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Saturday Night Live head writers Michael Che and Colin Jost told Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon that they had to convince Chris Rock to host the Oct. 3 show and that they still don’t know how the NBC sketch series’ live return will turn out.
“We literally went to Chris Rock’s house to tell him to do SNL and it felt like that scene in The Godfather. Remember when Tom Hagen goes to tell the guy to put the dude in the movie?” Che joked, alluding to the movie’s famous scene featuring a severed horse head in a bed. “I’ve never seen The Godfather but someone told me it was similar.”
“That’s what it felt like,” Che continued. “Like, how could you not? You got to do it, man, it’s New York City. We’re back in 30 Rock. You got to come home, and we got to make people, you know feel good again.”
After sharing his excitement over the return to in-studio production with health precautions at Rockefeller Center, Fallon asked the comedians and writers about what changes they’ve seen the show make in order to film the first live show since spring. During the interview, which aired on Thursday night, Jost admitted that the most they’d had was a table read. “We haven’t really been in yet and seen what it is, right?”
As for the table read itself, Che likened the experience to listening to a podcast, while Jost described it a bit more chaotically. “We have 20 cast members in our show right now, and we have to be six feet apart, so 20 times six is probably like 1000,” Jost joked. “So you’re in a table read and you’re hearing voices and you’re like, ‘Who is this?’ It’s a great time for crew to just yell stuff because people would be like, ‘I guess they’re just in the cast.'”
SNL‘s hair designer Jodi Mancuso shared video of the table read on Instagram, which literally echoed Jost’s description of the noise. Crew members can be seen socially distancing throughout the studio’s audience seating, while masked cast members are stationed at their own socially distanced tables on the Studio 8H floor.
As for how the writing-duo plans to do “Weekend Update,” Jost joked that “It’s a maximum capacity of one at the desk.” Che, who said several times in the interview that he was excited for the in-studio return, told Fallon he was all for Jost taking over the “Update” desk “as long as I get paid the same.”
“It should be fun, I think,” Che continued. “I think it’s actually more fun. Like rules make comedy fun. When there’s things you can’t do and there’s kind of loopholes that’s when you start to really get creative and I think the show is kind of the perfect place for that.”
Watch the full segment below.
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