'SNL' at 40: Bob Odenkirk Recalls the Time He Confused Steven Seagal
Fellow former writers Greg Daniels and Conan O'Brien also recall why they turned down wine from Lorne Michaels.
In an interview for The Hollywood Reporter's SNL reunion issue, Greg Daniels, Bob Odenkirk and Conan O'Brien looked back on their time as writers on the sketch comedy show.
"I remember him wearing sunglasses for a while indoors, which I thought was strange," O'Brien said of his first meeting with SNL creator Lorne Michaels. Daniels added: "He asked us if we wanted wine, and we both were like, 'No.' It was during work hours, we're not gonna drink."
Odenkirk recalled pitching a sketch to a confused Steven Seagal, where Seagal would fight Hans and Franz, played by castmembers Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey. "He kept saying 'I have never seen this show. I don't know what you do here, but if I do your sketch I have to beat them up.' "
Since their time in the writers room for SNL, O'Brien, Daniels and Odenkirk and have gone on to some pretty big things. O'Brien is a popular late-night host, Daniels created NBC's The Office, and Odenkirk has his own AMC show, Better Call Saul.
When he was hired on as a writer in 1988, O'Brien talked about looking at photos from SNL's inaugural season in '75 and thinking about how long the show had lasted. "I remember thinking, 'We're here at the very end. We're here to put this to bed.' "
O'Brien left SNL in 1991, and 24 years later, the show remains on the air.