Listen: Eddie Murphy, SNL, David Spade discussed on Le Batard and Friends - South Beach Sessions
"Like, you're twenty five years old, and that's your life. So it's hard not to say SNL, but creatively, you're writing three minutes sketches or four minute sketches every week if you're lucky one of them gets on the air, and is like a middling success, so creatively, speaking parks and rec was probably the formative thing for me that where you know, when that show clicked on all cylinders. That's probably the most pride. I think I had taken anything. What do you remember from that Saturday Night Live reunion show when all of comedy is gathered there except Eddie Murphy didn't go to that. One. Didn't can you. Go did not know the Eddie Murphy didn't go because he was mad at David Spade because David Spade did a Hollywood minute joke in like nineteen ninety four or something where he's showed a picture of Eddie Murphy. And he said, oh, look shooting star or a falling star or something and Eddie Murphy, pretty rightfully say. Gotta side with Murphy on this one Spade. I'm Eddie Murphy. One hundred percent you decide with anymore via especially because literally the only reason the show is still on the air. Is that Murphy saved it and eighty eighty one after Lorne Michaels left. Eddie Murphy was the only cast member who mattered on that show for like two years while they were trying to figure out what the hell it was. And so it was a little bit like come on, man. The whole thing about us and allies. There's no sacred cows s and that was forged in the Watergate era, and the idea was and Lauren talks about this all the time whoever's in power, it doesn't matter who it is whoever's in power you take a cynical stance against them. You assume they're full of shit, and you attack them, and that means you play both sides if a democrat in office, you attack the democrat for Republicans enough as your tack the Republican, that's how the show retains its credibility. Is it doesn't seem like it's too skewed. And you know, when norm McDonald was doing update he was a vowed Republican and told people on air to vote for Bob Dole. It was really. And it felt weird. It was like not just because it's supposed to be counter cultural. But because the show. Just kind of didn't do that the show took the position that whoever's in power in any realm of society deserves scorn and derision and they deserve to be taken down. But on the other hand when it's one of your own when it's Eddie Murphy or something it's sorta like, well, what's the point of that? Like, why do that joke? Like, he's not the president. He's not a Senator. He's he's like why go after your own guy. And the only time I ever felt bad at that show. 'cause I produced we can update for three years. The only time they ever felt bad. Or when I felt like it wasn't a fair hit that we did a joke where it was like that person doesn't deserve that joke. That's the only time that show can really run a foul. And so yeah, spayed when after Eddie Murphy, and he was the only real notable no show, and I kind of on his side. And so, but what was that night? Like, what do you remember about your interactions and just what your career might become from that point? If you allowed yourself to dream while in that room. Well, there are two things that happened within a year. There was the. SNL twenty fifth, and then there was the NBC seventy fifth which they did a three hour live show in eight h in the SNL theater with like every old show every ER and saying elsewhere and get smart, and like, you know, the sid Caesar show like everyone from entertainment came back that was a nightmare. It's like I was one of the writers on the show. And so literally everyone from history from NBC histories of that show. It's really crazy.."