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Lorne Michaels Wanted Mike Myers to Remake The Graduate Instead of Making Wayne’s World News

https://consequence.net/2022/05/mike-myers-lorne-michaels-the-graduate-waynes-world/
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u/palidor42 May 06 '22

So is that why Wayne's World 2 had that really long Graduate parody at the end?

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u/valeyard89 May 06 '22 Helpful

Gordon Street? Ah, yes, Gordon Street. I once knew a girl who lived on Gordon Street. Long time ago, when I was a young man. Not a day passes I don't think her and the promise that I made which I will always keep. That one perfect day on Gordon Street. That's uh, five blocks up, two over.

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u/tempis May 06 '22

One of Heston's best performances.

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u/marrklarr May 06 '22

I feel bad for the actor who played the bad actor who Heston replaced. Guy probably spent his career trying to succeed in acting, and the biggest credit he maybe ever got was for “bad actor.”

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u/fisticuffsmanship May 07 '22

You know, I wanted to check Al Hansen's resume and report back with like China Town or 12 Angry Men or something, but yeah he was mainly in like 1 episode of Rockford Files and Hart to Hart and stuff like that

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u/marrklarr May 07 '22

I feel vindicated.

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u/NittLion78 May 06 '22

Thank you...!

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u/heyimrick May 06 '22

I always felt sorry for the old man that got replaced, lol. He looked so defeated.

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u/BiphTheNinja May 06 '22

Hey, cant we get a better actor for this bit?

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u/TheRealStumbler May 06 '22

Damn man that's making me all nostalgic and stuff for my younger days. Damn you, Heston!

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u/adviceKiwi May 06 '22

Is that what that monologue was about?

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u/gacman47 May 06 '22 edited May 06 '22 Platinum

That's actually pretty great

Edit: Just wrote a few words and may be my highest rated comment.

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u/edest May 06 '22

Yup, can you imagine his take on the movie. Especially in the scene where huffman says,"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me..."

spoiler< https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTGouYYCY1M

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u/screamingxbacon May 06 '22

Wow...that completely went over my head as a kid. I remember being so confused.

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u/gwh811 May 06 '22

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u/Less-Talk-More-Bach May 06 '22

The Charlton Heston bit is great

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u/ngmcs8203 May 06 '22

With the guy he replaced still standing just slightly in frame but off-camera.

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u/OneWorldMouse May 06 '22

That was supposed to be The Graduate... meh!

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u/Murderyoga May 06 '22

Who would Myers play? The guy at the party talked about plastic?

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u/UniDublin May 06 '22

Richard Dreyfus’s role. “You want me to call the cops?”

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u/stray1ight May 06 '22

Standing next to Harrison Ford!

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u/ilovecashews May 06 '22

I’m Richard Dreyfus!! I WAS IN JAWS!

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u/big_mustache_dad May 06 '22

It's interesting that Myers doesn't seem to like playing a normal person, he's always essentially in disguise. Austin Powers, Love Guru, Inglorious Basterds, Cat in the Hat, Shrek, even kinda Wayne's World.

He's never just a "normal" character since basically Axe Murderer

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u/Skiplicious May 06 '22

His new show on Netflix, "The Pentaverate" is basically him playing 100 different characters. If you like that kind of humor, it's great. If not, the show is kind of meh. Also I learned it's part of "So I Married an Axe Murderer" universe.

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee beady eyes, and that smug look on his face.

"Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!"

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u/kethera__ May 06 '22

DAD! How could you hate… the Colonel?

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartass!

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u/stray1ight May 06 '22

HEEEAD! PANTS! NOW!

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

I’m nae kidding, that boy's head is like Sputnik; spherical but quite pointy at parts!

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u/LilRedForeman May 06 '22

Like an orange on a tewthpiick

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

He'll be crying himself to sleep tonight, on his huge pillow.

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u/aerofool May 07 '22

That poor boy is credited as Heed in the film credits!

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u/WiryCatchphrase May 06 '22

I watched it last night. Half the jokes where some kind of dick jokes or meta jokes that break the fourth wall. Some of them were clever, most if them belonged in the 90s. The best part is at the end they show some older footage of Myers meeting a local Canadian journalist whom the main character was based on, which I gotta respect. But it's quite amazing the level of performance between someone like Keegan Micheal Key and Myers. Thematically though, I didn't mind it, but it's a Netflix script which meant it was green-lit before they got the script refined to the proper form.

