Bob Odenkirk Laments 'SNL' Stints: "I Was a Dick" to Lorne Michaels
The 'Better Call Saul' star says that "my own immaturity" was part of the reason he ditched the late-night comedy.
Before Bob Odenkirk garnered recognition for his star performance on AMC's Better Call Saul, the funnyman worked three stints as a writer on Saturday Night Live — and more than anything, he regrets treating Lorne Michaels like "the boss of some dumb job."
Odenkirk first began his run at SNL from 1987 to 1991. At the ripe age of 25, the comedian began his time at the late-night show as a writer, trying — and failing — again in 1993 and from 1994 to 1995.
"A big part of the challenge I had at Saturday Night Live was my own immaturity. I brought a lot of challenge to the show just because I was a person who was confrontational and suspicious of the establishment," Odenkirk said in an interview on Michael Ian Black's podcast.
Though Odenkirk's time at SNL was short-lived, the writer made it in front of the camera for a "Bad Idea Jeans" skit and created one of the show's most recognized characters: Matt Foley (motivational speaker guy). He also went on to share his regret in not imparting respect to Michaels.
"When I was there, I treated Lorne like a boss, like the boss of some dumb job I had. Only after I left did I go: the guy's a creative guy and he created that show and he oversees the creative side of it, and he does overall a pretty damn good job," Odenkirk said. "But I was like, 'Who the f— is this guy to tell me who's funny? F— him.' I was a dick."
The Better Call Saul actor also appeared in The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show and Breaking Bad.