Bill Carter spent part of last week and all of Saturday night at 30 Rock for a behind-the-scenes look at “Saturday Night Live.” With less than a month to the election, the show has plenty of political fodder to fill its 90 minutes. As we pointed out yesterday, one of those sketches was about MSNBC’s post-debate coverage. Carter writes about how one of the MSNBC hosts/characters didn’t make the live show:
Mr. Michaels, with a still unfinished sketch on his hands, was toying with opening the show with an MSNBC sketch, even though chronologically it would have happened after the debate. Mr. Meyers and the co-head writer Colin Jost stood in front of a run-through of the MSNBC sketch during dress rehearsal, taking notes. Before the live show, an entire character, Ed Schultz, played by Bobby Moynihan, had been cut, and a new joke for Chris Matthews about Mr. Obama needing a Mike Tyson face tattoo for the next debate had been added.