All 4 Saturday Night Live Directors

  • Dave Wilson (1975-1986, 1989-1995)
  • Paul Miller (1986-1989)
  • Beth McCarthy-Miller (1995-2006)
  • Don Roy King (2006-Present)

I just thought I’d make this small post to show some love to the directors of SNL.  We don’t talk much about them but their behind the scenes work is definitely appreciated.  Dave Wilson (pictured top left) was the first SNL director in the history of the show.  The very first time we see him on camera is in the “Killer Bees” sketch from the Elliott Gould episode.  It’s also the first time we see Lorne Michaels on camera too. He appeared in sketches through the 1970s, mainly in the control room. He also got a bit of a sendoff too as he was shown during the goodnights of the 1994 season finale episode hosted by David Duchovny.  They cut to him in the control room saying “Tape Roll! And Take it”.  In 1976, he won an Emmy for best directing in a Variety series.  Sadly, in 2002 Dave had an aneurym and passed away.  He was 69 years old.  For a few seasons in the 1980s, Paul Miller (pictured top right) took over in his brief absence from the show.  Why did Dave leave and Paul take over, I’m not too sure.on the reason but Paul was apart of helping SNL dominate in the mid to late 1980s.

When Dave did retire in 1995, Beth McCarthy-Miller (pictured bottom left) took over.  Beth was the first, and to this day only, female director in SNL history.  She directed the show for 11 years. She was nominated for an Emmy 4 times, one of those times was for the SNL 25th Anniversary special.  Don Roy King (pictured bottom right), the current director of SNL, is in his 7th season with the show.  In 2010,2011 and 2012, he won an Emmy for best directing for a Variety Series

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