Late-night live sketch show Saturday Night Live has been on the air for over 45 years! Join us as we take a look behind the scenes and find out secrets about the show, its stars, and what really goes on “Live from New York!”
SNL Gave Carson a Break
Between 1965 and 1975, NBC ran reruns of some of Johnny Carson’s greatest interviews on the weekend. The star asked to have the shows pulled and used during the week instead so he could take some time off. So Dick Ebersol started developing something to air on Saturday nights.
Candice Bergen Was the First Female Host
When SNL aired for the first time, it was hosted by comedian George Carlin and named NBC’s Saturday Night. Actress Candice Bergen became the show’s first female host, and also the first host to return.
Other female hosts include actress Drew Barrymore who was also the youngest person to ever host, at just 6 years old. The star has hosted the comedy show six times, making her the female host with the most shows under her belt.
There Have Been Tragic Losses
Sadly, it’s often the case that comedians have a dark side underneath their comic persona. For this reason, and others, there have been many tragic losses amongst the SNL family. Both John Belushi and Chris Farley died of addiction, while Gilda Radner (pictured), Danitra Vance, and Tom Davis all passed away from cancer.
Cast member Charles Rocket died by suicide, and Michael O’Donoghue of a brain hemorrhage at 54. He was the show’s first head writer, and the first person to utter a line on the show.
Victoria Jackson Gave Out Bibles
Actress, comedian, and singer Victoria Jackson was part of the SNL cast between 1986-1992. Unusually for comedy, Jackson is a right-wing conservative Christian, and so she felt she had to reach out to her fellow stars. Jackson left Bible audio cassettes in her cast member’s mail slots.
She commented, “Maybe I’m overcompensating, because everybody here is dying and going to hell, and I’m supposed to tell them about Jesus.” The move did not go down well with the other cast members.
Larry David Quit and Un-Quit
Comedian, actor, and writer Larry David is one of the big names that’s come from Saturday Night Live. In fact, his time on the show inspired Seinfeld, considered one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.
At one stage, while writing for SNL, Larry David angrily approached the producers saying, “That’s it! I quit!” However, he changed his mind over the weekend and arrived at work on Monday as if nothing had happened. This situation influenced the Seinfeld episode “The Revenge,” which was the first David wrote by himself.
Martin Lawrence Is Banned
Several stars have been banned from ever hosting or appearing on SNL again. One of those is comedian, actor, and writer Martin Lawrence. The star came to fame in the ‘90s and hosted the sketch show in 1994.
Unfortunately, Martin Lawrence’s monologue was all about women’s hygiene, or supposed lack of. The comedian’s rant resulted in over 200 complaints and issues with the show’s sponsors. Since then, the show has released clips of Lawrence’s performance, with the offending material removed.
Chris Farley Went to Rehab
It’s pretty well known that’s actor and comedian Chris Farley sadly passed away from addiction issues at 33. Not everyone knows that the star checked himself into rehab 17 times to try and get clean. The last time was for one night during the week that he passed away.
Chris Farley hosted SNL for the last time in 1997 but the cast and crew were so troubled by his performance that it was pulled from circulation, syndication, and streaming.
Tina Fey Was First Female Head Writer
It’s no surprise that SNL is a bit of a boy’s club, but actress, comedian, and writer Tina Fey landed the head writer job in 1999. While heading the writer’s room and starring on the show, Fey won the show a Writers Guild of America Award and an Emmy in 2002.
In rankings of the most important cast members on Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey is often in the top three. She steered the show through the 90s and made Weekend Update her own.
The Yankees Are SNL’s Mascot
There’s nothing like a little bit of superstition in showbusiness. In the case of SNL, the sketch show has seats at Yankee Stadium that they’ve had since 1975. Back then, the Yankees owner offered the four seats behind home plate to SNL showrunner Lorne Michaels.
Since then, the comedy show has paid the annual fees to keep the seats. Yankees fans can often see Michaels, various celebrities and cast members watching the match from this coveted view.
Phil Hartman was Murdered
We’ve already covered some of the tragic losses experienced by the SNL family. However, the death of Phil Hartman deserves its own section. The Canadian-American actor, comedian, and screenwriter joined the show in 1986, and is known as “Glue” for his ability to hold the team together.
Later, Hartman became the voice of Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure on The Simpsons. Tragically, the star was murdered by his wife, former model Brynn Omdahl, while he was in bed. He was just 49 years old at the time.
NBC is In Charge
Here’s an interesting titbit. At one stage, studio NBC got concerned because some stars from SNL were going on to make millions on other projects. People like Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy left the show and then starred in movies that brought audiences in droves.
As a result, they changed their star’s contracts. Now, if NBC offers you a sitcom, you can reject two offers, but must take the third. This attracted criticism because it means that NBC can “own” a star for years at a time.
The First Season Had Muppets
Incredibly, the first-ever season of SNL had Jim Henson’s Muppets in every episode! Both Lorne Michaels and Jim Henson had the same manager and it was decided that darker versions of the puppets would appear on the comedy show. However, the Muppets performers and SNL crew did not get along.
The cast felt the Muppets took up their airtime, while the older Muppet performers didn’t value the SNL sketches. Eventually, they pulled the plug, and the darker Muppets went on to star in The Dark Crystal.
Many Don’t Make It
We all know the performers that ended up on the Saturday Night Live cast, but what about the ones that didn’t? While Kenan Thompson is now the longest-tenured cast member in the show’s history, his Nickelodeon partner Kel Mitchell auditioned for the show and didn’t make it.
Other celebrities that failed to make the cut were Lisa Kudrow, Aubrey Plaza, Stephen Colbert, Kevin Hart, and Jim Carrey. Obviously, we don’t know what it takes to be cast, but surely Jim Carrey would have been a good fit?
There’s a Five-Timers Club
Hosting Saturday Night Live is no easy job—you want to be funny, confident, and not accidentally mess up your monologue on live television. Some stars have proven more suited to this task than others. Anyone that’s hosted the show five times or more is part of the Five-Timers Club.
Members of the Five-Timers club include Steve Martin, John Goodman, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Danny DeVito, Drew Barrymore, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, and Bill Murray.
