How SNL Became the Most Successful Comedy Show Ever

SNL is broadcast in more than 200 countries. Films starring its cast members have brought in more than $66.5 billion at the box office.
Will Ferrell onstage with the SNL cast and Green Day on May 16, 2009 Photograph by Dana Edelson/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

There’s a fun game I like to play called “Spot the Saturday Night Live Alum.” It’s a simple game, usually played when I’m watching a TV show or movie and suddenly think, “Was Billy Murray on Saturday Night Live or was he just friends with everyone who was?” (Answer: Of course he was. It’s his Caddyshack director and Ghostbusters co-star Harold Ramis who wasn’t.)

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