Words matter. These are the best Saturday Night Quotes from famous people such as Max Joseph, Edge, Ashton Kutcher, Tracy Morgan, Joe Flaherty, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
The thing I really love about ‘Saturday Night Fever’ is that the movie is a gritty drama. Most people just remember the amazing, whimsical fantasy dance scenes, but then, when you watch it again, it’s raw.
I did two matches for WCW, for ‘Saturday Night’ and for ‘WorldWide.’ Scott D’Amore was booking the extra talent. I remember I was really torn about it. I was like, ‘Hmm… I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to just be an extra guy. I want so much more than that,’ but I was flat broke, and it was 500 bucks.
When you build characters from the outside in, they become, oftentimes they become like ‘Saturday Night Live’ characters or they become like caricatures of the character.
‘Saturday Night Live’ was like a university for funny.
‘SCTV’ was the concept of a group ensemble doing satirical things. ‘Saturday Night Live’s sketches were broader than ours, more universal.
When I started on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I had the choice of wearing contact lenses, which I had never worn before, or glasses, in order to be able to read the cue cards.
‘Saturday Night Live’ was 100% the most surreal TV we’ve ever done. Leonardo DiCaprio was on the same show.
‘Saturday Night Live’ is live television. Nothing can compare to that.
I’ve always kept a low profile and said no to ‘Saturday Night Live’ and stuff like that.
There have been, like, three auditions in my life where I feel like I’m in a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit.
Every time I see Trump on TV these days, I’m waiting for him to burst out, ‘Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!’ That would make sense to me – that this has all been one long ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch.
I would love to carry on with Second City and see where that takes me, but it’s always been a dream to work on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and do films.
By the time I would have graduated, at 22, I was a writer and featured performer on Saturday Night Live.
When I was 8 years old, I watched ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and I always wanted to be on there and be an entertainer.
I don’t miss ‘Saturday Night Live.’ I feel less of a need for the fulfillment that performance used to give… I don’t have to do everything right away. As long as I can walk and jump, I’ll still perform, but I no longer feel such a compulsion.
We love ‘I’m a Celebrity,’ ‘Britain’s Got Talent,’ ‘Saturday Night Takeway,’ but they’re all live shows.
I enjoy Saturday night racing.
I learned that the hardest party to pull off successfully is Saturday night dinner. This meal is expected to be elaborate: appetizers, first course, dinner, dessert, and coffee. People arrive at 7:30 or 8 p.m. and stay for hours – definitely past my bedtime – and they all go home exhausted.
I’ve always had a very dry sense of humor, and I’ve pretty much grown up on Will Ferrell, first on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ then ‘Old School’ and ‘Wedding Crashers.’
You know, you grow up with the image of John Travolta being super cool – ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ Brian De Palma, handsome young god… he, in reality, is a very silly man. And I mean that in a good way. He’ll walk around the set talking in little weird voices, making people laugh.
I’m from the disco era where everybody thought they were John Travolta… What song is going to get me on the dance floor? Anything from ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ and you’re up there like a demon.
I was meant to date the captain of the football team, I was going to be on a romantic excursion every Saturday night, I was destined to be collecting corsages from every boy in town before prom, accepting such floral offerings like competing sacrifices to a Delphic goddess.
I don’t think we were shy so much as we were terrified. Especially when we did ‘Saturday Night Live’ on live TV. We looked really animatronic because we were scared, but it came off as being this alien sort of attitude, which served us well, because people were like, ‘Whoa, this is so weird.’
I was into the Mets because my Dad worked at IBM where he got free Mets tickets, so I was into the Mets… then I got to ‘Saturday Night Live’ where my boss has unbelievable N.Y. Yankees tickets, so he invites us to the games. I’m going to all the games, so I might as well root for the team I’m gonna go sit with.
When Rock was on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ that’s what propelled him into the mainstream and made everyone realize, ‘Holy crap, this guy is really talented.’
‘Upright Citizens Brigade’ was a huge influence on us. And growing up we never missed ‘Saturday Night Live.’
I didn’t do so well at ‘Saturday Night Live.’ It was a very hard experience for me, for a lot of reasons that have to do with the kind of person I am and the personal issues I had at the time. I was very alone in New York, and the show has a lot of stress related to it.
On ‘Saturday Night Live,’ you wear so many hats there. You’re the prop person, the actor, you’re everything.
It’s always nerve-wracking when you’re hosting ‘Saturday Night Live.’ You either sink or swim.
