Lorne Michaels’ 10 Favorite Lines From Saturday Night Live
I sat down with Lorne Michaels, the owner of Saturday Night Live, and found out his top 10 favorite lines from the show he owns.
- “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” — Chevy Chase, 1976.
This line was good because it stated that the show was live, it was being filmed from New York, and that it was Saturday night. All true things that the audience needed to know.
2. “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” — Dana Carvey, 1988.
Dana just has a way with words, which was especially relevant in this sketch when he announced where we were and what day it was.
3. “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” — Chris Farley, 1990.
Chris was larger than life and boy could he end a sketch with a great zinger. He ended the cold opening with this one, and I was a little worried about how it would go over with the crowd, but they seemed to like it and applauded afterwards.
4. “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” — Phil Hartman, 1991.
To tell you the truth, Phil improvised this line and I still don’t really understand it, but since he’s dead, I wanted to put him on this list. The dead should be listed.
5. “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” — Will Ferrell, 1995.
Will makes big character choices that the crowd always loves. Here his character was someone who felt they needed to announce the location where they were and what day it was and it just worked.
6. “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” — Chris Kattan, 1996.
Chris Kattan has always been my favorite cast member of SNL, even before he was on it. He’s the actor’s comedian and the comedian’s actor. I knew this line was going to be controversial after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, but he delivered it so perfectly that nobody even cared. I truly believe this is why we continued having Olympic games after 1996.
7. “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” — Molly Shannon, 1999.
This was a happy accident since Molly was supposed to say “Live from New York. It’s Saturday Day!”
8. “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” — Alec Baldwin, 2003.
Rarely does a host do a good job on SNL. In fact, I’ve been trying to remove hosts from the show for over 15 years, but apparently the viewers like them. Alec somehow didn’t screw up this line, so I let him host 5 more times, mainly because I only have his number, Steve Martin’s, and Papa John’s saved in my phone. Papa John will be hosting soon.
9. “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” — Will Forte, 2007.
This was the one episode I let the writers use satire and it really shined in this sketch. We really stuck it to that bin Laden guy.
10. “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” — Amy Poehler, 2008.
This was a callback to Chevy’s line from 1976. I don’t think anyone understood it was a callback, but they still applauded and the opening credits still rolled after it, so it was all good. Chris Kattan would’ve done better, though.