SNL debuts starring Detroit native Gilda Radner
October 11, 2026
On this day in 1975, Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC, featuring the comedic genius of Detroit native, Gilda Radner. She created legendary characters like Lisa Lubner, Emily Litella, and Roseanne Roseannadana. Her tragic bout with ovarian cancer led to the creation of Gilda’s Clubs across the country and the annual Gilda’s Laughfest each March in Grand Rapids.