If you’re a long-time SNL fan, get this book: Live from New York, an Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live.. I’ve been listening to the 20+ hour unabridge audiobook version on my commutes for the past couple of weeks, and it’s really fascinating. About 90% of the content is quotes from staff, stars, guests, writers, etc.
It talks about the recurring cycles between peak and “Saturday Night Dead” jokes, how long it takes the cast members to make an impact and get in the groove, and the process of making the show happen. It’s a wonder it’s ever good given the process!
The issue right now is that ever since the Will Ferrell years, there’s been a transition from writing by premise to writing by character. So you get fewer lobster sketches and more recurring character stuff. And fewer original ideas.
As a long-time fan of the show, I’m kind of sad I’m on the last chapter. It’s been fun being immersed in the history.