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Saturday Night Live is the nation's longest running sketch comedy show. Throughout its three decade long run, SNL has featured nearly every major celebrity and band, with such comedy greats as Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy. Saturday Night Live has maintained the same format throughout its run, beginning with a sketch and interspersing its brief comedy elements with comments from the host and an occasional song from the featured band. Saturday Night LIve is currently directed by the actor-comedian Lorne Michaels, a popular Canadian director who is known for his sarcastic humor and political satire.

Not only has Saturday Night Live come to define the sketch comedy format, it has also had an immeasurable impact on television in general. SNL has won more than 20 Emmy awards for excellence in comedy, and it has been ranked as one of the top ten television shows of all time by TV Guide. Many of the comedians who got their start on Saturday Night Live went on to long and glorious comedy careers, with many of the comedians such as Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler parlaying their SNL success into feature films and television shows.

For a show that has been airing for more than 3 decades, Saturday Night Live has maintained surprisingly constant ratings. Aside from a brief period in the 1980s, SNL has retained a top 20 spot in the ratings during its time slot. Saturday Night Live has also produced a number of spin-offs, including books and movies. Many Saturday Night Live characters have been made into feature films, including the Blues Brothers and Pat the Androgynous Person.

Saturday Night Live has been taped at Studio 8H in the GE Building ever since its inception. The studio was specifically designed for SNL, featuring multiple staging areas, a live audience, and the ability to have live performances from bands and DJs. Each episode of Saturday Night Live takes five days to produce, with the writers and creative staff going through several dozen concepts for every sketch that makes it on the show. Saturday Night Live currently airs at 11:30 PM Eastern Time on NBC, although reruns are aired on both Comedy Central and E! Entertainment Television.

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Is This the Worst 'SNL' Sketch Ever Made?

Chris Rock might have been in the worst sketch ever this weekend.

Watch Chris Rock's Controversial 'SNL' Monologue

Rock told jokes about 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing, causing controversy among some viewers.

Watch Jim Carrey Hilariously Spoof Matthew McConaughey's Lincoln Commercial

This is one of the better "SNL" skits in a while!

'Saturday Night Live' Is Accused of Stealing Recent Tina Turner Sketch

Did "SNL" plagiarize a couple of small-time improv actors?

Watch Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader Embarrass a News Reporter Who Didn't See Their Movie

This guy didn't do his research, and the two comedians made him pay for it!

Rob Schneider Dropped From State Farm For Anti-Vaccine Views

Backlash from consumers has led to the removal of openly anti-vaccine movement actor Rob Schneider from his position as State Farm Insurance spokesperson. What did Schneider have to say about getting fired?

These Chris Pratt 'SNL' Promos Are Appropriately Adorable, Funny and Awkward

Watch everyone's newest man-crush get hit on in his "Saturday Night Live" promos

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Watch Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield Be the Worst Kissers Ever

You might think that, since Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are a couple in real life, they would be great at kissing in movie scenes. You would be wrong. At least that's what this hilarious sketch from "Saturday Night Live" would have you think. Over the weekend, Garfield appeared on the show and starred in some fantastic sketches. But the one that made the biggest splash online was one in which his "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" co-star and (unconfirmed but pretty obvious) girlfriend made a cameo.

Miley Cyrus Equals Tina Fey on 'SNL'

With all the controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus lately, you might think her hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" would have either attracted or repelled a huge number of viewers. As it turns out, it did neither. Cyrus's "SNL" episode delivered ratings identical to those of last week's season premiere episode.

Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Pair Up For 'Guys and Dolls'
Jay Leno Bids 'The Tonight Show' Farewell. Jimmy Fallon Steps in.
Taylor Swift to Guest Star on 'New Girl' Season Finale!
Justin Timberlake's 'SNL' Appearance a Hit!

With all the hype and buildup to Justin's return to 'Saturday Night Live', did the writers bring their A-game? What did you think of the episode?

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