someone I've heard of guesting on The Muppet Show."

The Muppet Show premiered in 1976, and 35 years later, many of its celebrity guest hosts have, like so many other millions from pop culture, been [...]

Finding the Humor in Cancer

Welcome to our new series Tragedy Plus Time. Each segment will focus on a particular ‘life crisis’ — sometimes globally tragic, sometimes more of a personal affair — and we’ll explore how many of the comedians we know and love have dealt with it.

Cancer is the disease that perpetually reminds us that we are all a bunch of vulnerable, fleshy meat sacks, and that everything we touch, eat, breathe or spend too much time standing near is eventually going to kill us. It affects millions of people every year. A late diagnosis is effectively a death sentence, and the variety show of pain it has provided humanity [...]

Saturday Night’s Children: Gilda Radner (1975-1980)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 35 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

She was one of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players, the first Saturday Night Live actress to win national adoration, and unarguably one of the biggest legends in the show’s history. Whether it was her nasal-nerdy Lisa Loopner, the gross tangents of Roseanne Rosannadanna, or the shitfaced rocker Candy Slice, Gilda Radner brought a magnetic, childlike energy and a needed mix of [...]