Chevy Chase Was Homophobic
Chevy Chase—real name Cornelius Crane Chase—was a first-season cast member of Saturday Night Live. As a writer and performer, the actor took home three Emmys for his work on the show. However, Chevy Chase also had some seriously problematic views that he shared on air.
In an episode during the HIV epidemic, Chevy Chase made a homophobic joke about gay cast member Terry Sweeney. Lorne Michaels made Chase apologize immediately, which the comedian wasn’t pleased about.
The Cast Write Their Own Material
Unlike some other shows, the cast of Saturday Night Live are expected to write their own material. This has been an issue for some cast members who end up frustrated that their sketches don’t make it to air. This was actually the reason that Larry David temporarily quit.
Cast member Rachel Dratch has said, “I don’t think people realize how much you have to write for yourself. If you can’t figure it out, then you’re handed your walking papers.”
Norm McDonald Fought an Intern
Canadian comedian, actor and write Norm McDonald was a cast member of SNL for five years, between 1993-1999. At one stage, the star was playing soccer in the hall with comedian and writer Wyatt Cenac, who was then an intern for the show. When Cenac accidentally kicked McDonald, he went wild.
Wayne Cenac later told Stephen Colbert, “He grabbed me, tried to throw me across the room, which is not how soccer is played. And I pushed him off me.”
John Mulaney Made Bill Break
Comedian, writer, and actor Bill Hader made his name on SNL before going on to star in huge movies and write his own series. While on the live comedy show, between 2005-2013, Hader performed Stefan, a city correspondent for Weekend Update.
Stefan is known for putting his hands over his face, but this isn’t just a character note. John Mulaney, who was with the show for a decade, purposely changed some jokes before broadcast to try and make Bill Hader laugh.
Jay Mohr Plagiarized a Routine
SNL is a tough gig, with lots of pressure and attention. This proved to be too much for American comedian, actor, and radio host Jay Mohr. The star was on the show between 1993-1995 and suffered chronic panic attacks. In fact, he claims that co-star Sarah Silverman helped save his life by helping him get treatment.
While on the show, Jay Mohr plagiarised a stand-up routine by Rick Shapiro. When the higher ups found out, they fired him.
John Belushi Was a Misogynist
Listen, many people love and adore John Belushi. The comedian, actor and musician was one of SNL’s original seven cast members, and went on to become a Hollywood star. However, it’s undeniable that John Belushi was a misogynist.
The star wouldn’t participate in any sketches that were written by women as he didn’t think they were funny. Cast member Jane Curtin said, “He felt as though it was his duty to sabotage pieces written by women.” Disappointing, to say the least.
The Stage is Suspended
Saturday Night Live is filmed in Studio 8H on floors 8 and 9 of the Comcast Building, known as 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Of course, Tina Fey’s SNL inspired comedy 30 Rock is named after this location.
Interestingly, the studio was previously used by Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini and the NBC symphony Orchestra as a radio soundstage. To avoid vibrations from the nearby subway, Toscanini requested had requested that the entire stage hangs on suspension wires from the floor above.
Jon Hamm Encouraged Amy Poehler
Back in 2008, actor Jon Hamm was hosting his first ever Saturday Night Live. In the show, the actor would perform a sketch with Amy Poehler based on his hit show, Mad Men. While they were rehearsing, a heavily pregnant Poehler found out that her OB-GYN had passed away.
When Amy Poehler burst into hysterical tears, a panicked John Hamm said, “I know this is very sad, but this is a really important show for me, so I’m going to need you to get your sh*t together.”
Chevy Was Banned for Life
Chevy Chase first exited SNL during the start of season 2, he was replaced by Bill Murray. When Chase returned years later as the first cast member to host the show, he was rude and nasty to everyone.
Chevy Chase refused to work with cast member Jane Curtin, but was still asked to return. When he hosted in 1997, he slapped Cheri Oteri on the back of the head, harassed a female writer, and screamed at everyone else. Now, he’s banned from hosting.
Sarah Silverman Stabbed Al Franken
Comedian Sarah Silverman was an SNL cast member in the 1993-1994 season. The controversial star has since shared a story of how the time she stabbed Al Franken’s hair.
She said, “I was just kind of like a million miles away looking at his hair. The whole table has really sharpened pencils, like super sharp… and in my mind, I just thought, I’m gonna like stab this through his hair. But what everyone saw, because this is what happened, was that I just stabbed him really hard.”
Norm McDonald Didn’t Like Chris Kattan
Norm McDonald doesn’t seem like a very easy going guy, considering he started fighting intern Wayne Cenac over a hallway soccer match. The comedian also made offensive comments about cast-mate Chris Kattan, saying “I don’t know, but to me he seems gay… He claims he’s not, but I’ve never seen, like, a guy who’s not gay seem so gay. I don’t find him funny. What can I say? Never made me laugh.”
The pair often clashed during rehearsals, and Kattan wasn’t present when McDonald returned to host.
Andy Sandberg Got Overwhelmed
When he was on Saturday Night Live, Andy Samberg was adored. The Lonely Island member was on the show from 2005-2012 and popularized SNL digital shorts. Samberg wrote and performed several parody songs with his band members and Justin Timberlake, and won an Emmy for his efforts.
However, the star disappeared from the show in 2012 and didn’t tell his cast mates. He later explained, “What it came down to was I just couldn’t physically and emotionally do it anymore.”
Tina Fey Wouldn’t Film with Sarah Palin
When Tina Fey stepped into the shoes of Sarah Palin, the whole world paid attention. However, Tina Fey wasn’t a fan of “sneaker uppers,’ which is when the person you’re impersonating sneaks up and joins a performer on stage. Fey didn’t want Palin anywhere near her, and refused to do a two shot.
To get around this, Sarah Palin stood backstage with Lorne Michaels watching Fey’s impression on a monitor. Alec Baldwin ended up interacting with the polarizing figure instead.
Sinéad O’Connor Is Banned
Irish artist Sinéad O’Connor’s appearance on SNL is probably one of the show’s most famous incidents. While she did her live musical performance—a rendition of Bob Marley’s “War”—O’Connor ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II in a protest against child abuse in the church.
The host that evening was devout Catholic Tim Robbins, who refused to acknowledge O’Connor. Likewise, later Catholic guests Madonna and Joe Pesci opposed the star’s actions. It would be nine years until the church formally apologized for abuse.