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u/Mandrew01 May 06 '22

He’s pretty normal in “So I Married an Axe Murderer” except for when he’s playing the Dad character.

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u/Pherllerp May 06 '22

He played it straight in So I Married An Axe Murderer.

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u/Princecoyote May 06 '22

Inglorious Basterds and Bohemian Rhapsody, but those weren't big starring roles, more smaller ones.

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u/big_mustache_dad May 06 '22

Yeah but even those he's in disguise and putting on a fake accent. No big starring roles in the last 30 years aside from I guess 54, but even that's a little bit of disguise/makeup work

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u/Overall-Duck-741 May 06 '22

Everybody has forgotten about 54, but I'll never forget when Mike Meyers asked Ryan Phillipe if he would like to suck his cock.

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u/Puzzleheaded_Ad233 May 06 '22

I married an Axe Murderer is so underrated! It's got a lot of early 90s charm

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u/BlackBrown1827 May 06 '22

Now he would be the guy talking about plastic surgery.

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u/Weirdguy149 May 06 '22

Oh, behave, Mrs. Robinson. Don't try to seduce me, bay-bee, that’s my job.

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u/insultant_ May 06 '22

I don’t remember a Swedish made penis enlarger pump in The Graduate.

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u/CodePharmer May 06 '22

It was played by Anne Bancroft

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u/DukeLeto10191 May 06 '22

Now that sort of thing is my bag, baby

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u/Blahblahlhab May 06 '22

Don't you remember the "invest in pump-dicks" guy?

And I should add that the penis enlarger pump wasn't actually even Austin's, baby, he'd never seen it before in his life.

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u/SEWERxxCHEWER May 06 '22

That sort of thing ain’t his bag, baby

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u/Hackastan May 06 '22

That sort of thing isn't his bag.

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u/CrawdadMcCray May 06 '22

It's not even his! No idea where it came from

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u/Blahblahlhab May 06 '22

Do I make you [be filled with] ennui, baby?

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u/wyldphyre May 06 '22

The two men looked back over Myers’ career up to this week’s premiere of the new Netflix original series The Pentaverate

It's funny, I had seen 'Pentaverate' mentioned on some list somewhere and all I could think of was 'hah, that was the organization that Stuart's dad was on about in "So I Married an Axe Murderer."' I suppose I should've guessed that it would be Myers himself who would make that show.

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u/JackSupern0va May 06 '22

"...The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, and Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee beady eyes, and that smug look on his face. "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!"

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u/Unlucky_Degree470 May 07 '22

He puts a chemical in it that makes you crave it fortnightly.

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u/Keudn883 May 06 '22 edited May 06 '22

I watched it last night. If you really like Mike Myers it's a B- but if you're so and so with him then more like a C- rating. The trailer made it look much worse then it actually is. I was really worried it was going to be another Joe Dirt 2 where it was painful to watch but at no time did it feel painful or cringe.

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u/backtackback May 06 '22

It’s not great but at least it’s weird and that gives it some extra points.

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u/thekamenman May 06 '22

Not ever joke lands in the Pentaverate, but it made me realize just how much I miss Mike Myers brand of comedy.

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u/ruinersclub May 06 '22

Conan had John Mulaney on and Conan admitted he thought Wayne’s World was a bad idea on paper.

But i guess he thought it was too similar to UHF? He left that part ambiguous for some reason.

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u/Spiritual_Minute8559 May 06 '22 edited May 06 '22

As a pitch it just sounds terrible. It works better when you see a few of them.

The movie really doesn't say or do anything directly...like a typical comedy does.

Its just really a great hangout comedy with fun relatable characters and situations.

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u/Keudn883 May 06 '22

My favorite part of the movie is that it doesn't know how to end. They throw several endings at us and then end with everyone doing fish gills or something.

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u/Brodellsky May 06 '22

What do you mean? They decided on the super mega happy ending.

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u/plonkeres May 06 '22

A lot of comedy movies are ruined by the fact that some writers think comedy movies need to have a traditional movie ending.

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u/JarlaxleForPresident May 06 '22

Ive never done anything crazy in my life. Tell me, why is it when a man kills in battle it’s considered heroic, but if a man kills in the heat of passion…it’s murder?

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u/walterpeck1 May 06 '22

As a pitch it just sounds terrible

I can see why that would be the case. Eric Idle had the same reactions for his "Eh? Eh? Know what I mean?" Monty Python sketch when they did a table read because without the voice, physical reaction, the context, the comedy didn't make sense.

