For my first show at ‘SNL’, I wrote a Bill Clinton sketch, and during our read-through, it wasn’t getting any laughs. This weight of embarrassment came over me, and I felt like I was sweating from my spine out. But I realized, ‘Okay, that happened, and I did not die.’ You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it.
Every week we’re producing and writing and acting in a movie. On Monday we don’t have anything for the show yet, and it’s on Saturday. You get a little frantic. But that’s what’s so cool about the job, is that the energy there. On Saturday nights, when it’s a live show, you can’t beat the energy there. And definitely performing live has made me less nervous on a movie set. To me that’s like the most nerve-wracking thing in the world, doing live TV and trying to make people laugh.
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”
“I knew I was gay when I would stay up to watch Saturday Night Live, put on a wifebeater, and lift weights. That’s when I knew. Also, I would masturbate to Gillian Anderson in the X-Files. That’s when my mom found out.”
"I’ve never watched old repeats of Saturday Night Live because I can’t bear it. I mean reruns of older seasons of stuff, because if the scene’s funny I’m jealous that I didn’t think of it. It’s too intimidating. I just can’t compare myself. I love it so much I can’t even watch it."
You know what? What I didn’t want to do was pretend that I had any answers about women in comedy and Hollywood. I just wanted to tell my story and what I was experiencing because some other women might have a totally different experience. Maybe it’s me! I don’t know. I didn’t want to seem like, “Oh, the man is keeping me down!” This is just what actually happened. I actually was much more optimistic about my career even after 30 Rock, but literally, these auditions I would get … I wasn’t exaggerating. I was only getting auditions for obese people or 65-year-old people. Or butch lesbians. That was it! Then I realized it was my reality. No amount of meetings or auditions and convincing people, “Well, I’m different!” would change anything. I just had to accept what was coming my way, so that’s what I wrote about. I don’t think I have some sociological “women in Hollywood” message.
"I don’t really remember my audition actually. I think I did Kim Kardashian, Judge Sotomayor, Victoria Beckham and like five other people. Who am I forgetting? Oh, I did Dora the Explorer. It’s such a blur, to be honest with you. I am having trouble remembering."
[Gilda Radner] got me thinking that Saturday Night Live was where all the fun was, hanging out with all these cool, funny people and having a ball all the time. I wanted to be her. And then I wanted to be her friend so I could hang out with her. I rolled her into a ball with Madeline Kahn, Bernadette Peters, Lily Tomlin, Cloris Leachman, Gene Wilder, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, Mae West, and my mother.
"Well my favorite character that I brought from The Groundlings, was the Valley Girl. And my favorite character that I created at Saturday Night Live, which, I think, only pleased me and no one else, was Lena Wertmuller."
"I feel great about it. I did six full years, and I loved it. I just felt like it was time. Not everything is going to be a perfect decision. Sometimes you hit, sometimes you miss, and that`s the way it goes."
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