節目介紹 Introduction

《週六夜現場》(Saturday Night Live)是一個每週六深夜播出、60多分鐘的美國綜藝節目,以紐約市為拍攝地,自1975年10月11日由NBC播出,是美國電視史上最長壽的節目之一。每週都有不同的客座主持人與音樂來賓加入,與該節目的固定卡司一同演出。表演嘉賓會參與到小品的表演中,往往能讓人看到該嘉賓不同的一面,並且這樣的喜劇表演也是其演技的試金石。而音樂嘉賓通常是當下當紅的歌星,會進行現場表演。它最大的特點是結合當下最熱點話題,用惡搞的小品來針砭時事,可以視其為流行文化的一面鏡子。由於播出時間段較晚,所以尺度相對一般美劇會稍微大一點,惡搞的笑料從來不缺乏話題。
 
The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest (who usually delivers an opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast) and features performances by a musical guest. An episode normally begins with a cold open sketch that ends with someone breaking character and proclaiming, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!," beginning the show proper.