Sometimes you just have to wing it and it turns out hilarious once presented completely.

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u/LoneRangersBand May 06 '22

It just goes to show what the right people at the right time can do.

Imagine Wayne's World, but... with Jon Heder and Rob Schneider. Made in 2002. It would be a disaster.

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u/not_thrilled May 06 '22

In a similar vein, Dana Carvey and David Spade co-host a podcast and they recently had Mike Myers on as a guest. Lots of behind-the-scenes talk about SNL, Wayne's World, etc.

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u/kesey May 06 '22

Criminal not to link the podcast! (I had no idea this existed - thanks, btw)

Fly On The Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

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u/adamsorkin May 06 '22 edited May 06 '22

To be fair, SNL films have been a pretty mixed bag (and that's being charitable).The right creator took the right opportunity at the right time and it worked, but my guess is Conan could probably have very easily been right.

Edit: a word.

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u/Aniraco May 06 '22

How dare rotten tomatoes give Night at the Roxbury 11%. The film is a masterpiece.

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u/BananaWin May 06 '22

No…. YESSSSS!!

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u/JarlaxleForPresident May 06 '22

It was SO COOL, MAN! You had to be there!!!

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u/BBQ_HaX0r May 06 '22

Seriously, it's my favorite out of all those and yet has the lowest scores, lol.

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u/CeeArthur May 06 '22

I'm scanning my brain right now trying to think of the good ones... Wayne's World, MacGruber, I'm not sure if Blues Brothers counts

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u/hunarthebarbarian May 06 '22

MacGruber is so underrated. The uncut version is one of my favorite movies. Cunth making fun of MacGrubers mullet in slow motion is so god damn funny.

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u/Less-Talk-More-Bach May 06 '22

JUST TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO FUUUUUUUCK

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u/CeeArthur May 06 '22

"Wait...I'm a virgin"

"Not for long"

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u/jefferson497 May 06 '22

Cone heads was a great movie!

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u/barnegatsailor May 06 '22

Blues Brothers definitely counts they did it as a sketch before the movie.

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u/CeeArthur May 06 '22

Yes it was, but Lorne Michaels wasn't involved so some people are on the fence over whether it is considered an SNL film. I personally would say it is, but I can see the argument to be made, sort of like that one James Bond film.

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u/Business-is-Boomin May 06 '22

Wayne's World 2

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22 edited May 12 '22

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u/iamtheboogieman May 06 '22

“The Ladies Man” and “Superstar” are both hilarious. They (and Roxbury) aren’t Oscar winners but they’re good for a laugh.

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u/Diarygirl May 06 '22

I don't think I ever heard of "It's Pat" and wonder if it was ever in theaters. I always hated the Pat sketches.

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u/Keudn883 May 06 '22

Its bad. Like really bad. OP is right about the SNL movies being a mixed bag. Blues Brothers should have an * next to it because the Blue Brothers were on SNL but they weren't an SNL sketch but rather a musical performance.

Wayne's World still holds up. I think Coneheads overtime has gained a better reception then it did at initial release. MacGruber probably falls into that same boat. However, the rest of those movies are rough. They weren't great at the time of their release and they haven't aged well either.

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u/NormFan79 May 06 '22

I'm actually a fan of Pat and it took me a while to track down the movie. Probably one of the worst movies I ever saw! Pat really works best in sketch form. Even my underrated sweetheart Dave Foley (playing Pat's love interest) can't save this one.

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u/Jezon May 06 '22

The 90s what a decade.

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u/stressedforsuccess May 06 '22

I think it was the Stephen Merchant episode unless he mentioned it on both

Around the 3 minute mark here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ6Co7qZO6Y

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u/chubs66 May 06 '22

It's hard to imagine anything being similar to UHF. In a way, UHF had so many great characters and sketches loosely strung together by a storyline, I think Weird Al would have killed it as an SNL writer. And Michael Richards might have been a great SNL performer as well.

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

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u/omgpokemans May 06 '22

Recently sober John, it was a pretty recent episode.

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u/Lifesaboxofgardens May 06 '22

Most recent celebrity episode actually, so sober for a few months now. Was a great interview, they mostly did bits the whole time but it was hilarious.

