Dear Lorne Michaels:
It’s been over a decade since we never met in your office at “Saturday Night Live.” I conferred instead with your creative director on the greeting card line Hallmark was developing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show.
However, I did sit in your chair, so I think we made a connection.
That’s why, lo these many years later, I feel I can talk casting with you…now that Will Forte has announced he’s leaving the show after eight seasons.
Hire Tim Mason.
You know Tim. He’s a comedian on the main stage at Second City in Chicago. I recently saw him perform in the new show “Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies,” and was blown away by his command of the stage and range of characters. He was funny, funny, smart.
Plus, I know SNL has to cast by type — just like any other show — and I think Tim is a ringer to fill Will’s slot. I mean, seriously — take a look.
Full disclosure: I know Tim from his early improv days in Kansas City. You know Kansas City — the town that produced Jason Sudeikis, Paul Rudd and Rob Riggle.
That’s a pretty impressive pedigree.
Return to the well, Lorne. You won’t regret it.