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Q: What's the total number of cast members (not counting featured players)?

A: 88 cast members have appeared on "SNL" to date.

Q: Which "SNL" cast member appeared on the show the longest amount of time?

A: Darrell Hammond (1995-present) holds the record with 13 seasons and running. Honoroble mentions go to Tim Meadows (nine and a half seasons, 1991-2000), Kevin Nealon (nine seasons, 1986-1995), Phil Hartman (eight seasons, 1986-1993), and Horatio Sanz (eight seasons, 1998-2006). And while he was never a full-fledged cast member, Al Franken (1977-80, 1986, 1987-95) racked up 11-and-a-half seasons as a featured player.

Q: Which "SNL" cast member appeared on the show the shortest amount of time?

A: Morwenna Banks (1995), a cast member for the last four episodes of the 1994-95 season, has the briefest run. As far as which featured players appeared for the shortest time, that honor goes to Laurie Metcalf, Emily Prager, and Kevin Meaney. Metcalf and Prager's single episode was the 1980-81 season finale. Meaney appeared on the 1986 Christmas episode hosted by William Shatner.

Q: Who were the youngest and oldest cast members?

A: Anthony Michael Hall (17 years old when he joined) and Darrell Hammond (still in the cast at age 52), respectively.

Q: How many episodes was Chevy Chase a cast member?

A: 30 episodes (October 11, 1975 to October 30, 1976).

Q: How many episodes has Chevy Chase hosted?

A: Nine episodes.

Q: How many episodes was Phil Hartman a cast member?

A: 153 episodes.

Q: How many episodes has Phil Hartman hosted?

A: Two episodes.

Q: How many episodes has Dan Aykroyd appeared in since leaving the cast?

A: Nine episodes. Eight in special guest roles (including three as Bob Dole) and once as host (May 17, 2003).

Q: How many times has an "SNL" player said the "f-word" on the air?

A: Three times. Paul Shaffer mistakingly said it instead of "fluck" on March 15, 1980 (100th Anniversary Show); Charles Rocket exclaimed, " ... who the f*ck did it?," on February 21, 1981 (host Charlene Tilton); Norm Macdonald let it slip during "Weekend Update" on April 12, 1997 (host Rob Lowe).

Q: How many complaints did NBC receive after Norm Macdonald said the "f-word" on air?

A: Two complaints.

Q: How many people called in supporting Macdonald?

A: Three calls of support.

Q: How many "SNL" players are African-American?

A: 14 (Ellen Cleghorn, Dean Edwards, Yvonne Hudson, Tim Meadows, Jerry Minor, Finesse Mitchell, Tracy Morgan, Garrett Morris, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Kenan Thompson, Danitra Vance, and Daymon Wayans).

Q: How many "SNL" players are openly gay?

A: One (Terry Sweeney).

Q: How many "SNL" players are Canadian?

A: Ten (Dan Aykroyd, Peter Aykroyd, Robin Duke, Phil Hartman, Norm Macdonald, Mark McKinney, Mike Myers, Tony Rosato, Paul Shaffer, and Martin Short).

Q: How many "SNL" players are titled aristocrats?

A: One (Christopher Guest, an English nobleman who is the present Lord Haden-Guest).

Q: How many "SNL" players have hosted the show?

A: 23 (Dan Aykroyd, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jon Lovitz, Norm Macdonald, Michael McKean, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Don Novello, Chris Rock, Paul Shaffer, Molly Shannon, Martin Short, David Spade, Ben Stiller, and Damon Wayans).

Q: How many "SNL" players hosted the show before becoming a cast member?

A: Two (Billy Crystal and Michael McKean).

Q: How many "SNL" players hosted the show while still in the cast?

A: One (Eddie Murphy, replacing "48 Hours" co-star Nick Nolte when he bailed at the last minute).

Q: How many "SNL" players have portrayed another "SNL" player?

A: 12: Dana Carvey (as Dennis Miller), Rachel Dratch (as Janeane Garofalo), Jimmy Fallon (as Gilbert Gottfried, Dennis Miller, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler), Darrell Hammond (as Jon Lovitz, Eddie Murphy), Phil Hartman (as Dan Aykroyd), Chris Kattan (as Robert Downey Jr., Paul Shaffer, David Spade), Gary Kroeger (as Paul Shaffer), Mark McKinney (as Paul Shaffer), Tim Meadows (as Eddie Murphy), Jeff Richards (as Al Franken), Chris Rock (as Eddie Murphy), and Rob Schneider (as Billy Crystal).

