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Saturday Night Live Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

Eli Manning

This is an interview with Lorne Michaels and Eli Manning on May 2, 2012 about the show Saturday Night Live.

Question:
Lorne, would you talk about cast changes on the show?

Lorne Michaels:
I could, except that I'm not really certain myself. I know there will be some, but it's just sort of the nature of the way we work that no one kind of talks about it until the season's done. Needless to say, I'd like everyone to stay.

Question:
Eli, what has the show been like? I know you've talked before about fitting it in with your football schedule, so what has a typical day been like for you doing both?

Eli Manning:
It's worked very well, and before I committed to doing Saturday Night Live I've got a full schedule, you know kind of what's the most that I could do, and I didn't want to miss anything, I didn't want to leave anything out, I didn't want to have to be going in and out in the same day. I wanted to be totally committed to it if I was going to decide to do it.

I got a schedule of when all the meetings and all the times that I would need to be at rehearsals and doing things for the show. And, I looked at that, I looked at what our work week was going to be this week for the Giants, and saw that I would not miss anything workouts. I would not miss any time. I'd be able to fully commit to my weight lifting, my meetings, and on the field stuff doing with the players, and so it's worked well.

Monday and Tuesday I've gone over to the NBC Studios, the Rockefeller Center and met the cast and the writers and started hearing some ideas of what the writers will be pitching and trying to get a skit to the show. And so, really I think today, this afternoon when I go in will be the first day where I'm really having to rehearse and go through some reads of possible skits and try to figure out what makes the show. What's funny enough to be included on the live show.

Question:
Eli, I know that you came into Manhattan for rehearsals and for read throughs, do you come into Manhattan very often? And Lorne, who's the funnier, is it Eli or Peyton?

Lorne Michaels:
We won't really know that until Saturday. It's been great so far. In about three hours, we'll read 40 to 45 pieces looking for 12 to 13. And we won't really know what we're going to be choosing until after that, because no matter what we thought of it, if it isn't playing we don't move forward with it then. And we want to make sure that this show is built around Eli and you just want to make sure that we have the best possible things to this week's show, and no one really trusts it until we read it.

We'll see what that's about. People have been working right through the night, and as I said, we'll read 40 to 50 pieces, so we'll know more in about six hours. We'll have made all the choices in about five or six hours. And then, we will still be about half hour long and everything will then go through rewrites, and then we will rehearse about half of it and the music with Rhianna tomorrow. And then, by the time we leave on Friday around Midnight or 1 o'clock we will have done everything a couple times in its rewritten form.

Eli Manning:
My commute's been very easy. The good thing about this week is that all the writers and cast have odd hours. It's not your typical work day. They go in in the afternoons and work through the wee hours in the morning. And so,I've been able to go in around 3 or 4 o'clock and from Hoboken to Manhattan does not take long. That's a good thing about it. It only takes 15, 20 minutes, so everything's been very smooth so far.

Question:
Lorne, is the process of putting the show is different when you have an athlete rather than somebody who is a performer?

Lorne Michaels:
Surprisingly not that much. The good part about athletes is that they're used to being in front of large groups of people and not knowing how it's going to turn out. And that's kind of the only real preparation for us is because we don't really know until dress rehearsal what's beginning to work and what's not working. And then, there's a lot of course correction. You go, ???Well, if we do this this way it might work better,??? and there's still some risk involved.

We know how Eli reacts, both under pressure, and also with changing things quickly. I don't think we're making any other kind of concessions because it's an athlete over an actor or comedian or a singer, or a politician for that matter.

Question:
I know that we've seen Rhianna do a lot of sort of skits in the past, especially with Shy Ronnie, are we expecting her to kind of get her funny on again this week?

Lorne Michaels:
We are again, yes we are hoping so. I wish I could report on everything that's been written, and if this were tomorrow I could. I know that there are a lot of things in the works but I don't know how they've turned out. I'll know that in about an hour.

Question:
Lorne, can you just talk about what you think Eli will bring as a host here, and how long you've sort of been pursuing him to do it?

