Behind The Collaborative, Competitive Process Of Being A Head Writer For "Saturday Night Live"

February 13, 2015 10:02 PM

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Like pretty much everyone who has ever aspired to a career in comedy, Bryan Tucker long dreamed of being a part of Saturday Night Live. So to be one of SNL's co-head writers—alongside Colin Jost and Rob Klein—as the iconic show celebrates its 40th anniversary on February 15 is a mind-blowing experience. In a move befitting such a landmark show, the producers are celebrating with a three-hour special bringing everyone from Eddie Murphy to Bill Murray back to 30 Rock. "I’ve gotten to meet a lot of my comedy heroes, but this will be one night where most of them are all in one room, which will be really cool," Tucker muses days before the big event, noting he'll be able to truly take in just how monumental the occasion is once the show airs, and he can kick back at the after-party.

A native of Virginia, Tucker first joined SNL as a writer 10 years ago and moved up the ranks to his current position, becoming co-head writer in the middle of last season. There was a time when Tucker, who first took a stab at standup in high school, couldn't see how he could ever make a living at ...

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