In 1986, Oprah hosted SNL and got a firsthand look at the total commitment from everyone involved to get the show ready by 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. "You go in on a Monday [and don't come] out until 1:30 Saturday night." Tracy says. "This is your family. You don't really see your kids. It's really grueling."

"The show's ridiculous; it's impossible," Dana says. "And that's why it's magic...and a lot of times it's not so magic."

Despite the stress of long days of preparation, Tracy says the secret to SNL was always to keep things light. "The key was to have fun," he says. "Don't take it personal, just have fun."


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