Darrell Hammond Struggled Backstage
Actor, comedian and impressionist Darrell Hammond was with SNL from 1995-2009. That’s an impressive tenure! Then, in 2014 he took over the announcer role from Don Pardo. Despite being a hit on the show, Darrell Hammond has always suffered from self-harm.
In his memoir, Hammond revealed that he often self-harmed backstage on SNL, and was once taken straight to a psychiatric ward. This behavior came from Hammond’s abusive childhood, where his mom hit, stabbed, and tortured him. He was eventually diagnosed with PTSD.
Lorne Michaels Banned Two Episodes
There are two episodes of Saturday Night Live that Lorne Michaels wants to keep locked up in the vault. The first is a season 1 episode hosted by actress and writer Louise Lasser. The actress claims her rambling was a reference to her Mary Hartman character, and that her manager had the episode pulled.
The second banned episode is one featuring comedian Milton Berle. The former Vaudevillian told racist jokes, called everyone offensive names, and orchestrated his own standing ovation.
Male Writers Peed in Jars
In the sixth episode of the fourth season of Tina Fey’s hit show 30 Rock, Liz Lemon is disgusted to find that one of her staff writers is peeing in bottles. Unfortunately, this rather unpleasant behavior was something she experienced while working at SNL.
That’s right—even though the bathrooms were next door to the writer’s room, the male writers relieved themselves in jars. Fey elaborated, “judging by its consistency, I suspect that the writers sometimes spat into it. Or that one of them was terribly ill.”
Adrien Brody is Banned
Another celebrity that managed to get himself banned from hosting SNL is an American actor and producer Adrien Brody. The Oscar award winner hosted the show in 2003, one year after his prize-winning turn in The Pianist.
When Adrien Brody stepped onto the SNL stage, he was inexplicably wearing a dreadlock wig. The star spoke in a stereotypical Jamaican accent to introduce that night’s musical guest, Jamaican rapper Sean Paul. Lorne Michaels wasn’t pleased, and banned the actor from returning.
Larry David Heckled Michael McKean
When Larry David worked on SNL’s first season, he didn’t really get along with anyone. As we know, the writer quit and then un-quit, and was annoyed that his sketches weren’t making it to air. On one occasion, David heckled cast member Michael McKean (pictured) from backstage during live shooting.
Thankfully, while Larry David didn’t have a great time on SNL, he did meet Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Later, he cast the actress on Seinfeld, for which she won an Emmy. Now, she has eight!
Eddie Murphy Raged at David Spade
For a while in the early 80s, Eddie Murphy was the biggest star on SNL. And, on top of that, he was the youngest. In 1984, Murphy left the sketch show to pursue a movie career. As we know, he starred in multiple commercial hits and became a global name.
By the 90s, when Murphy’s career was stalling, SNL cast member David Spade made a joke at the star’s expense. Apparently, this enraged Murphy who didn’t return to the show for some years because of it.
Fred Armisen Married Elisabeth Moss
We don’t know about you, but we don’t get good vibes from Fred Armisen. Perhaps that’s because we know about his dating history. Firstly, one of the SNL cast member’s ex-girlfriends has described him as “sociopathic.”
The comedian met actress Elisabeth Moss on SNL in 2008. The pair got married but only stayed together for eight months. Moss described their marriage as “extremely traumatic and awful and horrible.” She said, “He’s so great at doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.”
Andrew Dice Clay Was Unwanted
Comedian Andrew Dice Clay, or The Diceman is a racist and misogynistic comedian. When he was booked to host SNL in 1990, it caused quite an uproar. Cast member Nora Dunne immediately announced that she wouldn’t perform. Sadly, she wasn’t supported by her colleagues.
The musical guest that week was a not yet banned Sinéad O’Connor, who also refused to perform. Indeed, audience members also heckled the comedian when he appeared on stage. NBC insisted on a delay to catch any offensive comments.
Molly Shannon Bruised Herself
Actress and comedian Molly Shannon was a cast member on SNL from 1995-2001. One of the star’s characters on the show was Mary Katherine Gallagher, an unpopular Catholic school girl. Shannon wrote the character to be moody and awkward, as she dislikes “perfect girls” on TV.
In real life, Molly Shannon actually threw herself around while performing Mary Katherine Gallagher. She said, “I’d get bruised and cut up, but because of the adrenaline, I never felt it until Sunday.”
Nobody Liked Steven Seagal
When actor and martial artist Steven Seagal hosted SNL in 1991, Lorne Michaels called him “the worst host ever.” The star pitched a sketch about assaulting women, which is particularly grim considering the various allegations against him. He was also nasty to the cast and crew.
When Nicolas Cage hosted the season 18 premiere in 1992, he joked that the audience would think he was, “the biggest jerk who’s ever been on the show.” Lorne Michaels called out, “No, No, That would be Steven Seagal.”
Eddie Murphy Annoyed the Cast
When Eddie Murphy was part of the SNL cast in the 1980s, he became the first cast member to host while also performing on the show. The reason for this? His co-star Nick Nolte partied too hard the night before and had to pull out.
When he finished his opening monologue, Murphy cheekily declared “Live from New York, it’s the Eddie Murphy Show.” Not everyone was charmed by this. In fact, the rest of the cast was apparently annoyed by the young star’s arrogance.
Chris Kattan is Permanently Injured
We’ve already heard a little about Chris Kattan’s time on SNL, including his run-ins with co-star Norm McDonald. Since he’s parted ways with the show, the actor and comedian has revealed that he left because of a “stunt thing.”
To be more precise, Chris Kattan broke his neck during a stunt while throwing himself backwards in a chair. Apparently, the star has had multiple surgeries to deal with the pain, and doesn’t discuss the accident. NBC paid for some of his surgeries.
Kristen Stewart’s On-Screen Slip
There’s no doubt that hosting Saturday Night Live is nerve-wracking. And so, we can’t totally blame Kristen Stewart for letting the F-bomb slip. We mean, she is human, after all. From the sounds of it, the star got a little too carried away when she realized that her opening monologue was going off without a hitch!
According to Stewart, “I felt so bad about it. I just came offstage apologizing profusely […] They were really nice about it.” Plus, she hosted SNL a second time in 2019, so Lorne Michaels must have forgiven her.