Q: How many "SNL" players are now dead?

A: Seven (John Belushi, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Michael O'Donoghue, Gilda Radner, Charles Rocket, and Danitra Vance).

Q: How many "SNL" players have had brothers who later joined the cast?

A: Three: Dan Aykroyd (Peter, 1979-80); John Belushi (Jim, 1983-85); and Bill Murray (Brian Doyle, 1980-82).

Q: How many "SNL" players/writers have had their own late-night talk show?

A: Four (Chevy Chase, Dennis Miller, Conan O'Brien, and Chris Rock).

Q: How many "SNL" players came from the Groundlings comedy troupe?

A: 15 (Jimmy Fallon, Siobahn Fallon, Will Ferrell, Will Forte, Ana Gasteyer, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Chris Kattan, Jon Lovitz, Laraine Newman, Cheri Oteri, Chris Parnell, Maya Rudolph, Julia Sweeney, and Kristin Wiig.)

Q: How many "SNL" players came from the Second City comedy troupe?

A: 25 (Dan Aykroyd, Peter Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, John Belushi, Rachel Dratch, Robin Duke, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Mary Gross, Tim Kazurinsky, David Koechner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tim Meadows, Jerry Minor, Brian Doyle-Murray, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Amy Poehler, Gilda Radner, Tony Rosato, Horatio Sanz, Martin Short, Jason Sudeikis, Danitra Vance, and Nancy Walls).

Q: How many "SNL" players have married another "SNL" player?

A: Two (Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall).

Q: How many "SNL" players have married an "SNL" Band leader?

A: Two (Gilda Radner married "SNL" Band leader G.E. Smith and Michael O'Donoghue married "SNL" Band leader Cheryl Hardwick).

Q: How many "SNL" players have hosted the Academy Awards?

A: Three: Chevy Chase (1988), Billy Crystal (1990-93, 1997-98, 2000, 2004), and Chris Rock (2005).

Q: How many "SNL" players have been nominated for an Academy Award?

A: Eight: Dan Aykroyd (Best Supporting Actor - "Driving Miss Daisy," 1990), George Coe (Best Short Subject co-producer - "The Dove," 1969), Joan Cusack (Best Supporting Actress - "Working Girl," 1989, and "In & Out," 1998), Robert Downey Jr. (Best Actor - "Chaplin," 1993), Michael McKean (Best Original Song co-writer - "A Mighty Wind," 2004), Eddie Murphy (Best Supporting Actor - "Dreamgirls," 2007), Bill Murray (Best Actor - "Lost in Translation," 2004), and Randy Quaid (Best Supporting Actor - "The Last Detail," 1974).

Q: How many "SNL" players have won a Tony Award?

A: Three: Billy Crystal ("700 Sundays," 2005 - Best Special Theatrical Event), Christine Ebersole ("42nd Street," 2001 - Best Lead Actress in a Musical), and Martin Short ("Little Me," 1999 - Best Lead Actor in a Musical).

Q: How many "SNL" players have won a primetime Emmy Award?

A: 27: Dan Aykroyd ("SNL," 1977- writing); John Belushi ("SNL," 1977 - writing); A. Whitney Brown ("SNL," 1989- writing); Dana Carvey ("SNL," 1993 - performing); Chevy Chase ("SNL," 1976 - writing and performing); Billy Crystal ("The Grammy Awards," 1989 - hosting, "The Academy Awards" 1991 - hosting and writing, 1993 - writing, 1998 - hosting, "Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow," 1990 - writing); Jane Curtin ("Kate & Allie," 1984-85 - acting); Tom Davis ("SNL," 1976-77, 1989 - writing, "Paul Simon Special," 1978 - writing); Jim Downey ("SNL," 1977, 1989, 2002 - writing, 1993 - producing); Chris Elliott ("Late Night with David Letterman," 1984-87 - writing); Tina Fey ("SNL," 2002 - writing, "30 Rock," 2007 - executive producer); Al Franken ("SNL," 1976-77, 1989 - writing, 1993 - producing, "Paul Simon Special," 1978 - writing); Christopher Guest ("Lily Tomlin," 1976 - writing); Phil Hartman ("SNL," 1989 - writing); Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Seinfeld," 1996 - acting, "The New Adventures of Old Christine," 2006 - acting) Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne," 1992-94 - acting); Dennis Miller ("Dennis Miller Live," 1994-95, 1998 - writing, 1996 - producing); Bill Murray ("SNL," 1977 - writing); Mike Myers ("SNL," 1989 - writing); Michael O'Donoghue ("SNL," 1976-77 - writing); Gilda Radner ("SNL," 1978 - performing); Chris Rock ("Chris Rock: Bring the Pain," 1997 - writing and producing, "The Chris Rock Show," 1999 - writing); Tom Schiller ("SNL," 1976-77, 1989 - writing); Martin Short ("SCTV," 1983 - writing); Robert Smigel ("SNL," 1989, 2002 - writing); Ben Stiller ("The Ben Stiller Show," 1993 - writing); and Alan Zweibel ("SNL," 1976-77 - writing, "Paul Simon Special," 1978 - writing).

