Michael O'Donoghue - SNL Shake-Up

During a shake-up at "Saturday Night Live" in 1980 (following a ratings nose dive), head writer Michael O'Donoghue called a meeting to discuss the direction of the show.

"He put us all in a room," Joe Piscopo recalled. "O'Donoghue came in, spray-painted DANGER on the wall, and said, 'This is what the show lacks.'"

O'Donoghue's pep talk did not go off without a hitch however:

"The spray can stopped working halfway through," Pam Norris recalled. "And I was like on my back laughing, because he'd just written DAN on the wall and the spray can temporarily stopped working. I thought, 'Oh my God, this guy's going to go down in history writing DAN on the wall!'"

[Sadly, O'Donoghue shook the can a few times and it started up again.]

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