Conan O’Brien Didn’t Believe in Wayne’s World
For those that don’t know, Conan O’Brien was a writer on SNL for a period of time, specifically from 1988 to 1991.
Now, it’s pretty crazy to think about now considering its success but, according to digital media firm LittleThings, Conan wasn’t initially on board when Mike Myers pitched his “Wayne’s World” sketch idea as he didn’t think it would be funny. As we know, though, the sketch ended up becoming super popular to the point that it was turned into a movie!
Will Ferrel’s Agenda
In “The Love-ahs” sketch, Will Ferrell made it his mission to distract Fallon and crack him up. In fact, Ferrell claimed that he created the skit with the goal to make Fallon laugh — which isn’t a very difficult thing to do, even today. Unsurprisingly, the plan went off without a hitch attempted everything he could to distract Fallon and make him crack up, and it worked perfectly.
He also mentioned it on The Tonight Show, confessing that he’d switch up the whole thing and do anything to get Fallon to break character during the live telecast. Fallon said he was in hot water because Lorne Michaels and the writers weren’t a fan of him breaking character.
How Sketches Are Chosen
Have you ever wondered about what the process is like to put together just one episode of SNL? On Mondays, writers and cast members meet to pitch jokes and toss around ideas. Tuesdays are writing days. Then, on Wednesdays, everyone gathers together to read through the sketches.
Thursdays revolve around building the sets. Fridays are for rehearsals and rewrites. Now, the most grueling part of this process is the fact that only about eight — out of 40 to 50 — sketches are chosen for each episode.
Kanye West Threw a Fit
It’s no secret that Kanye West is a controversial and outspoken celebrity. From infamously bombarding T-Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to tweeting a series of allegations against the Kardashian family, we think it goes without saying that no one really expects the rapper to be super well-behaved at this point.
Still, it may come as a shock to learn that West allegedly screamed at a stagehand and everyone else in the vicinity for moving a piece of his set when he appeared on the show in 2016.
“Live From New York, It’s Saturday Night!”
For avid SNL viewers and fans, there’s nothing better than hearing the infamous, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!” at the end of the opening monologue or sketch. Still, have you ever wondered why no one says, “It’s Saturday Night Live!”?
It is the title of the show, after all. It turns out that when the sketch show first started airing, there was already a series called Saturday Night Live that ran on ABC. So, to avoid any legal issues, they opted to leave out the word “live.”
Leslie Jones Was Traumatized
We have to hand it to the SNL cast members for being able to keep it together during a performance. Take, for instance, Leslie Jones. She performed alongside James Franco in the “Gift Wrap” sketch when he hosted the show back in 2017.
During the routine, a load of fake blood ended up squirting into Jones’ mouth! According to the comedian herself, “Some blood went in my mouth and then I threw up in my mouth, and I had to swallow it so I wouldn’t throw up on national […] TV!”
Emma Stone Met Her Hubby
There’s nothing sweeter than watching two people fall in love. That’s why we were psyched to learn that actress Emma Stone actually met her now-husband, Dave McCary, on the set of Saturday Night Live when she hosted back in 2016.
McCary served as a segment director on the show from 2013 to 2019. When he and Stone met, sparks flew, although they kept their relationship under wraps for quite a while. McCary proposed to the starlet in 2019 at the offices where they first met — NBC’s Manhattan HQ. Today, they’re married with one daughter!
Aidy Bryant’s Wardrobe Mishap
As fans of SNL, it’s undeniably amusing to see cast members break character. Aidy Bryant can usually keep it together but that was hardly the case during the “Inside the Beltway” sketch. You see, the sketch required a few insanely quick wardrobe changes.
Everything was running smoothly until the very last outfit change, when Aidy’s stylist ran onto set just a bit too soon. After that, Aidy could barely keep a straight face. According to Bryant herself, it was the worst character break she had ever experienced on air — but it was certainly enjoyable for viewers!
Jason Sudeikis’ Abrupt Exit
Considering that SNL has been on the air since 1975, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the show goes through its fair share of casting changes. When Jason Sudeikis decided to leave the show, though, it was certainly got people talking.
Not only did he announce his exit from SNL on a taping of Late Show With David Letterman, but he apparently didn’t even make a farewell appearance, which surprised the crew. Upon this announcement, Sudeikis joined Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers — who signaled their departures not long before.
Considering that SNL is a live sketch show, there are a lot of working parts and they need to come together in order to produce a successful episode — prop, costume, and set changes are just a few aspects.
Have you ever wondered how the crew is able to perform a set change so quickly, all whilst the cameras are rolling? Well, according to sources, the crew only has a minute and 42 seconds to change the main stage during the opening credits! Talk about pressure!
Out of Pocket
Often viewed as a stepping stone for comedians and actors, SNL has introduced the world to some of the most iconic Hollywood stars. While getting cast on the show could mean that you’ve finally “made it,” you aren’t automatically going to become a millionaire (although that would be nice).
Still, cast members are said to make good money for their work. Perhaps that’s why the show doesn’t cover drinks and food at the SNL after-parties and so, employees have to pay totally out of pocket.
Well-known for her seven seasons on SNL, comedian Rachel Dratch was part of the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler/Maya Rudolph/Jimmy Fallon generation of the show. During Rachel’s time on the show, she was perhaps best known for her Debbie Downer character, who first appeared during the 29th season.
Now, according to Dratch, she came up with the character while vacationing in Costa Rica. Apparently, she was at a table with a woman who made a super depressing comment, which inspired Dratch. And that’s how the character was born!
On a Dare
Will Ferrell once wore the same costume for a whole season of Saturday Night Live. This outfit included Wrangler jeans, a plaid, button-down shirt, a puffy vest, and a trucker hat. Ferrell initially wore the ridiculous ensemble for two days straight as part of a “Smokey and the Bandit” parody.
It was November at the time, and show writer Tom Gianas challenged him to wear it until the end of the season. Ferrell agreed, and from that point until the end of the season (in May), he donned the costume to work each day. That adds up to six months!
Prank Calls to Seth Meyers
When Seth was one of the show’s head writers, he worked some crazy hours, but that did not stop his co-stars from waking him up in the middle of the night for a good laugh. It turns out that Meyers used to get prank calls from Fred Armisen around 4am, claiming to be calling from a radio show.
