And it’s important to know who won’t be asked back no matter what’s happening in entertainment; turns out there’s a long list of celebrity guests and musical stars who are not welcome back to the sketch show after their bad behavior on the SNL set. Steven Seagal, Adrien Brody, Elvis Costello, Martin Lawrence, Cypress Hill, Chevy Chase, Rage Against the Machine, Andrew Dice Clay and a few others have wreaked havoc in one way or another, earning themselves a bad SNL reputation. Chevy Chase is the most notorious of bad guest stars. In fact, Chase once got into a fist fight with actor Bill Murray right before a show, is well-known to be difficult to work with, and talks down to others on set. For these reasons (and probably lots more), he has been banned from SNL.
After the curtain closes on Saturday night’s show, SNL staffers stay into the early morning hours on Sunday to wrap up the week long production and live show. Then, the new week begins early Monday morning. After their (almost full) day off, the writers of Saturday Night Live get together to pitch new ideas and jokes in a meeting with Saturday night live creator Lorne Michaels and the celebrity guest star of the week. If this picture is any indication, it appears that the Day One meeting consists of staffers seated on the rug, much like kindergarteners, gathered around Michaels and the guest celebrity of the week sitting comfortably in their chairs! This time it was The Rock getting ready to hear what the writers have in store for him.
Every Saturday Night Live writer is expected to present a pitch idea at the meeting. Surprisingly, the current week’s host has a large say in what sketches that they want to take part in. During the meeting, some of the writer’s pitches fall flat. The process is grueling with even the toughest and most talented of writers feeling the sting at times. Former SNL writer JB Smoove is a legend when it comes to the most rejected sketches. His crazy ideas often made many in the room laugh … sadly, they were laughing at him and not with him.