When Tina Fey wrote on the NBC sketch series Saturday Night Live, she noticed that her male colleagues had a particularly awful habit.
As a young ‘SNL’ member, Tina Fey noticed that the male writers had a hateful practice of hygiene
In a piece for The New Yorker, Fey remembered an awful moment from her time as a writer on Saturday Night Live. As she reached for a book in the office of her former boss Steve Higgins, she began to change a paper cup that sat in front of the book.
“Don’t call that,” Higgins told Fey, jumping up from his chair. The SNL the writer picked up all the paper cups in his office and threw them out.
When Fey asked Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell confirmed: “Oh, yeah, that’s pee in those cups.”
Fey was scared. As she wrote in the New Yorker:
I had come from Second City, which was not at all clean – it would not be unfortunate to see a rat giving birth in full ashes, for example. But I’ve never heard of anyone waiting in a cup except in a doctor’s office. You might do it on a road trip if it was too long between rest stops. I had definitely never heard of anyone waiting in a cup and leaving it on a bookshelf in his office to go back into his body through the pores on his face.
‘Weekend Update’ host Tina Fey asked her future husband about the practice
When Fey told a man SNL employee, expecting panic and horror in response, the colleague told Fey – he would do it sometimes.
“He said it was just something people did when they were too lazy to go to the bathroom,” Fey wrote. “I started feeling like I was out of space. ”
Fey’s lucky husband now said, “What! That’s a shame, ”she asked if it had ever been done.
However, the SNL a guest writer / “Weekend Update” began noticing the cups – and pegs – more often. It only got grosser over time, as Fey explained:
As soon as I became aware of this practice, I started noticing cups elsewhere. In the ‘Weekend Update’ offices – which were similar to the older brother’s but were smarter in the offices of the regular writers – there were no cups. There was a jar. It was a jar of piss with a lid on it, and, judging by its consistency, I suspect the writers sometimes spat into it.
Alum ‘Saturday Night Live’ used the story on a program of ’30 Rock ‘
Fortunately, as Fey confirmed in the New Yorker, he was not male at all Saturday Night Live a writer who “whistled in cups. ”
“But four or five out of twenty did, so the men have to own that one,” said the comedian.
Fey also used this knowledge as a line-in in a program of 30 Creag, in which Liz finds jars in the office of her writer Frank.
Asked several times over the years whether men and women alike are funny, Fey said in the magazine:
Here ‘s the truth: There is a real difference between male and female comedy writers, and I’m going to show it now. The men threaten in cups. And sometimes pegs.