Fred’s repeated joke was to call Seth up, pretend that he was being interviewed by a radio show, and act as if he gave Seth’s number out during the interview.
John Mulaney’s SNL Camera Debut
Writer and comedian John Mulaney was brought aboard the show as a writer in 2008. The following year, he was called on to make his SNL camera debut. In the sketch, Mulaney plays a clapboard operator.
Now, he got through his first line with no issues. When Mulaney walked off camera and saw Bobby Moynihan waiting for him, they began to high-five… a lot — so much so, in fact, that Mulaney missed his second cue!
A Night to Remember
Before the finale of Season 27, the SNL writers threw a pretty wild party. Jimmy Fallon kicked it off by sliding across the punch table. Soon enough, other people joined in on the fun.
According to sources, they even made sleds out of pizza boxes, which allowed them to reach such a high speed that someone had to stand at the end of the table to make sure no one went flying out of the 17th-story window! Horatio Sanz even fractured his ribs and Carson Daly found a towel of vomit in front of his office. Sheesh.
The Paris Hilton Bet
A bet took place when Paris Hilton was hosting the show. She was rumored to be so self-absorbed that cast members were convinced that she wouldn’t ask them any questions.
Seth Meyers was so sure she wouldn’t show interest in anyone else that he made a bet with the rest of the ensemble — he’d give a thousand bucks to the first person she showed interest in. Maya Rudolph came the closest when Hilton asked if she’s Italian but alas, no one ended up with the money.
Will Ferrell Punched Ellen Degeneres
SNL veterans Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote a film.
Whilst there, the trio discussed a 2001 sketch in which Ferrell and DeGeneres portrayed disapproving parents to Seth Meyers’ new girlfriend (Poehler), which is when the accidental punch occurred. As a sincere apology, Ferrell offered Ellen boxing gear.
Cheri Oteri’s Stomach Troubles
Cheri Oteri experienced a terrible stomach illness the night before her SNL audition. The next morning, she showed up to the studio, but she looked and felt so bad that the makeup artist had to ask her what happened. Apparently, the night before her audition, Oteri went out to a famous Italian restaurant with Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell.
Unfortunately, she ended up spending the rest of the night wide awake with food poisoning. In an interview, she stated that she looked as though she had just been in a car accident. Yet, she still got the job! appeared to have been in a car accident.
Rachel Dratch’s Back Injury
When Rachel Dratch hurt her back during a read-through, she spent the rest of the rehearsal lying on the floor under the table, shouting her lines to an audience of 100+ people.
Amy Poehler claims that Dratch was just absolutely victorious. Knoxville, who was hosting that week, offered her some loose pills from his pocket in an attempt to assist her.
Kate McKinnon Punched a Hole
Aidy Bryant once returned from the bathroom to discover Kate McKinnon dancing around with a hammer, smashing holes in their office walls. It turns out that the SNL headquarters was undergoing renovations, and McKinnon had heard that all of the walls and furniture would be demolished.
So, McKinnon decided to celebrate. Unfortunately, Bryant had some bad news for her pal — the walls weren’t being torn down but rather, repainted. Oh, boy.
A Candidate Didn’t Give the All-Clear
Lorne Michaels reportedly canceled a sketch because a presidential candidate thought it was amusing but too contentious.
The “TV Funhouse” sketch sparked a lot of controversy among the writers and staff members. Michaels opted to let the sketch go because the candidate was already set to appear for a cameo in the cold open.
Will Ferrell Brought Counterfeit Money
Will Ferrell had a face-to-face encounter with Lorne Michaels before his callback, so he arrived with a briefcase full of fake money to play a practical joke on the show’s creator.
According to the New York Times, Ferrell’s idea was to throw $25,000 in fake money on Michael’s desk at the meeting and say something along the lines of, “Take the money and put me on the show.” In the end, the meeting’s atmosphere was far less laid-back than Ferrell had anticipated, so he abandoned his brilliant plan.
Jeff Goldblum Was Very Confused
Let’s be real — things don’t always go as planned on a show like Saturday Night Live, in which improv is completely encouraged. What’s ironic is how often the “bad” skits turn out to be the most hilarious and well-received ones of the night.
In “Space, the Infinite Frontier: Dr. Kent Wahler,” Will Ferrell began improvising as Harry Caray, leaving Jeff Goldblum amused. To this day, this skit has remained one of the most popular of all time.
Jim Carrey Got Shot Down
Jim Carrey’s opening monologue finished in an unexpected way — definitely not the way he initially rehearsed it. During the speech, he made an attempt to propose to a lady, but she declined. It wasn’t intended to happen like this. All of the dress rehearsals and practice runs ended with the girl accompanying him.
The woman in question, though, wasn’t an actress or paid performer, so we’re not sure why everyone assumed that she would say yes. Fortunately, Jim Carrey improvised and instead invited someone else up on stage. Everyone in the crew let out a sigh of relief.
Bill Hader Didn’t like Justin Bieber
When SNL alums Bill Hader and Jay Pharoah were speaking with Andy Cohen in 2018, the host asked who the show’s worst host was. Right away, Pharoah said, “We both know, dog,” and Bill Hader agreed, saying “Yeah, it was Bieber.”
Four years before that, Hader expressed the same sentiment. He said, “I really didn’t enjoy having Justin Bieber around. He’s the only one who lived up to the reputation. I think that’s the only time I felt that way in eight years.”
Don Pardo Tried to Retire
Radio and TV announcer Don Pardo worked for NBC for 70 years. His most famous gig was as the announcer for Saturday Night Live, starting with its first season in 1975. Pardo tried to leave twice while doing this job, announcing his retirement in both 2004 and 2009.
On both occasions, he was convinced to come back. At first, the announcer flew from Arizona to New York for recordings. Then, from 2010 he recorded from home. He passed away at 96, still working as SNL’s announcer.
Will Ferrell Was the Highest Paid
SNL cast members get paid depending on how long they’ve been on the show. Basically, new performers earn less. For its first season back in 1975, cast members were paid $750 per episode, which rose to $2000 by season 2. New cast members in the 90s started on $5000, and could earn another $1500 by writing a sketch that got to air.
Back in 2001, Will Ferrell was the highest-paid cast member in the show’s history, earning $350,000 for one season.
