lorne michaels

lorne michaels

Comedy is so clear': Lorne Michaels on 40 years of ‘SNL’

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When you started the show 40 years ago, what were your expectations? A: I had sublet an apartment in New York but I kept my place in LA. I’d never done a live show. [Then-NBC president] Herbert Schlosser wanted to return television production to New York like it was in the 1950s and early 1960s. But it wasn’t the same — it was late-night. So there were lower stakes in terms of pressure on ratings.