I love crack ups. I seriously just LOVE it when actors break. I know people have always given Jimmy Fallon a hard time for it, but I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve always liked him. The funniest part of this sketch is watching Rachel Dratch try to hold it together on her close ups!
To me, it’s a reminder of why I love acting. It’s FUN! It’s entertaining, it makes people laugh, and sometimes, it even makes us actors laugh while doing it. I haven’t broke while performing in quite a while, but I used to, so it also reminds me of when I first fell in love with acting. (Biting my cheek was my best tactic to fight it!) Just knowing that you are on stage, in that moment that is making other people laugh, is the best feeling. Nothing can compare! That’s one of the reasons I love watching special features; as a little kid I used to love Tim Allen’s bloopers on Home Improvement!
And, whenever someone breaks on SNL, it’s awesome, because it’s got all the excitement of the television medium and the cameras and sets and boom mics, but it’s also got that live theatre aspect - the uncontrollable magic that this is happening NOW, in front of all these people, and there is nothing you can do to stop or change that situation!
That’s why, even as a performer, seeing an actor break and crack up because they are enjoying the moment so much will always make me smile and give me a thrill!