Q: How many "SNL" players have been nominated for an Emmy Award for their performance on "SNL"?

A: 14: Dan Aykroyd (1978), John Belushi (1977-78), Dana Carvey (1988-93), Chevy Chase (1976-77), Billy Crystal (1985), Jane Curtain (1978), Will Ferrell (2001), Phil Hartman (1994), Jon Lovitz (1986-87), Eddie Murphy (1983-84), Mike Myers (1994), Joe Piscopo (1984), Gilda Radner (1977-78), and Molly Shannon (2000).

Q: How many "SNL" players have hosted the "MTV Video Music Awards" or "MTV Movie Awards"?

A: 11 (Dan Aykroyd, Dana Carvey, Jimmy Fallon, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, and Ben Stiller).

Q: How many "SNL" players have appeared on "Seinfeld"?

A: 11 (Brian Doyle-Murray, Siobhan Fallon, Janeane Garofalo, Ana Gasteyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jon Lovitz, Chris Parnell, Rob Schneider, Molly Shannon, Sarah Silverman, and Terry Sweeney).

Q: How many "SNL" players have voiced characters on "The Simpsons"?

A: 12 (Phil Hartman, Janeane Garafolo, Christopher Guest, Jan Hooks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jon Lovitz, Jay Mohr, Michael McKean, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Harry Shearer, and Ben Stiller).

Q: How many "SNL" players have served as correspondents on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show"?

A: Five (A. Whitney Brown, Laura Kightlinger, Jerry Minor, Rob Riggle, Nancy Walls).

Q: How many "SNL" players have filled in for David Letterman as a "Late Show" guest-host?

A: Six (Dana Carvey, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Janeane Garofalo, Adam Sandler, Paul Shaffer).

Q: How many "SNL" players appeared in a "Wayne's World" movie?

A: Seven (Dana Carvey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Mike Myers, Harry Shearer, and Robert Smigel).

Q: How many "SNL" players appeared in the movie "Coneheads"?

A: 16 (Dan Aykroyd, Peter Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Tom Davis, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Jon Lovitz, Michael McKean, Tim Meadows, Garrett Morris, Kevin Nealon, Larraine Newman, Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Julia Sweeney).

Q: How many "SNL" players appeared in the movie "This is Spinal Tap"?

A: Six: Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel), Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls), Billy Crystal (Morty the Mime), Dana Carvey (Mime Waiter), and Paul Shaffer (Artie Fufkin).

Q: How many announcers have there been?

A: Two official announcers: Don Pardo (1975-81, 1982-present) and Mel Brand (1981-82). Bill Hanrahan filled in for Brand during the December 5 & 12, 1981 episodes; Joe Piscopo replaced Pardo when he had laryngitis on February 18, 1984; an unknown voice replaced Pardo on February 24, 1996; and Darrell Hammond has occasionaly stepped in--as Don Pardo--when the real deal has been out sick.

Q: How many directors have there been?

A: Four: Dave Wilson (1975-86, 1989-95); Paul Miller (1986-89); Beth McCarthy (1995-2006), and Don Roy King (2006-present).

Q: How many executive producers have there been?

A: Three: Lorne Michaels (1975-80, 1985-present); Jean Doumanian (1980-81); and Dick Ebersol (1981-85).

Q: How many episodes were executive produced by Jean Doumanian?

A: 12 episodes (November 15, 1980 through March 7, 1981).