“If you look around the room, and you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room.” - Lorne Michaels, Creator and Executive Producer of “Saturday Night Live”
In honor of the 44th anniversary of the first episode of “Saturday Night Live”, theTUNDRA is recognizing its creator and executive producer from day one, Lorne Michaels. In 1975, Michaels and his producing partner Dick Ebersol were tasked with creating a show to air on Saturday nights, replacing reruns of “The Tonight Show”. The pair developed a live sketch comedy series that featured big-name comedians like Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, and John Belushi — a team that was eventually dubbed the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players”. Almost half a century later, “Saturday Night Live” is a comedic institution responsible for making Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell and Eddie Murphy household names and launching the careers of countless cast members into the stratosphere. Michaels has received numerous accolades throughout his career for his work on “Saturday Night Live” — the 14-time Emmy winner is one of the few celebrities to have a star on both the Canada and Hollywood Walk of Fames and he was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, the nation's highest civilian honor.