In a very ridiculous way, I was thinking that I had control over when my baby was going to come… on Friday night he decided he wanted to start coming and he wanted to get there by Saturday, and so I texted Mike Shoemaker and Seth in the middle of the night and said, “I’m not going to make the show tomorrow.” From what I understand, it was really exciting because everyone had these fill-ins for my parts. Elisabeth Moss filled in for herself in a “Mad Men” sketch, and she met Fred Armisen that night, and a year later, on my son’s birthday, they were married. That was also the night where Seth had to do “Update” for the first time, and I held my newborn son in my arms as I watched Maya and Kenan sing a song to me and him. Seth tapped on the “Update” desk, which he does now pretty regularly out of a lovely habit, and I felt it was really one of those really incredibly moving moments where all these moments in my life were happening at the same time and I felt my heart crack open.
It was just love with a capital L all over there. Getting it, receiving it, feeling it, seeing this little person, my first son, and seeing the people I loved so much at my job. It felt very real to me and it is very real to me. I treasure the love and relationships that I have there and continue to have because of that job.
—  Amy Poehler, from the updated version of “Live From New York”.

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

Excerpt from the updated version of "Live From New York"
  • JIMMY FALLON:I had originally wanted to leave after five years, because Belushi only did five years, and in my head I wanted to be John Belushi. But then I got “Update” and stayed. I never want to stay longer than I have to; as a fan of the show, I like when people leave because that’s what makes Saturday Night Live work. If you had the same cast that you had from the ’70s, this show wouldn’t be around. The whole fun of Saturday Night Live is people stay and then they leave and then you miss them and then they come back and visit. A part of me hated to leave, but I just had to do it.
  • TINA FEY:I remember feeling like, “Why are you leaving me? Don’t leave me!” Like a spouse.
  • JIMMY FALLON:Obviously it was a TV love affair with Tina; I love her so much. She was my partner; she was the best thing that ever happened to my comedy career, to my brain. Doing “Update” with her was my favorite thing in the world. To say good-bye to that was so weirdly sad. I know it’s a job, but it’s like going to camp and she was my bunkmate. We were really close pals. I talked to her about everything, about all the people I went out with at the time. And I was always asking for her advice. But I knew her career exploded once “Weekend Update” started, so I knew she’d be fine.

Our favorite seven words. 


The very first one.

I felt that Seth was and is my equal and peer. We started together, so it was nice not to be the one who was starting. I knew we would instantly connect because in many ways I’m the sister he never had, and he’s the brother I always wanted. There’s such affection, and we share a very similar language, and Seth is so sharp and so incredibly smart. Just as with Tina, I basically felt at times like a car that was riding next to a giant talent truck and was just drafting on their wind.
—  Amy Poehler on working with Seth Meyers for Weekend Update.

Today in Pop Culture History
October 11, 1975

NBC’s sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live, debuts with George Carlin as its first host. Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!!