Dennis Perrin

  1. When Andrew Dice Clay Came to ‘SNL’ and Controversy FollowedSaturday, May 12, 1990. I was at a party in Brooklyn, loud reggae and techno, conversations about politics and culture. Around 11:25, I slipped […]
  2. Me and Mike O’DonoghueThe heavy door to the office slowly creaked open, and in stepped Michael O’Donoghue. He wore a mustard-colored overcoat with matching fedora. […]
  3. Remembering Jan Hooks“Phil Hartman is my hero.” Jan Hooks sits next to me on a couch, nibbling a ham sandwich. We’re at Michael O’Donoghue’s Christmas party, […]
  4. A Day with Rik MayallRik Mayall was my age. Well, a year older, but close enough. Like most American comedy geeks, I first saw Mayall when MTV aired The Young […]
  5. Writer/Director Tom Kramer Talks ‘Fridays’, ABC’s Early Attempt to Take on […]Fridays writing staff, 1981. (counter-clockwise from lower right) Tom Kramer, Rod Ash, Larry David, Steve Adams, Matt Neuman, Larry Charles, […]
  6. There Will Never Be Another Jonathan WintersThere, in his eyes. Controlled madness. Laser-keen in bursts. Pointed and precise. Vulnerability, too. A certain tenderness. His eyes set the […]
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    Inside ‘The New Show,’ Lorne Michaels’ Early-80s Sketch Show FlopIn the Broadway Video offices, I asked a couple of staffers if they had tapes of The New Show. “Of course,” replied the taller one. “We have […]
  8. The Three Stooges Bring Their Slapstick Into the 21st Century, For Better […]Remakes and reboots are the acme of corporate entertainment. Perhaps it was always so. Repetition usually makes money, a consumerist morphine […]
  9. When ‘SNL’ Was About More Than Just JokesMichael O’Donoghue saw no difference between comedy and tragedy. Making people laugh was easy, low; getting them to think and feel was the […]
  10. ‘Fridays’: The ‘SNL’ Ripoff That Nearly Surpassed the OriginalIn 1979, ABC ordered an SNL show of its own. No variation; a straight copy. Same live format. Same type of cast. Musical guests. Fake news. […]