February 07, 2015
Conan O’Brien, Tom Hanks, Drew Barrymore, Danny DeVito chat favorite #snl hosting moments

Over its 40-year run, Lorne Michaels’ brainchild Saturday Night Live has seen a lot of writers, hosts, castmembers and musical acts pass through Studio 8H. For its SNL reunion issue, The Hollywood Reporter rounded up some of these personalities and asked them to share memories from their time on the late-night sketch-comedy show.

Former staff writers J.B. Smoove and Conan O’Brien talked about the anxiety of pitching sketches, while Sarah Silverman recounted her first meeting with her fellow writers: “I was introduced to the other three kids that were my age and they thought I was a typist.”

Former writer Rosie Shuster recalled how she used to get into trouble.

Having all hosted five times or more, Christopher Walken, Tom Hanks, Danny DeVito and Drew Barrymore talked about their experiences doing the live television show.

“I always bring ideas, they always say they like them, and then they never make them,” said fellow five-timer Ben Affleck. The Gone Girl actor also remembered the anxiety he felt the first time he hosted, saying, “All of a sudden I am thinking to myself that this is actually live. … If I have a nervous breakdown it’s like, that’s it, I’m finished.”


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