I’m a ‘Saturday Night Live’ guy. I’m a comedy guy. As long as they’re giving it to everyone, I don’t care about how low they go, most of the time.
I think if you ask any of us here, we all dreamed of ending up on Saturday Night Live. I remember thinking, ‘I’ll just keep doing this as long as I can get away with it.’
You know, if you look all my stuff… If you go back to ‘Saturday Night Live,’ my stuff always has music, even a bunch of my comedy stuff – like in ‘Shrek,’ the donkey is always singing. Music is always there.
I had auditioned for ‘Saturday Night Live’ two or three times before and never really saw myself there. I looked up to Belushi and Bill Murray and Aykroyd and I never saw myself as in their world.
The best time of my life was living at my mum and dad’s and watching things on television like ‘Saturday Night at the London Palladium with Max Bygraves.’ We used to have bread, put butter on it with sugar and put it under the grill. That was our treat.
I watched ‘Hey Hey’ religiously every Saturday night like every other single human that I knew.
‘Saturday Night Live’ was the joy of my life.
Before I had children, everything about my life was devoted to Saturday Night Live.
My humor is a lot like Kristen Wiig’s from ‘Saturday Night Live’ or ‘Bridesmaids.’ Quirky, off the beaten path.
It’s interesting to play a real-life person who has already been a character on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
Arguably, the first five years of ‘Saturday Night Live’ were some of the most radical things ever seen on television. When NBC said, ‘Okay, you can do a show from 11:30 to 1 on Saturday night,’ they didn’t think anyone would watch. It was like giving a piece of the candy store to the kids.
I wanted to be the next Dana Carvey. This was my ultimate goal. If I ever cut into a birthday cake and made a wish, I would wish to be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ If I threw a coin into a fountain, I would wish to be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ If I saw a shooting star, I would wish to be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
Who are taking to the witch burning Saturday night?
The idea of trying to write sketches the same way we did on Saturday Night Live every day would be damn near impossible.
I loved ‘Saturday Night Fever’ when I was a kid. I couldn’t believe people talked that way. It was just a whole new culture I didn’t understand. I snuck into it. It was an R-rated film. So it holds a special place.
I actually wrote my first zombie book way before I got the job on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
Saturday Night Takeaway’ is the show we always wanted to make. It’s a direct descendant of ‘Game For A Laugh’ and ‘Noel’s House Party’ and ‘Russ Abbot’s Madhouse,’ and they’re all shows we grew up on as kids.
I love Jerry Lewis. I loved Jim Carrey when I was younger, and Mike Myers and Phil Hartman, all the ‘Saturday Night Live’ people in the late ’80s.
Saturday night is your big night. Everybody used to fry up fish and have one hell of a time. Find me playing till sunrise for 50 cents and a sandwich. And be glad of it. And they really liked the low-down blues.
I’m a God-fearing man, go to church every Sunday, and have since I was a boy. But if I ever found out that God cared one way or another about a borderline illegal fist-fight on Saturday night, I would be so greatly disappointed that it would make rethink my entire belief system.
I wasn’t really qualified to be on Saturday Night Live – I’m not like an impressionist or anything.
I never felt that I was a leading-man type in high school. I was always the goofy guy who was getting attention from girls who could make them laugh by doing impersonations of, like, ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketches… I was more James Stewart than James Bond.
I felt like I couldn’t fully be myself and accepted in my family, so I would lock myself in my room on a Saturday night and watch ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and that was, like, the best thing that ever happened to me.
I was in high school when Will Ferrell was first on ‘Saturday Night Live’, and I remember thinking, ‘Man, that guy is the funniest guy ever.’
When I graduated from college, I moved to New York and started doing improv because I read all about the early ‘Saturday Night Live’ guys having come through Second City and learning how to improvise, so I wanted to get immediately into that.
On a pure entertainment level, if I’m going to choose to listen to a presidential candidate speak on a Saturday night, it’s going to be Donald Trump over Bernie Sanders by a landslide!
Well, I loved variety in television, I loved sketch comedy. At ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I stayed almost seven years.
Muslims do drink, as anyone who has spent a wild weekend with Saudi booze tourists in Bahrain will know. Those Saudi tourists are like teenage girls in Manchester on a Saturday night. But each country and region is different.
I’m loving being part of the ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ family. I’m in my element chatting to random strangers and taking them back to the studio – in a helicopter of all things.
Satire is what closes on Saturday night.
At the beginning of each week at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ we have a full cast meeting where Lorne Michaels introduces the upcoming host.
