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Despite what it may sound like, iconic rocker Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band weren"t actually being booed during a Saturday Night Live guest appearance in 2015. While the quality of Saturday Night Live has been widely inconsistent over the years, it"s been an undeniably great training ground for some of the best comic actors of the last four decades. Performers such as Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon and many more got their start on the sketch series.
Saturday Night Live always manages to reinvent itself for new audiences too, such as their embrace of online sketches with the SNL Digital Shorts. These skits gave comic trio The Lonely Island - consisting of Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg - a chance to shine, due to viral shorts like "I"m On A Boat" or "Jack Sparrow ft. Michael Bolton." SNL has also been home to some great musical guests, with everybody from David Bowie - who was briefly banned after crossing producer Lorne Michaels - to Queen, Nirvana, Kanye and Billie Eilish making memorable performances across the decades.
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Bruce Springsteen has been a musical guest on Saturday Night Live a few times, and in December 2015 he appeared on an episode hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Bruce and The E-Street Band gave spirited performances of "Meet Me in the City" and "The Ties That Bind." The show also closed out with the band and cast performing “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” with none other than Paul McCartney making a cameo too. Viewers may have noticed at the end of their performances, however, the audience appears to be loudly booing Bruce Springsteen and the band - but this isn"t really the case.
In fact, the Saturday Night Live audience is loudly chanting "BRUUUUUUCE!," though it could be mistaken for booing. While this almost calls to mind The Simpsons gag about Mr. Burns mistaking boos for "Boo-urns," - he was at least correct in the case of Hans Moleman - fans of Springsteen are known to chants his name in this way at both concerts and even during talk show appearances.
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To the uninitiated, however, it can sound like loud booing, which is where the confusion came from with Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band"s SNL Dec 2015 appearance. Even if they had been booing, Bruce clearly didn"t mind, as he and the band later made a re-appearance on Saturday Night Live years later in 2020, for an episode hosted by Timothée Chalamet.