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Would there even be laughter without Lorne Michaels?


Yes. Yes, there would. Babies generally let out their first giggle around 3 to 4 months, and it's usually at the sight of a parent or a dog or when they fart. I can't imagine tiny little babies see much "SNL."

Also, read that headline up there again, but read it like you're Chandler Bing. It's funnier that way. And, it reminds me that one of the people Lorne Michaels regrets not hiring to be on "Saturday Night Live" was Lisa Kudrow. True story.

My point here is that Lorne Michaels has hired an incredible number of insanely funny people. And, many of those people are responsible for some of the most hilarious movie and television moments ever. So, what if he'd never said, "You're hired!" to them? We'll never know, of course. If Will Ferrell had decided not to do his now-infamous "GET OFF THE SHED!" skit as part of his audition for Michaels and wasn't chosen to be a member of the "SNL" cast in 1995, who's to say whether or not he would end up playing Buddy in one of the most-beloved Christmas films ever?

Who's to say that all the following enormously talented artists wouldn't have found their way to the roles that have made them household names, have made them super-popular, have maybe made us laugh so hard we might have possibly peed just a little tiny bit?

But, Michaels gave them a shot and a spot on Saturday night TV. Had he not, would these couplings have ever come to be?

Fred Armisen on "Portlandia"

Dan Aykroyd in "Ghostbusters"

John Belushi in "Animal House"

Chevy Chase in "Caddyshack"

Billy Crystal in "Monsters, Inc."

Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

Chris Farley in "Tommy Boy"

Will Ferrell in "Elf"

Tina Fey on "30 Rock"

Will Forte on "The Last Man on Earth"

Bill Hader in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Phil Hartman on "The Simpsons"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus on "Seinfeld"

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in "Wayne's World"

Seth Meyers on "Late Night with Seth Meyers"

Dennis Miller on "NFL Monday Night Football"

Tracy Morgan on "30 Rock"

Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day"

Chris Parnell on "Rick and Morty"

Amy Poehler on "Parks and Recreation"

Colin Quinn on "Girls"

Chris Rock in "Bring the Pain"

Maya Rudolph in "Bridesmaids"

Andy Samberg on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

Adam Sandler in "Big Daddy"

Molly Shannon on "Will & Grace"

Sarah Silverman on "Bob's Burgers"

David Spade in "Black Sheep"


Kristen Wiig in "Bridesmaids"

I don't know about you, but I seriously don't want to know a world without those performances.

I also live in New York City and will never forget the first "Saturday Night Live" after 9/11. Making people laugh is a skill. Making people laugh through tears, to me, is an art.

Why did we decide to take this hypothetical comedy journey? Because Lorne Michaels turns 73 years old on 11/17/17. The man is a genius and his life's work -- making us laugh -- should be celebrated.

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