Innovative: The Magic of SNL

This words of this entry were taken from the blog of Professional Speaker, Rhett Laubach. He is listed on my blogroll.

Weekend Update is an ongoing skit on Saturday Night Live. The process the writers go through to create the jokes that make it on the short bit teaches a quick lesson on finding creative ideas and solutions.

1. Each week, the three main SNL writers create 800 jokes for Weekend Update. 800.

2. The head writer (Seth Meyers) for SNL then whittles that list down to 200ish that he thinks are W.U. Worthy.

3. Lorne Michaels, the head guy at SNL, then chops that down to 18-20 jokes that actually make the cut.

To get to 20 working lines, they have to come up with 40 times that many. So, next time you either think you can’t find an answer or need a more creative idea, look a little harder.


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