I’d love to become like Bill Murray, who was so funny on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and has gone on to do some of the landmark comedies people like. And then to add this whole other phase to his career with ‘Lost in Translation’ and ‘Rushmore.’ I always felt to be able to have something similar to that would be great.
Tina Fey, a performer and head writer for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ has deftly adapted Rosalind Wiseman’s nonfiction dissection of teenage girl societal interaction, ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence.’
I’ve gotta long list of things to do, bucket list things – play ‘Saturday Night Live,’ make a movie. I want a lot of things, but one of my deepest wishes would be to headline – and sell out – Red Rocks.
I want to have my own quiz show. I want to do a Saturday night, wear a suit and do one of those shiny floor shows.
I wanted to be in New York because I wanted to be on ‘SNL.’ I spent a lot of time wanting to be on ‘Saturday Night Live’ as a kid. That’s what I wanted.
I had just left ‘Saturday Night Live’ when I came to ‘The Daily Show,’ and it just felt like Jon was on my side. I’ll always be grateful to him for that. I just got the impression he wanted me to succeed, and then I wanted to succeed for him. I think that’s good leadership.
We have a show very early on called ‘Slap Bang’ on a Saturday night and it didn’t work. It started off peak time and started getting earlier and earlier in the schedule. I think that that taught us you have to adapt.
Normally, ‘Saturday Night Live’ is about as entertaining as an ocular migraine.
I love these sort of documentaries, which you might turn on late on a Saturday night – like, say, ‘The Alma Cogan Story.’ But they are ripe for spoofing, because the presenters are always so serious and anxious to make themselves look like rather attractive and interesting people.
I definitely knew I wanted to be an actor in high school. I was doing plays and musicals, and I loved ‘Saturday Night Live’ and thought that was what I wanted to do – funny sketches and comedies. So I knew then, but I didn’t know how to go about it, but I found my way.
I first fell in love with comedy when I’d visit my granny as a kid. Trips to her house meant staying up late drinking Coca-Cola and watching ‘Saturday Night Live’.
The weirdest, most eloquent memory I have of the time on the kibbutz is, every Saturday night was movie night, and one of the first movies I remember seeing there was ‘Judgment at Nuremberg.’
Right out of college I was offered a job with ‘Saturday Night Football’ and I ended up turning it down because I really wanted to travel.
‘Saturday Night Live’ was actually started with a show that Lorne Michaels and I did at a summer camp called Timberlane in Ontario when we were 14 and 15. We would do an improvisational show with music, comedy and acting.
I’m very driven by writing. Coming from ‘Saturday Night Live,’ because it’s such a writing job, and we all write our parts on the show and create characters, I’m so respectful of good writing.
I met Adam Sandler through ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and we became friends.
I left ‘Saturday Night Live’ without a film to go to, and I’d filmed ‘Old School’ while I was in my last season of the show, and that hadn’t come out yet. I was a free agent, in a way, but I knew it was time to leave the show and test the water.
It’s a big deal to have Peppermint and Jiggly, two trans women, be on a pre-taped sketch for Saturday Night Live.’
I think people would want to see Tracy Morgan host ‘Saturday Night Live.’
My typical Saturday night is a great solo dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. I like to talk to the restaurant staff while I eat, then come home, finish up some work until midnight, and then play the keyboard until I’m ready to sleep.
Saturday night at my house, I often trot out classic movies and force the urchins to watch them. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I think it’s important to teach kids about American culture, and films are certainly a big part of it.
Because I have moderated two general election debates – in 2004 and 2008 – I know better than to carp from the sidelines. I am confident in my accomplishment of having had Queen Latifah portray me on ‘Saturday Night Live’ both years.
I used to sneak up to the 8th floor and watch Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo rehearsing ‘Saturday Night Live’ and could only wonder if I would ever have the chance to be funny. It took me five years to go up the two stories, but it is such a sense of fulfillment to be able to show what I can do on national television.
I tend to think that there is a sophistication to everything at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ including the sketches.
I’m not a child star, but you could say that I’ve grown up on TV. I went from being an unknown, down-and-out comic from Brooklyn and the Bronx to being a regular character on a major network comedy called ‘Martin.’ From there I went on to become the most notable black comic on ‘Saturday Night Live’ since Eddie Murphy.
I still do love monsters. And when I was a kid, they were really important to me. I couldn’t wait for Saturday night.
I remember when I was on ‘Saturday Night Live’ my first year, and I wasn’t getting much. I was down; I was ready to quit.