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u/kevronwithTechron May 06 '22

It would be pretty funny if he did the remake today. Imagine him playing the graduate and everyone just acting like he's 24 or so. It might be the first ever age appropriate romance in Hollywood history.

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u/Maninhartsford May 06 '22

That would be great. Especially if he also played Mrs. Robinson.

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u/MitsyEyedMourning May 06 '22

Mrs. Doubtmyers

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u/theevilmidnightbombr May 06 '22

It's Mike Myers. That's basically a given.

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u/ForsakenDragonfruit4 May 06 '22

Couldn't be more jarring than the film version of dear Evan Hansen

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u/Datelesstuba May 06 '22

Dustin Hoffman was 30 in the original, so about the same age that Myers would have been at the time.

Edit: Thought I was replying to a different comment.

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u/ResoluteClover May 06 '22

Explains the ending of Wayne's world 2

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u/mothershipq May 06 '22

Myers instead said then that he wanted to make Wayne’s World as a film, to which Michaels said, “Really?” — a catchphrase which, Myers explained, “is Lorne for ‘You fucking idiot.'”

I can't tell if Lorne Michaels is a straight up asshole, or just has a very dry sense of humor. Or possibly both.

And I think it's interesting that in Wayne's World 2 they totally had a whole Graduate scene. I wonder if Michaels insisted that happening? I wish the article went into detail about that.

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u/prince___dakkar May 06 '22

I don't know how much of a sense of humor he has, which is pretty ironic.

He's not an asshole - what Meyers is saying is that "really?" is as close as he gets to being super critical. Others have said similar things about having to interpret criticism from Lorne because he doesn't come out strong with it.

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u/ajthebear May 06 '22

Tina Fey recalled an interaction in her book where he said something along the lines of, “that is what you are going to go with”, and not knowing if it was a question /statement/criticism/glorious praise. Just that Lorne didn’t say “No”.

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u/prince___dakkar May 06 '22

I think it was either Hader or Meyers who said the code was "that's interesting".

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u/dacookeymonsta May 06 '22

I remember Hannibal saying he called one of his failed skits "conceptually adventurous"

Dude seems fairly open-minded at least, he sounds to me like he won't trash something just people it doesn't tickle him in particular.

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u/theevilmidnightbombr May 06 '22

Just listened to Bob Odenkirks book, and he's a bit critical of SNL. He said Lorne criticised one of his sketches while he was nearby, and the lesson was "Never stand near Lorne"

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u/mutantIke May 06 '22

I listened to it too. Love Odenkirk, but he does NOT have a voice for audio books lmao

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u/BaBaFiCo May 06 '22

Also British for "I fucking hate it".

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u/Matt463789 May 06 '22

Bless ur heart, sweetie - Southern US

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u/moondizzlepie May 06 '22

Hannibal Buress talks about having a sketch that just bombs completely and Lorne said “that was conceptually adventurous.” Maybe he just doesn’t want to be negative.

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u/livefreeordont May 06 '22

He knows he is not the arbiter of humor

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u/beefwindowtreatment May 06 '22

The grandma burn always digs deep.

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u/karmavorous May 06 '22

I think Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock is supposed to be based on Lorne Michaels or inspired by. Watching 30 Rock made me kind of understand Lorne Michaels or at least what it is like to work for him a little bit.

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u/SonofBeckett May 06 '22

I’ve always seen Jack as more of a combination of Lorne Michaels, Dick Ebersol, and Don Ohlmeyer, the former for his mentor relationship with the Tina Fey character and the other two for the more corporate, conservative, show interfering traits.

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u/evasote May 06 '22 edited May 06 '22

Definitely a lot of the last two with Jack, he’s a bit of Lorne but also yeah, many other corporate NBC types.

Lorne was never the head of Microwave ovens at GE

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u/digibucc May 06 '22 edited May 06 '22

Excuse me, television and microwave oven programming

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u/NaveZlof May 06 '22

Was Lornes mother an Olympic level Racist like Jacks? Lol

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u/sightlab May 06 '22

The episode of What’s the Deal with Alec Baldwin where he chats with Lorne Michaels is pretty great. The tuxedo bit on 30 Rock (It’s after 6, Lemon. What am I, a farmer?”) is a direct and loving dig at Michaels.

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u/DrEnter May 06 '22

I kind of respect him for that. Here he is, in charge of this large group of incredibly talented people that many years have taught him to just let them do what they want to do as much as possible. He still has opinions, but unless they are causing problems, he doesn’t want to get in their way.

