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What does it take to get banned from SNL?

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 27th 2007 11:04AM
Sinead O'Connor ripping up the pope's pictureApparently not much, according to this list on Wikipedia, which is part of a larger list of infamous SNL moments. Now, this being Wikipedia, it's hard to say if all the incidents listed are true; in fact, Wikipedia themselves have flagged the entry for not adequately citing sources. But, from what I've read about the history of the show, most of these incidents actually happened.

Anyway, the list carries the most infamous transgressions, like Sinead O'Connor's tearing of the Pope's picture, Martin Lawrence's raunchy monologue, and Elvis Costello playing "Radio Radio" when Lorne Michaels specifically told him not to. But, sometimes, all you have to do is go off script, as Adrien Brody and Charles Grodin found out, to garner a lifetime ban. Or just come unprepared, as Louise Lasser found out. Interestingly enough, Andrew Dice Clay isn't on the list, even though he did a monologue that was probably even more raunchy than Lawrence's. I think the Wikipedia readers just missed that one.

[via digg and Zimbio.com]

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Preston

When Sinead O'Connor tore the Pope's picture, I felt MORTIFIED! I'm sure that live audience was. I'm quite sure that some members left the studio in disgust and humiliation. Didn't she know that she had her new album out? She should have focused on performing the new music and left her personal and sometimes outspoken opinions to herself. Her 1992 album's sales were CRUSHED long after that. Nobody bothered to get it. How can she follow a hugely successful and critically acclaimed 1990 album with this disastrous display that she did on SNL? It took her over 10 years to rebound the fan base that she lost.

March 31 2007 at 4:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jmalcolm

Hey dumb asses in marketing, you release a CD of all banned performances and you have another SNL top seller. While we are on the subject of things you never see, why is it we NEVER see the Billy Crystal, Christ Guest years on SNL repeats. There are some classic bits in those years that never get any play.

March 30 2007 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Duh-leena

Alot of artists have gone against Lorne Michaels because apparently he is the on air Nazi. Famous comedian actors were on the show temporarily and left snl because of his anal retentive control. Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garafalo, Ben Stiller just to name a few.

March 29 2007 at 9:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jen

Why was Sinéad O'Connor wearing a star of david during her performance? (I looked it up on youtube). As far as I know (and could find out by googling), she's not Jewish...

March 27 2007 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bash

Funny enough, Lasser is now the first entry on the linked Wikipedia page - and you know what Joel, you could've added him yourself and you would've been just as valid a source as any other on Wikipedia :-)

March 27 2007 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
IN Mike

System of a Down is mentioned further down on the Wikipedia page under "Cursing on the Air".

March 27 2007 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Dude

I think the Replacements got banned: they put the camera on Tommy and he mouthed "F@#k you"

God bless the Mats.

March 27 2007 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian

I didn't see System of a Down mentioned on there for their appearance a year or so ago. They not only used the F-bomb a few times as the sang the non-edited version of their song, but also EMPHASIZED the F-bomb seemingly in protest over being told to not swear on air...

March 27 2007 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kevjohn

Ho ho, that wild and wacky Charles Grodin!

March 27 2007 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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