Adam Sandler Was Bitter
After being with SNL for five years, a 28-year-old Adam Sandler was fired, along with Chris Farley. The star didn’t see it coming, and refused to return for many years.
When he did return to host in 2019, he sang a song named “I Was Fired.” The lyrics were, “I was fired, I was fired. NBC said that I was done. Then, I made over four billion dollars at the box office, so I guess you could say I won.”
Bill Murray Confronted Chevy Chase
We close out our list of behind-the-scenes SNL facts by returning to the notorious Chevy Chase. As we know, the actor was abusive to staff when he returned to host the show in the ’90s.
Well, on top of that, Chevy Chase started a fight with his season two replacement, Bill Murray. Murray confronted Chase an hour before the live show, and Chase later tracked him down in John Belushi’s dressing room for a fistfight. Belushi ended up pulling the comedians apart.
We all have our go-to holiday movies when it comes to Christmas, Halloween, and any other festive days that we look forward to in the calendar. So, while we don’t want to spoil any cherished traditions, we do want to let you in on a few mind-boggling fan theories. Disclaimer — these are merely ideas and not cold hard facts. Plus, we’re not responsible for ruining any childhood beliefs. Okay, now grab your popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the entertainment!
The Rebellious Son
While the 1964 film Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer is a classic around Christmas time, that doesn’t mean to say it doesn’t come without its fair share of suspicion. One good example would be how many believe that Hermy the “elf” is in fact not actually an elf at all.
Instead, people say he’s Santa’s and Mrs. Claus’s rebellious son. What possible reason could people think this? Well, as it turns out there are a few, from the facial structure similarities to why Mr. and Mrs. Claus call themselves “mama and papa.” We’ll let you decide on this one!
You’re Not Real
If the film Jingle All the Way from 1996 happens to be your favorite holiday movie, then we apologize in advance for crushing any preconceived notions. Remember, we’re only sharing popular theories and not legitimate facts.
So, with that in mind, listen up to this next one! Fans around the globe took to Reddit to express their concern that the character Myron does not exist but is rather a result of Howard’s stress. After all, stress is the biggest killer and he does suffer a lot trying to find the doll.
A Bad Wish
Many of the younger generations most probably have not even seen the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life, so we’ll try not to overshare in case you’ve recently added it to your holiday list of must-sees.
Fans took to Reddit to express their belief that Mary’s wish on the Granville house by accident doomed George and everything bad that happens along the way is because of that wish. We know this one is pretty out there but what are your general thoughts?
Just a Nightmare
Prepare yourself for another know-it-all fan who believes strongly in his theory. We also need to add in before we explain it — this idea is based on just one line said in the 1974 film The Year Without a Santa Claus.
At a point in time, Santa breaks the fourth wall by looking at the audience to say, “I dreamed unhappy things.” This dramatic moment makes our Redditor here believe that the whole movie is just a recount of a nightmare Santa had.
A Message About War
Could a family Christmas film be representative of war? Well, according to Redditors, the 1989 movie Christmas Vacation has a heavier message behind it about Vietnam War veterans.
Fans believe that Cousin Eddie is indeed a disenfranchised veteran who’s mocked for a disability he incurred while fighting for his life in Vietnam. Could this really be the case? Whether it’s true or not, even the thought of it makes us sad.
Was it All a Dream?
A young Macaulay Culkin stars as the lead in the original Home Alone film from 1990. Those of you who don’t know the movie are most probably living under a rock. But, for those of you who have seen it and don’t know about the crazy theories behind it, we’re okay with that.
In fact, that’s what we’re here to do, so listen up to this next fan belief! Most of the film’s events never actually happened but were rather a figment of Kevin’s imagination. We’ll just let that one sink in…
Same Same, But Different
This next fan theory looks at two different movies and finds one great similarity. Those of you who are scratching their heads already, we understand but give us a chance to explain first!
According to a passionate Redditor, the character of Burgermeister Meisterburger from the 1970 film Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town is in fact the Heat Miser from the 1974 flick The Year Without a Santa Claus. Just look at the side-by-side here before commenting!
Perception Changes Everything
The film Love Actually is a go-to holiday movie known for its drama, romance, and star-studded cast. But, what if the characters in the film aren’t nearly as gorgeous as we think they are?
Even though no one can deny how good-looking Hugh Grant is, fans have an interesting take on the movie — we see each character through the eyes of a loved one, and therefore, we think they’re more beautiful than they really are.
Could it Be?
This is the second time a theory has decided that a character in one film is indeed in another. According to those on Reddit, the title character in the 2019 film Klaus is the same person as North from 2012’s Rise of the Guardians.
Besides the clear difference in accents, we’ll admit that Klaus and North (also referred to as Santa Claus) do share a similar look. Could this be real, or are we letting conspiracy theories take over?
Making Deals With the Devil
If you didn’t know the classic Christmas film Home Alone before reading this list, you certainly will now. And we’ve got yet another fan theory for you guys that plays into the previously mentioned one.
Just to jog your memory, we previously mentioned how John Candy’s character, Gus, is said to be the devil and since Kevin’s mom admits to selling her soul to the devil. Well, you get where we’re going with this. But, truth be told, there’s no real proof to either theory!
Alive and Kicking
If you’re a fan of the 1988 film Die Hard, then this next theory might throw you off a bit. We’re sorry again but we’re here to tell you the crazy ideas. It’s then your job to decide whether or not you believe it!
Some fans of the Christmas movie actually believe that Alan Rickman’s character, Hans Gruber, never thought all his men would remain alive. For us, the biggest red flag that gives credit to this is why Hands never got a vehicle big enough for everyone…
Not for the Faint-Hearted
Since being released in 2004, The Polar Express has become one of the most beloved Christmas films. Though it might be a classic, it’s also known as a deeper and more complicated choice than the other light-hearted movies.
Because of this, conspiracy theories about the film’s characters have circulated on social media. Examples include people thinking the conductor is, in fact, the main character when he gets older — and now @Lizzyhilland’s belief that the homeless ghost is actually the conductor’s brother.
Cracking the Code
We know that we’re starting to sound like conspiracists but this next one about Tim Burton’s films happens to make a lot of sense. And since the main characters in his original films all share similarities, could it be that they’re the same person at different stages?