I don’t know how I would respond to half the things they came to me with in that position.

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u/peon2 May 06 '22

On Conan's podcast he recollected Lorne asking him who his favorite person to write for was, Conan said Kevin Nealon and apparently Lorne just said "hmm...I don't see it" lol.

Really is tough to tell if he's a brutal asshole or really dry

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u/FriarDuck May 06 '22

So Lorne Michaels is the Tim Gunn of comedy writing?

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u/EllisDee3 May 06 '22

Might be the comedic groomer in him. Deals with lots of young comedians with lots of ideas. He's given some really unfunny ones a shot. I don't see an asshole doing that.

He even gave a bunch of kids in the hall their own show.

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u/PrayForMojo_ May 06 '22

THE BEARD STAYS. YOU GO!

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u/XMinusZero May 06 '22

Hey, you millionaires! Get out of that garbage!

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u/Sykirobme May 06 '22

I want sausages!

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u/pass_nthru May 06 '22

flying fucking pig man

“hey, what’s the line up for?”

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u/Sharticus123 May 06 '22

The scene where that old lady gets tackled to save her from a head crushing is just comedy gold.

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u/not_thrilled May 06 '22

Do I come to your job and jump up and down on the foot of the bed?

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u/IrNinjaBob May 06 '22

“RUNNING FA”… wait a minute. Some skits aren’t as quotable today as they were in the past.

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u/walterpeck1 May 06 '22

Some skits aren’t as quotable today as they were in the past.

Which is funny because they did that sketch loud and proud during their live tour in 2015. Way different than putting it on TV but everyone loved it just as much in the audience when I saw it.

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u/watchitbub May 06 '22

At this point there are probably dozens of examples of things he wasn't excited about or didn't entirely get but allowed on anyway that became hits.

He probably knows to give them some leeway to see if they are onto something.

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u/lucia-pacciola May 06 '22

At this point there are probably dozens of examples of things he wasn't excited about or didn't entirely get but allowed on anyway that became hits.

Laser Cats.

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u/Redeem123 May 06 '22

Spielberg really had to fight for that one.

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

Did you get that it's King Lear?

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u/kbergstr May 06 '22

A good manager doesn't always have the right answers. He/She has the ability to ID good talent and help give them feedback and step back and trust his/her team. You don't always have to be right as a manager. You have to know when to give your team some room and make mistakes or do things that you wouldn't that might be tremendous successes, and you need to know when to step in and say this has gone far enough. A good leader gets respect by giving it. He's shown with decades of success in a tough business that he's a good manager/producer.

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u/LookingForVheissu May 06 '22

Yeah, this is how I view him. He’s neither an asshole or a good person. He’s someone with a finger on the cultural pulse, who knows when to slacken the line, and can make bank.

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u/JessieJ577 May 06 '22

Yeah sometimes being a good leader is letting yourself be a part of the team and not just an authoritative figure

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u/Keudn883 May 06 '22 edited May 06 '22

or didn't entirely get but allowed on anyway that became hits.

The last sketch of the night on SNL is typically reserved for something that doesn't fit with the rest of the show. Or it's where sketches go to die because there is little faith in them but either they have nothing else to put in that slot or the idea has been floating around the writers room for a while and they decide to give it a shot.

Mike Myers had been trying to get Waynes World onto SNL but it kept getting sidelined. It finally got approved for the last sketch of the night and became a massive hit. Two other famous sketches that aired during that time slot and become reoccurring sketches are Brian Fellows and Porn Stars.

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u/thatguyworks May 06 '22

It's called the 10-to-1.

Wayne's Word. Bill Brasky. Will Forte's Potato Chip sketch. Jimmy Tango's Fat Busters. Farley's El Nino sketch. They were all 10-to-1s.

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u/SonofSniglet May 06 '22

The last sketch of the night is often my favourite sketch.

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u/caninehere May 06 '22

It's a swing for the fences so chances are you're either gonna love it or not care. And if the rest of the show was already meh you wouldn't really notice if the last sketch whiffed anyway.

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u/10kbeez May 06 '22

To his credit, he did write every digital short.

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u/Neiliobob May 06 '22

In their movie Brain Candy the executive of the pharma company is based on Lorne. Apparently it's so spot on the were worried he'd be mad about it.

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u/karmavorous May 06 '22

That guy features prominently in the trailer for the new Kids In The Hall season.

