In the New York Times piece "The God of 'SNL' Will See You Now," 22 former and current cast members recall their hysterical audition experiences, and the set of stories reads as a playbook for pleasing Michaels. Kristen Wiig bought a stopwatch to make sure she didn't go over the recommended five-minute limit on stage; Bill Hader sized up his competition, later realizing it was Andy Samberg; Will Ferrell entered a meeting with Michaels planning to jokingly bribe him with Monopoly money, but got so scared that he didn't end up doing it.
Cast members also offered up their completely inspiring stories about their lives leading up to their life-changing audition — even if that was just what they were doing the day before. Molly Shannon used her waitressing money to make a tape of her best characters (and was mugged right after her audition); Tracy Morgan had a wife, three sons, and was on welfare; Cheri Oteri was temping in Disney's legal office. Though the cast have vivid memories of their lives before their fateful audition days, Armisen notes that the actual audition is a bit of a blur: "The best thing in your life you don't have a memory of because they go by so quickly." Check out the full feature, though be warned: You may feel tempted to quit your day job. (New York Times)