Lorne Michaels:
Pursing a long time. I think he's both charming and radiates a certain kind of intelligence, but you sort of believe that he doesn't take himself that seriously. I mean, I think he takes his work very seriously, but there's a sort of essential modesty to him and I think that plays well with what we do. If the host is spending a lot of time protecting an image, it's exhausting, particularly for us.

Eli Manning:
I'm blushing, Lorne. Thank you.

Question:
Eli, what's the advice you've gotten from Peyton about hosting, and is there anything that you won't do on the show?

Eli Manning:
From Peyton, the main thing he said, ???Just enjoy the week.??? It is a lot of fun. It is work and you're doing something you're not quite used to doing, but he said, ???The one thing you are used to doing is live, and that's something you do every week and during the football season.??? He said, ???Just enjoy being with the writers and try to hang around as much you can and work with them and just follow guidance. They're the ones that are funny and know how to do this.???

So he just said ???That's the fun part of the week is really the time working with the writers and cast and getting to know them.??? And so, I'm very excited for it today when I get the different scripts and start reading through them and kind of rehearsing and seeing what's funny, and kind of get to test out my acting skills in a sense, or see what happens.

So, that's kind of the main piece of advice, and actually about 15 minutes before I got on this call John Madden called me and he hosted a show back in the day, and he wanted to really gave me the same piece of advice that the fun part is during the week and being with the cast. And he was kind of asking i they did things the same way, kind of the same schedule, routine, and it is. It's really similar to what he did many, many years ago. I've listened to both those two people and both have got the same advice and just enjoy every moment during the week and working with the cast and stay up with them and have a blast doing that.

Question:
Lorne, has there been any more communication with the Mitt Romney campaign about the Governor appearing on the show?

Lorne Michaels:
No. We talked originally aboutsix or eight weeks ago, and at the time I think there was some interest, and then the primaries overtook everything and since then there's been no communication. But, we only have the three shows left and they're pretty jammed packed. Now it might be in the fall; although, we'll never know. It'll all depend on his availability.

Question:
Lorne, I know you don't want to talk about any of the potential contract changes, but one thing I was asking is, are we looking at seeing any new cast members next season?

Lorne Michaels:
For sure, because every summer we go out and make the rounds of Chicago and L.A. and New York, and various other places where people do this kind of work, and invariably that leads to somebody joining. I think the show has always been about bringing new people in.

Question:
Eli, I wanted you to flashback for a minute to when you were in the audience and Peyton was the host. They did some pretty sharp satire in that one sketch with Amy Poehler where they were talking about, ???Don't pull a Peyton Manning.??? And I was wondering what your reaction was as that was happening? Were you thinking, ???Oh, that's great, they've really dug it to my big brother,??? or were you thinking, ???Oh, that's pretty sharp or harsh,??? or what were you thinking?

Eli Manning:
I think I just laughed at everything. I think that's the good thing about Saturday Night Live is that you can kind of come in and, express a different side that people don't see. And maybe that's not you at all times, but for this night you can kind of let loose. I think that's one thing I would say about Peyton and we don't mind making fun of myself or letting jokes be at our own expense.

It's important to have that attitude when going into this week. And so I enjoyed watching Peyton do the show and being there to experience that, and just seeing how it works. And in talking to him afterwards it's something growing up we were always great fans and been watching Saturday Night Live for a long, long time.

It's one of those things that I'm excited for my teammates have been at workouts they've been talking about it and kind of asking what's going on and excited for me. And so, they're kind of planning stuff to watch it together, so I think it's going to be a great experience and great fun, and just looking forward to getting deeper in the week and find out kind of what I might be doing. Right now I'm probably more anxious than anything just to try to figure out what is in front of me and what I will be asked to do.

Question:
Eli, I know we asked Lorne before who the funnier Manning is, but I guess we have to ask you point blank. I know you and Peyton compete on the basketball court and stuff like that, do you compete as to be who's funny, and who is the funnier Manning? And also, for Lorne, do you have a show, not saying who the favorite person was, but do you recall a show with a sports figure through the years on SNL that you just thought went particularly well that you remember most fondly?

