Lorne Michaels

What Jerry Seinfeld and Lorne Michaels Are Really Saying: White Men Are Just Funnier

The debate over women and people of color in comedy continues apace this week with two new entrants. In one corner, we have a new interview from Saturday Night Live‘s Lorne Michaels. Asked by Vulture when he realized SNL had a diversity problem, he said he’d noticed it “last summer,” which seems a little late in its just-about-40-year history. … Read More

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Is It Time for Lorne Michaels to Leave ‘SNL’?

A few weeks ago, Saturday Night Live directly responded to the widespread criticism that the show has a problem with diversity in a cold open featuring Kerry Washington who, as a black woman, was slated to play every single black female character on the episode. I thought it was a pretty good sketch, with its meta commentary, although it infuriated some people who felt that the joke was on them rather than SNL‘s whitewashed cast and crew. Apparently, that was enough of a statement for Lorne Michaels and his show, as the remaining four hosts for the year are all white guys, not to mention that the upcoming musical guests (other than this week’s, HAIM) are overwhelmingly white guys. Is this perhaps indicative of Michaels’ growing limitations as a producer? Is he only able to see the world through the lens of an older white guy? … Read More

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Get Your Hopes Up, Comedy Geeks: Fox Might Be Interested in John Mulaney’s Pilot

SNL writer John Mulaney’s comedy pilot, originally created for NBC before the network passed it over, is currently being retooled… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Daily News is reporting that Jason Sudeikis was upset that Lorne Michaels singled out Kristen Wiig for a big SNL send-off; meanwhile, it still hasn’t been confirmed that he’s leaving the show. [via Pop Culture Brain]

2. A new HBO series starring Catherine Keener that will be written and directed by… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Hooray! Stephen Colbert will resume taping his show tonight after taking some time off last week to reportedly care for his 91-year-old mother. “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers,” he tweeted to fans. “We are grateful and touched by your concern.” [via … Read More

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Watch a TV Funhouse Segment Banned from ‘SNL’

If we’ve got one major gripe with the more recent decades of Saturday Night Live, it’s the fact that the show — which at one time was fairly edgy — never takes big risks anymore. Case in point, just look at “Conspiracy Theory Rock,” a TV Funhouse segment from 1998 that lampoons the domination of the media by a handful of companies (including General Electric!); the catchy little clip only appeared in the original episode, and was later cut from subsequent airings because according to Lorne Michaels it simply “wasn’t funny.” Hmm. Now, thanks to a helpful tip from Marc Maron, you can now watch the segment in its entirety after the jump, and decide for yourself — just don’t blame us if you have “Media-opoly” stuck in your head for the rest of the day. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Harvey Weinstein thinks that Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels should replace Brett Ratner as the producer of this year’s Oscars, and that Tina Fey should be involved with writing material for host Eddie Murphy. No objections here. [via Deadline]

2. Exciting news for fans of Alison Bechdel’s excellent work: Her graphic… Read More

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