Is it too early to consider Lorne Michaels for Time‘s 2014 “Person of the Year”? At the very least, he would seem to have New York’s “Person of the Winter” pretty much locked up.
Michaels is largely responsible for the ascension of Seth Meyers, on the cover of Time currently. And of course, he helped Jimmy Fallon wrangle The Tonight Show back to New York City for what will, if not ratings-wise, at least vibe-wise be a complete re-invigoration of the Burbank, CA talk staple.
One of the hallmarks of Michaels’ success is that he prefers to let other people do the talking. Partly, we’re guessing, because he’s too damn busy to make time for trailing feature-article writers.
Baldwin: And how do you get into that door?
Michaels: [Radio partner] Hart [Pomerantz] – Hart did that. He was very good at approaching people. We would come down to New York to write for people, and Woody was incredibly generous and encouraging and we had no impact at all on his career but he was very helpful. Then we got hired on a television show in 1968 as writers called, The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show.
Baldwin: Right. [Laughter]
This podcast conversation, revisited, brings to mind a new question: If Michaels decided to try and rescue Baldwin’s reputation with a new show and the actor agreed to participate, would the program succeed? FishbowlNY would never bet against Michaels, so we say – yes.
In the meantime, we thank him for once again paving the way for a memorable Golden Globes night.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Seth Meyers Hopes to Welcome Hillary Clinton as His First Show, Second Guest
- Norman Pearlstine Opens Up
- Jane Fonda Doesn't Want Murdoch to Buy Time Warner
- Paul McKenna on What Makes a Great Interviewer
- The Jill Abramson Redemption Tour is Officially Underway