Saturday Night Live (season 18)

Saturday Night Live (season 18)
The title card for the eighteenth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original network NBC
Original release September 26, 1992 (1992-09-26) – May 15, 1993 (1993-05-15)
Season chronology

The eighteenth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 26, 1992, and May 15, 1993.

Many changes happened before the start of the season. Long term cast member Victoria Jackson left the show after six seasons. Newer cast members Beth Cahill and Siobhan Fallon were both fired to make room in the cast.

Unlike the past two seasons Lorne Michaels did not hire any new cast members. Rob Schneider was upgraded to repertory status. Ellen Cleghorne, Tim Meadows, Adam Sandler, and David Spade remained in the middle category. Melanie Hutsell was promoted to the middle category. Robert Smigel remained as a featured cast member.

Long-term cast member Dana Carvey decided to leave the show mid season. This would also be the final season for Chris Rock and Robert Smigel.

After three years with the show, Rock decided to quit the show at the end of the season. Rock had become frustrated with never quite finding a voice on the show and wanted to instead focus on his stand-up career. Writer and featured player Smigel left to become the head writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, but would later return to the show in 1996 to write and produce the "TV Funhouse" cartoons.

This was also the last season to feature three separate categories for cast members. Starting next season, the show returned to the original "repertory" and "featured" cast lists.

This season was also home to one of SNL's most infamous moments: Sinéad O'Connor tore a photograph of Pope John Paul II at the end of her second performance on the episode hosted by Tim Robbins.

Due to the success of the film Wayne's World, Michaels decided it was a good idea to jump onto the popularity of the film and make more movies based on SNL characters. However, none would prove to be as successful as Wayne's World, critically or commercially.


Repertory cast members



bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



No. in
HostMusical guest(s)Original air date
3271Nicolas CageBobby BrownSeptember 26, 1992

3282Tim RobbinsSinéad O'ConnorOctober 3, 1992

  • Sinéad O'Connor performs "Success Has Made a Failure of Our Home" and the Bob Marley song "War".[1][3]
  • At the end of her second song, "War", Sinéad O'Connor held up a picture of Pope John Paul II, exclaimed, "Fight the real enemy," and tore the picture to pieces. During the earlier rehearsal taping, O'Connor held up a picture of a starving African child before leaving the stage. Director Dave Wilson gave the order to not light up the audience applause light following "War," as he felt she had "railroaded" the crew and producers.[4] The segment marked one of only a few times that a sketch or performance ended with a quiet studio.[4] NBC received 4,484 complaints about O'Connor, and 725 calls supporting her.[5]
  • Susan Sarandon appears during the goodnights.
3293Joe PesciThe Spin DoctorsOctober 10, 1992

3304Christopher WalkenArrested DevelopmentOctober 24, 1992

3315Catherine O'Hara10,000 ManiacsOctober 31, 1992

3326Michael KeatonMorrisseyNovember 14, 1992

3337SinbadSadeNovember 21, 1992

3348Tom ArnoldNeil YoungDecember 5, 1992

3359Glenn CloseThe Black CrowesDecember 12, 1992

  • The Black Crowes performs "Sometimes Salvation" and "Non-Fiction."[1]
  • Jon Lovitz cameos during "Weekend Update".
  • Mary Beth Hurt appears in the "Lesbian Christmas Party" sketch.
33610Danny DeVitoBon JoviJanuary 9, 1993

33711Harvey KeitelMadonnaJanuary 16, 1993

  • Madonna performs "Fever" and "Bad Girl".[1] During "Bad Girl," she imitated Sinéad O'Connor's actions from earlier in the season by ripping a photo of Joey Buttafuoco and yelling "Fight the real enemy". She additionally appeared in the cold open.
  • Jan Hooks appears as Hillary Clinton in the cold open.
33812Luke PerryMick JaggerFebruary 6, 1993

  • Dana Carvey's final episode as a cast member.
  • Guest appearances by Jan Hooks (as Hillary Clinton) and Giorgio Armani in the cold open.
  • Jagger performs "Sweet Thing" and "Don't Tear Me Up".[1] He also appears on "Point/Counterpoint" on "Weekend Update" as Keith Richards (with Mike Myers playing Jagger), and during the "Tampon Prince" sketch.
33913Alec BaldwinPaul McCartneyFebruary 13, 1993

  • Paul McCartney performs "Get Out of My Way" and "Biker Like an Icon" from Off the Ground, as well as The Beatles song "Hey Jude."[1] McCartney appears during the monologue, the "Mimic" sketch, the "Chris Farley Show" sketch, and "Weekend Update".
  • Linda McCartney performs alongside Paul McCartney during the musical segments and appears during "Weekend Update".
34014Bill MurrayStingFebruary 20, 1993

34115John GoodmanMary J. BligeMarch 13, 1993

  • Mary J. Blige performs "Reminisce" and "Sweet Thing."[1]
  • The Bravados appear during the monologue.
  • Blige's mother Cora appears during the goodnights.
34216Miranda RichardsonSoul AsylumMarch 20, 1993

34317Jason AlexanderPeter GabrielApril 10, 1993

34418Kirstie AlleyLenny KravitzApril 17, 1993

34519Christina ApplegateMidnight OilMay 8, 1993

34620Kevin KlineWillie Nelson & Paul SimonMay 15, 1993


TitleOriginal air date
"SNL Presidential Bash"November 1, 1992
This special featured some of SNL's best political sketches throughout its 18-year run. Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman hosted the special as George Bush, Ross Perot and Bill Clinton, respectively. Sketches include "The Pepsi Syndrome", "Ask President Carter", "Debate '92", and "Stockdale's Joyride."

Coneheads film

Coneheads, a film based on the popular Coneheads sketches that appeared on the show in the 1970s, was released on July 23, 1993. Cast members Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Jon Lovitz, Michael McKean, Tim Meadows, Garret Morris, Kevin Nealon, Laraine Newman, Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Julia Sweeney all appear in the film. The film did not do well at the box office and was largely panned by critics.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. pp. 124–127. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
  2. "Season 18: Episode 1". Saturday Night Live Transcripts. September 26, 1992.
  3. Saturday Night Live: Season 18, Episode 2 – Tim Robbins/Sinéad O'Connor at the Internet Movie Database
  4. 1 2 Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, pp. 369-371.
  5. Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1994. p. 264. ISBN 0-395-70895-8.
  6. "Air Date: December 5th, 1992". SNL Transcripts.
  7. "Season 18: Episode 20". Saturday Night Live Transcripts.
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