While Bill, Fred, and Seth all traded stories of the awkward intricacies of interacting with Paul McCartney, they also recalled the classic story of Al Franken, who was one of the original SNL writers, trolling George Harrison really hard.
Howard asked Seth about the fallout from an incident earlier this year in which he asked Meyers after the SNL 40 special how he felt about Norm Macdonald revealing some behind-the-scenes info, specifically about Eddie Murphy's bit.
While Lorne wouldn't be laughing backstage after a less-than-stellar show, Seth told Howard his boss never lectured him afterward. Afterward, Hader brought up the fact that doing these hyper-accurate documentaries would make for a funny TV show and they all agreed. That episode was good, but the guys admitted they had lived through bad ones as well.
Fast-forward a bit and Norm was on HuffPost Live where they caught him off guard with Seth's comments to which he sarcastically replied: George Harrison was playing piano in an NBC common area and everyone came outside to listen of course. Seth had said at the time that he probably wouldn't have done that. Click here to watch an exclusive clip from "Documentary Now!
Howard wondered whether James was being truthful with Seth or if he was trying to lead him astray. They just let each other know when the other one has a good bit or a good night. But not everyone laughed at his impression. Howard read that Seth has been texting his late night competitor James Corden to maintain a good relationship and avoid another Letterman — Leno scenario.
Howard mused that he thought Lorne Michaels was grooming Seth to be his successor someday.
Fred's impersonation of Paterson became an instant hit with fans, too — he portrayed the legally blind politician on several subsequent episodes.
The Howard Stern Show. He told Howard about the time an "SNL" watcher came up to him and his kids at a bodega.
Seth said that he actually knew James before they were competitors, so it's not like he started it out of nowhere. Armisen, Hader, and Meyers of course have all reunited on "Documentary Now!
The conversation then turned to who does the best Lorne impression, which they all agreed just kind of becomes an inevitability when working so closely with him. Keep it down!