My TV comedy idols are the Charles brothers, who did ‘Cheers;’ Larry Gelbart, who did ‘MASH;’ and Larry David, who did ‘Seinfeld.’ When I was 6 or 7-years-old, I’d watch ‘Saturday Night Live’ and guys like John Belushi and Dan Akroyd became my on-screen heroes.
I think ‘Saturday Night Live’, starting in the 1970s, really gave women an outlet to be funny. A lot of those women went on to have film careers, from Kristen Wiig now to Tina Fey and Gilda Radner.
They sent me the script and I thought that there was something very appealing and funny about it. Also, I was familiar with Mike Myers’ work in Saturday Night Live, but I did not know the extent to which he would make this creation.
When I was on ‘Mad TV,’ I figured my parents were watching, and that was it. It wasn’t ‘Saturday Night Live,’ so it didn’t really have the same high profile.
We used to go to the pictures every Saturday night but we had to leave a little bit early and get home and watch Match of the Day – and my wife still complains she missed the last five minutes of every film we saw.
I go to sleep before 10 on a Saturday night.
I wanted to do an episode about Chuck having a gambling problem. I wanted to portray my addiction on the show. But I think it’s a little edgy for Saturday night.
If you see me on Friday, you’ll see different material on Saturday night.
‘Saturday Night Live’ is a very particular beast. What it celebrates are individuals who can stand out. I did good work there, but going onstage and saying, ‘Hey! Hey! Look at me! Aren’t I funny?’ – that just wasn’t my instinct.
I love meat and vegetables. If I did a diet, I would do Paleo, except they have no cheese, which is very upsetting. I’m going to start my own Chrissy diet that’s like Paleo plus cheese. Plus late Saturday night drive-through.
Where do these arms come from, these Saturday night specials that constitute the instrument of threats in bank robberies, or the hand grenades used by terrorists? How can their sales and their import be permitted?
I started on ‘Saturday Night Live’ the same time Conan started on Late Night. We just had a relationship because I would be upstairs in the studio and whenever he couldn’t get a guest – which was often back then since he was just starting out – he would just call me down to be a guest.
The most nerve-wracking experience is an oral presentation in class. And right under that would be doing ‘Saturday Night Live’ or ‘David Letterman.’ One of those shows.
If I’d been doing the cabaret circuit or the club circuit or the Saturday night telly that was around in the 80s, I wouldn’t be around any more, because those shows have fallen by the wayside. So I have had to keep changing.
I never knew what I even looked like in a suit before I worked at ‘Saturday Night Live.’
I’ve had four fantastic years on ‘Strictly Come Dancing,’ but for us it’s about moving forward and the end goal is to present a shiny-floored Saturday night TV show that we all love, for example, ‘Strictly,’ ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ – those sort of shows.
I used to watch a lot of Nick at Nite as a kid, and it would play the original ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ and ‘Laugh-In.’
For my 50th birthday, I got ahold of a new print of ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ I see it much more as a tough coming-of-age movie than as a disco story.
I went to New York in ’87 to write for ‘Saturday Night Live.’
You can go on ‘Saturday Night Live’ now and not even play live.
It’s totally my dream job. I grew up watching ‘Saturday Night Live.’ We’d watch it at sleepover parties and quote it.
There’s nothing quite like sitting watching the telly on a Saturday night. It has such a nice, homely feel.
‘Poundshop Kardashians’ is Newcastle on a Saturday night. Nobody wears coats – it’s all muscles and V-necks and fake tan.
Politics is a tough game. But would I change places with a trauma nurse in an emergency ward on a busy Saturday night? No way. There are lots of jobs in the world that are tougher than politics. And politicians and people who’ve done it need to remember that.
If you can survive ‘Saturday Night Live,’ then you’re good as far as show business is concerned.
I didn’t always have 14,000 people wanting to hang out with me on a Saturday night.
Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.
And TV is not the easiest place to be dangerous or on the edge. Especially on a Saturday night.
I love the tradition of male coming-of-age films like ‘Saturday Night Fever’ or ‘Mean Streets’ or ‘Go.’ I love those films that work music into those stories.
The problem is that a lot of the blues stations are late on Saturday night, and like a lot of people, I ain’t no vampire!
I think, for sure, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’ were kind of bookends for – or the pillars of – my career.
People would be like, ‘Oh, ‘Saturday Night Live’ is such a stepping stone!’ And I remember being like, ‘A stepping stone?! This is my everything! I could just stop right here! This is the pinnacle!’
