Episode #56

Lorne Michaels and Erica and Molly Jong

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Lorne Michaels had nothing to lose on October 11, 1975, when Saturday Night Live first aired. He doesn't pull all-nighters any more in preparation for the week’s show, but Michaels tells Alec he is still anxious on Saturdays at 11:30 pm. Michaels believes in the power of live performance and gives SNL hosts the best bits. But aside from the funniest lines, the irreverent Michaels offers little protection. Alec is no exception.  

Alec sat down with Erica Jong, author of the 1970s best-seller, Fear Of Flying, and her daughter Molly Jong-Fast. Erica talks candidly about coping with three divorces, and tells Alec she is certain her current marriage will be her last. Meanwhile, daughter Molly had no idea her mom wrote so-called “dirty” books. She does recall her mom being consumed by work and travel, but concludes that her mother’s legacy is about being honest.

Comments [4]

Dava from New York

I wish the interview with Molly and her daughter was longer, I think this deserves some more conversation on so many levels, the relationship between mother (famous) and daughter and the differences between generations of women as it relates to women's equality and sexuality.

Dec. 18 2014 04:34 PM

Just as interesting and entertaining as the other segments I have listened to. Not that Lorne Michaels needs defending from some guy on a comment section, but I get the feeling 'Lucia from the Village' just wanted to experience the warm fuzzy feeling some people get from 'taking down' a talented successful person. Keep up the good work Mr. Baldwin, I really enjoy your show.

Dec. 30 2013 05:07 PM
Lucia from The Village

Boy was this brutally dull. I guess discovering how tedious Mr. Michaels is explains -- in part -- why Saturday Night Live is so unwatchable. Alec, I love your show, but I don't think there was anything you could do to rescue this conversation. Lorne Michaels either hasn't had an exciting life or he has but he doesn't know how to tell an exciting story. Even with all his time in New York, at the head of a TV institution, he's still a meek mild-mannered Canadian.

Lorne: please resuscitate your show. SNL needs life support.
Alex: please keep up what you're doing. You're a great chatter and a true bilingual -- navigating between high and low, industry and outdustry, Hollywood and NY.

Dec. 21 2013 04:25 AM
Al Carmona from Miami Beach

One of my favorite podcasts! In my book, Alec Baldwin is right up there with Charlie Rose, Larry King & Dick Cavett. Screw the networks, I think you've got a great thing going here should you decide to continue. Just add some video of your conversations for an added dimension.

Stay rogue.

Dec. 13 2013 01:16 PM

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