In case anyone didn’t notice, Grantland has been running a weeklong retrospective on Saturday Night Live turning 40 all week, and it’s very good stuff! I recommend at least reading “The Glue” by Bryan Curtis, about my all-time favorite human Phil Hartman, but there are tons of other fantastic and in-depth glimpses behind the scenes about just about every angle of the show that you could think of. Of particular interest are the spotlights they shine on the unseen filmmakers and writers that contributed so much to the show’s cultural stamp.
Seriously, it’s very extensive–like 20 meaty essays chock full of quotes, interviews and firsthand accounts, plus podcasts. In other words, plenty of grist to get you through this pre-holiday-weekend charade of a workday.
BONUS DISCUSSION: part of the feature was a weeklong bracket-style vote to determine the best cast member of all time. I won’t spoil who won (hint: his name rhymes with Phil Warrell), but surely you have a strong opinion on the matter that you want to share with the rest of the class, yes?