I dropped out of college my junior year to do Saturday Night Live, and I didn’t even consult my parents. They were very supportive because they had no choice.
I wanted to be on ‘Saturday Night Live’ since I was ten.
I got the call to play Tony Manero in ‘Saturday Night Fever’ in Madrid, a role I’d always wanted, as it’s such a well-constructed show, and my background is in musical theatre. I’d been travelling back and forth between London and Spain for auditions and had been borrowing money from friends to do it.
We always had one eye on doing Saturday night TV even when we were back doing mornings. That’s where we wanted to go to get a bigger audience.
I think that’s the thing I learned at ‘Saturday Night Live’ – any time I would try and strategize, I would always, always fall on my face. Things worked out when I tried to make it about what I was feeling at that moment and what I was into in that moment of my life.
Would I rather be on ‘Saturday Night Live’ or Snapchat? I’d rather be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
My dream is to be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ I’m going to do everything to make that happen.
Going to salsa clubs may be popular, but I feel we’re really missing something as a society by overlooking ballroom dancing. If only we could persuade schools to teach it or there was somewhere young people could go on a Saturday night to learn it.
I came away from ‘Saturday Night Live’ feeling very well represented. I felt, and I still feel like, they let me do so much stuff that I wanted to do. Stuff that I almost didn’t even know what it was.
When I got to ‘Saturday Night Live,’ it was a lot like going from pre-school to Harvard, and it took a long time to figure stuff out.
I’d love to go out on a Saturday night with my friends and watch a movie, but that happens really like once a year or a couple of times.
I had a great time working on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ It was one of the important times in my life.
Most of the time you’re too busy to think about it. But every now and then you say, ‘I work at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and that is so cool.
Saturday night is when my hair would be fixed up and that was my memory.
If it’s Saturday night, and you’re sitting on your couch watching ‘Showtime at the Apollo,’ then you’re not a man’s man.
It was a terrible blow that was dealt when I was fired from ‘Saturday Night Live’, but I have to say that a few doors opened right away. Movie roles started to roll in, and pretty soon, I was over it.
I’ve got my foot in ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and my heart is there in a lot of ways, but I’m really pushing myself to do these new projects. It’s scary as hell, but it’s fun to have other things to keep my creative brain cooking.
Unlike a lot of comics, I didn’t care about getting on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ That show had such history and was so established that I didn’t see the point.
Before I even got ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I was already known as the furthest thing from a goat boy. I had a stand-up routine, which I was all ready to do on HBO, before ‘Saturday Night Live,’ so if my routine was dependent on being a goat, I would want to quit.
Songs don’t have to be about going out on Saturday night and having a good rink-up and driving home and crashing cars. A lot of what I’ve done is about alienation… about where you fit in society.
I never got into the horror genre, and action was fine, but I just loved comedy. Any comedy I could get my hands on, I would. I watched ‘Saturday Night Live’ religiously.
Basically, we used to have a rule at ‘Saturday Night Live’ that you’re not allowed to bring up ‘The Simpsons’ at the rewrite table, because ‘The Simpsons’ has done every joke there is. Every week there would be guys going, ‘The Simpsons did that.’ I go, ‘C’mon.’ And ‘South Park,’ too.
I was sitting there one night, and I came up with the line What ever happened to Saturday night?’ When I was younger, I would be out partying, and with girls and having fun. And that’s what it was about: Whatever happened to it? And the answer was, You’re older now.’
I was auditioning a lot in L.A., and I was actually getting called back a lot for sitcoms. But I wasn’t getting jobs. I even tested for ‘Saturday Night Live’ and didn’t get that.
Bollywood stars are versatile; they not only act, but each one has the dance skills of John Travolta in ‘Saturday Night Fever.’
Saturday Night Live is hitting me on a regular basis again. This is my fourth decade that I’ve been lampooned on Saturday Night Live.
I would love to host ‘Saturday Night Live.’ That’s one of my goals in life – just putting that out there. I don’t know if I’m funny enough, but we’ll see.
Me and my brother used to love when my dad walked in with a pizza. We used to watch Nickelodeon every Saturday night. That was, like, the greatest time ever.
Whatever I did on ‘Saturday Night Live’ is going to stay and remain on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
The one thing I could do was voices and impersonations and weird characters, and there was really no call for that, except on Saturday Night Live.
There is nothing more I love more than being in a throw-down on a Saturday night.
Strictly’ is Saturday night fun. The pay’s not amazing.
I love ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and it’s such a funny show. I don’t know if I’m funny enough to be on it but definitely would be interested in doing it.
