Earlier today, I posted my personal take on the SNL 40th anniversary earlier, a remembrance and appreciation of SNL‘s first head writer Michael O’Donoghue. His widow and my good friend, Cheryl Hardwick told me that the invited guests were SO tight for the live show last night, that people were not allowed to bring even husbands or wives (although I saw one wife in the audience I know, but her husband is Lorne’s best friend, so…) I was watching from home with an eye on my Facebook feed and came across two old pals who shared their incredible night. Jeffrey Slonim, a old friend and veteran red carpet reporter had this to say:
“SNL 40th. Wow! I think I am drunk with the joy of soaking in all that talent and humor. I’ve never really had such a stellar evening. I’ve never witnessed stars fanning out on each other in such an unbridled manner. Sheryl Crow interrupted my interview with Melissa McCarthy to just hug it out and they both were lovefesting on each other. But I completely understood. And Melissa so came back to me. We were all heady with the fun of it. Had a long chat with, for example, Elvis Costello, who was just standing there near me, and I just said, ‘Elvis?’ I just recognized him from chatting with him at old Vanity Fair parties. He was born Declan, FYI. Dan Akyroid not only stopped with his wife Donna but I asked him a question that ended up prompting him to give me a small bottle of skull vodka which is super cute. I will treasure it. And Reuters took a pic of him doing it. Akyroid and his wife are lovely. I was basically in heaven, because everybody is so funny, and oddly enough, I kind of know them all from doing this so damned long. Robert DeNiro, who NEVER talks was kidding around with me.
So many people showed me their love. I was the last reporter on the red carpet There was a turn and a few more, but literally I was at the end of two city blocks of reporters. And then Larry David was cute with me, and Adam Sandler. And Kerry Washington‘s rep announced she wouldn’t be talking. And she said, I’m sorry, he’s my friend and came over and gave it up. I am like a foot and a half off the ground. Tom Arnold came over, Sarah Silverman. 50-Cent treats me like an old pal–I think he calls me Mr. Bigtime or something like that. He always does. Full hugs. Every few moments there was just a mind blowing triumph. Molly Shannon ran over and smooched me. Jon Lovitz (who cracks me up), actually stopped me from getting to a few people he was so relentlessly glomming. But for the most part, people were just f-ing funny and charming and it was a cavalcade for like two hours or more. I had three digital recorders with me and they were all three dangerously close to being maxed out. Bill Hader and all the new cast. . .
Just a night of riotously funny people schmoozing each other and being in such a good mood they were blabbing with us. Professionally, it was my very best night. I was actually talking about it with the stars and they were dying, too. We all kind of agreed that the Oscars are a big deal, but mainly the people there aren’t that much fun. This was the funniest f-ing people on the planet buoying each other up into the best mood. And it was kind of my crowd because SNL is in NYC, and I’ve been around them all for a few decades. . .
Kudos to Full Picture who ran the press situation. Love them. And Marci Klein (who I’ve known since she was 17), who I didn’t even see, but is a doll and who assembled all of this crazytown talent over the years. BTW, I got that word, that I use a lot (“crazytown”) from Keenan Thompson (who stopped for me tonight and was riotous). And of course Lorne Michaels the genius who created the cultural phenomena. . . OMG it was like a dream. I was actually day dreaming it might be like this and it was as good or possibly better.”
Wow right? And Marc Shaiman, the award-winning composer, former SNL musician, writer of Hairspray among others and all-around hilarious guy had THIS to say:
“Ok, so if being a part of the SNL 40th show wasn’t enough, somehow jam-master Paul Shaffer wasn’t at the after-party and so, when a call went up for a keyboard player for the jam session that Dan Akroyd and Jimmy Fallon were starting, I mounted the stage. Before I knew it, I was playing “I Saw Her Standing There” WITH PAUL FUCKING McCARTNEY!!! A dizzying array of other folks hit the stage… yes, I played a bar band rock n roll version of “Shake It Off” with a guitar swinging Taylor Swift, “Respect” with the voice and face from God Ariana Grande, “Love Shack” with The B-52’s, “The Tide Is High” with Debbie Harry and then… PRINCE took the stage and I was part of an extended jam on “Let’s Go Crazy”!!! I’m not proud of bragging, but I had to share this, because…well…WOULDN’T YOU?!?!?!!! (p.s. I just woke up)”