or Skit Happens
At this time, 1988, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” had a mini-tradition of asking Oscar nominees for best supporting actor to host the show. And they asked Ms. Dukakis. Good for her. But then the weirdest thing happened. Tom Gilpin called me aside after one of our rehearsals and asked me if I wanted to meet with Olympia Dukakis. Sure?
I couldn’t believe my luck! My sketches were going to be presented to SNL! Then my luck became more believable: That March, the Writers Guild went on strike. SNL went dark for that week and for many, many weeks after. Dukasis was never asked to host again. To balance out that disappointment, she did win the Oscar in April.
Coincidentally, the Mt. Olympus sketch focused on the Muses wanting Zeus to pay them more for their work, parodying the issues of the time and the ultimate reason for the WGA strike; payment for VHS sales.