If a guy came up and said ‘we got a polka band and we’re going to play polkas next Saturday night’ I’d play polkas.
We had to decide: Do we want to do Saturday Night or go to our Senior Prom? We opted for Saturday Night Live.
Our television set was in the bedroom. I can picture my mother fast asleep, exhausted from driving my brothers around. I can picture the Maple Leafs playing the Canadiens. One or the other would always be on the CBC on Saturday night.
There was this real fear in doing ‘Square Pegs’ after getting such a fast ride to glory on ‘Saturday Night Live’. I was afraid that the word would be ‘peaks early, fails to live up to promise.’
‘Saturday Night Fever,’ Paula Abdul, ‘Fame,’ Debbie Allen… all affected me and the generation before me.
We’ve played on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and got not even a Rolling Stone review.
If it weren’t for The Groundlings, I would never be on Saturday Night Live.
And I watch ‘Saturday Night Live’ religiously, I have since I was a little boy. I watch it basically like one of my favorite sports teams.
I’m not the girl that sits at home on a Saturday night plaiting her girlfriend’s hair, drinking tea and watching romantic comedies.
When a show has been on for so long, you lose fans, you gain fans. I remember this from ‘Saturday Night Live.’
Doing Saturday Night Live definitely affects my relationship with my girlfriend and with my family, because you feel so much pressure to do well that night. But I think everyone’s grown to accept that and so they give me my space at the show.
Football games are on TV, and it doesn’t affect stadium attendance at all. It’s the same with movies. People who really love movies and like to go out on a Saturday night will go to the movie theater.
I’ll do two gigs on a Saturday night until four o’clock in the morning, wake up, and do drag brunch on a Sunday, and then another party Sunday night. I definitely take what I do very seriously.
More than anything, I want to keep working with people of talent like Craig Gillespie, Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood. But there’s also those long-dreamt-of moments: I’d love to host ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I’d love to do a Penguin stand-alone movie at Warner Bros., I’d love to do a Teddy Roosevelt biopic.
I had dreams of conehead aliens when I was little. Before ‘Saturday Night Live’ did it. And then they came out with them, and I went on to be a glorified extra in the movie. When everyone else was laughing, I was scared.
On ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I never really wrote. You know, I would just – I would let the writers cast me into the show. So my strength – and I put all my energies into performance. I just couldn’t deal with the rejection, you know, getting your sketches cut, and it was hard for me.
It’s hard to complain when you say, ‘We’re gonna go to the clip where Helen Hunt and Will Ferrell are on ‘Saturday Night Live’ making fun of your song.’
As a kid I would watch ‘SCTV,’ ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘Monty Python’ and ‘The Kids in the Hall,’ and be amazed that these guys got to be different people every week. It spoke to the acting side in me.
The first glimpse I had of what Mario Batali’s friends had described to me as the ‘myth of Mario’ was on a cold Saturday night in January 2002, when I invited him to a birthday dinner.
I started performing non-professionally at birthday parties and family gatherings doing ‘Saturday Night Live’ impressions at four. Then I started for real at seven.
I did a number of local children’s theater plays growing up, but in 5th grade, I had some good times on stage making people laugh as a troll in ‘The Hobbit.’ That solidified my dream to be on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ which was hugely influential for me growing up.
I did the same thing as every Irish person who comes to New York. I arrived on a Wednesday, and by Saturday night, I was pulling pints at a pub in the Bronx.
If I knew anything about what people wanted and was popular, I’d still be writing for ‘Saturday Night Live’. I can only write what I want, and hopefully people will like it.
Nihilism in American comedy came along way before ‘The Simpsons.’ There was a fairly nihilistic point of view to ‘Saturday Night Live,’ for instance, back in the beginning, and a lot of really dark comedy had a really anti-sentimental take on life.
One week before my 17th birthday, I had a blind date with June Rose, a television actress on network soap operas, a model, and a regular on the popular Dick Clark’s Saturday night ‘American Bandstand’ show from New York. We were married five years later, one week after my graduation from Columbia.
‘Saturday Night Live’ will always be this amazing, powerful behemoth, but it’s also not the only thing happening in comedy anymore.
I grew up watching ‘Saturday Night Live.’
In ‘Mother’s Day,’ which is directed by legendary director Garry Marshall, I play a mother figure to the character played by Jason Sudeikis from ‘Saturday Night Live.’ He’s a widower, and I’m a mother who’s helping him to get over the loss of his wife.