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What you didn't know about Saturday Night Live

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 11th 2006 10:00AM

Saturday Night LiveA few days ago I wrote about Rachel Sklar's Saturday Night Live piece in The Village Voice. Being that she had full access to the cast members as well as to executive producer Lorne Michaels, she gathered plenty of information, much of it not included in her Village Voice article.

So, rather than tossing it in the trash, Sklar took those remnants and posted them at The Huffington Post, where she is editor as well as contributor. There's some pretty good stuff here. For example, Michaels says 40 to 50 sketches are read and written during the normal show week, with only 10 to 15 of those making it to air on Saturday night. Also of interest is that cast member Jason Sudeikis' uncle is George Wendt, the happy-go-lucky alcoholic Norm from Cheers.

As Sklar says, a lot of this information is for the committed comedy wonk. So, if you aren't into the behind-the-scenes stuff this may not be for you. However, if you want to know about the "Really Important Things That SNL Staff, Cast & Writers Should Know" bulletin board, click here.

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Politics people...shop politics. There are probably some great ones at the bottom of a trash can, that'll never see the lght of day over BS.

November 13 2006 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's really, really hard to believe that the sketches that air are actually the best of 40 or 50. The writing staff would have to be brain-dead to write 20 or 30 sketches WORSE than the ones that air.

November 11 2006 at 11:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

thats funny..i got the impression from studio60 and 30rock, that they write that many shows and most are nixed. guess i paid too much attention

November 11 2006 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

I haven't checked out the story yet, but just the example you gave about the number of sketches written shows how unrealistic 'Studio 60' is. Sorkin would like us to believe that Matt writes everything but the news broadcast by himself. So every single sketch he comes up with is some kind of comedy gold that makes it on the air. And that he can write it up with only hours to go on the air and the cast will have time to rehearse it and the crew will have the time to block it.

I guess he didn't care how it really works, he just needed any kind of hook on which to hang his issues.

Oh, and I'll bet this reporter at least carried a pen and paper while doing her backstage reporting....

November 11 2006 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the info Richard, I found it really interesting. I love behind the scenes stuff.

I can't believe they cut so many sketches! I bet it's not so much that they're bad ideas, but that they wouldn't fly with the censors. I mean, these people ARE funny, just limited to how far they can go on NBC.

November 11 2006 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

id like to see a new cooking show called food porn!
no porn just food its the name thats cool lol

November 11 2006 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nothing too revealing, though it is interesting to hear Lorne compare Parnell to Ackroyd and Hartman. Too bad Lorne let him go ... twice.

November 11 2006 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are you telling me there are 25-40 sketches worse than what they show?!?!?!

November 11 2006 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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