It was the first time Iíd been asked to
host, and I jumped at it immediately. I didnít bring any of
my own writers with me; theyíve got plenty. Theyíre very,
very talented people over there who already know their thing,
and hopefully I went into it thinking Iíd bring a little something
to the process and shape it in a way that would give this
show a little different flavor than it had the week before.
We had a great time doing all that stuff. Itís a very collaborative
environment. I really had just a mind-blowing good time.
I thought the process that they used to
hone material was really smart. The way the show came into
focus makes complete sense. Itís very linear, itís not arbitrary.
Thereís obviously politics associated with any organization,
especially one thatís been alive for that long. As the host
you obviously are a guest, and itís a different atmosphere.
But when youíre around some place for a week, you can pick
up whatís what and whoís what and whereís what and that kind
As much as Iíd like to think I understand
television production and understand what it takes to put
on a show, I was absolutely knocked out by how they put that
show on, just knocked out. The ability of each fiefdom to
know their shit, do their shit, and execute at the level they
execute was remarkable ≠ really, really impressive to watch.
Itís unprecedented, it really is.
You donít really think about what effect
your presence on the show is going to have. The shit comes
all so fast, you donít have time to think about reactions,
and if you start thinking about it, about the effect, youíre
sunk. All you can think about intuitively is, ďThat looks
good, yeah, thatís funny, Iíll go with that, or that seems
a little too didactic.Ē
Youíve got to be into the thing. If you
start thinking like, ďMaybe thatíll get picked up by the wire
services,Ē then youíre fucked.
Lorne doesnít have much of a track record,
so thatís why it was really hard to trust him that everything
was going to be okay, but I though, ďWell, Iíll give this
kid a shot and see what he can do for me.Ē
I think the thing that probably strikes
me most is, heís a guy who clearly doesnít have to work this
hard but still does. And you can only attribute that to either
heís insane or heís still excited about the show, he still
enjoys it, he still has passion for it, and he still wants
it to be good.