I don’t think I’ve ever planned my entire day around an impending episode of Saturday Night Live, but the first thought I had when I woke up this morning was, “Hey! It’s Betty White night!”
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.
I was lucky enough to produce Betty’s appearance on GSN Live a little over a year ago. There have been few times in my life where I was actually tongue-tied around a celebrity, but when you come face to face with Betty White, you know you are in the company of not only greatness, but also sincere warmth and charm the likes of which you don’t run into too often in Hollywood.
Her appearance on our show was preceded by a pre-interview by phone that was only supposed to only last five minutes but that I managed to stretch to about twenty just so I could get all the answers to my decades-long burning Match Game questions. I still find it hard to believe the Match Game panel didn’t drink in between shows, but Betty swears there was no alcohol that she ever noticed, and you don’t argue with Betty White.
I am guessing that not only will Betty be pretty damn amazing tonight, but that the rest of the cast is going to really step up their games as well. The mind reels at the sketch possibilities. Riffs on Password? The Mary Tyler Moore Show? The Golden Girls with Kristen Wiig as Blanche, Rachel Dratch as Sophia and Fred Armisen as Dorothy perhaps? We shall see. And while I’m glad to see Dratch, Fey and Amy Poehler among other past female cast members returning tonight, I really wish they had pushed that event to another Saturday. I really don’t want them soaking up any time away from Betty.
Enjoy the clip from GSN Live’s tribute to Betty’s late husband, Password host Allen Ludden. She was pretty spectacular. And that’s me you can hear laughing off stage!