Los Angeles Times
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Over the past four decades it’s gone from must-watch to “That’s still on?” back to must-watch again. Viewers of NBC’s longrunning late-night comedy fest are up by 22 percent, the show’s strongest performance in 22 years.
The original Not Ready for Prime Time Players in 1975 included Laraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris and Chevy Chase. First season $750/show ($3,396 today) Second season $2,000/show ($8,563 today) Fourth season $4,000/show ($14,945 today)
The 2015–16 cast included Sasheer Zamata, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, Taran Killam, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost, Cecily Strong, Jay Pharoah, Bobby Moynihan, Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, Vanessa Bayer and Beck Bennett. Estimates say that cast members made up to $24,000/show (salaries vary among cast based on seniority).