Tuesday, December 16, 2014


When "Uncle Miltie" decided to guest star on Saturday Night Live it was seen as an opportunity for a showbiz veteran to work with the showbiz stars of tomorrow. Rather than produce a comedy classic, however, the show became a living nightmare.

Mr. Berle didn't understand SNL's brand of comedy and tried to inject his creaky slapstick into the show. When this was rejected by producer Lorne Michaels, Mr. Berle ignored him and often changed things on the fly, upsetting the balance and trust a cast must have to go on live. Mr. Berle was never asked back and went on Lorne's list of banned hosts.