Stuff I think is Cool
Norm was probably the last dangerous cast member—in the good way. Like, he might say whatever he wanted.
Tina Fey, on Norm Macdonald’s time on SNL

Can they make a movie where every single person in any shot of the movie is a former SNL castmember?

The first fight we had was over billing. Because he wanted to be called ‘Reichsmarschall’.
Dick Ebersol, on former SNL head writer Michael O’Donoghue’s return to the show after Lorne Michaels’ departure in the early 80’s
oldloves:

Bill Murray on Gilda Radner:
"Gilda got married and went away. None of us saw her anymore. There was one good thing: Laraine had a party one night, a great party at her house. And I ended up being the disk jockey. She just had forty-fives, and not that many, so you really had to work the music end of it. There was a collection of like the funniest people in the world at this party. Somehow Sam Kinison sticks in my brain. The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda. Gilda showed up and she’d already had cancer and gone into remission and then had it again, I guess. Anyway she was slim. We hadn’t seen her in a long time. And she started doing, “I’ve got to go,” and she was just going to leave, and I was like, “Going to leave?” It felt like she was going to really leave forever.So we started carrying her around, in a way that we could only do with her. We carried her up and down the stairs, around the house, repeatedly, for a long time, until I was exhausted. Then Danny did it for a while. Then I did it again. We just kept carrying her; we did it in teams. We kept carrying her around, but like upside down, every which way—over your shoulder and under your arm, carrying her like luggage. And that went on for more than an hour—maybe an hour and a half—just carrying her around and saying, “She’s leaving! This could be it! Now come on, this could be the last time we see her. Gilda’s leaving, and remember that she was very sick—hello?”We worked all aspects of it, but it started with just, “She’s leaving, I don’t know if you’ve said good-bye to her.” And we said good-bye to the same people ten, twenty times, you know. And because these people were really funny, every person we’d drag her up to would just do like five minutes on her, with Gilda upside down in this sort of tortured position, which she absolutely loved. She was laughing so hard we could have lost her right then and there.It was just one of the best parties I’ve ever been to in my life. I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her.”
- from Live from New York: an Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

oldloves:

Bill Murray on Gilda Radner:

"Gilda got married and went away. None of us saw her anymore. There was one good thing: Laraine had a party one night, a great party at her house. And I ended up being the disk jockey. She just had forty-fives, and not that many, so you really had to work the music end of it. There was a collection of like the funniest people in the world at this party. Somehow Sam Kinison sticks in my brain. The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda. Gilda showed up and she’d already had cancer and gone into remission and then had it again, I guess. Anyway she was slim. We hadn’t seen her in a long time. And she started doing, “I’ve got to go,” and she was just going to leave, and I was like, “Going to leave?” It felt like she was going to really leave forever.

So we started carrying her around, in a way that we could only do with her. We carried her up and down the stairs, around the house, repeatedly, for a long time, until I was exhausted. Then Danny did it for a while. Then I did it again. We just kept carrying her; we did it in teams. We kept carrying her around, but like upside down, every which way—over your shoulder and under your arm, carrying her like luggage. And that went on for more than an hour—maybe an hour and a half—just carrying her around and saying, “She’s leaving! This could be it! Now come on, this could be the last time we see her. Gilda’s leaving, and remember that she was very sick—hello?”

We worked all aspects of it, but it started with just, “She’s leaving, I don’t know if you’ve said good-bye to her.” And we said good-bye to the same people ten, twenty times, you know. 

And because these people were really funny, every person we’d drag her up to would just do like five minutes on her, with Gilda upside down in this sort of tortured position, which she absolutely loved. She was laughing so hard we could have lost her right then and there.

It was just one of the best parties I’ve ever been to in my life. I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her.”

- from Live from New York: an Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

Santa’s My Boyfriend

Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, & Kristen Wiig

"hmmm…. We gotta fill in some time for Update. Any ideas?"
"hey remember that character Dana Carvey used to do?"
"Church Lady?"
"No."
"Garth?"
"No."
"Carson? That was great."
"Not Carson."
Hans?”
"No."
"Bush?"
"No."
"Ummm…? I give up. Who?"
"Grumpy Old Man."
"…uh, yeah I kinda remember that. It was funny, i guess."
"Great! Then it’s settled. We’ll rip off that."

if I worked at SNL I would take a page out of Michael O’Donoghue’s playbook from the eighties and adopt the view that SNL sucks and is beyond saving, so it’s time to go “VIKING DEATH SHIP”

which basically means “let’s just accept cancellation as on it’s way and try to do the most insane fucked up shit we can do with this show in order to send it to hell with a bang”

take a fucking guess who has the longest Weekend Update tenure in SNL history?

I’ll give you a hint: it’s a guy, and he’s not funny, and it’s Seth Meyers.

It was incredibly subversive, because his material appeared to be borderline retarded to one section of the audience because of the subject matter, but he was doing some of the most inventive stuff that had ever been done on the show. He was really deconstructing sketch comedy. He was kind of exposing character premises for what they were; which were naked gimmicks that we use to make money not having to lift things.

-Robert Smigel on Adam Sandler’s time at SNL

Saturday Night Live has a thing, you go to Lorne and he says, “You gotta do three things: you gotta write two sketches, you gotta do two impressions, and you gotta do two characters.” And, I said, “I can’t do any of that.” So, it was kind of a rough beginning.
Norm Macdonald
In the press, a story is good. Now, I was doing Saturday Night Live and I was doing Weekend Update. And the press never cared about me, I never read anything good about me. As soon as I got fired, “Norm’s Great!”
Norm Macdonald

From Adam Sandler’s Facebook page

From Adam Sandler’s Facebook page