Michael O'Donoghue (January 5, 1940 – November 8, 1994) was an American comedian and writer best known as a founding contributor to National Lampoon magazine magazine and the first head writer of Saturday Night Live.
- I would like to feed your fingertips to the wolverines.
- To John Belushi, and vice versa, from the first episode of Saturday Night Live (October 11, 1975)
- Making people laugh is the lowest form of comedy.
- As quoted in Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael O'Donoghue (1998) by Dennis Perrin, p. 365
Mr. Mike's America: A Comic's Trek with SNL's First Head Writer (1983) Edit
Mr. Mike's America: A Comic's Trek with SNL's First Head Writer by Paul Slansky, Playboy, March 1983
- Any time a whole bunch of kids like something, they find a reason to ban it. If kids suddenly started stuffing napkins into their pockets and really liked doing that, they'd find a reason to forbid it.
- The key to a successful restaurant is dressing girls in degrading clothes.
- Nothing important has ever come out of San Francisco, Rice-A-Roni aside.
Quotes about O'Donoghue Edit
- After a number of meetings, including one at the show’s, barren office space at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, [Lorne] Michaels asked O’Donoghue and Beatts to join Saturday Night. At first Beatts refused, citing her book deal and the amount of work that was needed to finish it on deadline [...] O’Donoghue, on the other hand, offered no resistance: He needed the work and he saw television as a step above the drudgery of magazines. After all, he had always been attracted to “hotter” forms and was in no way contemptuous of show business — so long as he could make it his own.
- Dennis Perrin in Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael O'Donoghue, p. 278
Live from New York: The complete, uncensored history of Saturday Night Live as told by its stars, writers, and guests Edit
- Quotes reported in Live from New York : the complete, uncensored history of Saturday Night Live as told by its stars, writers, and guests (2015), p. 33-216.
- Late April, early May, Lorne started laying out the cast. One day he’s got this really bizarre guy with smoked glasses, Michael O'Donoghue, and I’m thinking, “Oh God, what have we gotten into here?”
- Dick Ebersol, p. 33
- I truly think you can say that without Michael O’Donoghue, there wouldn't have been a Saturday Night Live, and I think it’s important to remember that. I think Lorne would probably be generous enough to acknowledge that.
- Anne Beatts, p. 42
- I’ve seen this attributed to John Lennon, but I know Michael O’Donoghue said it, because I was there when we heard Elvis died. My secretary came in and she said, “Elvis is dead,” and Michael O’Donoghue said, “Good career move.”
- John Landis, p. 106
- When Michael O’Donoghue got fired, he left this amazing note: “I was fired by Dick Ebersol. I did not leave the show, and if he should claim otherwise, he is, to steal a phrase from Louisa May Alcott, a lying cunt.” It’s very Michael.
- Robin Shlien, p. 216