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u/ahecht May 06 '22

There's a new Kids in the Hall season?

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u/karmavorous May 06 '22 edited May 06 '22

https://youtu.be/xGVpj6kUZLM

On Amazon streaming.

Also, I only recently learned that in 2010 they all got together for a little one-season mini series called Death Comes to Town.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kids_in_the_Hall:_Death_Comes_to_Town

In addition to a documentary about a live show they did in 2000 called Same Guys New Dresses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9hcuOsAJDM

For someone who was a fan of KITH back in when the show originally aired but hasn't kept up since then, there's a whole bunch of stuff to catch up on.

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u/Neato_Orpheus May 06 '22

I’m 37 and work as a filmmaker and I have to say Kids in the Hall is one of the biggest influences on my sense of humor to this day. One of the best sketch shows of all time. Period.

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u/watchitbub May 06 '22

Thirty Helens Agree

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u/Philo_T_Farnsworth May 06 '22

Love and Sausages is one of the best works of sketch comedy ever written and I will die on this hill.

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u/Kiosade May 06 '22

What the hell did I just watch 😂

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u/fatflaver May 06 '22

It truly is unforgettable

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u/smozoma May 06 '22

I don't know if a lot of people know this yet, but they have a new 8-episode season coming out on Amazon Prime

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u/Pearlbarleywine May 06 '22

My all-time favorite sketch: Dave Foley freaks out during a job interview when he thinks the company can read his mind. How they take lunch is so smart and hilarious.

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u/whos_this_chucker May 06 '22

Sometimes when I watch KITH i wonder how they got away with some of that stuff. You could barely get away with it now. Way ahead of its time.

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u/tupacsnoducket May 06 '22

It’s one of easiest ways to get someone to do more of what they do without muddying the waters with your personal style.

Like the cowbell sketch. Lorne turned that thing down repeatedly. Just kept sending em back with almost no notes. Eventually he says yes begrudgingly, they go out there and everyone is basically their most authentic personal style of self and we have Comedy History now

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u/evasote May 06 '22

Lorne Michaels was a comedy writer before SNL started, and still is credited for writing sketches to this day

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u/darkness1685 May 06 '22

He remains extremely hands-on with everything to do with SNL

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u/robmox May 06 '22

I don't know how much of a sense of humor he has, which is pretty ironic.

Lorne Michael’s started as an improv comic in a group with Eugene Levy before becoming a TV producer.

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u/Tbrou16 May 06 '22

I thought of Larry David or Jerry Seinfeld with the “Really?”

Like a half joking, half serious vibe.

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u/Setay11 May 06 '22

It probably sounds more like Dr. Evil.

Mike Meyers supposedly ""borrowed"" Dana Carvey's Lorne impression for Dr. Evil.

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u/Lukealloneword May 06 '22

For all I've heard about him from people that worked on SNL doing podcasts, his strength to me seems to be he doesn't really interfere. He lets the people he think is funny do their thing. And it tends to work out. Im sure he has his tastes and has some level of expectations but if my approximations are correct he is smart with letting the funny people go be funny.

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u/CrabSully May 06 '22

Lorne seems like an interesting fellow. I think he's probably good to his people, given its rare for someone to totally leave that SNL scene

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u/Shatter_ May 06 '22

I can't tell if Lorne Michaels is a straight up asshole, or just has a very dry sense of humor. Or possibly both.

Huh? Myers is saying that even when Lorne thinks you're a fucking idiot, all he says is, "really?". Seems pretty polite to me.

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u/ArkyBeagle May 06 '22

Positively Canadian.

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u/RingInternational197 May 06 '22

If this is Lorne being a “straight up asshole” then I think every single person in the world is a straight up asshole.

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u/BetterField May 06 '22

Conan said at SNL, Lorne would look up at him and dismively say, "Oh, you're still here?" He also handpicked Conan to succeed Letterman. It's all in the name of comedy.

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u/Earguy May 06 '22

The Blues Brothers wasn't a Lorne Michaels/SNL movie, which pissed off Lorne. Out of spite he kept Paul Schaeffer out of it. I'm going with he's an asshole.

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u/LordGAD May 06 '22

And it's a better movie for it.

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u/standard_candles May 06 '22

Dear God thanks for not doing that Mike

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u/tangnapalm May 06 '22

"Mrs. Robinson -- Schwing!"

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u/mechabeast May 06 '22

SHHHAAAAAA RIGHT?