From Victor in Frankenweenie to Victor in Corpse Bride, and lastly to Jack Skellington in the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. You can’t deny that there are some matching names and facial appearances. Woah, we just got the chills!
Is Gus Actually Good?
Since the 1990 film Home Alone is such a classic, it makes sense that there will be more than one theory about the characters to leave you scratching your head out of confusion. And even though John Candy’s character, Gus, plays a small role, the accusation is rather colossal.
Theorists on Reddit are claiming that Gus Polinksi is actually the devil who desires the soul of Catherine O’Hara’s character, Kate McCallister. What?!
Not What it Seems
We’ve already mentioned 1994’s The Santa Clause because it’s such a great family comedy and the first of the series. But, as it turns out, not everyone agrees with that. Leave it to Reddit or Twitter to expose the ugly truth.
Well, this is not necessarily the truth but definitely an ugly revelation — according to this Twitter poster, The Santa Clause is no family-friendly flick but rather a brutal horror film. Thoughts on this one? We’re shaking our heads…
Allowed to Steal
Long-time fans of the 1966 Christmas movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, have a strange theory of their own. The reason why we think it’s ‘strange’ is because it basically says that Santa Claus gave someone the green light to steal.
Yes, you heard us correctly! The popular theory goes that Santa allowed the Grinch to steal Christmas because it was the only way to lead him down a path of redemption. Our younger self doesn’t want to believe this but something about it does make sense.
He Came Back
In 2019, Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding starred in rom-com Last Christmas on Netflix. With such a lovely cast, what negative comments could fans possibly spin? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot!
But, before you start to believe some of these over-the-top theories, film director Paul Feig made a statement to deny all the crazy conspiracies that this Christmas movie is anything but merry. Case closed!
Behind the Nose
We’re again visiting the 1964 classic Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer and this time, all eyes are on Rudolph. This sweet deer is known for his distinctive nose, which fans are saying bears resemblance to the Scarlet A. That thought definitely complicates our preconceived notions.
Could Rudolph be the illegitimate child of Donner? Does it matter if he is? Are fans of the film just bored and coming up with ideas out of the thin air? We’ll let you decide what best makes sense. Remember, it’s only our job to inform and the rest is up to you!
Let the Snow Fall
The 1969 TV special of Frosty the Snowman is still loved and talked about. In fact, so much so that YouTube channel @ChannelFrederator calls out the character as being anything but happy and joyful.
According to the source, he’s “actually a corrupt, soulless demon, created by a bunch of questionably moral kids.” As hard as it is for us to think this about our precious Frosty, that’s indeed what some believe. Fake news perhaps?
All Grown Up
We just can’t seem to get away from Home Alone and all its fan theories. This next one basically says that Kevin from the holiday movie grows up to be Jigsaw from the Saw movies.
While the two movies couldn’t differ more genre and plot-wise, we have to admit that these two characters do bear a resemblance. Even though we don’t believe in this particular theory, we will give @netw3rk an ‘A’ for effort.
Here We Go Again
Even though 1994’s The Santa Claus is nothing but joyous to us, there does seem to be a lot of hype around the underlying meaning of the movie. Earlier on, we mentioned how a fan thought it was actually a horror film and this explains why.
Could the North Pole be full of cannibals? According to the source, the elves’ casual reaction to the original Santa’s death and the size of their kitchen oven all permit this. What are our thoughts here? We’re starting to rethink light-hearted films now…
To the Future
The 2000 movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, will forever be dear in our hearts — from Jim Carey’s brilliant acting as the Grinch to Taylor Momsen’s adorable outfits and hairstyle. So, it’s hard for us to believe some of the fan theories out there.
This next one doesn’t make much sense to us but here goes anyway. Apparently, Whoville is actually a future land which shows us how the world would have been if certain historical events would have gone on. We’re gonna go right ahead and stick this theory in the trash!
Secret Love Story
There are just so many dramatic fan theories out there when it comes to Love Actually so brace yourself for this next one. According to a source on Buzzfeed, Liam Neeson’s character, Daniel, is actually in love with his best friend, Karen, who’s played by Emma Thompson.
And here’s the kicker – Karen is married! Perhaps this is why Daniel hides his true feelings? Otherwise, what’s also very likely is that none of this is true and Daniel is really and truly in love with Claudia Schiffer’s character, Carol.
The Christmas Chronicles is another film series that’s a must-see on Netflix. Kurt Russell plays Santa Claus while his real-life partner, Goldie Hawn, plays his on-screen wife, Mrs. Claus. So, what outrageous things could possibly be said?
Fans quickly started drawing similarities between Russell’s character in The Christmas Chronicles and an older one that he played in the sci-fi movie, The Thing. Could these two movies be linked? We’re scratching our heads again!
The 2004 family-comedy Christmas With the Kranks is another must-see on a movie day. And hopefully, you would have already seen Home Alone since yet again, it comes up amongst fan theories of holiday movies.
This time, people are saying that the Kranks and the McCallisters are neighbors. Perhaps the Hollywood sets were located near each other because we don’t think either movie was filmed in real homes. Though we’re open to suggestions on this one!
Meeting in Heaven
The Holiday happens to be our all-time favorite film so we’re extra sensitive about these crazy fan theories. But, the show must go on and as promised, here’s another one. Perhaps both the female leads (Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) passed away early on in the film.
Then, the rest of the unfolding plot would just be what they wanted to happen to them had things gone their way. In our opinion, this cliché and pessimistic theory belongs in the trash. Then again, we admit to being a little bias about this one.
We just can’t seem to get away from fan theories when it comes to Home Alone. Judging from the amount of online chatter about this film, it must be the most popular holiday movie. Now, get ready for this next one!
Apparently, Uncle Frank is not such a good family member as fans feel that he put a target on his own nephew after he discovered incriminating. Could Frank really want to take Kevin out? This certainly does not sit well with us!
A Dark Shadow
We have yet another dark theory about the family comedy Jingle All the Way. Remember when we told you that Myron the mailman is a figment of Howard’s imagination? Well, this next theory goes one step further. According to this skeptical fan, Myron is actually a mental patient that escaped from an asylum.
One of her reasons for believing he isn’t a working mailman is because he carries his work bag everywhere but never actually delivers mail… We’ll let you take the lead on this one!
