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RTL Samstag Nacht (TV Series 1993–1998) Poster

(1993–1998)

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Notable US personalities who never appeared on the original Saturday Night Live (1975) but did (co-)host the German version include: Richard Grieco; Robert Englund; Mel Brooks and Michael Winslow. However, due to the language barrier, they usually only appeared in the monologue and a limited amount of sketches.
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The first season contained many jokes and sketches involving religion. According to writer Jürgen Urig this resulted in massive pressure from the Catholic Church to stop this so from the second season onward the authors were not allowed to include religion in the show at all.
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The show's concept was inspired by Saturday Night Live (1975) and partially by Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979).
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This show sparked a large cult following and also coined phrases that are still in use in the German language to this day.
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A number of the show's actors started as stand-up comedians. Through this show, they were introduced to a broader audience and eventually became household names in Germany.
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