The closest thing to a constant presence on Saturday Night Live is its producer, Lorne Michaels. He is the mastermind behind the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players, which included Chevy and Jane, and Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, John Belushi and Laraine Newman.

Dana says at his audition for Lorne, he went on right after Jim Carrey. "So I go out and it's just silence," he says. "And Lorne, in his fashion, [says], 'When are you going to start being funny?' But I realized later that Lorne was testing me to see if I could be 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and I wouldn't crack."

When Tracy was auditioning for Lorne, he says he had a different concern. "I met Lorne Michaels at Yankee Stadium," he says. "I was working at Gate 4, and that was behind the bleachers. Lorne would come in every week and I would overcharge him for Yankee stuff. I was more concerned about him going, 'Wait a minute. That little baseball bat was only $10. You charged me $15!'"

Tracy says from the day he auditioned for Lorne, his life has been changed. "We've been eating since I met Lorne Michaels," he says. "He's the coolest."


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