“For those of you who don’t know, I worked here at ‘SNL’ for 10 years — an ‘actor’s dozen,’ we say — and it’s so neat to be a small part of this show’s amazing history,” Sudeikis said.
It’s a “history that was fueled for its first 25 years by cocaine and adrenaline, its next 15 years by Starbucks and unhealthy comparisons, and the last six years by Adderall and fear,” he said.
Recently, Sudeikis has been working on “Ted Lasso,” an Apple TV+ comedy series he co-created, writes and stars in, as a lovable U.S. football coach who heads overseas to coach British soccer.
It “somehow became a hit,” noted Sudeikis, who won Emmys this year for both Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. “I mean, it’s truly shocking to me because it’s built around two things Americans hate: soccer and kindness.”
Sudeikis said it was fun to come back as the “veteran.” Different folks “ask me for advice, like, ‘I love working here, but what should I do next?’ or ‘How do I get [producer] Lorne [Michaels] to notice me?’” he said.
“And honestly, honestly, swear to God, I found myself just giving the same advice to every single person,” Sudeikis quipped. “I was just like, you know, ‘Win an Emmy! And if you can, win two!’ You know, double up. That’s the best way to do it. It sets you up for success.”
Sudeikis hailed the “historic” “Saturday Night Live” with its lineups of comedy and musical greats. “This place,” he said, “changed my life, twice: Once as a cast member, as a writer here. But most importantly as a kid watching from home.”
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.