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Saturday Night Live Season 8
Series Saturday Night Live
Country of origin  United States
Network NBC
Original run September 25, 1982 – May 14, 1983
No. of episodes 20
Previous season 7
Next season 9

Saturday Night Live aired its eighth season during the 1982–1983 season on NBC. This was the third season to air since Lorne Michaels had left his first tenure as executive producer. There were minor casting changes done. Christine Ebersole, Tony Rosato, and Brian Doyle-Murray were let go. Hired in their places were Brad Hall, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Brad Hall's future wife and future Seinfeld castmember), and Gary Kroeger. Weekend Update's name was changed yet again; this time, it was changed to Saturday Night News (with Brad Hall as the new anchor). Don Pardo returned as SNL's announcer, as well as the cold openings that ended with "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" and the monologues by the host.

The 8th season started on September 25, 1982 and ended on May 14, 1983.



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Featured cast members



Date Host(s) Musical Guest(s) Remarks
140 September 25, 1982 Chevy Chase Queen
141 October 2, 1982 Louis Gossett, Jr. George Thorogood & the Destroyers  
142 October 9, 1982 Ron Howard The Clash
  • Howard hosts less than three months after the release of his film Night Shift; The Clash perform "Straight to Hell" and "Should I Stay or Should I Go", two songs from their recently released album Combat Rock.
  • Harry Anderson makes a guest appearance.
  • The cold opening for this episode, a public service announcement from the Department of Weights and Balances, is cut in all NBC reruns and one-hour syndicated versions.
  • In the "Mayberry 1982" sketch, Ron Howard's character accidentally calls Floyd (played by Eddie Murphy) "Otis". Murphy corrects him and Howard's character ad-libs, "I told you I couldn't recognize you!"
  • Andy Griffith cameos in the "Mayberry 1982" sketch, reprising his character Andy Taylor.
143 October 23, 1982 Howard Hesseman Men at Work  
144 October 30, 1982 Michael Keaton The New Joe Jackson Band  
145 November 13, 1982 Robert Blake Kenny Loggins
146 November 20, 1982 Drew Barrymore Squeeze
  • During this episode, the audience at home was given the chance to vote on whether or not Andy Kaufman, a regular cameo on SNL, should be banned from the show. The vote was conducted by a 1-900 number. At the end of the night, the people had spoken, and Kaufman was banned from ever performing on SNL again.
  • With this episode, Drew Barrymore becomes the youngest person ever to host Saturday Night Live, at 7 years, 8 months and 29 days.
147 December 4, 1982 The Smothers Brothers Laura Branigan  
  • First episode to have two brothers co-host.
148 December 11, 1982 Eddie Murphy Lionel Richie
  • Eddie Murphy substituted for his 48 Hours co-star Nick Nolte after Nolte fell ill (Nolte became hung over following a night of partying at Studio 54), the only person to have hosted the show while still a cast member. He controversially announced "Live from New York, it's the Eddie Murphy Show!" Steve Martin appeared near the end to chastise Eddie Murphy for being a second choice. This was Steve Martin's only appearance on SNL which was not produced by Lorne Michaels.
149 January 22, 1983 Lily Tomlin Tomlin as Pervis Hawkins
  • Lily Tomlin acted as both host and musical guest for this episode, though she was only credited for being the host. She opened the show "Live from New York, it's the Lily Tomlin Show!" in reference to Murphy's opening the previous week.
150 January 29, 1983 Rick Moranis
Dave Thomas
The Bus Boys  
151 February 5, 1983 Sid Caesar Joe Cocker
Jennifer Warnes
152 February 19, 1983 Howard Hesseman Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers  
  • Tom Petty performed "The Waiting" and "Change of Heart"
153 February 26, 1983 Beau Bridges
Jeff Bridges
Randy Newman
154 March 12, 1983 Bruce Dern Leon Redbone  
155 March 19, 1983 Robert Guillaume Duran Duran
156 April 9, 1983 Joan Rivers Musical Youth  
157 April 16, 1983 Susan Saint James Michael McDonald  
158 May 7, 1983 Stevie Wonder
  • Featured two Wonder appearances alongside Eddie Murphy: the Kannon Camera sketch and "The Stevie Wonder Experience", in which Murphy (playing a music executive) trades impressions of Wonder with Wonder himself. ESPN's Bill Simmons, an SNL and Murphy fan, named this his favorite performance by a guest host on SNL and "one of the best SNL sketches ever."[1]
159 May 14, 1983 Ed Koch Kevin Rowland
Dexys Midnight Runners



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