Eli Manning:
I think Saturday will tell a lot. And I know after Peyton did the show in 2007, and in the following year, we won the Super Bowl and a request came from Saturday Night Live. One of the main reasons I did not do it was because Peyton had done so well the previous year I thought I might be a little fresh in everyone's mind, so I didn't want to have to go up against a tough competition and the great job that he performed.

And it just didn't seem like the right time for me at that situation as well, and I kind of wanted to keep working on my football and make sure I had some success, but hadn't really proven myself as much as I wanted to and knew I had some more work to do during the off-season. I think when I got the invite this year I definitely wanted to try to make it work. I knew I wanted to do it at one time, and kind of remember saying to whether it was to Lorne or kind of the message that maybe got back to him, I said, ???I do want to do this show at one point. I just want to do it maybe after my next championship.??? And so, when this opportunity came up again and we won the championship this year, I definitely wanted to if they asked, I would definitely want to jump with the opportunity if the timing worked out. And it's all worked out, and so I'm looking forward to this week.

Lorne Michaels:
And Eli was good enough to win another Super Bowl, which helped us a lot.

Question:
New in the NFL today that four Saints had been suspended; Jonathan Vilma got a full season suspension. As a quarterback, what are your thoughts on that?

Eli Manning:
This is news to me, so this is the first I'm hearing of this. But, you know I think what Roger Goodell has done, and he has been harsh on this whole bounty thing on the Saints and obviously the coaches and the players, and I think he's doing the right thing to make sure that this doesn't happen ever again. There's no room for any type of bounty system in the NFL. It's a physical sport and you've got to respect the game. And so, I think he's been harsh to try to make a statement saying there is no place for this in the game of football.

Question:
Eli, could you talk about how the process has matched up kind of with your expectations, and then in terms of the cast, has anybody tried to pull any pranks on you?

Eli Manning:
No, there's been no pranks so far, the whole cast, and writers have been very nice and I've only got to spend a little time with each of them so far, and just hearing some of their ideas and what they're thinking about doing. So, I've tried to if they have any questions or just try to let them get a little sense of my personality and so it's been great so far.

I think I'm just about to enter into really the bulk of the workload and looking forward to kind of really getting kickstarted here. I've kind of been doing a few little promos and just sitting down with the writers kind of each individually, and you know throwing their kind of ideas. I think last night was kind of a big night for them and their writing process, and kind of getting everything on paper. And so I'm looking forward to kind of today and the next couple days sort of just kind of getting into the grind of it.

Question:
Eli, for those of us who have been around you for a couple years now we see how you're sometimes playful, speaking of pranks, sometimes playful your teammates and some pranks you pull on them. Are you hoping for any kind of humor that'll take a couple of jabs at them, maybe Coughlin, or maybe even, you know Peyton or your dad? And also, you said you grew up watching SNL, what's your favorite all-time skit?

Eli Manning:
Obviously I was kind of leaving up to the writers and what they might have in store on what may occur. If there's any stories they want to hear or some things have happened kind of around the locker room or with Coach Coughlin, I'm more than happy to bring those to the open. But we've just got to kind of see what comes across as funny and that everyone will understand. And, you know whether you're a football fan or just a fan of the show, everybody will enjoy.

Lorne Michaels:
Eli is being very gracious because we really don't know, and I know and I more than he know what most of the pieces are about, but you know we're going to be there close to four hours just reading, you know sketches and there's music to learn. There's a lot of variables, so in, as I said before, in about four or five hours we'll know kind of what we're going to be rehearsing and what the show is going to be. So, it's kind of hard to describe what's actually going to be there. In a couple hours we'll know what we like so far.

Question:
What was your favorite skit growing up?

Eli Manning:
You know Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze, you know doing the dancing like the Chippendales. That's always a classic. If I truly sat down and thought of it I would think of just kind of a top ten, and then from there maybe pick the all-time, so you know that's one that always kind of pops in my head. You know just a classic scene.

But, you know over the years, you know it's fun watching. I have a pretty good collection of kind of the best of SNL from several different of the cast members that are always fun to watch and see some of the kind of behind the scenes and some of their, you know tryouts for the show, and those types of things. I am a fan and watch the show and that style of humor. I appreciate it and it's what I enjoy to watch.

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