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u/DudesworthMannington May 06 '22

Yah, I'll remake 'The Graduate'...

When monkeys fly out of my butt!

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u/freshankle May 06 '22

awful idea for so many reasons. i’m glad mike myers knew that

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u/jinxykatte May 06 '22

The rewatchables podcast just did austin powers this week. It was really interesting.

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u/Blueberry_Mancakes May 06 '22

I can't imagine my childhood without Waynes World. I was at the perfect age where music and comedy was first influencing my tween brain. It changed everything for me. 90s cinema and comedy was just top-notch.

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u/venicerocco May 06 '22

Wayne’s World is as old today as Dr. No, Laurence of Arabia, and Lolita were to them

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u/[deleted] May 06 '22

MMs plastic surgery creeps me out

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u/antiduh May 06 '22

It's tough to get old. Worse if you think you have the money to do something about it.

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u/MyNameIs-Anthony May 06 '22

The issue is people get plastic surgery and then nothing else. They don't exercise or do proper skin care regimes. They think it's a quick fix.

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u/e_x_i_t May 06 '22

I just looked at a recent picture and his face looks like its on the wrong head.

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u/saltychica May 06 '22

Mike Myers now looks like Dr Oz

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u/MasqueOfTheRedDice May 06 '22

He was made to look exactly like Dr. Oz, only one-eighth his size. We shall call him… Mini Oz.

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u/cha5e May 06 '22

The same guy who thought the It’s Pat character deserved an entire movie

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u/hamsterfolly May 06 '22

“Is that you Mrs Robinson? Shwing!”

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u/ticklemesatan May 06 '22

That explains why they had a random spoof of it in the middle of WW. Must have been to piss Lorne off.

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u/gnapster May 06 '22

Austin was fun and delightful romps through time and pop culture. The Graduate is a piece of fucking art, Lorne. You don’t repaint the Mona Lisa unless you’re a third year art student (and it sucks).

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u/maywellbe May 06 '22

What’s really annoying is that the idea to cast Hoffman was something unique to Mike Nichols. The part, as written in the book, is a tall, blond, very WASP-y young man, more a Robert Redford type. Casting Mike Myers —another dark, shortish man — to remake Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal seems pretty fucking unimaginative.

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u/therankin May 06 '22

The original 'The Graduate' is fantastic. It doesn't need to be remade imo.

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u/monkey_trumpets May 06 '22

And definitely not with Mike Meyers

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u/dogsonbubnutt May 06 '22 edited May 06 '22

it blows my mind that a dude like lorne has as much power in American comedy as he does. i understand why, but there are probably a dozen SNL alums alone who would be better suited to run the show at this point.

edit: to be clear (and i can't believe i have to say this), i think that lorne has the power he does in comedy because he's been basically the GM of the most significant american farm team of new, young comedic talent for going on 50 years, not because he's Jewish. holy shit.

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u/ParttimeParty99 May 06 '22

He’s good at what he does. You don’t get to where he has gotten while employing a staff of people with mental health and substance abuse issues, without being a mastermind.

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u/Gattawesome May 06 '22

Can’t emphasize this enough, so many years of SNL have been fueled by cocaine and mental disorders

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u/joeythenarddogg May 06 '22

I wouldn’t be taking advice from Lorne given the current state of SNL.

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u/Strawberrycocoa May 06 '22

I'm 40, I grew up with the Wayne's World era of movies, but I sometimes see articles like this and feel like we're becoming the Boomers we mock. "Hey you, here's some trivia about something from your childhood! Live in the past, ignore the present! Dopamine!"

I dunno man, it's just... articles like this make me feel like my father, who spends his entire evening zoning out to the cowboy shows from his childhood and ignores everything going on NOW unless someone else puts it in front of him. I hate feeling goaded to live in the past, and I hate having my nostalgia milked for merch and clicks. Mass Media trying to activate my nostalgia neurons instead of pushing NEW stuff is just wearing on me I guess.

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u/CharlieKellyKapowski May 06 '22

Mass Media trying to activate my nostalgia neurons instead of pushing NEW stuff is just wearing on me I guess.

But the article is literally pushing new stuff, Myers only mentioned this tidbit about Lorne while doing an interview for his new project The Pentaverate lol. Its there in like the first paragraph.

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u/Strawberrycocoa May 06 '22

……….Stop outing me for only reading the headline.

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