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Why Lorne Michaels and Louis C.K. Battled Over ‘SNL’ Monologue

Jun 22, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A battle between “Saturday Night Live” honcho Lorne Michaels and comedian Louis C.K. over C.K.’s monologue when he hosted the show in 2014 is documented in an interview with C.K. in Judd Apatow’s new book “Sick in the Head,” Business Insider reports.

“Relaying the story to Apatow, C.K. explained that he was very displeased when Michaels wanted to cut down his 12-minute rehearsal monologue — which C.K. had ‘obsessed’ over and crafted at open mic nights — to eight minutes,” the story reports. “While C.K. was adamant that all 12 minutes stay in, Michaels disagreed, saying ‘It was good, but there was a lot of air in it, a lot of stopping and starting. I know there are cuts in there.'”

After initially being angered by Michaels’ interference, C.K. indicated that he came around after Michaels showed him the rehearsal tape. “That’s when C.K. realized that the routine wasn’t as tight as he thought it was,” the piece reports.

C.K. says in the book: “My point was to prove how great it was. And I watched it and I was like, God damn, it’s not that good. Tons of air. And a lot of stopping and starting.”

He added that one of the things that he realized could be trimmed was a series of fart jokes. Said C.K.: “I had a whole fart thing. A whole thing about farting on a baby that f—ing killed, and [Michaels] was like, ‘You’re winning without it. I wouldn’t do it.’ So I realized the farting on babies was stupid and it’s going to ruin the monologue.”

The report describes the monologue that C.K. ultimately performed as “eight minutes of Louis C.K. at his best — featuring dark and hilarious material on third world hunger, feminism, and religion.”

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