Our favorite fan theories are always when audiences think movies are connected to each other. It makes us feel that all the action and drama we witness on screen could actually have some truth behind it.
For example, this popular theory says that the young conductor from The Polar Express is Marty McFly’s son from Back to the Future. Could this be? Well, anything can happen when you believe in magic and both these flicks are pretty magical.
Moral of the Story
When we tune into Will Ferrell’s movie Elf, we all prepare ourselves for a merry family comedy. See what we did there? Merry Christmas, ya’ll! But, before we distract you too much, we do need to tell you about a fan theory that might surprise you.
There are those that say the holiday movie is not as fun as it seems, but rather a great big allegory for loss of faith and Christianity. Could this be a deeper film than what meets the eye or are people getting ahead of themselves? We’ll let you decide!
Just because an actress plays a similar role in two movies or more doesn’t mean to say the movies are connected — but that doesn’t stop fans from speculating. This next theory centers around Buddy’s stepmom in Elf, who also happens to play Ferrell’s mom in Step Brothers.
While we love the actress Mary Steenburgen, the fact that she and Will worked together in two movies isn’t enough for us to believe that the two movies are a continuation of each other… right?
A Troublesome Town
There has been much speculation as to what How the Grinch Stole Christmas is really about. Is Whoville a post-apocalyptic world? Or is it a land for cannibalism to take place? Or perhaps it’s really about PTSD? We’re going to focus on the latter theory for now.
Could this seemingly family-friendly film be a deep exposé into such a difficult disorder? Perhaps we’re not such good movie watchers after all, as we never seem to analyze deeper meanings in the moment.
What’s Cracking Here?
Disney’s adaptation of the Nutcracker cultivated into the fantasy film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. While fans all agreed that the flick was a Christmas must-see, there was speculation over how it really related to the original story.
It appears that Disney chose to tell a follow-up version and that led this particular fan to her own conclusion. She strongly believes that Marie married the Nutcracker and that the children are actually rulers of the land.
Not Factual Evidence
What a theory really is, is an idea used to account for a certain situation. A theory is also not sufficient evidence because it is not a fact. So, technically we’re just sharing a bunch of crazy ideas with you all that play with the imagination.
This next one is particularly silly so try not to take it even remotely seriously. And just because someone says “in fact,” doesn’t mean to say there’s actually any truth to it.
The Vacation That Never Happened
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation came out in 1989 and families across the world were hooked on this comedy film — so much so that the sequel entitled Vegas Vacation was released in 1997. What could be bad about that?
Well, unfortunately, fans are always looking on the sinister side and since the kids’ ages didn’t add up between the two movies, that gave them enough reason to doubt. Could the Griswold’s be dead because of this? Sorry but no!
The King Is Back
When a fan theory happens to involve the “King of Rock and Roll,” we’re all ears. This next one could even be our all-time favorite yet because it plays on the conspiracy theory that Elvis didn’t die.
Even though there are some facial similarities between this film extra in Home Alone and the late star, we’re going to have to be the truth police again and can this theory. We don’t want to spread any false hope around!
An Overrated Job
Who would have thought that Santa’s job was overrated and worthy of staging death to get out of? Well, this fan theorist certainly does.
According to them, the only reason Tim Allen’s character Scott gets to play Father Christmas in The Santa Claus is because the original one got help from his elves to fake his own death. Why would he do such a thing? Perhaps retired life on a beach sounded more appealing to him…
Not Your Buddy
Will Ferrell’s character Buddy in the 2003 comedy Elf comes across as a very likable and happy-go-lucky soul. However, not everyone agrees with this perspective. According to certain Redditors, he is far from this good boy image.
The poster here compared him to a “Peeping Tom,” which essentially means he likes to secretly watch people. This theory came as a result of the iconic shower scene in which Buddy interrupts Zooey Deschanel’s character while she’s in the shower.
While we thought The Holiday was a typical romantic comedy, fans online would beg to differ. We have yet another rather out-there theory to divulge with you. Now, instead of the female leads being dead the whole time, the one is actually plotting to kill the other.
To be more specific, Kate Winslet and Jude Law’s characters are siblings in the film, so according to this theory, they’re the killer kinds who go after Cameron Diaz’s character for her wealth. We totally prefer the movie version where it’s all about love and heartbreak!
Angel and Devil
At this point, finding out that movies that we thought were all about light-hearted topics actually aren’t is no longer surprising. So, with the 2003 Christmas comedy Love Actually, we’re trying to embrace the fact that nothing is what it seems.
Could it be that Mia is the devil reincarnated and Rufus is a pure angel? Surely no one is really that evil or good? Well, read on above to find out why fans are clinging to this belief. We’re no longer getting flustered over these theories!
Royal Family Controversy
The Princess Switch is an American Christmas romantic comedy film series starring the always lovely Vanessa Hudgens. While A Christmas Prince is a similar type of movie that can also be found on Netflix.
Since the main characters from the latter film make a cameo appearance in the former, fans from all over the globe are starting to delve deeper into this. Cue yet another royal family conspiracy but this time it’s about the Aldovian family.
We See You
Holidate is a lovely Christmas rom-com that came out in 2020. Starring Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey, the duo really stole our hearts. And while this next fan admits to enjoying the film, she does point out some controversy that exploded on the internet.
During a frozen food aisle scene, Emma’s character references the hunky actor Ryan Gosling who everyone believes then made a cameo appearance. However, actor Chad Zigmund has since come out to admit that he’s the lookalike who was featured in the film.
We know our heading of ‘Die Alone’ sounds sinister but it’s really just a combination of the Christmas movies Die Hard and Home Alone. And the reason we chose to put these two very different films together is because of another crazy fan theory.
Is it possible that these two films exist in the same universe? Sure, there’s a slight possibility but the truth is the odds are slim to none. We apologize if we’re crushing any of your dreams here but we’re just not buying this one! Sorry, not sorry!
Not Permitted by Law
We all know and love Tim Allen’s starring role in the 1994 flick The Santa Clause. However, what a lot of us might not know is that many fans have their own theory regarding the elves. Spoiler alert — something bad happens to Santa.
Audiences were up in arms over the lack of emotion the elves showed when the former Santa passed away. Was he not loved? Was he not as nice as we know him to be? According to the popular note, they didn’t show they cared much because the North Pole law doesn’t allow it.