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For Our Consideration: “How did I get here?”: Documentary Now!’s little Talking Heads tribute that could

There’s an oft-repeated Lorne Michaels adage about Saturday Night Live: “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready. It goes on because it’s 11:30.” A similar sentiment was in the air on a Thursday night this past July, as another Michaels production was about to take the stage at the Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel, California. The cast and crew of the nonfiction-film-skewering series Documentary Now!—many of whom got their start at SNL—had managed only half of a run-through for the live performance that would form the bulk of “Final Transmission,” an episode inspired by the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense.
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