Published On: Mon, Dec 12th, 2016

Lorne Michaels Tells Oprah Winfrey The Secrets of Comedy

"I kind of have a rule that anybody who talks about comedy for longer than a minute-and-a-half and isn’t funny probably shouldn’t be listened to."

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Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels told Oprah Winfrey what makes for good comedy. And after 40 years of running SNL he should know.

Lorne Michaels spoke on “Oprah’s Master Class.”

So what is his biggest rule? “I kind of have a rule that anybody who talks about comedy for longer than a minute-and-a-half and isn’t funny probably shouldn’t be listened to, ” said Michaels.

And what is the recipe for success in comedy? “Talent plus luck plus discipline ― those seem to be the three things that I think you need to make it happen. Doesn’t mean it will happen. I think you need all three, though, ” explained Lorne Michaels.

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